Friday, October 26, 2012

The Western Mediterranean

26 October 2012

We had a wonderful two weeks on board the P&O cruise liner, Ventura, in the Western Mediterranean. This was an even bigger ship than the Oriana which we went to Norway on earlier this year but the food, service and entertainment were of the same excellent standard. We ate far too much but worked some of it off through an intensive programme of ballroom dancing on board and walking on our days on land. We visited seven places: Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Elba, Rome, Naples, Alicante and Gibraltar. In the limited time available we only scratched the surface of the big cities but we enjoyed our whistle-stop tours. We did a lovely 9-mile hike on the isle of Elba, over a wooded hill to a secluded bay and back round the coast. Another highlight was our first visit to Pompeii which was as fascinating as I was expecting but a much bigger site than I had realised. We took the cable car to the top of the rock in Gibraltar and encountered the famous Barbary apes. It was a great holiday.



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