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We make a short call at the beach town of Na Thon on the resort island of Ko Samui. Not being beach people, it was a perfect opportunity to get an authentic, famous Thai massage. And so we did. It was rigorous, but we were able to walk out without assistance. It was so inexpensive – about $10 each and that was with a generous tip. #LoveTravel, @AzamaraJourney @AzamaraVoyages

We did not have a lot of time in Bangkok, since we chose to zip over to Cambodia while here, so we needed to make the most of the time we had.  With the help of our wonderful A&K guide Annie, off we went. No trip here would be complete without seeing the famous Buddhas.  The guidebooks say if you see one thing here, it has to be the Grand Palace.  We… Read More

Today was a confluence of sights, sounds and impressions. The highlight of the day was a bicycle ride through a rural area in the settlement of Cam Thanh. It was a lovely, lush area and actually seemed pretty affluent. Preparations for the New Year were evident as we saw people cleaning their property, special signs and traditional chrysanthemum and kumquat plants everywhere. Some of the paths were paved, some were dirt and… Read More

  Cannes is beautiful.  We tendered in right by the Vieux Port (Old Port) and were met by MoMo, a driver we had contracted for a few hours.  The goal was to get out on the coast and take in the scenery, and that is exactly what made this day so special. Before we left town, we headed up the famous waterfront on the Boulevard de la Croisette, where the Palais des… Read More

When we opened our eyes this morning and saw the whitecaps outside, we knew we were not going to be able to tender into St. Tropez. It wasn’t long before the Captain of the Journey announced he was looking for a more sheltered harbor; and not long after, he broadcast we would anchor off Villefranche. The crew scrambled to get together some on-shore options, and we chose to take an excursion to… Read More

Pisa is about a lot more than the iconic Leaning Tower, but that’s why we came. It is a beautiful city on the Arno, very similar in appearance to its neighboring Florence. Every Piazza and building seems to be steeped in Renaissance history. Portions of the original town walls are still in place and many of the streets are lined with the famous “umbrella” pines for which the area is known. Once… Read More

The Campanile, at the Florence Duomo. It was an easy hour train ride into Florence from Livorno. Advance info said all trains were at 12 minutes after the hour – but we caught one about 15 minutes earlier. Italian trains are always a bit of an experience and you have to validate your tickets prior to each trip (or you get a hefty fine); I had read to look for the yellow… Read More

We can’t call it Shitavecchia anymore. The town of Civitavecchia seems to have radically improved the appearance of the port area.  We haven’t been to this port in many years, and are pleased to see nice green spaces and exposed old city walls. It looks very nice.  Very confusing to actually navigate driving to the port, but thankfully we weren’t behind the wheel. After a two-hour flight from Berlin, it took half… Read More

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