Mediterranean Cruise

Stone Pine Trees

The stone pine, with the botanical name Pinus pinea, is also called the Italian stone pine, umbrella pine and parasol pine, and is native to the Mediterranean region, growing in Southern Europe and Syria. In Italy, the stone pine has been a beautiful landscape element since the Italian Renaissance garden period, planted in gardens and parks around the world. The […]

When in Rome…

Another early day today, we docked in Civitavecchia, Italy – the only port more important to us than Pisa. We were in port from 7am-8pm and we spent twelve of those thirteen hours on one excursion. At $185 each, this was our most expensive excursion, but we decided from the start that we wanted to maximize […]

Pisa, Italy

Today was an early day, so instead of hanging out on the balcony checking out the view coming into port, Jim was getting ready for our excursion. The photos above were taken on our way out. Our port in Livorno, Italy was met with much anticipation. I couldn’t wait to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Who […]


“Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD. Its ruins are located in the commune of Ercolano, Campania, Italy. It is most famous for having been lost, along with Pompeii, Stabiae, Oplontis and the neighborhood of Monte Bursaccio in Boscoreale, in the […]

Naples, Italy

Once again, Jim was up bright and early to make sure the pilot boat and the mooring guys did everything just right. Coming into a new port was something he really enjoyed about our cruise. I, on the other hand, enjoyed sleeping in a bit, but took pictures like crazy on our way out of […]

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