Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mediterranean Cruise

Our cruise was so fun! This was our very first cruise and it was wonderful. Lance worked really hard and earned the State Farm trip, they have one every year but this one was the best! We flew into Rome and were transported to the port Civitavecchia from there we headed to Sicily, then Malta, Croatia, Naples and then Livorno. We had one whole day at sea but the rest of the time we packed in everything we could to take advantage of seeing three different countries in Europe.
On our way to SicilySicily
Leaving Sicily with a beautiful sunset
So romantic!
Thanks for earning the trip LanceWe got to dress up evey night for dinnerI loved it, Lance just wanted to stay in his shorts and sandles :) But how often do we get have a fancy dinner- and free!
Naples The port in Naples was really busy
lots of buildings
This was the day at Sea
The Strait of Messina
The sunsets were so beautiful!
It was like we were in another world!Our delicious dinners
On the bus ride from Tuscany
It was hard to leave every little city we visited but the cruise was so relaxing, we had a great time.
Our last night on the cruise ship After dinner we went to the game room, played some air hockey (I won:) and found one of my dad's machines!
our little cabinheaded back to the airport
Goodbye Italy!


Taoramina, Sicily was just how I imagined Italy - little streets, the shops, the outdoor cafes and gelato! Taoramina is set on a hill, you have to drive up to the city, then take an elevator to get up the the city center.
The view was beautiful! Sicily
The main piazza
drinking fountain Me and Lance - in Italy!
I loved the narrow streets with the flowering balconies check out this one!

These flowers were everywhere, they were so beautiful!
Doesn't this little piazza look like a movie backdrop? So cute!
The view of the Meditteranean Sea
The Greek theater was built in 500 BC, was finished by the Romans and is still in use today. In fact Sting had a concert there a few years ago.
The view was absolutely stunning!

We found this beautiful garden in the back of an upscale hotel
Then we headed to the beach to swim - the Mediterranean was cool but refreshing.
There were tons of little fishing boats in the water and on the shore
Goodbye Sicily!