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2016 European Tour, Days 11-15: Genoa, Florence, Pisa, Rome

Day 11, Thu 13Oct16: The original cruise plan called for us to dock next in Portofino, but somewhere along the way plans changed and we landed at Genoa instead. It’s notable for being the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. If Monaco … Continue reading

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2016 European Tour, Day 10: Monte-Carlo

Monaco (which a tour-guide recording pronounced accenting the second syllable) is a 2-square-kilometer principality of which Monte-Carlo is just one district (the one with the casino). With the immaculate city and its residential towers backed by a high ridge of … Continue reading

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2016 European Tour, Day 9: Marseille

Tuesday was the ninth day of our Europe vacation, and 6th full day on the boat, now at Marseille. This schedule is trying, in that we’re visiting 10 ports in 10 days, with no days at sea, no layovers in … Continue reading

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2016 European Tour, Day 8: Barcelona

Monday, 10 October, on our Oceania cruise: Barcelona The largest of our cruise ports since Lisbon. We did a 4-hour “highlights” bus excursion, part of which was a walking tour, yet saw only a handful of landmarks, beginning with the … Continue reading

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2016 European Tour, Day 7: Palma de Mallorca, and Further Sundry Observations

(Running two days behind.) Sunday, 9 October: Palma de Mallorca. This is the city of Palma on the island of Mallorca, a largish island south of Spain and west of the better known islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily. Palma, … Continue reading

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2016 European Tour, Day 6: Alicante; Sundry Observations

Saturday, 8 October– The Spanish port city of Alicante. Short version: another port city, another castle, another cathedral, more old-town narrow streets filled with cafe tables, another bullfighting ring. We did an excursion here, i.e. a bus tour, and the … Continue reading

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2016 European Tour, Day 3: Lisbon: The Tour, the Tower, the Castle, and Dinner

Tuesday 4 October. We had an extensive breakfast buffet at the hotel to get started. I mentioned last time the cocktail stand at the giant food court– We’ve also seen various cocktail kiosks along the riverfront and the avenue near … Continue reading

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2016 European Tour Days 1-2: Lisbon

A two-day start considering only a couple hours fitful sleep on the plane overnight. We flew out of SFO Sunday morning, changed in Philadelphia, and landed Lisbon about 9am local time (1am West Coast time) on Monday. (I read Ian … Continue reading

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More Ireland Pics

From Yeong’s iPhone. We were staying at the Conrad Hilton, which is just south of St. Stephen’s Green, as on this map. St. Stephen’s Green, the Central Park of Dublin, was just a short walk from our hotel. Wikipedia has … Continue reading

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Dublin Notes and Photos

Only four months late, here are some notes and observations I had about our trip to Dublin in late April. Yeong had a business conference for three days, Tuesday to Thursday. We flew in the previous weekend, and stayed through … Continue reading

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