Well, we're back from our adventures abroad,
and what a brilliant time we all had.
A brief summary.....
(apologies if there are too many photos.
Hope, our official photographer, took over 500.
Many of them are of pigeons and house numbers (?),
so I've sifted through to find my favourites which might
still be too many for you).
Having flown to sunny Barcelona, we
checked into the wow factor Barcelo Raval Hotel,
which is right in the heart of Las Ramblas.
We didn't have much time to spend in Barcelona,
but we did spend long enough there to know we want to go back.
We enjoyed a meal on a roundabout (!)
with the rather gorgeous waiter dodging the traffic
to get to and from the restaurant.
After breakfast (delicious) we got a taxi to our home for the next week -
The Liberty of the Seas.
A full size theatre,
an ice rink,
a health/beauty spa ,
a silver service restaurant on 3 floors with a beautiful central chandelier
and a self serve restaurant with every type of food available
- and all the food was beautifully prepared and presented -
etc etc etc
and a promenade with
The next morning the view had changed to that of Villefranche.
We had booked an afternoon guided tour which was brilliant.
We went to old Nice,
|(love those colours and the shutters)|
and then travelled on to Eze
which is a medieval town approached by a steep stepped cobbled hill.
There were lots of winding alley ways.
We found this fountain at the top.
|(the boys and a stunning view)|
With all those steps we had earned our ice cold drink at the top!
Back on board, in the evening we watched a super live performance of
Saturday Night Fever.
After another overnight sailing
(I LOVED waking up to a new view every morning)
we had an early start for a trip into
Look at all that ice cream!
Everything is on such a large scale - and all so beautiful.
It was also, however, very busy and at times we could hardly move :o(
And it was very very hot!
Florence is traditionally famed for its gold and leather
and would you believe it?
I found a handbag to buy!
As we ate our evening meal the ship set sail again.
|(Careful you don't burn your fingers, Luke!)|
and in the morning it was another early start for a trip into Rome.
The trip I was particularly looking forward to
and it did not disappoint.
The Coliseum was fascinating.
Top tip: if you go to the Coliseum you can buy your ticket from
The Forum where the queues are only 10-15 minutes.
The queues at the Coliseum are several HOURS!
|(Luke didn't realise he was in our photograph!)|
|(Hot, tired and hungry)|
At the Trevi Fountain we cast our coins and made our wishes.
After this photo was taken we had lunch (pizza, of course).
St Peter's Square.
On Thursday we had a half day trip to Pompeii,
which was brilliant.
|(Me looking, Luke listening, strange chipmunk yawning!)|
We had no idea that so much had been excavated
and that there would be so much to see.
Our guide, Antonio, was very knowledgable
and rather amusing because he seemed to forget we were all wearing
radio receivers so as he hummed along to himself we heard him.
As he muttered to himself, we heard him.
When he blew his nose, loudly, oh boy did we hear him!
|(High Street lined with shops)|
|(Painting in the prostitute quarters. The customer would simply point at the service he required)|
|(The view of Vesuvius from Pompeii)|
In the evening we went to an ice skating show
with 10 international skating stars.
Friday was a day at sea
which we spent relaxing and packing.
The show in the evening included James More,
who is a brilliant magician
(he's been on the Penn and Teller tv programme).
He foolishly asked for a volunteer from the audience.
DH Grant was up on that stage before anyone else
had a chance to raise their hand!
He just can't work out how James performed his card trick
and it's driving him mad!
I won't share with you the photograph that my darling son, Luke, took
of a monster poo he produced.
He took a photo (on Hope's camera, she feels it's been defiled)
and he is going to put it on a website where people score poo.
What have I done to deserve this?!
Anyway, we would score our holiday a massive
10/10 and Grant is already researching
a Caribbean cruise Christmas 2012........
However, it's still good to be home.
Phew, still awake?
You deserve a medal!