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Cruise Diary: Sailing Away from Venice

Cruise Diary: Sailing Away from Venice

July 19, 2012: Our first night on board Nieuw Amsterdam we slept like a rose. We had a very comfortable (and huge) bed. For the kids, the stewards transformed the couch into a bed and they lowered the ceiling above us, where another bed became available. Of course with four people in the room and…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Embarking Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice

Cruise Diary: Embarking Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice

July 18, 2012: Today we embark our home for the next 12 days — Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam. First, we said goodbye to our previous home, hotel Santa Chiara. Across the Piazzala Roma was our transport to the cruise terminal. Just a five minute walk to the Venice People Mover. The People Mover is an…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Exploring Venice, Italy

Cruise Diary: Exploring Venice, Italy

July 17, 2012 (day before the start of our cruise): After breakfast in the hotel, we continued our walking tour in Venice. Amazing how many squares and churches fit in a relatively small city like Venice. Finding your way is not always easy since the streets are quite twisting and there are a lot of…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Traveling to Venice, Italy

Cruise Diary: Traveling to Venice, Italy

July 16, 2012 (two days before the official start of our cruise): We like to make the most of our time and money, so we try to spend a couple of days at the departure port. Since we are flying to Venice anyway, we might as well take more time to explore the city. This…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Taking a Bite Out of Sicily

Taking a Bite Out of Sicily

Being the second generation Italian American that I am when people ask me if I speak Italian I often joke, “I only know the food and the bad words.” This came in handy (the former, not the latter) on Noordam’s recent call to Palermo, Sicily when I took the “Taste of Sicily” shore excursion. Now,…   read more of “Taking a Bite Out…”