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October 19 Salerno, Sorrento, Amaifi Coast and Pompeii

Ported in Salerno and was met by RIL driver Geovanti .Our first stop was Sorrento, Then we would head down Amaifi Coast to picturesque town ofPositano. Eat at a local restaurant at top ,Then off to explore the ruins of Pompeii.

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Come ashore to Positano and explore the narrow streets, trendy boutiques and local cafes. Walk down and dip your feet in the ocean.

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I had fell in love with mountain top restaurant when preparing for this trip.Gatorgirls trip report had been my inspiration to finally
going to Mediterranean . I was so excited to finally be stopping at Restaurante Da Costantino on the coast of Amaifi We had pizza, Caprice salad, brochette, 7 cheese crape, spin age and cheese turnover

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On the twisty Amaifi coast back to Pompeii our driver busted out in a Dean Martin song thats Amore which helped to break the tension of the close quarters of the road. Pompeii is the Roman City destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius. Buried under ash and pumice the city is frozen in time, making it one of the world's most fascinating archaeological finds.

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St John 2012

21 days of paradise and introducing island to Shelia and Mike

Left for Chicago on Friday Jan 6th. Stayed at Rosemont Hyatt for 125 and did park and fly for 21 days. We went to McCormick to eat had crab tower for app excellent. I got chopped salad and Jim got 3 fish, fish cakes, shrimp and potato encrusted fish all were very good

Jan 7th. travel day up at 4 left at 6 for airport, left 0825 with direct flight and arrived at 310 island time.

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I Went to the large bathroom to change where you load to leave. Much bigger than bathroom by luggage. Caught the 5pm ferry had the best bushwhacker there. Curtsey was waiting for us to get jeep. We stopped at Dolphin Market to get a few groceries and went to Coral Bay side to Upper Caroline to Angels Roost for 2 weeks of our 21 day stay.

We ate at Aqua Bistro for our Crunchy grouper sandwich and lime in coconut and BBC just as good as we remembered.

Sunday Jan 8th Sunny,

Up early had coffee and egg muffins and fruit. We left at 0900 and went to Hawksnest beach and spent the whole day there till 330. Beautiful day we snorkeled and just unwound. Went back and grilled a turkey breast on grill and had pasta salad with cucumber and green onions. Today's supper would become many lunches this week. Watched the playoffs.

Monday Jan 9th we were charged up and did a lot today. We went to Lameshur and did the Yawzi point hike and snorkel. It was a easy entry and saw lots of rock formations.

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We hiked to Europa bay for the first time, It was too rough to snorkel so we just relaxed on the rocks.

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We went to Franks bay to watch the sunset

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We ate at Gastro pub in the Marketplace. Jim had meatloaf wellington and I had red snapper blt. We were sad to hear that the pub closed a week laterbecause we both enjoyed our food.

Tuesday 10th sunny morning cloudy afternoon.

We hiked into Leinster Bay and snorkeled Waterlemon cay. lots of black urchins so hard to get into the water before black rock. Great snorkel with a little bit of current since full moon was yesterday. Saw turtles,rays, starfish and shark in grassy area of bay.

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We left and spent rest of day at Gibney, We got some groceries and had burgers and pasta salad.

Wed Jan 11th sunny

We tried to snorkel Haulover North but it was too rough, We did Haulover South to the right and had a good snorkel. We parked and snorkeled Pelican Rock.

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We saw spotted ray with long tail. We parked at end of road and walked in between fences.

We went to eat at Vies I had garlic chicken and johnny cakes and slaw Jim had rice and beans
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We had reservations at Lime in for 600. We arrived early and hit happy hour 2 for one drinks, We had mohitos Jim had all you can eat shrimp for 25$ and I had a pound and half lobster for 37$ served with rice and asparagus . Meal was very good and we walked around cruz bay when we were done.

Thursday Jan 12th. Sunny

Morning started at Caneel and we wanted to hike Turtle bay trail. We were told at desk that the only people that could hike were people staying at Caneel. We asked to see security and they told us we could not hike trail. We walked over to Salomon. Jim took a spill on trail and I hollered out I need you. I just could see our trip disintegrating right before my eyes. Thank goodness Jim just ended up with some minor scrapes and cuts.

We snorkel Caneel beach clear around to Scott

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We stopped at Fish Trap and we got Maui Maui for 21$ I cooked it with lemon, onions, peppers, salt and pepper in foil packet on grill 10 minutes each side It was delicious

Friday 13th

We went to Francis. My stomach did not feel good felt like had a rock in it so just read on shore.. We snorkeled to right out by rocks and saw a huge spotted ray. We thought maybe it was a Manta ray because it was so huge but we were wrong we would see the Mantra ray later in the trip and would be no mistake once you see the beautiful creature.It rained for 10 min and we just stayed in the water.

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Left to go to Denis Bay to eat lunch and spend the afternoon there.

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We got gas for 421 a gallon still just one gas station on the island. We went to baked in sun for coconut macaroon and raspberry
bar, We had reservations for 6 pm at Aqua Bistro for ponzu tuna.It is big enough I got the appetizer portion for 20$ comes with sesame noodles and sea food salad. Jim had wahoo with jerk rub and mango salad that he said was wonderful.

Sat 14th I woke up and stomach felt worse.We went to Gibney and we stayed there all day. It was so quiet and just what I needed to feel better. I was able to get shade all day,We ate in and had homemade meatballs I had brought from home and baked potato.

Sunday Jan 15th Sunny

Woke up feeling much better. Had eggs and toast. We hiked to Brown Bay and surf was up. We hiked to the right but current was too strong to go out a far as we usually do. Snorkeled the grassy area and saw lots of conch and large crabs up at shoreline.We hiked out at 1130.

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We hiked out at 1130 and went to Salt Pond. We ate lunch, snorkeled and stayed till 3. On way home stopped for drink at Aqua Bistro I love the bar and had great drinks. Listened to Lauren playing guitar and singing.

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We made pizza with dough from Jack and Sams deli. We watched the Packers season end record was 15-2.

Monday Jan 16th. Sunny

Waterlemon and a favorite snorkel at mooring balls. Very calm saw lots of star fish

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Jim wanted to snorkel the mangroves. He loved it I hated it. It was too shallow, I jumped on his back.I could not stand it and he carried me back to shore.

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We went to Pelican beach to read. We took a drive up Dreekets drive to new house Andare gorgeous views!
Had sausage and potatoes on grill.

Tuesday Jan 17th cloudy and windy

Up early to walk trunk beach. got there at 0820 and walked the beach 1/4 mile from one side to the other. Walked the beach for 2 miles and stayed untill 1130. We went into Cruz bay and ate at Oceqn grill. Had pain killer and we split the fish tacos. We went to Gibney and the surf was up. One couple came and the old guy went swimming nude. We danced on the beach.

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Wed Jan 18th. rain after 2 pm

Woke up and a heavy fog had rolled in early morning. Felt almost magical as the fog dissipated and the island arose.

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Went to Cinnamon Bay but surf was up to much to rent canoes. Picked up hitchhikers and dropped them off. Drove over to Westin to walk Choc
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Thursday Jan 19th

Up and decided to go to Lameshur and did the rock scramble.Nice snorkel with entry clear to left. Went back and had lunch on beach

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We would all stay at Larry and Janes for two nights before moving to larger villa.Shelia and Mike had sleeper sofa.

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Jim picked some mangoes from their tree.

Friday Jan 20th 55th birthday

We parked at Caneel and walked through Honeymoon

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We hiked trail to Solomon beach and were the first to arrive there . My sister has always took beautiful pictures and we had fun posing on this beautiful isolated beach until others arrived.

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Parking at Caneel costs 20$ It is always refreshing stopping at bar so we can validate ticket on way out.so teally parking cost you drinks or gillato.
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We went to ZOZO's and had seats at bar for sunset

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Cindy had Lobster
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Shelia had Maui Maui
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Mike had Osco Bucca
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Saturday Jan 21

We got up and cleaned and went to Donkey Diner for breakfast.
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We dropped our stuff off at fun and Contentment our home for the next week and drove over to Salt Pond
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Snorkel at Salt Pond
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On way back stopped at Tourist trap enjoyed the view and drinks.
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We went back to Fun and Contentment to unpack and unwind and enjoy the view.
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Shelia made a picture of Painkillers
1 can Coco Lopez
1 1/2 cups dark rum
1 1/2 cps OJ
1 can pinapple juice
fresh nutmeg
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Sunday 22 nice till 3 pm then rain

Mike made eggs, pot and sausage. Had breakfast outside after watched sunrise. Left at 0915 and went to Waterlemon,

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Snorkeling Leinster bay grassy area always see turtles
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We went to Gibney to relax and spend the afternoon. It clouded up about 4 and we decided to try out the tap room in Mongoose. Had a nice dinner back at Villa of salmon and rice.

Up early had bacon and egg toast and papaya Jim had picked. Left and arrived at Trunk by 0820. I love to walk the beach. It was sunny and we stay until 1130. We went to Frances and the Manta Ray came out to play. What a beautiful creature. It swam right under my feet. The video is not to clear but just had to include,

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Went to Skineys for burgers and drinks
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Tuesday Jan th

Went to Haulover South very clear water snorkeled to right

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Ate at Vie's went to Pelican Beach to snorkel.

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Stopped for cocktail at Aqua Bistro, Went back to Fun and Contentment. Had rainbow in morning and rainbow at night. Had shrimp and drinks. For supper had pork chops and potatoes on grill

Wed

Up and had sausage MC muffins and fresh fruit. Loved having breakfast out on deck, Went to waterlemon bay and did the snorkel b y the three mooring balls.

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We went to Deli Grotto to get sandwiches and went to Denis Bay for afternoon till we got rained out at 330

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We went back to villa and had appetizers and some hot tub time

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Thursday

Jim took Shelia and Mike to Cruz bay to catch the Bad Kitty a all day excursion, We headed to Groupon Bay

The morning started off sunny then while we were snorkeling it rained for about 10 minutes. what an experience loved feeling the raindops hit around me.

We stopped at Miss Lucy's and had banna drink and Jim had peppermint drink. We shared the grouper reuben and homemade french fries. 'we came back and enjoyed the hot tub in the afternoon. It is sunny at villa until 5pm. We went to pick Shelia and Mike up from excursion in Cruz Bay. They had a good time. We went to Frank Bay for sunset and back to villa for steak, shrimp and baked potatoes.

Friday was our last day and we let the newbies pick their favorite places to go back to. Mike picked Haulover South to snorkel. When we got out we talked to a 87 year old man who had came to paint a bench he dedicated to his wife who had passed. He owned Calypso by the sea.

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St John 2014

We started our trip on Jan 10 left home at 4pmand ate at Applebees in Chesterton. Stayed at Holliday Inn park and sleep $125. Up at 430 and left hotel at 6am for 0840 flight. Flight was late leaving needed to get two people to get off before we could leave. Landed at 420 caught the 6pm ferry. Taxi $30
Ferry $7 per person and $4 a bag. Courtsey was waiting for us and we got our jeep for $861 for 2 weeks. Stopped for few groceries and off to Coral Bay in Upper Carolina for our stay at Angels Roost. Always good to see Jane and Larry the owners. Dropped off things that needed to be refrigerated and to Aqua Bistro for Grouper sandwiches. I had lime & Coconut and Jim had pain killer.

Sun Jan 12th. Love waking up as the sun is starting to rise over Coral Bay and have coffee on deck as the island is coming alive. It was a sunny day and after breakfast we headed to Frances to spend the whole day. We went all the way to the right and was first to arrive. We set up camp and could feel ourselves starting to get in the island mode.

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Home to cook a whole turkey breast, sweet potatoes and salad to watch play offs.

Monday 13 Sunny day

Started morning at Haulover South water was churned up and not a good snorkel Spent the after noon at Dennis Bay still a favorite of mine.
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We ate at Rhumlines had the drink special cilantro with mango and champagne
we both had Pad Thai and Keylime pie to share

Tuesday Jan 14 Cloudy

Went to little Lampshire and walked to Reef Bay it was a medium to hard hike. Took 1 hour 40 min to get there and a hour and 15 min back. Stayed on beach until 315 and ate at home.

Wed Jan 15 Sunny full moon

Walked to Waterlemon. Talked to Pia and Les on way in as they were walking their dogs. We sat up camp at beach snorkeled the bay and beach
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We had not been to Sweet Plaintains for several years. Tonight was Curry Night. Call ahead to see what their special is. It is for sale so not sure how much longer will be here.I had a spicy Martini and Jim had a Guava Martini both good. Mine spicy his sweet. 90_IMG_1109.jpg

We shared a appetizer combo of tostains. Plantains and fries
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I love the cozy room in back with window.

Saturday 18th Sunny

We left at 8 and stopped at baked in the sun for some treats of lemon bars, coconut bars and choc Carmel bars.Cheaper than Deli Grotto
We filled up with gas 4.62 a gallon. Still only one gas station on island. We headed to Caneel and parked and hiked to Salomon and arrived first ones there at 0939.

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I had Mango drink Jim had Iguana
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Tonight we stopped at Oasis in Coral Bay we had read about this newer place and enjoyed our fish, coleslaw, mashed pot, rice and peas all for $18. We took it back to Angels Roost to eat, They also have a facebook page showing their menu.

Sunday Jan 19th Sunny

We met at Skinny legs for our kayak with friends of park. Barry was the scientist in charge of tour, We carpooled to Haulover South. There were 4 lady friends, one man, the scientist and Liz in charge of kayaks. We kayaked to Hurricane Hole and took them out at Princess bay. It was $75 a person and an informational and wonderful snorkel. I had tried to do mangrove snorkel a few years ago starting at Princess bay. It was not for me because you snorkeled in a few inches of water and the bottom was mucky. That freaked me out but this was a totally different experience.

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Supper was pork loin and potatoes in foil on grill

Monday January 20th my 57th birthday

Jim surprised me with a leopard silk nightgown what a treat.We ate breakfast and headed to one of my favorite snorkels at Waterlemon at the three mooring balls. This snorkel would end up being my all time favorite snorkel ever!! A octopus came out of den and swam with us for a half hour. What beautiful creatures they are, changing colors with the environment.

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Tuesday Jan 21. We did the Brown Bay Snorkel. Took us 35 min to get there and 35 to get back. Water was rough but clear visibility. We have snorkeled to far left the last couple years. Have snorkeled to far right fans and stronger current.

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Pretty much a tradition to eat at Vies when out this way, She is closed on Sun & Mondays. I always get garlic chicken with johnny cake and Jim gets rice and beans. I like her homemade tea. We sat with a two couples who live on a boat in Coral bay for 4 months each year.
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Vie charges 2 dollars a piece for people to use her beach I walked down to check it out. Several people like to snorkel here. It was my least favorite snorkel of trip.

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We drove to Privateer beach on far East End beautiful and tranquil but too rough to snorkel.

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Wed 22 Sunny up and arrived at Caneel. Snorkeled to far right and saw the most fish we have ever seen on point. Got out and rested on Scott and then snorkeled far right. You have to be careful here because of strong current. I put my shoes on my vest so when we got done we could walk out instead of snorkeling clear around again. We each had a drink at bar Mango dream to validate parking ticket. We left to go vegetate on Gibney for the afternoon.

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Thursday Jan 23rd We went to Haulover North a little rough so not as clear snorkeling as in the past.We ate lunch at Miss Lucy's and went back to Maho to far right. Tonight we ate in had steak, potatoes in foil and pasta. At home had bad snowstorm and there was a 15 car and 15 Semi pile up in Michigan City.

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Friday Jan 24th our last day. It started out sunny and we went to Jumbie. Tried to snorkel here but was way to choppy. Headed to Jim's favorite beach Dennis. This would not be the last afternoon we would want we dogged rain for two hours then went back to Angels Roost to get ready for supper. We had reservations for 630 at Miss Lucy's. We chose to eat outside and enjoy the view. She brought out some candles for the no seeums. Jim had seafood patella and I had spinage salad, bread and cheese.

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Saturday is return home day. We got up at 0600 left at 0900 to return jeep. Left suitcases with Curtesey and went shopping. Ate lunch at Ocean and got sandwiches for plane from Deli Grotto. Caught the 1300 ferry for 430 flight. Arrived 0930 got car and hoped we would make it home because roads were bad. We made it to one mile from our house and got stuck. Luckly Jim had packed a shovel and he tried to get us out. I could do nothing right in his eyes trying to rock the car. TENSION was tight! we made it back to his sisters and would be stuck there till a plow went through the next day at noon.

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St John 2015

Best snorkeling conditions EVER

This would be our 8th trip to St John. Would we grow tired of our favorite place? The answer would be a resounding no, This would be our best trip yet. I never get tired of all the shades of blue green water. My heart still beats faster as I get a view of the beaches and water of the North Shore .My addiction still remains.

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Our trip started off rough. You know when you want to get out of Dodge and the weather is trying to keep you from going. Our road had been drifted shut on Thursday night with neighbors getting stuck before getting home for the night. On Friday after the plow went through Jim headed to work to wrap up everything so we could be on our way. We started out and our road was drifting again. The local highway was a mess and visibility was bad. They were diverting semi trucks from the interstate do to accidents closing down roads. We were 45 min out when I asked Jim if he had socks to wear with his sandals? He got this sick look on his face. He had forgotten is clothes, Zip off pants and shirt to wear to St John hanging up in our laundry room. The only warm things he had. We tuned around and braved the bad roads again to get his clothes. A hour and half later we were back on track. We stopped over in Valpo to see our grandsons before leaving. They hardly had any snow there. The lake effect snow is so crazy. We had a nice visit and were on our way to spend night in Chicago,

We stopped and ate at Applebees and made it to Park Sleep and Fly hotel in Chicago. When checking in they could not find our parking reservation. We had stayed here the last 3 years. We got a manager and finally they found the transaction. Note to self print copy when making reservations . Jim was asleep as soon as head hit the pillow. We were up and caught the 0600 shuttle to airport.

Jan 10th travel day
We caught the 0600 shuttle to airport. We got lucky and both got pre checked so through lines in no time. So good not to take shoes off, computer out and remove liquids and all. We went to Chilli's for breakfast. We fly direct on United and have their credit card with few perks, free checked luggage and we had a free pass for private lounge.We did not eat there but enjoyed the cappuccino, paper and free wi fi,,Flight was uneventful.

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We got our jeep from Curtsey got a new blue two door with 1200 miles. Stopped at Dolphin Market for few groceries and was home at Angels Roost.IMG_0613.jpg90_IMG_0408.jpgIMG_0619.jpg Supper was at Aqua Bistro for our usual first meal of trip crunchy grouper sandwich.

Sunday Jan 11th

We are early risers and usually eat in for breakfast. We had eggs, toast and bacon, We normally leave around 0830 for the beach. First beach Frances for the day. Love, love, love getting to the beach when it is deserted. This year we found more early risers. We picked out our space and began to decompress

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We snorkeled to the right but it was not a good snorkel very murky and poor visibility. We left the beach at 2pm to watch Packers in playoffs. I had a turkey breast I thought I had brought from home. When I started to make supper saw Jim had grabbed a whole chicken instead. No problem I put olive oil and salt and pepper and Jim grilled it along with potatoes in foil. It turned out delicious.Packers beat Dallas.

Monday Jan 12

We went to a beach we have not been to for a while. Jumbie. Had a couple pop up showers that lasted only a few minutes. Had the beach to ourselves for 2 hours. Read and enjoyed the crashing waves.During a potty break found this beautiful huge blue crab.

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When people started to arrive at beach around 11 we decided to stop off at Gibney.
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Tonight we thought we would try out the new restaurant Indigo Grill but it was closed till it had some inspections. We went to Shipwreck
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My husband had fish and chips and I had a salad and mussels and order of bread. It was my least favorite meal of trip. My husband said his was ok

Tuesday Jan 13th

Kiddle was our destination for the morning with the first good snorkel of trip. Finally water was clear and calm. Able to snorkel quite a way to right. Saw octopus but he hid right away. Met a couple from Michigan who do a lot of hiking. We would see them a few more times on trip and take their suggestions to try Elk bay and snorkel Waterlemon to right out around point. I thing it is invaluable the information you learn from seasoned travelers.

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Arrived a little later than we wanted at 1215 and there were about 5 table 's seated already .We ordered and was pleasantly surprised to be out of there in under a hour. The view is to die for put you must be willing to wait. it usually takes about 10 min per table before your food comes out. This is one of our favorites and in my opinion worth the wait. We split the grouper Ruben and ordered an extra order of homemade fries served with remoulade sauce.

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Maho was our beach for afternoon

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Wed Jan 14th

Haulover North There was hardly any breeze and it looked calm enough to get in although there was a large amount of sargassum on the shore

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I always enjoy Haulover South It is always calm here

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Took a drive up Dreekets Bay I love the view from up there

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Driving back to Coral Bay we came across the newest donkey I think someone said they were calling Pumpkin

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Tonight we went to Lime Inn for all you can eat shrimp and I had grilled lobster! Rick the owner always remembers repeat customers and makes sure you are happy.

Thursday 15th.

Today Dorothy a friend we had met 8 years ago when we did a Princess Tahiti Cruise was coming to see us from St Thomas. She lives in Mississauga Canada, She is our same age. We have not seen her for two years.She is one of those people who is easy to get along and enjoys snorkeling and the water,;She was on a cruise for two weeks and was porting in St Thomas. The ship got in late so she came on the1000 ferry. We got some sandwiches at Sam and Jacks and went to Frank Bay. Met a lady who was picking up sea glass. She was kind enough to take our picture.

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We picked her up about 1030 and decided to show her Caneel and Honeymoon beach. We parked and walked to Honeymoon.Caught up with each other and Dorthy and I snorkeled to the left. I was surprised that the coral was in pretty good shape here. It drives me CRAZY with all the excursion
snorkelers who do not respect the coral and stand on it. We relaxed and went to Caneels main beach and snorkeled to the right around the point. We only got one picture but sure enjoyed her visit. She bought us a drink at the bar and we validated our parking ticket. She bought us a bottle of ice wine to enjoy later. I had worried about forecast because it projected 40% rain. I am glad that the weather forecasters are as accurate as ours are at home. It was a sunny day with no rain in sight.
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Friday Jan 16th

Hiked to Brown Bay lots of Sargassum along shore. It was calm and clear once we got out to left towards point.

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We went back to Maho for afternoonand finished up chicken salad on sandwich
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We had reservations at 6 pm for Virgin Fire. We were most excited because Inner visons are playing on Fridays. It would be our first time hearing them. We got a seat at the rail on the balcony. I had french fry appetizer and taco appetizer for entree. Jim had jambalaya.
We enjoyed our evening.
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Saturday is turn around day for a lot of vacationers. As we had been by Salt Pond earlier in week we noticed how busy the parking lot had been. Jim hoped maybe it would be less busy on turnaround day. Good choice lot less people today. The weather was Sunny, hot with no breeze.We arrived at 0900 and picked out our spot. The water was up and less beach than normal. We started the hike to Rams head. Most of the time once you reach the top you need to hold on to your hat. Not today No breeze we still spent about a 1/2 hour at the top soaking in the 360 degree view. Met some great people and took pictures of each other. One couple from NY was visiting with their parents. In conversation shared our love for Coral Bay and the villa they had rented before Lunazul. We would later book Lunazul for our second week next Jan.I took a small tumble coming down and was lucky just to have cuts and not a sprained ankle,

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Very calm snorkel to left got clear around towards Blue Cobblestone

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We stopped at tourist trap and had Boom Booms's So good on a hot day. Talked to table next to us who happened to be Jane and Larry's neighbor in upper Carolina. Her husband is author of October Sky and many other books.

Tonight we finally got to try Indigo Grill where Donkey Diner used to be. We met the co owner Allison who co owns with owners from Rumblines in Cruz Bay. What a transformation of the old Donkey Diner. Bar outside continues inside. Seating out or in. We chose outside and really enjoyed this place. Nice menu had sandwiches or nice dinner choices. Our waitress Cassie was the best server we had all vacation. I had Margaretta pizza and my husband had gourmet hamb on tater tots. Devilish!!

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Sunday October 18th

Started in Haulover South and hiked rugged trail to right to Elks bay. What a surprise much bigger bay than we expected. Snorkeled to left and Jim found a pretty shell that had just died. Wow is it hard to get that smell out! This bay is really isolated and we saw no one the few hours we were there. I would like to come back and see if can find trail that gets you over to mangroves.

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I wanted to snorkel Haulover North to the east towards point. We drove up Dreekets road and parked, There is a rough drive that goes down to beach. This would end up being my yuckiest snorkel ever do to the conditions. The Sargassum was built up on shore and as we stepped in sand by water, millions of bugs seemed to be hatching where we had stepped. The water was brown and snorkel did not get good until we got clear out by point. No pictures we could not wait to get out of water and get back to shower.

We are huge Packer fans and was excited to see Packers and Sea hawks in NFC championship. We were ahead by 12 with 5 min to go. They ended up tying the game and we lost in overtime. We were very sad but Hey we are in paradise we can not let a game get us down. Had pork loin on grill, corn and pasta.

Monday Jan 19th.

We got to trunk bay at 0800. It is suppose to open at 0730 but no one was there when we arrived and we were able to just walk in. We walked the beach for a mile and read for a while. The tide was up so less beach but still beautiful.

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Left when Trunk started getting busy at 1000 and went to Dennis Bay

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Rhumb lines for supper. Always a favorite. Had champagne mango mojitos.We had spring rolls and vegetable samosa.Pad Thai for both of us I have them lower the spice down for mine .Only able to eat few bites and I bloated up. It was so good but had to get to go for another meal later in the week.

Tuesday Jan 20th

58th birthday what a lucky girl to get to spend it here on the island I am truly blessed. We got to Leinster Bay around 0900. Walked down to bay and set up camp. Tide again was up and very little beach. We went back to three mooring balls and enjoyed the snorkel. Saw a huge ray. We went back to bay and read and had lunch. Instead of snorkeling the cay we took the advice of some people we had met and snorkeled to the far right out to the point. The water was very calm and very little current. This was a very interesting snorkel and really enjoyed it, even better than cay IMHO.

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For Birthday supper had reservations at Asolare table at the rail for sunset
James was our waiter the only disappointment was our drinks. I had a lemongrass drink and Jim had a cosmo We should of sent them back but I am not a complainer.The food was good, I had Thai ribs with goat cheese polenta. Jim had very good sweet and sour chicken. We both shared almond cream brulee.

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Wed Jan 21

We went to Great Lameshur and snorkeled all the way to Cabritte Horn Point. Saw turtles, stingrays, squid and a mean looking barracuda. The rock formations were amazing. Snorkeled for about 2 1/2 hours when we got done my legs were like jelly.

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Miss Lucy 's for lunch The pet goat Molinda got loose and came to visit Jim

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Gibney was the beach for afternoon. James our waiter showed up with friends and was kind enough to ask how my birthday turned out.

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Thursday Jan 22

We got to Caneel at 0900. Left our chairs and cooler on Honeymoon beach. Hiked to Salomon, There was a photo shoot of mermaid being done by Steve Simonsen. I have always admired this local photographer and enjoyed watching him work. I talked to his wife for a while. She said they met 30 years ago on St Thomas. I asked the mermaid if she minded if I took her photograph. Here are my amateur photos with i phone.

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We went to Honeymoon to eat our lunch and only stayed a hour beach was CRAZY busy.

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Snorkel at Caneel beach to Scott Bay

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Jackie our favorite bartender was serving up our favorite drinks

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Friday Jan 23

We stopped at Maho just for some photo's with the beach empty

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Hawksnest beach always get early sun and the parking lot was empty so we stopped. So I am not anti social but how do you feel when have whole empty beach and someone sets up camp 2 feet from you???? We get there early to enjoy peace and quite. I guess we had picked the best spot because after 2 hours of quiet bliss 2 caffeine charged women broke our trance. Time to move on!!

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Last day favorite beach here we come

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Just as the name imply' s peace is what I feel here. Normally we do not snorkel on our last day but it was so calm we just had to get in the water

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Last night we have reservations at Aqua Bistro if you are coming here on Friday night you have to have reservations or you will wait a long time.

Saturday Jan 24th

All good things do come to and end. But I was not sad we had the best weather and snorkeling conditions EVER for us.We had great sunrise this morning. Ate at High Tide and caught 1 pm ferry. Excited to stay at New place second week next year Lunazul.

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Ferry Dock

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Until next year and have view from Angels Roost our home away from home and Lunazul for second week

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Summit Oct 31, Nov1 St Thomas 2013

Sea day and St Thomas

Sea day Up early walked on deck and layed out on orange chairs until it started to pour at 1030, Ate lunch and what better to do on rainy day but take a nap. Had party for Captains club in Revelations lounge at 5pm, Michele our friend and travel agent treated us to a dinner at Normadie dining room.

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I had goat cheese souffle, rack of lamb and choc souffle for dessert. Jim had lobster bisque, fish

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St Thomas We have been here many times because we fly in here each January when we come to St John. We decided just to get off the ship and walk into town. Takes about 15 min. We did some shopping and came back on ship to eat lunch.

We felt the food was very good on the Summit this year.

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Summit Oct 30th 2013 Grenada

Grenada is a rolling, mountainous island, covered with fragrant spice trees and rare tropical flowers. Bordered by stunning beaches, and dotted with picturesque towns, this verdant island has long been a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa. The seductive drifts through the colorful Saturday markets and Grenada's dense forests. In the interior of this volcanic island are cascading rivers and waterfalls, lush rainforests, and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful mountain lakes imaginable. The capital, St. George's, is widely held to be the loveliest city in the Caribbean. Its horseshoe-shaped harbor is surrounded by a pastel rainbow of dockside warehouses and the red-tiled roofs of traditional shops and homes.

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We stopped at a nutmeg sorting plant and bought spice necklaces.

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Met a Michele's for wine. Tonight was formal night Had lobster, blue cheese souffle and cream burlee. Went dancing till 1030.

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Summit Oct 29th Dominica

Dominica

We ported in charming little place Roseau Dominica Roseau is the capital and largest city of Dominica. With a population of 16,582. It is a small and compact urban settlement, located within the Saint George parish and surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, the Roseau River and Morne Bruce. Built on the site of the ancient Kalinago Indian village of Sairi, it is the oldest and most important urban settlement on the island of Dominica. We got off at 0930 and walked around. Bought some mahogany place mats. Back on ship at 1100 and took advantage of the big orange cushion sun beds.

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Went up to Michele's family room and enjoyed wine out on the balcony

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Summit Oct 28th 2013 St Kitts

St Kitts Monday October 28

Sunny day got off to walk around port. We have an excursion at 1pm today. Came back ate lunch and rested in shade.

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The excursion was sail and snorkel excursion from the ship. We were going with Doug and Michele & Terry and Cindy. The snorkeling was pretty good. Coming back they had their own rum punch with nutmeg or beer. We had a blast. 90_7C3AD50CA7A546170BF9411D9FE97C2C.jpg90_IMG_0765.jpgIMG_0767.jpgIMG_0768.jpg

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Two fisted Jim so out of caricature but fun to see him let lose and have fun! Those rum punches are lethal.

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Summit Oct 27th St Croix 2013

San Juan, St Croix, St Kitts, Dominica, Grenada, St Thomas

We went to dance lesson and ate at Doc's and started out for Chicago. Stayed at Hiatt Regency . Up and caught 545 am shuttle to O hare. Flight was 0840 American and had to pay for one bag. We ate breakfast at chills in airport. Watched star track on plane and took subway sandwich we had picked up night before. Arrived at 130 took taxi for 24$ and arrived at Villa Herncia at 230. We were upgraded to terrace suit #9 with goes for 250 a night I had only payed 150, We walked around and came back and showered.

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Walked around and stopped in at Barrachina for the famous original Pina Colada http://www.barrachina.com/indexb.php

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We came back and showered. Ice cold shower only thing that was bad about hotel the water never warmed up and walked down to a restaurant that I had heard about who the owner is a piano jazz player. We had reservations. The owner is Carli Munoz, former player with the Beach Boys, who plays every night was really good. Mohitos are their specialty drink for 9$ I had a small rack of lamb 4 for 28$ Jim had pecan incrusted flounder with amaretto sauce.We had a tuna tatare appetizer that melted in your mouth. We sat and listened to jazz after eating. We walked back around 0930.http://www.carlisworld.com/restaurant/

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Up at 745 slept great walked to local non tourist restaurant Mallorica had eggs and homemade bread and coffee Jim had sweetbread with powdered sugar after his breakfast.We walked to fort that is near by hotel. Took the new path they are building in front.

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Our table was Cindy and Terry from Wisconsin, Michele's sister, Michele and Doug and Bruce and Joyce from Mass aka Santa. We had a blast at our table lots of laughter!! Tonight I had prime rib, escargot, We went to rendezvous lounge had same Latin band as last year Ixtasea party band.Michele got upgraded to large family balcony 8181. We all went up to watch sail a way and have drinks.Went to bed at 1030.

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We ate breakfast in dining room. Talked to couple from Parrot Club group on board. He was the guest speaker. They both lived on the big Island of Hawaii. They were telling us how economical and cheep to build there.

We had been to St Croix a few times so decided just to get off and walk to the right. We walked along the beach a couple miles. Came back around 1130

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This cruise had 3 free coupons each for drinks for elite. Could go in any lounge from 5-7. We met Michele and Doug, Bruce and Joyce for drinks.

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Summit October 2013

San Juan

We went to dance lesson and ate at Doc's and started out for Chicago. Stayed at Hiatt Regency . Up and caught 545 am shuttle to O hare. Flight was 0840 American and had to pay for one bag. We ate breakfast at chills in airport. Watched star track on plane and took subway sandwich we had picked up night before. Arrived at 130 took taxi for 24$ and arrived at Villa Herncia at 230. We were upgraded to terrace suit #9 with goes for 250 a night I had only payed 150, We walked around and came back and showered.

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Walked around and stopped in at Barrachina for the famous original Pina Colada http://www.barrachina.com/indexb.php

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We came back and showered. Ice cold shower only thing that was bad about hotel the water never warmed up and walked down to a restaurant that I had heard about who the owner is a piano jazz player. We had reservations. The owner is Carli Munoz, former player with the Beach Boys, who plays every night was really good. Mohitos are their specialty drink for 9$ I had a small rack of lamb 4 for 28$ Jim had pecan incrusted flounder with amaretto sauce.We had a tuna tatare appetizer that melted in your mouth. We sat and listened to jazz after eating. We walked back around 0930.http://www.carlisworld.com/restaurant/

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Up at 745 slept great walked to local non tourist restaurant Mallorica had eggs and homemade bread and coffee Jim had sweetbread with powdered sugar after his breakfast.We walked to fort that is near by hotel. Took the new path they are building in front.

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Our table was Cindy and Terry from Wisconsin, Michele's sister, Michele and Doug and Bruce and Joyce from Mass aka Santa. We had a blast at our table lots of laughter!! Tonight I had prime rib, escargot, We went to rendezvous lounge had same Latin band as last year Ixtasea party band.Michele got upgraded to large family balcony 8181. We all went up to watch sail a way and have drinks.Went to bed at 1030.

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October 24th Dubrovnik, Croatia

Last port of trip. Dubrovnik Croatia with nickname pearl of Adriatic.It is like living a fairy tail that should not be missed.The old town is ringed by thick medieval walls that you can walk all around. We were in search of the hole in the wall bar when we finished the wall.It was too far to walk to old town so payed for Celebrity bus to drop us off. We needed to change some Euros to Kunas entrance to wall was 90 Kunas or about 12 Euros. The whole length of the wall is 1.2 miles. Very easy walk you can walk all or a portion because there are 3 access points to the walls.

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We would be rewarded with a beautiful sunset as we left our last port Dubrovnik, Croatia

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October 22 & 23 Venice overnight

Venice is something I have always wanted to experience.We were here 24hrs so sailed in and out of Venice. A hour before docking they started piping music La Serenissima and other beautiful Italian music on Deck 15. What a breathtaking experience to sail in to the majestic and serene city of Venice. It was a unforgettable Day. After this year they are no longer allowing big cruise ships to come down main canal so I was glad to experience coming into Venice on the ship. This was on my bucket list and why I picked this cruise.These shots are from up on Deck.

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Transportation is half of the fun in Venice. From the ship we had to do the people mover for 1Euro 30. Then we walked to Vaporetti for 20 Euros for 24 hour pass. We started at Piazzale Roma to St Mark's taking the #1 slow boat. We worked our way to front.

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We got off and walked back part of Rialto. Loved walking the back streets and just taking our time wondering around.When we got back to the small canals decided that is where we will take our gondola ride later.

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You can not come to Venice without doing the Gondola ride. Romantic in every way possible our driver even sang to us. I feel so blessed to have been with Jim for 35 years.

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Second day in Venice headed to St Mark's square and then wandered back into the Jewish ghetto area and markets.

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We had a special invitation to watch sail away on the He lo Pad of the ship, What a great way to say goodby to the magical Venice.

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October 21 Kotor Montenegro

Kotor had intrigued me since I started doing research on where I wanted to go. The natural beauty had me looking forward to our stop. Kotor is situated in a most secluded tip of Boka Kotorska bay, in the northern part of the Montenegro coast on the Adriatic Sea. . Kotor Bay is the deepest natural fjord-like bay in the Mediterranean Sea, and the scenery around it (including the steep mountains which come almost straight down to the waters edge) is spectacular.

Stretching some 4.5 km directly above and east of the Old Town, on almost vertical cliffs, is the meandering upper town walls. It looks a little like a short version of the Great Wall. Climbing up the 1350 steps this would be one of our most rugged climbs of the trip with the view as a reward at the top.large_270_DSC_0289.jpg

We got up early to watch the ship come in. It was magic coming in through the misty fog and seeing beautiful view
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We had priority tendering so went to the main dining room for breakfast and took tender at 0915.We were blessed with beautiful day started off with sweater jacket and would be taking that off with the long climb.

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Leaving Kotor was just as beautiful as coming in

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35th Anniversary on Equinox sea day

After 5 busy port days we were ready for a sea day. I always started my day with a great cup of coffee from Cafa al Bacio. Usually had cafe Americano. We ate in the dining room for breakfast, lunch and formal dinner. We upgraded our free classic beverage plan to premium. We love the Molecular bar which is more a mixology type bar.90_IMG_2155.jpg90_IMG_2153.jpg90_IMG_2149.jpgIMG_2147.jpgIMG_2148.jpglarge_90_IMG_2144.jpglarge_IMG_2140.jpgIMG_2138.jpgIMG_2133.jpgIMG_2048.jpglarge_90_IMG_2135.jpg

We had full sun on our deck so just truly relaxed, read and enjoyed the ship. Walked the track on deck for a hour. Enjoyed eating next to Annie and George from Norway. Danced after dinner to Mood Icons,

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October 18 Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy

Our RIL guide today was Andrea. He picked us up at ship at 0800 and we were off on our world wind day. So much packed into a short time. Most important is we all had our tickets we had gotten before trip for Colosseum 14 Euros apiece and Vatican entry 12 Euro and 19 apiece for private guide.

On our way went by a very large park in Rome. Saw Tiber river and Angel Castle. Went to Pantheon 27BC started ti build as simple temple became tomb of kings .270_DSC_2271.jpg270_DSC_2272.jpgDSC_2274.jpg270_DSC_2275.jpg270_DSC_2291.jpglarge_DSC_2292.jpg270_DSC_2296.jpglarge_IMG_2058.jpglarge_IMG_2060.jpg270_DSC_2299.jpg270_DSC_2301.jpg270_DSC_2303.jpg270_DSC_2304.jpg90_IMG_2049.jpgDSC_2298.jpgDSC_2279.jpgDSC_2277.jpg

90_IMG_2063.jpg Andrea our guide for the day We stopped but both Tevia fountain and Spanish steps were under renovation.
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The Colosseum started in 2 AD and took till 80 AD to build.The Colosseum represents Rome at its grandest.
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Vatican City

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We fit in a local pizza place that Andrea recommended. IMG_2085.jpg41E0CF10F2D87075222F73593D0B1616.jpg90_41E21120ACE6EB85E855A652794C4786.jpg41AD97BA95BD3420446A1041E094E13D.jpgDSC_2394.jpglarge_DSC_2393.jpg

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