Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hot day in Rome!

Enjoy the Forum (our fave) and Coliseum (hot and crowded):






























Not the first feral kitty in sight in the coliseum, unlike 10 years ago...dozens! And we had to go through security machines to get in. Sad.

Kids have gone to Vatican. MM and I are chilling, trying to cool off.

Life is good. Ciao, y'all!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Amalfi, Italy













We rode the regional bus along the winding coastal road to Amalfi yesterday. It was thankfully air-conditioned, but crowded. The price was right--8 euros each for round trip tickets. We dipped our toes in the Med, ate lunch, walked about town a bit, then returned to Sorrento where the kids actually took a chilly swim.







Italy is a beautiful country, with friendly folks...and crazy scooter drivers! We saw literally dozens of them today, and were amazed there were no collisions with our bus.

Today, we are taking the train to Rome, where we will stay for two nights. There will be lots of "old stuff" for us to see.

Arrivederci, Sorrento!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bellmen!


When the crowded milk train stopped at Pompeii yesterday, the Dyers hopped off with their backpacks to visit the ruins.



Thanks to Ansley for this photo.

MM and I schlepped all 6 bags and our two backpacks the few blocks to our hotel.



Are we great parents or what?!

MM had a much needed beer and rest, then he walked back to the train station to meet the kids and bring them to the hotel, knowing how tired they would be after all that walking.

We all went up to the hotel roof top to enjoy some cool air and a bottle of wine before dinner, watching the locals happily and noisily celebrate Italy's soccer win of the day.

Dinner was excellent Italian fare, with a free dram of chocolate liquor afterward. We may go back there again tonight!

We are off to visit the Amalfi coast today by bus and water taxi. It is sunny and beautiful here in Sorrento. WYWH!

Ciao, y'all!

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Ciao, Venetzia!




After dinner last night, we took advantage of our all day water taxi ticket and too one last trip along the Grand Canal, back to San Marko. The lights were beautiful all along the way.



An added bonus was music added in the square...clarinet, piano, violin and accordion, yes!, playing Canon in D. Very interesting combination.

So now we are about to go to the train station, bound for Sorrento. The kids will get off the train and visit Pompeii...while we continue on to Sorrento with all the bags. Aren't they lucky to have us along?! Porter!!!

I will steal some of their photos to post. My Pompeii photos are at home on my computer, and they are about 10 years younger than theirs will be. Probably little has changed.

Life is good, no, Grand! We are enjoying the FFF...forced family fun...trip. Thus far. Ha!

Ciao, y'all!

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Back in Venice

We all went straight to the hotel after disembarking the ship, dropped off our bags, and got a water taxi to St. Mark's Square before the crowds got too bad:



It was somewhat crowded, so MM and I opted to find a cold one while the kids toured around. Oops, no church visit till 2p since today is Sunday, so next up was lunch. We were all getting hungry.

The two teens picked the restaurant--the Hard Rock Cafe just off the square--no surprise there! Food is always good, and the girls were thrilled with the experience.



MM and I left them to go back to the church and bring us lots of photos...we have been there a few times, so we are not missing out. Besides, MM needed to go to the train station to reserve the two of us seats to Sorrento tomorrow. We have hotels reserved for the remainder of this adventure, but no train reservations since we didn't entirely know what/when Haley had reserved. No big deal. We "wing it" quite well.

Everyone is enjoying the water taxi rides along the Grand Canal.



It is beautiful...and just a tad Hawt, but we are having a fine time.

Ciao ciao, y'all!

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor is located on a beautiful bay, and is a medieval city of traders and famous sailors...built between the 12th and 14th centuries. Old...buildings, churches, and palaces. We would all enjoy another visit to this city. Our short morning does not do the area justice.








MM and I left the kiddos to wander around a bit more, and we are now back onboard ship, ready for the 1p departure back to Venice. We will spend one night there, then begin our train adventures. No, our trip does not end yet!







Ciao, y'all! Trying to stay cool...


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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hawt Athens!







Hop on/Hop off bus ride from the port to the Acropolis is a far cry from the ancient chariots used centuries ago. Not that I would know first hand.

Heading back to the ship now.

Did I mention it is Hawt?

Ciao!

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