Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008


Cruising the Riviera of Italy…


The girls were off again on an excursion in the morning… this time to Genoa for the day. As we were coming to the end of the cruise, Jean and Kathleen admittedly felt a little “excursioned-out”. In every stop they had one kind of excursion planned, either with John and I, or on their own with the ship. So as we neared the end of the cruise, every down minute was spent on Deck 9 taking in the sun and just hanging on the ship relaxing with a book and a glass of wine.


And again, it was another beautiful day in Italy! Portofino is a picture-postcard town and John and I took the tender off the ship to have a bit of a look around. As mentioned previously, they have all been exquisitely beautiful little towns. And it has been a joy to wake up every morning to see where our ship has brought us… adding another to our list of favorites. Portofino was no exception. This little town (and you can walk from one end of it to the other in about 10 minutes), is more of a club for the rich and famous.


The yachts that dock or anchor in the small harbor are beautiful and pristine as their crews wash and take loving care of them for their owners. The shopkeepers… or should I say “boutique” owners… ranging from Gucci to Prada to Louis Vuitton to, well, it seems everyone in this caliber are represented on the square. And of course, there are stalls of souvenirs providing memories for the less well-heeled.


John and I enjoyed our favorite trip past time – gelato – of course, before we headed back to the ship to enjoy the rest of the day by the pool. Limiting the number of excursions – especially at the end of the cruise – has been the right thing for us. We’ve enjoyed getting off of the ship while in port, but we also wanted to RELAX and just take it easy from time to time.


One day to go… can’t believe that it has gone so quickly… ugh!!!!


Before I sign off, a couple of observations worth noting…

*you’ll see in some of the pictures how beautiful the facade of the buildings are… almost gleeming right back at you in the sun. The interesting thing is that while some of the buildings are indeed of the old style, the newer buildings are painted… in the trompe o’leil style – meant literally “to fool the eye”. Almost Disney-esque.

*and for such a small town, they sure are good with the signs… one sign when you enter the harbor area with all of the directions as noted… all consolidated neatly onto one post instead of strewn about the town.