Posted by: gardner310 | October 3, 2013


Venice, Again

Venice, Again

I’ve been in the Mediterranean now for 4 months and have been repeating ports on a regular basis.  Where I always thought I wanted new ports, places I haven’t visited, I’ve decided

I actually like this.  There is opportunity to do different things on each visit thus really accumulating more in depth knowledge of the area.  You discover what your favorite restaurant is,  the supermarket location, fastest wifi and how to negotiate the local transportation and even a little bit of the language.  Granted, it’s not the same as being able to live there for an extended period but it’s a good start.

I just finished reading The Inferno by Dan Brown and it’s set in Florence, Venice and Istanbul.  As I was listening to the book, I was able to visualize all the places he mentioned in all cities because I have been there often and taken in all the sights right down to the cistern in Istanbul.  I know exactly where Medusa’s head is located.  It was so vivid in my mind, I found myself smiling and nodding.

Summer fun

Summer fun

I think what I want to get across is that when you are choosing a vacation, don’t write some place off just because you spent one day there on a cruise.  Revisit and see something different this time or if you feel like you have seen what you need to see, then act like a local and sit in a cafe, talk to the locals and just enjoy the flavor of the place.

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