After sailing overnight we arrived in Casablanca this morning, (at the container terminal) ere served with some mint tea!!! Oh so very sweet !!! , even the ones that did the organised City Tour. Ps Apparently Rick Bar in about an 1 1/2 hrs from the city !!!
Thursday, October 23, 2014
After about 42 hrs at sea, we arrived in Malaga, Spain. We decided to do a Shore Excursion. The original excursion we booked (Malaga - The White Town) was cancelled due to lack of numbers, so instead we did the City Tour. The bus wound it's way up the narrow streets to the Castillo del Gibralfaro
We were able to see the amazing views of coastline and the town. Malaga has lots of beautiful gardens and has horse drawn carriages making their way around the streets. People busking in the plaza makes it a very relaxing
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
We decided that as it was a day at sea, we would have breakfast delivered to our cabin. We spent mist of the day relaxing and trying not to get lost on the ship !! Weather has been great and sailing iwas smooth. Tonight was the Captains Welcome cocktail party followed by an introduction of officers and a show in the theatre. After a lovely dinner and a few relaxing drinks we headed off to bed - it's amazing how tiring relaxing can be !!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
After a tiring day yesterday, we had a very relaxed morning and a late check out from our B & B. Feeling very excited we had short taxi ride to Genoa Port, expecting to wait for an hour until we could check in. To our surprise, check in had been bought forward, and after the checking procedure and of course security,mew boarded MSC Poesia. - wow !!!
After checking out our cabin at the front of the ship on Deck 14 we then explored the ship and eventually found the buffet lunch. A bit more exploring - the library, the Zebra Bar,
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Wow !!! did I mention that I hoped the weather would improve !! Well it got worse. Just after 10pm the rain started and was torrential !! Some of the heaviest we had seen/heard. The thunder was incredible as was the lightening. We have never heard thunder so loud. When I looked out the window at 4am the water was cascading down
and there were sirens almost continuously.
Thinking the worst was over, we ordered a taxi about 1 1/4 hrs before our train - it didn't arrive !! By this time we knew we had missed our booked train to Cinque Terre, but decided to buy another ticket and go anyway.
We caught the train to Monterossa , which is about 2hr trip. Thankfully, the rain had stopped, although it was still overcast. We had a lovely lunch overlooking the beach (the sand is nothing like what we have in Australia), wandered around and then decided to catch the train to the next town, Vernazza, which is a fishing cove, now overrun by tourists. We were about to head to Riomaggiore, one of the others towns, when we were advised that the trains were running at least 45 mins late, so decided to head back to Monterossa for a few drinks,(by this time the sun had come out) before our train back to Genoa.
We had booked 1st class tickets for our return to Genoa, and about 4 stations from Genoa Principe, our train was stopped, as it was too heavy to go over the flood damaged tracks Genoa Brignole, so we were transferred to a local train. We were able to see some of the damage - it was just devastating.
As it was about 7.30 we bought Pizza & wine on our way from the bus stop to our B & B, where we met a very nice man, who gave us lots of information on what we should to tomorrow.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
We left Venice this morning on a foggy, but warm morning. We caught the 8.50am train to Milan, which is a 2 1/2 hr trip in a high speed train. I even managed to do a little sewing, as the train is very smooth.
We changed trains in Milan and reached Genoa about 1.45pm, to an overcast and rainy day.
Tomorrow we are doing a day trip to the Cinque Terre, which is about 1 1/2 hrs from Genoa, so hopefully the weather will have improved.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
First thing this morning we went in search of the Ghetto Nuovo, which was a gated village, in which the Jewish merchants lived when they fled to Venice after the Spanish Inquisition in 1541. It is no longer gated, but has a main square surrounded by ramshackle buildings, and a constant police presence.
Next stop was Piazza San Marco, to see the Basilica Di San Marco. As we arrived at the piazza, we could see that it was starting to flood, which is nothing unusual. Tourists lined the raised walkways to gain access to the Basicila. It is very different to any we have seen. From here we took the lift to the top of the Campanile Di San Marco, which is a bell tower that has
John was keen to find a music museum that we stumbled across on our last trip, but we couldn't remember its name, so unfortunately after wandering around unsuccessfully, we returned to our hotel before heading out for a little shopping, some last photos of the back streets in night time Venice, and dinner.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
We arrived in Venice after approximately 27hrs travelling, feeling a little weary!! We walked from Pl Roma bus station to our Hotel and whilst checking in we're offered an upgrade to a suite in their sister Hotel a short distance away, which we accepted. On arrival at this Hotel, we found it was the Hotel Canal Grande, where we stayed 2 yrs ago.
We had breakfast overlooking the Grand Canal this morning, which was lovely, and as we were leaving the hotel for a days sightseeing,
After watching the demonstration, we then made our way to Burano, which is known for its traditional lace making. We watched a demonstration on how the lace is made by hand, and learned that it can take 3 women 5 days minimum to make a 6 inch doily. We enjoyed lunch chatting to some American tourists, and then set off to find the leaning Bell Tower. Whilst taking some photos, we met some people from Springwood, near where we used to live. Burano is a very colourful and relaxed place and we spent most of the afternoon wandering around the streets before heading back to the Vaporetto for the 40 min ferry ride back to Venice Island.