13.08.2009 - 14.08.2009 28 °C
Hello all. We have been out of Internet touch for a few days but all is well with us. The cruise ship has provided a much needed relaxation point in the trip. We loved Barcelona but felt we had no time to see anything in detail. The embarkation onto the ship in the middle of the day put a monkey wrench in our sitghseeing. Oh well, we will have to come back.
The ship is very much like we left it three years ago. Our cabin in on the Navigation deck right near the bridge. The extra cost for the verandah has been so worth it. We buy a cheap bottle of local wine and enjoy it in the comfort of our deck. Last night we were lucky to have a view of Monaco as the sun was setting.
It is still stinking hot here - I am sure you are all jealous of that fact.
We arrived this morning in Livorno - the port for tours going to Pisa and Florence. Not being ones to go with the trend we are on an all day tour of the area of Tuscanny. Right now we are in Lucca - a meadevil (sp.) walled city. As luck would have it we found an Internet cafe just on the way back to the bus. We had to also stop for some lovely Italian gellato in Puccini square. it seems this is Puccinis birthplace. who knew?????
Anyway that is all for now as we must catch the bus. We are in Rome tomorrow and it is a national holiday so we will be taking the train in to Rome and then riding the Hop On Hop Off bus for the day. Perhaps a day of drinking cappuchino and eating gelatto!