01.06.2014 - 05.06.2014 24 °C
Well, here we are on our 4th day at sea, on board the Equinox, and we're loving it - could easily get used to this cruising life! First stop after Barcelona was Villefranche, between Nice and Monaco. Didn't visit either of those, but did our own thing wandering round Villefranche, exploring its quaint streets and alleyways, not to mention climbing innumerable steps. Very enjoyable day.
Next stop Livorno, from where we did a tour to Florence and Pisa. Florence - stunning architecture, loads of statues etc, and also crowds and crowds of people - amazing numbers considering it's not even the height of the season yet. Hard to get our heads around the fact that people such as Galileo and da Vinci were here centuries ago. Pisa was amazing - totally blown away by the beauty of the colours of the leaning tower - photos we've seen have never done it justice. Also went in the Baptistry at Pisa and listened to a man singing to demonstrate the 3 second echo - great stuff!
Yesterday was Rome - still crowds of people, of course. The official tour in the morning took us to the Colosseum and St. Peter's Square - arrived there somewhat later than planned due to an "incident involving 2 cars" and the closure of some roads, detours etc. The afternoon was free time to do as we liked, so we joined forces with a lovely Canadian couple we met on the bus and explored the streets of Rome with them, seeing the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Piazza Navona, before heading back to the bus (which was delayed by an hour due to chaos on the streets of Rome!)
Today we are docked in Salerno, and have chosen to spend it quietly. Took the shuttle into town this morning, wandered about the town for a while enjoying the lack of crowds, then back to the ship for some lazing by the pool in the sun. It's tough, we know, but someone has to do it!