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Cruising the Mediterranean, Epilogue

October 20th, 2019 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

We had a fine time. Almost-perfect weather, from Venice straight through to Rome/Civitavecchia, plenty to see and do but also time for relaxation and conversation. A look back at 10 nights and 11 days onboard the Celebrity Constellation, fixing some oversights and passing on some thoughts about the trip.

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Cruising the Mediterranean, Day 10: Naples

October 19th, 2019 · No Comments · tourism, Travel, World Cup

The final full day on the Celebrity Constellation cruise offered a menu of attractions that pretty much overwhelmed even the most ambitious of shore-going travelers. Start with Naples itself. One day cannot adequately convey the history and energy and madness of the First World city that most closely resembles a Third World city. But then […]

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Cruising the Mediterranean, Day 9: Messina

October 18th, 2019 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

This was the catch-all day for things Sicilian. Want to see bustling Messina? Today is the day. Intent on having a look at the self-impressed cliff-side mountain retreat Taormina? C’mon down. Fancy a peek at a smoking volcano? Etna isn’t all that far, is it? The voyagers on the Celebrity Constellation awoke today to find […]

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Cruising the Mediterranean, Day 8: Malta

October 17th, 2019 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

I became aware of the island country of Malta when I was a kid, reading about how 500 Knights Hospitaller led the defenders against the Ottoman Empire in the Great Siege of Malta, in the year 1565. It is a wonderful yarn, the story of the few and the outgunned who clung on tenaciously against […]

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Cruising the Mediterranean, Day 7: Which Sea Is This, Anyway?

October 16th, 2019 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

We have entitled this travelogue of our 10-day outing “Cruising the Mediterranean”. But weren’t we in some other seas entirely, to get where we are now, headed south for Malta? It can be argued that the Adriatic and Ionian seas are the only watery areas the Celebrity Constellation has passed over, in the past week. […]

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Cruising the Mediterranean, Day 6: Corfu

October 15th, 2019 · No Comments · Austria, tourism, Travel

This was a city that mattered almost 3,000 years ago, a stepping stone from Greece to Italy. Unfortunately for Corfu, armies seeking to get across the final miles of the Adriatic Sea … aren’t as common as they were in the days of the Greeks and Romans. Corfu at times made me think of the […]

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Cruising the Mediterranean, Day 3: Split

October 12th, 2019 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

The Croatian city of Split is best-known for one big series of buildings: Diocletian’s Palace. Diocletian was the emperor of Rome from 284 to 305 AD when he stepped down and moved in to a “palace” that compares favorably with any vanity project dreamed up in the Western world. Diocletian’s Palace was built as his […]

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Cruising the Mediterranean, Day 2: More Venice

October 11th, 2019 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

Sometimes vacations feel onerous. “You mean we have to get up at the crack of 8? To see important stuff? Again?” Originally, the main effort to scurry around Venice, one of the world’s great cities, was to have come today. But that was before the accidentally sublime night we had in the city the night […]

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Cruising the Mediterranean, Day 1: Venice

October 10th, 2019 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

Most every traveler loves Venice. Except, it seemed, me. Venice? Not eager to go, not on any trip I made to nearby Italian cities or to nearby Austria. But I apparently had been influenced by those who suggest the Queen of the Adriatic is overrun by tourists, or sometimes smells bad, or is too expensive […]

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France and Its Summer Vacations

August 19th, 2019 · No Comments · France, Languedoc, tourism, Travel

If you are reading this in the U.S., brace yourself. In France, all employees get five weeks of paid vacation per year. Five weeks. More than a month. And that does not include one-day public holidays, which can reach double digits in a given year. We know about France and its summer vacations because we […]

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