My wife and I recently retired. Since we love to travel, we thought we'd start by sharing our travel experience of the different places we visited to our family, relatives and friends . I'm an avid photo and video enthusiast.

Europe October 13th 2018

Day 7 - Cruising back to Barcelona, we spend the day relaxing, reflecting the moment and wonderful experience of our travel vacation. My wife and I enjoyed our time together, the places we visited, the people we met on the tours and in the ship. We enjoyed so much the food and wine from Spain and Italy. Thank you for visiting our travel blog, we hope that you all enjoy the scenic photos we posted. We look forward to next year as we plan for another vacation here in amazing Europe. See you all next time on our next travel blog.... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei October 12th 2018

Day 6 - Pompeii - One the most famous Roman sites in the world, but Pompeii was just another Roman seaside resort until Mount Vesuvius erupted. Thousands of people has been killed and the whole city was buried under a blanket of volcanic ash, forgotten until it was unearthed by explorers 1800 years later. Preserved like a photo of Roman life frozen in time. We arrive at Pompeii, and the first thing you notice is its size. Although no one knows for sure, it’s estimated that 20,000 people lived here and the archaeological site covers over 100+ acres, so you could easily spend a week wandering around it all. The tour guide was so good that it brought the history around us to life. The layer of ash did an amazing job of preserving the details ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 11th 2018

Day 5 - From the monuments of the ancient empire, the Eternal City is an unrivaled open-air museum.The tiny enclave of Vatican City is home to sacred sites and priceless art. It was raining the morning of our tour to Rome. We met up with our tour group at the port of Civitavecchia, and was driven to the Vatican in an hour and a half time. At the Vatican, we admired the Renaissance spendors of St Peter's Basilica. As we walked along the streets we saw the famous Swiss Guards protecting the Vatican. From there we proceeded to see the incredible Colosseum and strolled the remains of the Forum. To top off our tour, we visited the Trevi Fountain, a Baroque landmark.... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre October 10th 2018

Day 4 - La Spezia is a huge port town with cruise ships coming in and out every day, and it also is a base for the Italian navy. Needless to say, there are no shortage of boats around here (hehehe). While you won't find as much art and history as say a Rome or Florence, there are still a surprising number of museums to check out. All in all, La Spezia is a nice little town. Cinque Terre - to describe as an area of land, not one place. The Cinque Terre is actually a national park, a protected waterway and a UNESCO World Heritage site. No vehicle traffic is allowed inside the villages. This explains why the area is well preserved, it has a way of transporting you to a simpler time… a time ... read more

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Marseille October 9th 2018

Day 3 - France’s second biggest city in the south, couldn’t be more different than the biggest one, Paris. Marseille is a melting pot culture and a vibrant arts scene. It’s beauty mostly doesn’t come from big, prestigious buildings, but rather from small alleyways, colorful houses and centuries of history. It’s the city of Bouillabaisse, a favorite seafood stew. “The Chateau D If” prison castle was the setting for the movie The Count Of Monte Cristo. Cant wait to have dinner tonight, we made reservation at one of the specialty restaurant. Dinner. The service was great. Open bar, had two glasses of wine and two shot of single mall on the rocks. Lol! So awesome ! The night was spent watching and listening to a show with a Filipino band performing to the music of Mowtown. ... read more

Europe October 8th 2018

Our first stop is Mallorca’s capital city, of Palma. A rugged island with nice beaches. Palma is home to café, art scene and historic sights. Taking the bus early is most satisfying, we able to enjoy the site before the crowd came. The city's massive gothic cathedral is poised on the sea wall above the marina. A former Arabic fortress and residence for Moorish kings. Guess what? This is also where the "Ensaymada" (our favorite Pastry) originated and brought over to the Philippines by the Spaniard conquistadors. So we found a Pastisseria "CA NA CATI" selling ensaimada. Feeling a little bit under the weather, we headed back to the ship after a 3 hour tour, took a much needed rest in order to be ready for our first formal dinner.... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona October 7th 2018

10/7/18 - Final day in Barcelona, unfortunately the rain prevented us from going back to La Segrada Familia were we attempting to stand in line to be among the first 500 lucky people to get inside and hear Sunday Mass at 11 am. Sunday is a slow and lazy day in Barcelona. People tend to sleep in late. The streets were quiet, taxis and uber were hard to find. Finally, after a half an hour of wait we were able to get a taxi and headed to the port and boarded our cruise ship. Symphony of the Sea, a big awesome ship. We were excited to get on board, once inside, it felt like you were in another city. This ship is magnificent, we felt like, okay, if we want to get lost this is the ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Monistrol de Montserrat October 6th 2018

10/6/18 - Our 2nd day in Barcelona, we met up with our guided tour excursion. Our first stop is up the mountain of Montserrat were we visited the site of Our Lady of Montserrat, better known to the locals as the Black Madonna. This place is so beautiful and peaceful with it's natural scenery, you can feel the sacred ambiance of the surrounding. Mass was being celebrated at the Cathedral during our visit and we were lucky enough to have been part of the gathering from start to finish. We spent a good amount of time outside the basilica enjoying the beautiful landscape surrounding the mountain. After a while we head back down the mountain to our next stop the La Sagrada Familia. The Sagrada Familia is an expiatory temple, that is to say, a place ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Badalona October 5th 2018

Day 1 - Barcelona a city with history dating back to centuries B.C., a beach-like atmosphere, Mediterranean breeze and incredible food to match. No doubt, Barcelona has something for everyone. Great attraction to see, the selection of Tapas bars the city has to offer and of course the famous Spanish ham. 10//5/18 - We arrived in Barcelona around noon, it took us an hour and a half between immigration and taxi ride to get to the hotel. After a few hours rest, we headed out to start our adventure. First stop was the La Boqueria (Market) were we enjoyed the smell and atmosphere of the city. Lots to see, reminded us of the market places back home. Loved it! We toured the streets of La Rambla and headed towards Ciutat Comtal a busy tapas bar highly ... read more

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