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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split September 3rd 2015

Day 6 – Split Croatia. Dalmatian coast line and village life. Back on the bus and off to Trogir to visit a Roman town. Then to the small village of Bruni to visit a small family farm that produces their own wines, cheeses and smoked meat. Evo, our guide presented an overwhelming amount of information about every aspect of life in the area over the last 2500 years. There are magical courtyards and alley ways in every direction with shops of all types. Back onto the bus and off to a country farm that is hundreds of years old. While they served us wine and water we had traditional music played. The lunch that was soon presented started with smoked prosciutto, homemade cheese & home made bread. Followed by grilled pork with boiled potatoes dressed in ... read more
Statues at entrance
God looking down
St. Lawrence

Europe » Italy » Molise September 2nd 2015

OK this is it! The big day! We have been very excited about this one since the day it was booked! Docked at Ravenna then off to Florence! The heart of the renaissance period. First a bus ride to Bologna then a winding walk through the train station to our track (19) and our coach #7 for reserved seats. At the exact scheduled time the train pulled away from the platform and such a nice smooth ride. Out of the train and into the melting heat. We are on foot from here through some winding streets to find the main cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore. Stunning red white and green marble. Sadly the Baptistry in front of the church is being renovated so the view was a little distracting. This was designated as our meeting place ... read more
Bullet Train
Car Hauler

Europe » Slovenia » Radenci September 1st 2015

We arrived this morning in Slovenia at 7:00 am. Our tour today is a Hop and Taste bus tour of 4 towns around the Koper area. We received coupons for various eateries at each stop, anything from gelato to sardines. We then had about 1 hour at each stop before the bus came by to pick us up……or if we wanted to extend our visit in a particular town we could wait for the next bus 1 hr. later. In a town called Izola (??) we stopped for lunch, Elke had the local fried sardines and I had cevapcici, a dish consisting of ground meat in the shape of small sausages alongside some fabulous fries, agvar, and local mustard. In Porta Rosa we got some gelato and sat under an umbrella with our feet up enjoying ... read more
5 mast ship

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Murano August 31st 2015

Today’s tour is to the outer islands of Murano & Burano. Both outlying islands are part of the city of Venice. As the influx of people increased the Venetians decided to move all glass blowing industries to Murano to cut down on chance of fires. A short demonstration was fascinating and made to look way too easy. The skill of artists like this (Elke said he looked like Nick Nolte) are a treat to watch. The other islands would have been used for different purposes ie industries, monasteries, farms and one was used to treat lepers. After wandering around the glass showroom (no pictures allowed) we returned to our shuttle and headed to Burano which is known for it’s lace. Paula gave us a demonstration of how lace was made. (I had no idea that each ... read more
Adding colour
Adding Red
Fluting the glass

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice August 30th 2015

Today is transfer day. Move all of our stuff to the Celebrity Constellation. We just walked to San Marco square. This where the Doge’s Palace (the center of the political and legal systems) and St. Marks Basilica. (housing the relics of St. Mark one of the writers of the gospels). We asked at the ticket booth and were told we could walk thru the palace (without the audio guide) in about 1 ½ hours. Originally built in 810 (not a typo) it was destroyed by fire in the 10thcentury and was rebuilt in the basic layout seen today. We crossed the Bridge of Sighs into the prison area which is more picturesque from the outside. OK back to the hotel and load up the water taxi. They have a bus system called vaparetto which is very ... read more
breakfast courtyard

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice August 29th 2015

A long flight that was very smooth put us in Venice, Italy. City of canals, churches , ciccheterias, restaurants & bars. Venice was born in the late 5th century and has endured many different cultures and dynasties. We took a shared water taxi from the airport to our hotel (Gabrielli) which had our room facing the lagoon. The lagoon is the super highway in Venice with the Grand Canal being a 4 lane arterial road and the rest of the 150 canals connecting the 118 islands that make up Venice. The shared taxi gave us an overview of what we were looking at for the next few days. It is hot but we can deal with the heat. It’s the humidity that is the killer. We had time to drop to drop our bags and scoot ... read more
Water Taxi into the canals
Grand Canal

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice August 21st 2015

Only 7 more sleeps! just testing to make sure all emails work. (if you didn't get this message let me know and I will get it fixed) Carb overload coming!!!... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 25th 2015

Today is another cool dreary day. Temp below 50 degrees so because of the wind and humidity I broke down and had to get my big winter coat. We had wanted to go for a buggy ride but since the horses or mules here are wimps they did not go out in the big bad weather. Really? Now as I remember a trip to Quebec City during their Winter Carnival, we went on a buggy ride and it was -40 degrees!. Don't bother asking whether that is C or F, once it goes down that far it doesn't matter. So.... more walking, shopping, and drinking is in order. Yes you are right that about covers everything. Once around Jackson Square into the Cafe Pontalba for coffees. Since we were right here we explored the Cabildo (history ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 24th 2015

Well today is Jurg & Tracy's big day. (the tension is building). Started the day off with breakfast at the hotel and headed out for a stroll to the French Market. This used to to be the main market for the city but has now become more for the tourists. Still some fun shops to visit. Some of the stores are a little more outrageous than others. A little more tension when the dry cleaner did not have Jurg's suit ready on the first pick up attempt. For lunch we needed to visit an old favourite and we had to have a muffuletta with a bloody mary. OK now it's time to head back and get ready! (more tension) Make up on, hair done, suit picked up.... and we are off for a short walk down ... read more
French Market
Hot Sauce

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 23rd 2015

Woke up this morning to a different climate... temperature dropped to 50 degrees. Still better than -15 back home. We had breakfst at the iconic Clover Grill, a tiny diner with the best waffles and burgers in town. Now is the time to explore the Quarter. Mardi Gras hangover is still in effect so a lot of the houses and doorways are still dressed up from the party. Something different to see every step you take. Waiting for Amanda & Evan(Tracy's daughter & son in law) to arrive before the Pre Celebratory party can begin. Immediately take them to Pat O'Briens for their baptism of NOLA. Somebody really liked the hurricanes - was soon dancing with another Canadian group. Dinner at the Pelican Bay Club and back for an early night..... tomorrow is Jurg & Tracy's ... read more
Blackened Chicken Po Boy
Red Beans & Rice

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