Cruise part 5 – Venice, Italy

Ahh.. Venezia! I was looking forward to Venice more than anywhere else in Italy. It’s just so beautiful! I had been here before so I knew what to expect and I wasn’t as gung-ho as other people on our cruise to see every.little.detail. Our timing for Venice was a little weird and unlike the other ports – we arrived into Venice at 4 in the afternoon and left the next day at 4, so we didn’t actually get a full day like we did at other places. It was fine though. We had a great time.

Coming up the canal might have been my favorite part – is that weird? It was just such a novel view of Venice that I knew I wasn’t going to see again. I just sat on my balcony and snapped away! You can get a sense of how big the ship is by seeing how high I am compared to the buildings.. And there were another 3 floors above me!

I told myself that I wasn’t going to take “that photo” again, but I did…

The gold mosaics in San Marco (Saint Marks) makes this my favorite cathedral. I really am a magpie..

I loved finding this little place where they build/repair the iconic gondolas!

And this is a rare photo of my family (minus my brother) all together! We decided that we needed to get a bottle of bubbles (or two…) along the Grand Canal. I think it was an exceptionally good idea!

Next up: Dubrovnik, Croatia!

Cruise part 3 – Naples and Herculaneum

Whew! At this point in the cruise, I was starting to get sightseeing overload. I knew that I didn’t need to see Naples or Pompeii because Gavin and I went there last year for his birthday. It would have been my third time to Pompeii, and while it’s amazing, it’s maybe not 3 times amazing. Instead, my Grandma and my roommate decided to take it easy and go see Herculaneum, which is a smaller and better preserved Pompeii. It’s pretty cool to say the least. It took about 2 hours to tour the site and when we were done, my Grandma and I just went back to the ship for lunch and some pool lounging. Hard life, right?

This house/temple/room was the most impressive and best preserved. The black beams are actually the original Roman wooden beams, burned by the hot ash surges. Impressive to say the least.

Climbing Vesuvius was one of the things that Gavin and I did last year and we loved it. The views were incredible!

Naples was a great city – while I didn’t go into town this time, Gavin and I had a great time in the “beautiful sh*thole” as we called it. Narrow streets, beautiful architecture and amazing sights around every corner.

Next up: Kotor, Montenegro. It was insanely beautiful and there are truckload of pictures. You have been warned…