Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Portugal, Spain. and Italy

That's where we've been the last 3 weeks. What fun! We sailed from Ft. Lauderdale, visited two ports in Portugal and four in Spain, and then spent a few days in Rome before flying home to Tucson. We sailed on a Holland America ship, the Noordam, and it and all the crew were wonderful. Weather was perfect the entire trip. Sea days on the ship were incredibly relaxing (we spent part of each one in the thermal suite), and the port stops were great fun. Rome was crowded almost beyond belief but amazing. The one downside to the trip was the loooong travel day from Rome back to Tucson (23 hours), but that memory will soon fade, while the memories of the trip itself will linger in our minds and in our pictures. Like these!

Touring the White Villages of Cadiz, Spain.

Meeting an invisible man face to space in Cartagena, Spain.

On the streets of Cartagena.

A hallway leading to the Roman Theater ruins in Cartagena.

Jack & I at the Roman Theater ruins.

In Lisbon, Portugal.

Ah, the views from a fine horse in Malaga, Spain.

Pretty, foggy view in the Azores Islands, Portugal.

Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal.

Church in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal.