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Day 9, Valencia and Sagunto
Our last port of call was Valencia, which calls to mind oranges, paella, flamenco dancers. We choose a trip to Sagunto , where in the 5th century BC, the Celtiberians built a citadel to protect their city from from the Carthaginians...but were conquered by ...

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Day 8, Palma de Mallorca
Mallorca? Majorca ?  The only thing I knew about Mallorca is that it's an island off the coast of Spain, and Raphael Nadal lives there.  We were supposed to take a tour of the Modernist Art movement in Palma, but it was cancelled for lack of interest.  So w...

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Day 7 Palomas and Dali!
Next stop was Palomas, our first port in Spain, specifically the  Catalonia  region, and the Costa Brava, the Spanish Riviera.  We've only been to Spain once before, Barcelona, and we are now convinced to take a couple week land tour.  We love it!  Palomas ...

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Day 6 Marseille and Cassis
   Marseille was our last stop in the PACA, Provence, Alps, Cote d'Azur, region of France.  We chose a day trip to Cassis , a little fishing village to the east of Marseille.  A bus took us through the older part of town, where we saw old buildings mixed in...

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Day 5, And Then We Went to Cannes and Learned About Perfume
Next stop, Antibes...and we learned the snow covered Alps come all the way down to the Mediterranean. We went to Cannes.  Old fort and more boats.  Lots of sailboats.  And Cannes even has homeless people.  Homage to the movie industry.  Cafes.  Hotels.  Mon...

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Day 4....Monte Carlo
Another place we hadn't been to - Monaco...Monte Carlo.  Thoughts of Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, James Bond, casinos, yachts, jewels, royalty, clay courts, Grand Prix...what was that, Grand Prix?   A sunrise?  The first we'd seen since leaving California. As o...

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Day 3, Cinque Terra
Cinque Terra, five little fishing villages on the rugged northwestern Italian coast...I had heard Rick Steves talk about how romantic they were, and always wanted to go.  Of the several trips we've had to Italy, we never made it to Cinque Terra , so when th...

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Oops...Sardinia
When we returned to our ship after our day in Florence, which also included viewing of the freshly cleaned Duomo complex (4 years ago it was covered with scaffolding),   Kee, Valerie, Chris and Bob are in the lower left corner! two problems presented:  1)  ...

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Europe 2016...Florence
We decided to take a 10 day cruise to catch up on some ports in the western Mediterranean that we had not visited.  We flew into Rome,  and transferred to the Hotel San Giorgio in Civitivecchia, Italy.  Quaint, older hotel with comfortable beds and an excel...

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Victoria - Butchart Gardens
Our last stop was Victoria, BC, and we had heard lots of good reports about Butchart Gardens, so off we went.  Our bus driver gave us a little history about Victoria before our self guided tour.  The Butcharts were in the concrete business, and ended up wit...
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