Thursday Doors: Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Today,  let’s do a quick Doorscursion through Manarola, one of the five cities on the chain in Cinque Terre! You can reach each city by train (a really fast one) in about 10 minutes each, by boat, or you can walk along the linked trails, which are part of the Cinque Terre National Park. We…

Thursday Doors: The Ways of the Italians

You just can’t beat Italian doors! I am always on the lookout for this kind of door! This trattoria always has a waiting line! Many of the Italian doors are in buildings that have been repaired and repaired and repaired! Or added on to! There are many doorways where you better duck your head! Some…

Thursday Doors: What is a Medici Door?

The Medici Family was an Italian banking family, and political dynasty that produced three Popes of the Catholic Church, and two Queens of France. The family ruled Tuscany from 1513 until 1737. We find their symbols, (balls) first displayed on their crest, then prominently displayed on buildings all over Florence and Tuscany, which were financed…

Challenge Your Camera: Is It a Black Or White Church For You?

I probably could do an entire photo album on churches! But, today, for the challenge, I will feature two, that are right next door to each other. They are called the Black and White Churches. I found these unusual churches in Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy. The White Church: The Church of St John…

Our Second to Last Port For This Trip: Sorrento, Italy

All good things have to come to an end, it’s said! Oh, how I didn’t want this vacation to ever end! We had a fabulous time in our month aboard the Voyager! So for a re-cap of the countries we were in………we started in Barcelona, Spain, then went on to France, Monaco, Italy, Montenegro, Croatia,…

There’s More to Burano, Italy!

I’ve posted about our stops at the port in Venice, HERE and HERE. Now, you can see exactly where we have been, by looking on the map. If you have been to Venice before, or want to spend some time away from the maddening crowds of Venice, you might want to think about going to…

Thursday Doors in Burano, Italy

We have left the island of Murano, where we visited one of the furnaces and show rooms of the famous Venetian glass blowers, who have produced fine glass there since the 1200’s. Now, we are going to Burano, another island north of Venice on the Venetian Lagoon. It is a forty minute ride by water…

Venice to Murano, Italy

This morning we are arriving in Venice! We are halfway through our cruise and many folks will be departing and new passengers picked up. Since we have been to Venice before, in the two days that we are here, we have decided to visit Murano and Burano, small islands off the mainland of Italy. Murano…

A Walk Along in Positano, Italy

We have arrived in Positano on a hot Sunday afternoon and what is everybody doing? They are at the beach! I can’t believe how blue the water is! People are trying to cool off! And some are under the very colorful umbrellas…………. No shampoo or soap allowed at the shower! This is the only “fat”…

A Walk In Amalfi, Italy

We will soon be heading out of Amalfi, but before we go, take a look at the village on the sheer cliffs! Just walking around here gives you goosebumps! It is just so Italian and everything one imagines Italy should be! As you are probably aware, this year, we decided not to lug cameras or…

Saint Andrew Cathedral, Amalfi, Italy

Today, we are still anchored off the coast of Amalfi, Italy. We are tendered to shore in those orange roofed life boats. Looking at the coast, this is the splendid view this morning! See that tall building in the center of the photo? That is our first stop.  We will be visiting the Saint Andrew…

Thursday Doors: Amalfi, Italy

We are hot……….it is early morning and it is hot………….but we have looked forward to getting to Amalfi and it should be hot in the middle of the summer right? But, still I am really hot! As I look out from our balcony on the ship I think there should be lots of doors here….

Saying Goodbye to Our Last Port on Elba Island: Portoferraio, Italy

We’re leaving Elba Island today from Portoferraio, the capital of Elba Island, during Napoleon’s time. This island is the perfect getaway whether you are coming for the beaches or wanting to get some solitude! So, one last look and back out to sea for us! And photos from the ship…………. Sailing, sailing, sailing away! Where…

The Rest of Elba Island, Italy

I bet you think we are going to be on Elba Island for as long as Napoleon was! I have been re-couping from spine surgery, so things have been in the slow lane here for a couple of weeks……….. But,  here is my last post on Elba! Following the tour of Napoleon’s villa we drove…

Napoleon on Elba Island, Italy

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a French military leader, who conquered much of Europe in the early 19th century. He quickly rose to fame during the French Revolution, after seizing power and crowned himself emperor in 1804. He was shrewd, ambitious and a skilled military strategist, who successfully waged war against many European nations and expanded…