Rome to Montreal May 21 – June 22, 2017

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SANDY LUBARSKY
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British Air A380.  Worst seat configuration ever.  Window seat is backwards with aisle forward and an odd foot stool device for when your laying the seat flat for sleeping.  The inside person and flight attendants must climb over the outside person!

May 22, Monday   The Westin Excelsior Via Vittorio Veneto, 125, 00187 Roma, Italy

 

 

For the significance of Via Veneto watch Fellini’s La Dolce Vita!

Hotel Bar

On board!

 

 

May 24 Wed Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

(Arab soda!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 25 Thu  Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi’s masterpiece La Sagrada Familia, the Church of the Sacred Family. Construction on this extraordinary sanctuary began more than 130 years ago, and today the church is still years from completion.

Attorney’s Mail Box

Walk through the Gothic Quarter, where the ancient Romans laid out many of the winding atmospheric streets. The highlight here is La Seu, a cathedral dating from the 14th century. It’s cloisters have been called “the loveliest oasis in Barcelona,” .

 

 

 

 

Then following a traditional Catalan lunch, you will see a different sort of architecture at the Spanish Village, a collection of buildings that replicate various styles from all over Spain. After free time here, you will return to the pier via Montjuic, a broad hill that offers panoramic views of Barcelona.

 

 

 

May 26 Fri  Alicante, Spain

Alicante is a popular Spanish resort town and during the years of Roman rule, was called Lucentum, the City of Light.

Cathedral of Alicante, better known as the Church of San Nicolas de Bari. One of its most interesting features is its impressive façade, which is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Religious Baroque.

 

The Santa Barbara Castle is one of the largest in the Mediterranean region. Located atop Mount Benacantil, a rocky mass that soars nearly 600 feet above the sea and city.

The castle has three clearly differentiated areas. The highest part contains the oldest remains (11th to 13th century), and of particular interest are the Baluarte de los Ingleses (Rampart of the English), the Sala Noble (Hall of Nobles) and the Governor’s House.

The intermediate part consists mainly of buildings that were constructed in the 16th century, namely the Room of Philip II, the Cuerpo de Guardia (Guard’s Wing), the Baluarte de la Reina (Queen’s Rampart), and the Patio de Armas (the garrison courtyard), along with the ruins of the ancient hermitage of Santa Barbara.

The third part of the Castle was added in the 18th century and here you will find the Revellín de Bon Repós (an angular embankment) and the monument to the famous soldier from Alicante, Félix Berenguer de Marquina, who was a Captain-General in the Philippines and a Viceroy of New Mexico.

A toast to the first Sultan.

Alicante’s historical district, is located in the area around the Calle Labradores and the Rambla de Méndez Núñez – a street that a river used to pass through. In 1833, Alicante became the capital of the province and in 1851 it was the first coastal city to be linked to Madrid by train, thus becoming the national capital’s main seaport.

City Hall

Since 1957, more than 6 1/2 million small red, black and cream tiles on the Esplanade have formed one of the most enduring images of Alicante.

May 28 Sun  Gibraltar, United Kingdom

 

A huge ship next to our small Oceania Insignia!

Your tour commences from the pier and drives north across Gibraltar’s unusual airport runway, which was built with rocks that the British excavated during World War II when tunneling inside the famed Rock of Gibraltar for defensive purposes.

Along the way, make a photo stop at the American War Memorial and pass by the Trafalgar Cemetery, both located just outside the city walls. Stopping atop Europa Point, you’ll enjoy a magnificent view of North Africa, just 12 miles across the Straits of Gibraltar. As you enjoy the view, you will come to appreciate why this territory was and continues to be of such strategic importance to the British Navy.

From here, it’s on to the Botanical Gardens. Gibraltar’s mild climate nurtures a variety of exotic flora, and there is an excellent variety to be found here. Opened in 1816 as the Alameda Gardens, this botanical wonderland contains more than 1900 species, including succulents, palms, flowering shrubs and trees from as far away as California.


Of course, the Rock of Gibraltar dominates the landscape and no trip to Gibraltar would be complete without a visit to its summit. Boarding your cable car you’ll ride to the summit, stopping along the way at the Apes’ Den to view the Rock’s free-roaming Barbary Apes. Reaching the top, you’ll find the views are simply unparalleled. As you wander independently around the many terraces, you are afforded splendid views of the city of Gibraltar to the west, the coastline of Africa to the south, the Spanish Mainland to the north and the Blue waters of the Mediterranean to the east.

Hey, hey, we’re the monkeys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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WWII lookout bunker made of fuel cans.

 

Some British beer at the top!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After descending from the top of the Rock, you will be taken to the O’Callaghan Elliot Hotel, where you will enjoy some delicious canapés and drinks.

Crew, Kayaking and Party boats!

May 29 Mon and May 30 Tue  Seville, Spain

The 13th-century Gold Tower, which was originally built to control river traffic and defend the port. The tower later served as a prison, chapel, gunpowder storeroom and museum, its present use.

Built for the Universal Expositions of 1929 held throughout Maria Luisa Park, where pavilions such as the enormous Plaza de Espana still dominate the skyline.

On the Guadalquivir River, which meanders through the city before emptying into the Gulf of Cadiz.  Walk to Santa Cruz, the former Jewish quarter, where you will walk along labyrinthine streets that connect squares scented by orange trees.

Finally, you will visit the glorious royal palace Alcazar, the heart of which dates to the 14th century. There is so much to admire it’s almost dizzying. In fact, UNESCO deemed it a World Heritage Site together with the cathedral and archives within the complex. Following your visit, you will return to the pier.

Don Juan

 

 

 

 

 

Festival!

No Bull Malinda!

May 31 Wed   Lisbon, Portugal

The Tower of Belem, the first building seen by the early explorer upon their return journeys,

The Jeronimos Monastery which was built to commemorate the voyages of discovery in 1502. The magnificent church is considered to be the most elaborate expression of the Manueline style – a unique form of decoration punctuated with marine symbols.

Continue to the Alfama which is like a village within the city with its maze of narrow streets and steps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The crypt of Vassco De Gamma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 2 Fri  Oporto, Portugal

The city of Oporto lies on the north bank of the Douro River, near where it meets the Atlantic Ocean and is the second largest city in Portugal.

Dating mainly from the 18th century when trade was booming and merchants were financing elegant homes for themselves and grand buildings for the city, the local architecture reflects the elaborate gilt-work of the baroque-style and the neoclassicism and romanticism of the 19th and 20th centuries. You will walk over the unique double-decker bridge which spans the Douro River, the work of the famous Parisian engineer Gustav Eiffel. At the conclusion of your city tour, you’ll be given some free time to explore on your own or browse through some of the colorful local shops.

After an informative tour of the cellar where you will learn about the processes involved in creating fine port wine, you’ll be treated to a wine tasting of some of their finest products.