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Lisa’s Travel Diary

Monday, 22 Jul 2013

Location: Italy/Greece/Croatia/Montenegr, Greece

Map******Cruising on the Med - this is the life******

So since our Amsterdam trip we have been busy packing for our impending move, lots of lists determining what to sell, pack, ship or bin!.

The weather also went 'heat wave' style and so we had a picnic in the park with Steve, Laura, Bevan and Lynsey and my work had a Mini Conference and BBQ at the start of July.

Then it was off on our 7 night Med Cruise. Troy, Willcox and I headed to the airport where we stayed overnight in preperation for our flight at the crack of dawn. We flew to Venice where the ship was leaving from and even though we were there very early, we were able to board by lunch time and had a celebratory drink and lunch and sightsee around the ship.

The MSC Armonia was a 'smaller' ship in the fleet - but with around 2,000 people on board it was still decent. Willcox had an OceanView Cabin and Troy and I had a Balcony which was excellent for us all to hang out in with Sofas and a big balcon where we get cocktails at night and watch the sunsets from - one night we even saw dolphins off the side - Amazing!!!

The Cruise went through Ancona in Italy, Dubrovnik in Croatia, Corfu, Gythion and Cefalonia in Greece and Kotor in Montenegro. The weather was hot and sunny every day and we had a mix of cruise excursions and doing our own thing. Highlights include boating through 1000year old cave systems in Gythion and Cefalonia (watching our heads for stalagmites and stalagtites), the cable car and a beer at the top in Dubrovnik, Pedal boating in Corfu. Incredible sights and experiences.

Life on the boat was of course indulgent and luxurious. We made fast friends with the waitresses and bartenders, along with some young English Brothers Tristan and Hayden who we managed to drink with just about every night!. We went all inclusive whcih mean all our soft drinks, water, ice cream, spirits, wine, beer and cocktails were included and boy did we make the most of it! Hiccough!

The food was great from the Buffett to the restaurants and cafes. There was around 7 courses for every meal and you just wanted to try it all!

We had 2 Gala nights during the week which gave us a chance to get glammed up and get professional pictures taken. We also used the spa to get massages and I had hair/make up done whcih was a bit of a treat and a lot of fun. Imagine getting your hair done when sitting watching the ocean go by!.

So that was the last of the European jaunts for the forseeable future, South East Asia is our next travel playground.

Lots of Love
Lisa :-)