Fire Cloud...
An irregular marking on the exterior of Native American pottery: usually resulting from burning fuel coming in direct contact with the vessel during firing

Monday, 28 March 2016

Mallorca, Spain

We spend the next to last day on the cruise wandering in Mallororca. Tomorrow we're back in Barcelona and the following day we take a jet to the real world.

This cathedral/palace combo dominates the Mallorca skyline (in Spanish, a double L sounds like a Y in English)

It's Easter Sunday, so not much is open.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Pisa & Florence

We are picked up in Livorno by a driver in a French diesel minivan. He takes us to Pisa and Florence.

Carol and the kids climb the leaning tower. It was closed for stabilization for twelve years.

Now they only allow 50 visitors in the tower at one time. They have erected new fences because of the unfortunate suicide jumpers in the past.

View of the cathedral and baptistry from the tower.

Overlooking Florence from Michelangelo Square

The Duomo.

We manage to get lost several times but eventually find our way.

Gelato from our favorite Florence gelateria.

Back on the boat.

Thursday, 24 March 2016


We hire a Mercedes and driver from Mario Sepe to pick us up in Cittiaveccia and drive us around Rome.

The Pantheon is a must see spot.

Our driver takes a to a lovely church that we would have walked past, misjudging the exterior.

The driver suggests waiting for the gelato near the Trevi fountain.

The lines at the colluseum are horrific, possibly due to to the Easter break.

We wander though the Roman Forum.

We have lunch in a small restaurant then walk several blocks to have more home made gelato in a spot recommended by the owner of the Restaurant.

Our last stop, at my request is the Populo Piazza.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Naples & Pompeii

In the morning we wander around Naples.

We pay for admission to a castle/fortress near the cruise ship.

In the afternoon we take a tour om Pompeii, which was covered in volcanic ash to a depth of 30 feet in 79 A.D.

Some relics fro areas that have been excavated.

About 1,200 slaves were commanded to stay and guard the possessions of their masters. They all had slave belts with the names of their owners. Their bodies dissolved away and left cavities in the ash. Some of these were filled with plaster such as the one below.

It's a big city....a seaport...although the eruption pushed the sea back 5 kilometers (3 miles).

This is a fast food house they uncovered had 50,000 square feet...

Monday, 21 March 2016