The Mediterranean May of 2003
Betty and I took this cruise from Barcelona to Venice on the Millennium in early May 2003. It was the most exciting trip we have ever been on. Everything was perfect. The weather, the ship and the ports of call were all spectacular.
We spent one night in Barcelona then rented a car and spent two nights in the beautiful little seaside resort town of Tossa De Mar, about 75 miles north up the coast. (See "The Pictures") When we got back to Barcelona we drove directly to the ship, unloaded our baggage, returned the car and took a cab back to the ship. We were in our cabin with glass in hand by noon.
On our first day on the Millennium we met the Captains wife. We had heard that she had written a book about her experiences at sea and when we went down to buy one she happened to be there. In the process of signing our copy she mentioned she was from Sacramento and further discussion brought out the fact that none of us cared much for Governor Gray Davis. (She had met him once at some function or other and refused to shake his hand.) All this led to an invitation to join her and the Captain at dinner on the last formal night. Talk about starting out at the top!
We went to one exciting port after another, most days we hardly had time to catch our breath. In Villefranche, Florence and The Greek island of Santorini we rented cars with another couple to get around. In Rome, Naples and Athens we hired private limos with one or two other couples, and in Dubrovnik and Venice we took public transit and just walked. Everywhere we went there were beautiful old buildings, magnificent works of art and friendly people.
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