Friday, 11 May 2018

Back to earth with a bump!

Well, after months of planning, the cruise has come and gone!  But - we did have a ball!  It started with a mountain of UK roadworks (made worse in the darkness of 2am!), and early fight and, surprisingly, a decent in-flight breakfast.  But, as we landed in Malta, we were greeted with ..... rain and dull clouds - really?  Still, after getting through the embarkation procedures, we made it onto the ship, had some lunch and then found our cabins and started to unpack.  We were here - and could relax!  Well - after the compulsory lesson in putting a life jacket on of course!

The first full day was spent sailing - and we found a quite place for three sunbeds to relax on.  We read, slept and sewed!  The food on board was a real delight - from the informality of the Plaza restaurant which was a self service restaurant, to a sit down formal meal - heck, there was even a "Marco Pierre White" cafe on board - we certainly didn't starve!

Day two was spent in split, Croatia.  I really didn't know what to expect in Split and was bowled over by the beauty of the area.  However I was taken by these pottery houses - I am sure that there's a quilt idea here!

Day 3 saw a beautiful sail in and out of Venice - we had a guided tour around the Doges palace, walked across the Bridge of Sighs and then had  a gondola ride.

Day 4 saw us venture to another country - San Merino - and we had our passports stamped before enjoying some sightseeing and shopping.  I even enjoyed a piece of authentic pizza!

Day 5 was in Dubrovnik - I ventured further afield down the Adriatic Coast and visited a Croatian Olive grower to explore how he makes his Olive Oil - and to taste the produce of course!  I also treated myself to a "Singapore Sling" cocktail - wow it was strong!!

Day 6 was sailing again (and packing) - we watched Jumanji (and laughed) and finished the evening with The Greatest Showman film.  The entertainment on board was of a mixed variety from a 50's "love story"directed by Strictly's Natalie Lowe to songs from the musicals.  However the mix of people on board was a good one and we generally had a good laugh with them.

Only one negative - I have come back with a chesty cough and banging head cold - I am dosed up with Mum's lemsip tablets as I write this!  I cannot seem to download the pictures from my camera so you are spared more photos!  However, I have had a lovely time with good friends - and that. in the end, is the main thing now isn't it?

By the way - remember The Necessary Clutch Wallet - it was invaluable!!

1 comment:

  1. Welcome home, sure your two pooches were thrilled to see you! Always tough coming home from a holiday, its like you've never been away, but you have lovely memories to look back on.