|Peggy Guggenheim Museum|
|They weren’t singing O Sole Mio…|
|…but they’re a happy bunch!|
|A mosaic made from Murano glass samples|
|It’s all in the details|
|Of course the ship we are on is not listed on here…but it made a nice photo.|
I will try to group photos together that might be of interest here to my readers. There is nothing worse than having to wade through someone’s vacation photos that are repetitious and boring. So I suggest that you come back here often and scan through as I have a tendency to add photos after the fact that supplement the ‘story.’ Most of the photos have not been post processed, so the horizons may be slanted and colors a bit off. Without further ado…
The CRUISE – began and ended in Venezia.
|Ship on right not the one I was on but similar. This canal leads into Venice.|
|On the ship Voyager of the Seas|
|Deck 11 or 12 in the Solarium. See below|
|Venice as we were departing that evening|
|Free advertising for royal Caribbean|
ITINERARY – Sunday KOPER, SLOVENIA
|First stop Koper, Slovenia|
|Don’t know what that is, but I loved the texture and the color|
|laundry is an art all unto itself: colors, shapes, lines –|
|think abstract shapes and colors here|
|Marina at Koper, Slovenia|
|Story behind this Croatian hill: was bombed by the Serbs 20 yrs. ago.
Now has a cable car going to the top if you so desire.
|This was a sign of what was to come for the next 5 days. Remember this look…|
|Gelato Gelato Gelato|
|They LOVE stairs here in Europe|
|snapshot – I must have been thinking of shooting stone??|
|A Croatian kitty knows where it’s warm. Wanted to take him home…|
|Not sure of date – could be around the 1300’s?|
|view of Croatia from the City Wall that goes all around it. More stairs by the way.|
|out of context, but this is what you would see coming out of the train station in Venice. I am thinking that the large Michael Kors thing is from Fashion Week, held here not too long ago|
|Departure from Venice, beginning of THE cruise|
|Dbrovnik Croatia Farmers Market – figs in green box. Lot of smokers in Europe also|
|Pigeon love – maybe she’s giving him an ultimatum – ‘I want a commitment here or I will peck you to death’|
|View from the WALL and yes, I was on it, THAT high|
|Gives you an idea of the proportions here and the height. Not my favorite thing.|
|View out of the harbor in Dbrovnik Croatia, my favorite thing, yes. See, I am at SEA level here.|
|little cafes just like this ALL over Dbrovnik|
|Leaving Dbrovnik, beautiful sunset
Last stop before anchoring back at Venice where we stayed for a night and was able to
enjoy Venice at a more leisurely pace.
We were ALL feeling a lot better too. Maybe even have something to eat besides soft boiled eggs and dry toast. That face you saw above? Felt just like that…not fun.
Just a quickie from Croatia. Beautiful…Would like to come back and visit sometime when i have more time.
Am alive and well. Sort of. More later.
Will be back in Switz. on sunday. Having a great time. Weather been very good. Taking lots of pix. Can,t put them on here though as I am on an internet cafe computer. Typing this from old town Croatia. Will be going back to the boat to spend the afternoon reading on the deck, having fancy drinks with umbrellas and loving the warmth and sun.
Be writing again when I get back to Suisse
26 Oct 11
I am now back in Suisse. When I last wrote the above I was recovering from a terrible bout of stomach flu. It involved a trip to the ship’s doctor, a shot in the butt, meds, restricted diet and quarantine in cabin. The cabin had NO windows and a full day in it was pure torture. Note to self: get a room with a window, no matter how much more it is.
I am fully recovered from the illness. Yay!
The following was taken from a previous blog that I started when I went to Lausanne the first time in 2009. The photos came across as quite blurry because of the transition, but in reality they were very sharp and clear. However, they still give you an idea of what it was like those first few days in Switzerland for the very first time. It was exhilerating.
Bonjour a Suisse!
A photo of my first sight of Switzerland early in the morning from the plane. The sun is rising…yet it is only
one in the morning in the USA.
I have finally recovered from my trip to Switzerland, France and Italy.
And what a trip it was! There’s a lot to be said for traveling solo but there’s one thing I forgot – I have to carry everything by myself! Not to mention the myriad of steps, hills, ramps and mountains (so it seemed) that I had to traverse to get anywhere.
Managing to get to the first leg of the flight initially wasn’t bad at all. A friend drove me willingly to the Orlando Airport, let me off at the correct airlines and waved goodbye. I was on my own.
Checked in my bag that was destined for Lausanne, Switzerland and it was ticketed to be at the train station (not Zurich, but Lausanne) when I arrived in that delightful city the next day. And it was. Incredible Rail system in Switzerland. But I digress – Arrived in NYC, JFK airport to be exact and then boarded the plane for Zurich, Switzerland. Arrival time was 7:30am Switzerland time. Or 19:30 in European language.
Zurich was beautiful.
After going through customs I was able to find the train to Lausanne and had a wonderful two hour trip through the city of Zurich, the burbs of Zurich, the outlying more burbs of Zurich and finally…the Alps!
How beautiful this country is. Little Monopoly houses dotting the green and sometimes white – snow – countryside. Arrived in Lausanne, took a deep breath and started to read the directions that Christopher, the friend I was staying with, sent for me to get to the school. Amazingly found the right bus. Even had the right ticket. The last bus stop was at the Lausanne International School. They were expecting me. I could have fallen asleep standing up, but graciously accepted their hospitality and walked like a zombie until finally putting my head down to sleep at the apartment much later that afternoon.
The view from my bedroom window of the mountains every morning is on the right.
Wonderful school! The kids all speak English although for many of them this is their second language. Swiss French is spoken in this “canton” or district. I was going to practice my French for sure. wow. Except I am really really bad at it…
School did not let out until 3 or so and then we went back to the train station again, picked up my travelling
suitcase, and then took a cab to Chris’ place. We took the cab because — we were carrying MY bed in transit. This was one of those blow up things and was I ever glad to put my little head on it after all this moving about from continent to continent, crowds of people, transportation vehicles…zzzzzzzz
Photo on the right is of the workers in the vineyards outside of Lausanne.