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2010年08月10日

Summer vacation: Cruise to the Adriatic and Aegean Sea from Venice (part 1)

We had a nice cruise to the Adriatic and Aegean Sea for a week. The cruise was somewhat different from any other travel style that I have experienced. We could stay comfortably in our cabin but join in a lot of events on the ship anytime, just by taking an elevator. Almost every day we could enjoy browsing different cities. The Italian food served on the ship was very tasty (probably because we live in Paris) and being served three meals a day made the trip very easy going. Our son, a year and half old, really enjoyed his first swimming pool and the ocean experiences. At night, he enjoyed watching the entertainment show and dancing with the live music on the ship.


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Buildings are standing from the water.

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My four recommendations in Venice: Music flowing around the Piazza San Marco at night, good restaurant “IL RIDOTTO” (www.ilridotto.com), the open-atmosphere of Lido Island where you can relax along the beach, and “HOTEL CASA VERARDO”.

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Cost Fortuna. As you see in the picture, it was huge. We heard the number of passengers was about 3000 and the staff was 1000 on board.

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This was at one of the formal nights. Their big baby chair helped us a lot.

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Our son loved dancing with the live music after dinner. His favorite dancing was spinning like a top.

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He was allowed to play in the baby pool with a diaper. He loved it (though he does not smile in the picture).


I would like to update the pictures of each city visited in Part 2.

2010年08月14日

Summer vacation: Cruise trip to the Adriatic and Aegean Sea from Venice (part 2)

With Cost Fortuna, we visited 6 cities, namely Bari (Italy), Olympia, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes (Greece), Dubrovnik (Croatia). Among them, I especially enjoyed the Greek islands.

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Bari (Italy):
The old town is right there after getting off from the ship. We browsed with a cone of gelato. Our son played in a park.


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Olympia (Greece):
It is the original site of the Olympic games. Its spirit somehow took over our son and he wanted to lift up a huge piece of stone several times. I could not help just dashing in a straight run within the ancient arena. Although we joined the excursion, it is a choice not to go Olympia but to browse near the port.

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Santorini (Greece):
We visited the town of OIA that you see often in post cards. We joined the excursion and wished we could have had more time to walk around there.

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Mykonos (Greece):
The entrance to the main street is right there after getting off the boat. We walked along the street, watched the sunset from a small sandy beach near the port, and had a Greek dinner. We met the famous pelican. We could enjoy just spending a week on this island. After the trip, I heard that Haruki Murakami also liked spending time there.

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Rhodes (Greece):
The beach of the Aegean Sea was beautiful. Our son loved the ocean.

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Dubrovnik (Croatia):
We went up the hill by cable car (I recommend this). The view from there was worth seeing. The gelato was good in the town.

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Leaving from the ship after a week.

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