Arrived at Marseille this morning. Sailed in during breakfast and the view was beautiful past the islands and peninsulas up to the dock. We took a bus ride tour along the coast and through the city.
Last night, shortly after we sailed, we heard a code 2 announced for the crew. Figured it was a fall or something so we went about our way. Just before I went to bed at 10, I checked the ship's location and it looked like we had turned around.
Docked in Livorno as our port for Florence/Pisa. We have selected and optional tour “A Day in Tuscany” to get the feel of Tuscany rather than the crowded tourist destinations. The weather finally caught up with us today as it as it was cool (55) and rainy all day.
Got up extra early this morning for breakfast and a long bus ride to Rome (90 minutes). We are docked about 40 miles south in Civitavecchia. It was a nice ride with a stop at a rest area.
Docked in Naples this morning and got on our tour bus at 9. We rode through Naples and up and up the hills along the coast for a view of the town of Pozzuoli and the Isle of Capri. Saw steam rising from a caldera in the distance.
Left Corfu this morning and sailed straight across the Ionian Sea and around the Italian 'boot' and through the Strait of Messina separating Italy from Sicily. Today was a day at sea and a day for relaxing and catching up.
Sailed into Corfu this morning and went on a bus tour and then walked through the old town. Alesa bought a sun hat and a pouch for around her waist or over a shoulder. I got a chance to visit the spa on the ship. It has a very large hot tub plus a jacuzzi.
Arrived in Dubrovnik, a beautiful place and took a bus up the coast for a tour of an oyster farm where we took a little boat ride to some floats where the 'farmer' lifted some oysters (on a string) up through the middle of the boat and opened them.
Walked into the town of Split with the tour guide and walked through the partially restored ancient retirement palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian. Then back for food and drinks and we attended a musical show by Melanie Stevens.
Took a water taxi from the ship to St Mark's Square in Venice. We had a short Viking led tour through some Venice streets and then had some time of our before catching the water taxi back. We toured some more streets then spent time in St Mark's square.