Michael Smith

Joined May 2016
  • Day16

    Greece

    June 11, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We have been on the ship since 3pm yesterday and have stopped at a port somewhere in Greece. It's 8.30am and we will arrive at our destination at around 3pm this afternoon. Olympic is small and the main street is about all there is. It is a lovely street with lots of shade. Greece is very poor and lots of rubbish laying around in some areas due to a strike by three rubbish collected. We are off Athens this morning. It is a beautiful day.
    Well we have arrived in Athens and I am shocked to find it in a really poor state with buildings in shabby conditions dirty streets. Shops in vast numbers appear to have been closed for some time. It has some similarities to Bangkok. We have a city tour tomorrow so we will see what that brings.
    Sounds good...keeping you busy then.
    We went out for dinner last night at this restaurant which is on top of a hill overlooking Athens the view was spectacular it is a big city. The food was beautiful and we had Greek dancers entertaining us as well as a 3 piece band. We all ended up on the dance floor doing the dances. They took about 8 people out of our group out and dressed them up in traditional costumes then brought them back in to dance it was a blast. Gail was one of them she looked great. It was probably one of the best nights we have had. Got some videos of it. Saw some of the cleaner areas of Athens and maybe I may have judged Athens too quickly.
    Went on the Greek island cruise today. The weather was cloudy so we were robbed the beauty of the water colours that the area is renowned for. However it was still impressive. The trip back to Athens on the ferry was a bit rough with a rather large swell coming in.
    Back in Patros ready to catch the overnight ferry to San Marino.
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  • Day13

    Rome

    June 8, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We have arrived in Rome and are about to go for a walking tour around the city then dinner. The artwork in and around Rome leaves me speachless. The meal was really nice and it was another wonderful day. Day 2 Went to the Vatican City. ..and again it's so hard to describe what it is like. The words escape me. You read about these places and see photos but nothing prepares you for the beauty and feeling of awe when you are looking at the real thing. Then onto the Coleseum and it amazed me at the shear size and the feeling you get when you enter a place as old as this and to see where the emporer sat and where the gladiators and animals were housed. You could visualise the crowds sitting around it watching the battles taking place. Had a trip to a country town in the evening for dinner another nice evening. Just getting ready for the bus trip to meet the ferry then off to Greece. We have arrived at the port to get the ferry to Greece.Read more

  • Day13

    Pompei

    June 8, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Went to the ancient ruins of Pompei. Another great experience a lot of the buildings are still standing except for the timber which had been replaced because the heat had carbonised it. Looking forward to seeing a documentary on the destruction of Pompei again having been there.

  • Day12

    Isle of Capri

    June 7, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Had the most amazing experience today going to the Isle of Capri. The water was so green and it
    is surrounded by cliffs. Went on a bus ride up the hill.....man talk about hairy. Just enough room for vehicles to in most spots and not enough room in others. Had a ski lift ride to the top and what views!!! Then a boat ride around the island...can't describe how beautiful this place is.Read more

  • Day11

    Sorrento

    June 6, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Wow wow wow Sorrento is absolutely beautiful. Cannot describe how amazing the scenery is. Just arrived at 6. 45pm about to go to dinner. Had a glorious dinner overlooking the bay of Sorrento over to Mt Versuvius.

  • Day10

    Florence

    June 5, 2016 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Big day today a lot of traffic. Went from Nice to Pisa then to Florence. Saw the Leaning Tower amazing. Lots of Africans trying to sell counterfeit goods and if you buy them you can be fined. The police don't fine them as they have no money.....pretty sad really. Then back to Florence and a lovely dinner. Big day again tomorrow off to Sorrento.Read more

  • Day10

    Cote de jur

    June 5, 2016 in France ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Went Monaco last night and had dinner in a restaurant just across from the royal palace. Then off to Monte Carlos and the casinos....never have I seen so many Ferraris Lamborghinis Rolls Royce and Maseratis. Even a show stopping Bugatti. What a night.

  • Day8

    Barcelona

    June 3, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Arrived in Barcelona last night. Had a nice buffet dinner then went for a walk to another old church. These buildings are amazing. Had a city tour this morning then a walk around central Barcelona...Very nice...little alleys everywhere with shops and restaurants everywhere. Just back in the hotel now for a rest before dinner.Read more

  • Day7

    Carcasson

    June 2, 2016 in France ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    This would have to be the most amazing place I have seen in my life to date. The building of this city has astounded me. I just can't get my mind around how people put the massive stone blocks into such high structures. Will never forget this place.

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