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Ephesus 20th Oct Norwegian Spirit Tues Ephesus was the most important Roman city on the Mediterranean coast of Anatolia. Herbs and spices from Asia as it was the end of the Silk around and produce from Europe going to the East. The town was partially destroyed in 614 AD and the river on which its […]

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Istanbul 19th Oct Norwegian Spirit We docked at 9am and could see the distinctive minarets of the Istanbul skyline as we sailed up the Bosphorus. Istanbul has apparently been the most over run City in the world. The peoples of Turkey came from Mongolia to escape religious persecution, and the city was conquered by the […]

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Mykonos 18th Oct Norwegian Spirit Sun We are docked at the island of Mykonos as we breakfast this morning. We catch the shuttle bus to town ( population of the island is 10,000) and walk through the white buildings and small irregular streets. Apparently the streets have no logis and are small to discourage pirates […]

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At sea 17th Oct Norwegian Spirit Sat I got up at 2.15 as we were to pass the volcano of Stromboli but it was not active tonight. It is known as the lighthouse of the Mediterranean. I stayed in the observation deck as we passed through the Straits of Messina which had memorable lights along […]

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Naples 16th Oct Norwegian Spirit Fri After 2 big days we decided to take it easy today. The boys played table tennis and Beth Josh and I had a look at Naples. There was nothing to commend it that we saw, although there is Pompeii that we have all seen on previous trips. I wished […]

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Rome 15th Oct Norwegian Spirit Thurs An early start is necessary as it is 90mins to Rome from the port. We have a romeinlimo booked for the day. We were delayed docking as there are 5 other cruise ships in port today including Allure of the Seas which at 6,000 passengers, the boys advise is […]

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Florence 14th Oct Norwegian Spirit Wed An early start as we are booked to travel from the port of Livorno to Florence and Karen has a busy schedule proposed. The ship efficiently farewelled about 1000 passengers and our bus delivered us to Florence for our own tour and was to collect us at 4pm. The […]

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The buffet breakfast was a hit with all and the boys had a few courses. Today is Toulon in France and we had 2 main objectives ; to see the Military Museum and the walk through the market. The Museum is apparently very good as Toulon is France’s largest Navel port but it is closed […]

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We packed up our 4th floor flat and Josh arranged 2 taxis with the app. Both were here within 3 minutes. The system works very well. It seems a shame again to leave a unit that has proved so comfortable. The ship looks huge as we board and the boys are impressed. Boarding was a […]

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Beth Josh and I ventured to a Gaudi house called Casa Mila or La Pedrera with the distinctive facade of curved walls held in place by horizontal beams attached to invisible girders with Intricate wrought iron balconies integral to the Modernisme style. The striking roof has 30 chimneys and vents resembling medieval warriors so it […]

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