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  Virgin Gorda looks like a perfect script-writers version of what a tropical island should look like.  It features beautiful seascapes with sparkling turquoise water, lots of park land, drivable roads and less obvious poverty. This is a small island, and we could easily navigate the entire area, even while driving on the left.  Traffic was relatively light and the road conditions were better than we have experienced on this trip.  We… Read More

On most trips, my husband forgets at least one essential item – this time, it was shorts. For a South Florida guy who pretty much lives in shorts, this was a big surprise. So, we have another fairly immediate shopping opportunity. Yesterday we flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico to sail on the Azamara Quest for a New Year’s trip in the Caribbean. This morning we woke up in the USVI, St…. Read More

This morning we are back in Italy, in Trieste, a town I knew very little about. It turns out this city was under Austrian rule for many years (in the 1300s, city fathers cut a deal to avoid Venetian domination), so it’s an interesting hybrid city complete with a wide variety of religious denominations and a coffee-house culture. Restaurants have pasta and sauerkraut. A key fact to discover for me, was to… Read More

Today was so relaxing. Korcula Town was our shortest port stop, and after a beautiful tender ride to the island, we decided to just leisurely walk around. Korcula is a delightful spot, much less crowded than Dubrovnik, very clean and seemingly very low-key. This city has lovely, but incomplete walls, and their claim to fame is as the alleged birth place of Marco Polo. I say “alleged” because both Venice and Genoa… Read More

Can water get bluer; weather cooler; and medieval towns more magnificent? Apparently so- Dubrovnik’s Old Town is like Kotor on steroids . . . . amazing. Even the crowds were on steroids – they seemed to have multiplied ten-fold; not surprising since Dubrovnik is a port many of the larger ships visit, and there were three ships in port today. Our scheduled tour was canceled today, so we did a self-tour of… Read More

Has Anyone Seen James Bond? I first became aware of Montenegro while watching the James Bond movie Casino Royal. Since then, it has shown up in several spy-related programs as an area of intrigue. Kotor was all I had envisioned, and more. We got up early, and were on deck by 7AM to watch our entry into the spectacular fjord that provides sheltered access to the harbor. Because of the early hour,… Read More

We are cruising the Dalmatian Coast on the Azamara Quest and docked in our first Croatian port of Hvar at around 11AM.   First order of business was to tender into town to venture out on a tour of Island Highlights. This coast is incredibly beautiful with deep blue sea, bright blue sky, a light sea-breeze and layers of history. Today we toured the medieval Hvar Town and Stari Grad (formerly Pharos), stopping at a Dominican Monastery… Read More

This morning we decided to explore a little more of Venice before we join our cruise later today on the Azamara Quest. Needless to say, we got turned around and didn’t follow our planned route – but, nevertheless, saw more of the charming, intriguing back streets and canals of this great city. After deciding to do the Daniel Silva/Gabriel Allon ‘tour’ and see some Tintorettos, we did manage to get by the Church… Read More

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