Sorry to hear you got involved in "the way I fly". But I am really happy you got a taste of Europe. Sad that you didn't get to spend time in Venice on the front end, and Barcelona on the back end. Both great spots.
Many of those European ports, as beautiful as they are, can be overwhelming for a first timers, because there is just so much history and art to see. That's one reason, when you posted the pic of "David", I wanted to correct you, as first timers would see that picture, and think if they saw that, they'd have seen Michaelango's David.
Lots of people do enjoy going to Europe, and mostly seeing all the spectacular scenery through the window of a bus, with a couple of shopping stops. Those types of tours are amazingly popular.
The flying and traveling isn't easy, and does take a toll on the body clock. Hope you get a great sleep, and get all caught up, and ditch your cold.
As for Monte Carlo...other than seeing the casino, and some of the homes of the rich and famous, it was never my favorite either. Though from there you could have jumped over to Nice. Now there, there's SHOPPING.
Mo - I never cared for Monte Carlo either until I walked along the shore one day and found the staircase to the famous Grace Kelly church. I realized ti is what most people should see there, but I had never heard anyone speak of it.
I have not seen Nice - but I have been to Marseille which is very close. We drive past Nice to get to the airport and it looked beautiful. I now woner why so few ships go to Nice - and choose Monte Carlo or Marseille instead. Marseille was not pleasant at all.
I DO understand that many people love Florence. I personally just never understood that. One time would be enough for me, while I could see Venice 10 times and still be amazed.
And Linda, I am very sorry to tell you that by far the best beads were in Venice - because it is next to Murano where all the best glass beads are created. I am sorry you missed it - I had encouraged you to get a hotel there and arrive two days early. But it is something people need to learn - the trip to Europe means you "lose" the first day unless you somehow get a great night's sleep on the plane, and even then you still only get a few hours (and you are exhausted) before you have to board the ship which then sails away.
Kuki, I appreciate the correction, for David. The statues in the square,and the carvings on the buildings, are just amazing. I love architecture,and this was right up my alley. The woman from the press group, who also selected this tour, became our tour guide, our mini group of four, was glad to have someone with knowledge, show us around. Granted, we may not have gotten to the "sweet spots", but I so appreicate what we saw. I really wished the Duomo was open. Maybe next time.
Our tours were diverse, with lots history, and a bit of shopping. I wish we could have pre or post cruised, but it just was not doable. Since our hotel was not in the city, getting in, and, back, before our group dinner was not possible. We dined in a family style restaurant, where every few minutes, another course was served. The food, the wine and thhe company was great. How the ladies stay so trim in the Mediterranean, is a mystery to me! We had booked a private tour in Monte Carlo. We were supposed to go to St. Paul De Vence. Our group was looking forward to getting to France, it just wasn't meant to be this time.
I do think for a 1st timer, it can be quite overwhelming to try and see it all. Lots of walking between the sites, your head is on swivle,and wishing for more time, yet tired at the same time. We appreciated what we did see, & I have memories of special places now
Jacqueline, I just posted some pics in the gallery, I had some trouble, with some loading and others not, buit more are coming. Fern, ask away...I thought of you as I walked along some of these places, knowing you would soon, be doing the same.
Trip, with her book & tea!
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Just some thoughts about my trip on Carnival Magic. I think that when this ship gets to Texas, the area will open their arms and their hearts to this wonderful ship. I spoke to many of the staff,who cannot wait to get to Texas,to enjoy some southern hospitality.
In the Med, with it's port intensive itinerary, some of the venues onboard seem underused,at times but, when this ship gets to Texas,it will be hopping! The Red Frog Pub, will be the place to be seen.
The Magic,has a much quieter sensibility,than other ships. Cruisers form other lines, booking the Magic,will be surprised at her more calm interiors. The atrium, with a chrome bandbox over the bar sits center stage for some wonderful musical offerings. One night we had an impromptu songfest, with Karen Grainger and a male singer a great pianist, that brought down the house, with dancing and yelling for more. I love this of the moment entertainment!
The Southern Lights dining room was our designated dining spot..the harder one to find Our wait staff Ivan & Lucky, were just the best. Food was good and presented beautifully, and on the everyday menu,they had fried chicken! I must admit it was tasty. Ken Byrne,the singing the maitre'd, has to be one of the most talented men at sea. He has a voice, made to sing all the Italian standards, that everyone so enjoys.
One thing I found a bit odd, is this new restroom,idea. My last Carnival cruise was on the Freedom,and that ship did not have this unique design. Both men and woman go through one door. The men enter one door, while the ladies have to go through two more, to enter a very tiny restroom. There always seem to be doors opening with tight squeezes needed, along with some startled faces. Also the jet dryers go on and off when nobody is using them. That, along with some satellite issues for the TV, need to be worked on,but, inaugural cruises usually have a few kinks,that get worked out quickly.
I know anyone who has booked this ship for the Med, or the western from Galveston, will feel right at home. With all the great enhancements, the Sportsquare, the Waterworks, Cherry on the Top, and more, this ship will be making many people happy for years to come.
Trip, with her book & tea!
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