Wednesday, November 11, 2009

14 days + 10 countries + 10 flights = the trip of a lifetime (our favorite and least favorite day)

This post encompasses our favorite and least favorite days. And they happened to be back to back. But first I would like to throw in a picture of our room.

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It really was so roomy and we never felt closed in or crowded. Having a picture window was a total plus.

So our next port was Livorno, Italy. We had originally chosen to go to Pisa to see the leaning tower, but heard that maybe that was not the best choice. We decided to change and had quite a time deliberating over tours to Florence, Pisa and a little known town called Lucca. So after much deliberation we decided to try our luck in Lucca. The tour was called ‘Lucca on your own’ and basically they took us there, dropped us off with a map and told us to ‘get lost’. Well, let me tell you, Lucca was our favorite day of the whole trip. And who would have thought that a crazy decision would be our best day?

So here is Lucca!
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After two hectic days in Italy, Lucca brought back our faith in Italy. Lucca was to me, what I always thought Italy would be!

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Susan and I walked thru the streets of Lucca, saw many churches, learned so much history, and even walked around the wall that closes the city in.
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Lucca was magical, we loved eating authentic Italian food at a restaurant that spoke no English and shopping for Italian made clothes – IN ITALY!

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Happy after a great day in Lucca!

Country 7 & 8 – France and Monaco

So from our favorite day on the trip to our least favorite day. Now I am not saying that our day in France was a bad day, per se, but we just did not enjoy it like previous days. We started out in Nice at an outdoor market. It was so nice to sit outside here and have hot chocolate at a small café.

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The flowers were beautiful and CHEAP!

The next stop on the tour was Monaco. It was very neat to see the palace there, all the yachts, and learn about their history. Did you know that Monaco has been ruled by the House of Grimaldi since 1297, when Francesco Grimaldi dressed up as a monk, gained access to the palace and killed everyone inside?

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One highlight was seeing where Grace Kelly is buried and where she was killed. She was such a beautiful and classy lady, and it was an honor to see these places.
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The last stop was our least favorite of the whole trip. Monte Carlo. Now, don’t get me wrong – it was very cool to actually be in Monte Carlo and say that we had been there. But it was just way too expensive. The richest people in the world live here.

If you look in the glass in this picture, you can see the famed casino.
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Susan and I finally found some ice cream – and it was 10 euros – which is like 15 dollars. Needless to say – we split it and ate it ALL!!
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Some very nice Chinese tourists took this picture for me after they ask me to take theirs. I really think they just wanted to hold my very expensive camera!

And one of the Gem!
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this wraps up the actual cruise – a little more on that next time as well as my days in Denmark!

2 comments:

Marissa said...

So fun!! :D

Susan Gregersen said...

yay for Lucca! and yay for the most expensive ice cream I've ever had ;)