Saturday, June 22, 2013

European Adventure Part I

We're back home after an incredible 10 day Eastern Mediterranean cruise (Celebrity Reflection) and visited a number ports of call.  We then spent an additional 2 days in Rome.

We decided the best approach for 'us' was a balanced one.  We arranged our own half-day excursions and saw all the sights we wanted to see.

Our day began by dropping off Molly at the kennel (Muzzles and Snouts) and then driving to Toronto (2.5 hour drive) the day before to avoid any inconveniences.  We stayed at one of the many hotels near the airport that provided free parking and shuttle service.

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Clearly our travel agent was on the ball.
Shortly after arriving at the Toronto Pearson International Airport Linda's cell rang.  It was our travel agent calling to inform us that our flight was delayed.  I didn't let this blip alter my serene state of mind (adventure mode).

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Airbus A330-200 operating for Alitalia from Rome, Italy arriving at Toronto Pearson International.


As we neared our destination we saw a beautiful sunrise.

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After arriving in Rome we had a bit of a wait before collecting our luggage.  It isn't necessarily a bad thing as speed is a variable related to location. lol

Going through customs was a breeze and before we knew it we were in Civitavecchia, the port city for Rome.  Embarkation went smoothly and we were issued our Seapass cards.  These are issued to all guests and serve as an identity card, access control (key) to your cabin and charges to your account.

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It wasn't long before we left port and headed to our first port of call... Messina, Italy (Sicily, the motherland to the Mafia).

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Beautiful weather accompanied us throughout our cruise.

Stay tuned, there is more to come.

Ciao!

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9 comments:

Stephanie said...

Looks like you two had a great trip, looking forward to more stories and photos.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I wondered where you disappeared to Daniel -- so happy your cruise went smoothly.

Buttons said...

Welcome home Daniel. WOW !!!!!! B

Lia Storm said...

Beautiful photos. I can't wait to see more of them. Glad you and your lady had a nice holiday together.
Good to see you back !

Roban said...

These are beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your adventure!

Julie G. said...

Clear, stunning photographs of the beginning of your adventure! Looking forward to Part 2!

Ankur Anand said...

wow ! jaw dropping

Lisa Gordon said...

Welcome home, Daniel.
This sure looks like the adventure of a lifetime!

Hilary said...

Oh wow.. three posts with which to catch up. I'm so glad you had such a fine trip. I'm looking forward to reading more