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In October 2001, I traveled to Barcelona, Spain and then took a Mediterranean cruise. The cruise stopped at various ports in France, Italy, and Croatia. This is the farthest that I have ever traveled from home.
From there we docked at a port in Italy and took a bus to Florence. We went to the Uffizi Gallery and visited a number of famous churches and piazzas. We also visited some shops but I couldn’t buy anything as I had forgotten my wallet. But seeing the famous sculpture of David was the high point of my visit to Florence.
Next we spent two days on the seas as we headed for Venice. We rounded the heel of Italy and had beautiful weather on the Mediterranean Sea and the Adriatic Sea.
We spent two days in Venice. I took a lovely gondola tour of the city. We had a late night dinner in the city. We toured museums and St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Square. One day we went to the lace-making island and to an island where they make glass and do glass-blowing. I bought many pieces of glass that are very beautiful in Venice.
Next we went to Dubrovnik, Croatia to see the old city and a bit of the countryside. It is a beautiful old city but has been ravaged by the civil war that tore the country apart. It was very sad.
Then we had two more days at sea as we headed back around the heel of Italy. Once again we had marvelous weather. We were very fortunate in that our days were sunny through the entire trip. The only rain came at night.
We next landed in Sicily, where we saw small villages and a volcano. It was magnificent. I enjoyed Sicily very much. It was a lovely place.
Then we docked again in Italy and took a bus to Rome. While in Rome, we visited Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. We visited the Coliseum and the Forum and ate lunch in a restaurant across from the American Embassy. Rome was a beautiful city. We saw the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. We also had a chance to shop a bit.
Then we had a rough weather night crossing to Nice, France. There was a storm and many people of the ship were sick from the storm. I however slept like a baby. The storm did not bother me at all. When we landed in Nice, we took a bus ride to Avignon to the Palace of the Popes for a wine-tasting and lunch. We also had a tour of the palace. It was a lovely day and we got to see a bit of Provence. Then we had another night crossing back to Barcelona.
I stayed an extra day in Barcelona so that I could see things in Barcelona. I took a tour and saw many of the architectural works of Antonio Gaudi. The highlight of the tour was La Sagrada Familia, his brilliant church that is still under construction. I also toured the Gothic cathedral and did some shopping. I adored Barcelona. The next day I came home.
That was the farthest that I have ever been from home. It was a wonderful trip, the trip of a life-time. I’m so glad I made this trip.