2016 fourth segment

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

On April 22, 2016, we reached our last port of call, Funchal, the capital of the islands of Madeira. Situated on a mountainous island, Funchal is a part of Portugal. We rode around the island visiting the Municipal Market and the Flower Market, which is just outside of it. From the harbor part of the city, all buildings and farming rise up on the cliffs. We traveled to Camara de Lobos, a small fishing village nestled in a cove. On the way there were many views out to the sea and of the ragged shoreline. One of the prominent features was a giant rock, Cabo Girao, that rose steeply from the...

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Cadiz, Spain

After leaving Barcelona and passing through the Straight of Gibraltar, we arrived in Cadiz, Spain on the Atlantic Ocean on April 20, 2016. Our ship was docked in the center of the old walled part of town, so walking around is the best way to visit here. The focal point of Cadiz is the Cathedral Nueva, a Roman Catholic Church built between 1722 and 1838. After walking thru the Plaza de Savilla, we went over to the Cathedral and took a self guided audio tour. The Cathedral had many side chapels, with works of art of early Spanish artists as well as a beautiful hand carved Choir and twin...

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona was our port of call on April 18, 2016. We took the 15 minute shuttle into town which let us out by the Customs House. We then proceeded to Columbus Square where the Columbus Statue and Port Authority are located at the start of Las Ramblas. Las Ramblas is a tree lined pedestrian walkway that is in the heart of the city. Along the way there are street mimes, looking for donations. We stopped at Plaza Riel that is just off the Ramblas  with is Gaudi inspired lamp posts and a basement herbolari, that dates back to 1940. It was then off to St. Joseph’s Market, one of the great...

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Monaco

We docked in Monaco on April 17, 2016, a principality located on the French Rivera, noted for its’ Grand Casino. Since the Grand Pre was coming to Monaco, some of the streets were closed as bleacher and fence barrier construction was going on. We once again took a Hop on Hop off Bus to get around this small city state. Our first stop was on “The Rock” where the Palais Pricer or Prince’s Palace is located. Here is a great place to get a great view of Monaco and the Port of Monaco. We then went across the harbor to the Place du Casino, where the Cafe de Paris, the Hotel...

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Florence, Italy

On April 16, 2016, we docked in Livorno, Italy, the gateway to Tuscany. We took shuttle to Florence, to walk around the historical center of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ride into Florence took about a hour passing though the tuscan countryside and its many vineyards. Passing over the Arno River, we went to the historic area and were left off only a block from the Santa Croce Church which housed the tomb of Michelangelo. From there we walk to the river and went to the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, lined with many gold stalls. Then we went passed the Straw Market and the Piazza della...

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Katakolon, Greece

On the 13th of April, 2016 we sailed into Katakolon , a small fishing village in Greece which serves as the gateway to ancient Olympia. Since we have been here several times before we decide to have lunch in one of the promenade restaurants that over look the water. After lunch we walked the town that consisted of two streets, the Main Street and the Back Street. The shops are all catered to the cruise traffic, some 200 ships a year, that comes through the port. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture. Katakolon Village Fishing...

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