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Allure of the Seas Mediterranean Cruise

July 9, 2015

Allure of the Seas Mediterranean Cruise

Civitavecchia Rome Port

After 4 days in Rome, we headed to the port of Civitavecchia (about an hour outside of Rome) to get on the Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas ship. The ports of call on this cruise were Naples, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; Palma De Mallorca, Spain; Provence(marseilles), France; Florence/pisa(laspezia), Italy; and back to Rome (civitavecchia), Italy;

Naples, Italy: 
Shore Excursion to: Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii

Bay of Sorrento, Italy

Bay of Sorrento

Enjoying the view of Sorrento, Italy

Enjoying the view of Sorrento, Italy

The Streets of Sorrento

The Streets of Sorrento

Sorrento was this cute little town on the coast of Italy over the Naples Bay. It had a tiny beach, a lot of shops on narrow streets and home of the famous inlaid artwork. While in Sorrento, I stumbled upon a shop called Siniscalchi where these guys was crafting leather shoes. I had to take this chance to get my own handmade leather shoes!

Handmade Siniscalchi Sandals from Sorrento

Handmade Siniscalchi Sandals from Sorrento

Then, we traveled along to coast to a small town carved out of the hills along the Amalfi Coast, Positano. This is the city of the stairs! A lot of stairs to go down and climb but totally worth the beautiful beach and scenery!

Positano, Italy

Positano, Italy

Positano, Italy

Positano, Italy

Positano Beach in Italy

Positano Beach in Italy

Beautiful flowers cover all houses in Positano, Italy

Beautiful flowers cover all houses in Positano, Italy

Beautiful flowers cover all houses in Positano, Italy

Beautiful flowers cover all houses in Positano, Italy

Family in Positano

Family in Positano

Pompeii with Mt. Vesuvius in the background

Pompeii with Mt. Vesuvius in the background

Dog of Pompeii

When they discovered the remains of Pompeii they found these shapes in the ashes that were once humans and animals. They made a cast out of that and now they have humans and animals in their last moments

Crouching man or women of Pompeii

Crouching man or women of Pompeii

Pompeii Bakery

In Pompeii they had different shops set up. This was a bakery or bread shop.

Pompeii Room in House

Pompeii Room in House

Dog Mosaic in Pompeii

This is a mosaic of a dog that was found in the doorway of a house. It says “beware of dog”

Pompeii Ruin

Pompeii Ruin

 

Barcelona, Spain: 
We decided not to do a shore excursion in Barcelona and just decided to walk around the city! Barcelona was filled with beautiful architecture and a lot of sangria!

Barcelona, Sain

Barcelona, Sain

Barcelona Architect Guadi's work

Barcelona Architect Guadi’s work

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

 

Palma De Mallorca, Spain
Shore Excursion: Drach Caves
The Drach caves hosts the largest underground lake. It was pretty incredible to see!

Hubby looking good in Spain

Hubby looking good in Spain

Drach Cave in Spain

Drach Cave in Spain

Drach Cave in Spain

I thought this looked like bacon! lol

Drach Caves

Drach Caves

Drach Caves

Drach Caves

 

Provence(Marseilles), France
Shore Excursion: Panoramic Marseilles & Aix en Provence. Had a blast wondering the streets and shopping in Aix en Provence.

 

Provence(Marseilles), France

Family in Provence(Marseilles), France

Provence(Marseilles), France

Provence(Marseilles), France

Provence(Marseilles), France

France with my Sisters!

Provence(Marseilles), France

My sister Alexa is a wonderful photographer!

Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provenc

Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provenc

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

old port of Marseille, France

Aix En Provence, France

Aix En Provence, France

Aix En Provence, France

Aix En Provence, France

 

Aix En Provence, France

Aix En Provence, France

Josh trying his first Crepe!

Josh trying his first Crepe!

Aix En Provence, France

Aix En Provence, France

 

Pisa, Italy
We made our way to see the leaning tower of Pisa. It is still leaning. A lot of people where there as you could imagine but it was cool to see something you have always heard about!

Leaning tower of Pisa

Leaning tower of Pisa

Leaning tower of Pisa

Leaning tower of Pisa

Leaning tower of Pisa

Leaning sisters…

 

Florence, Italy
Home of the Statue of David. We just so happened to land in Florence on June 24th, Festival of San Giovanni. That was a busy day in Florence! TONS of people and streets closed. Next time I go to Florence, I will choose a different day.

Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence

Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence

Statue of David by Michelangelo

One of my highlights of the entire trip was getting to see the real Statue of David!

Michelangelo's Unfinished Statue

I loved getting to see some of Michelangelo’s unfinished works. It is amazing how he could take a solid piece of marble and carve out his visions!

Around the Ship:
Here are a collection of some of our time enjoying what the Allure of the Seas has to offer! We absolutely love this ship! We were apart of the first sailing and then we came back when we heard the ship would be in the Mediterranean!

My sister Alexa on the Florider

My sister Alexa on the Florider

My little sister Lauren wiping out!

My little sister Lauren wiping out!

Husband and I at dinner

Husband and I at dinner

Nicole Karaoke

My sister Nicole knocked off Karaoke on her bucket list! She always makes me cry when I hear her sing!

Alexa and Caroline Karaoke

On the other hand… My other two sisters can’t keep a tune! But still are fun to watch!

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