Sunday, July 06, 2008


Greetings to all of my adoring fans. My sincere apologies (again!) for not posting the last few weeks. Your guess is correct, I was on vacation and finally sorted thru all the photos to select only the best and meaningful snapshots worthy to be posted. My husband and I started our 8 days/7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise and a 3-day stay in Rome after the cruise. We left St. Louis at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 28th, connected to a 3:30 p.m. flight from Chicago and arrived at Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 29th. We were greeted by a car service agent (good thing he was holding a sign with our last name as we were too sleepy to look for the company logo on his uniform) and enjoyed a little over an hour ride from the airport to the port of Civitavecchia. We finally embarked and settled into our stateroom at 2:30 p.m. - we took a nap and got up just in time for our 7:00 p.m. dinner seating!
We spent a beautiful sunny day in Cannes and Nice. We walked along the famous "Promenade des Anglais" and around the colorful market square with sidewalk cafes and restaurants.

These photos (above and below) were taken while we were in Portofino, a quaint fishing village south-west of Genoa, Italy.

I was not quick enough to get a nicer photo of the sign (above) in Valletta, Malta.
I captured these photos (above and below) showing road signs in Arabic when we were transported by bus from the port of La Goulette to visit the archaelogical site in Carthage.
We disembarked around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 6th, with our luggages in tow, boarded the train from Civitavecchia into Rome (about an hour and a half ride), then caught the Metro (a two-lines subway, efficient but on a very small scale compared to New York City subway) from Termini (Main Station), walked on cobblestone streets after getting off at Lepanto station and finally settled in our hotel room around 1:00 p.m. After a good shower and a short nap, we took the Metro to Berberini station, walked to Fontana di Trevi and Piazza di Spagna.
I promise to post photos and interesting details about our "very educational" vacation. Please check back often to read all the funny stories happened as we followed the roads that lead to Rome!

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