1st Sea Day Nov 9, 2018

Friday – Post Barcelona Alboran Sea, Strait of Gibraltar We have rounded the southeast corner of Spain and are sailing in the Alboran Sea just off the coast of Andalusia. While playing Scrabble in the Buffet Area we could see the beautiful snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, in Sierra Nevada National Park, which […]

Barcelona Nov 8, 2018

Thursday, Sailing From Barcelona As the sun sank low in the west, the time for Norwegian Star to finally begin sailing for Sint Maarten in the Caribbean had come. Shortly after sunset, things began to happen. The night scenes around us were beautiful! The view of the beachfront “W” Hotel was impressive. The bridge connecting […]

Rome Nov 5, 2018

Monday – Civitavecchia Sailaway One last morning partaking of the delicious breakfast at our hotel, and then we must pack up and leave. Intermittent heavy rain was falling outside. Our car was scheduled to arrive at 11:00 am. We had booked our transfer from Piazza di Spagna to the Port of Civitivecchia with RomeHabiCabs.com. Our […]

Rome Nov 4, 2018

Rainy Sunday We had experienced intermittent rain showers on both Friday and Saturday, but on Sunday it just came down. We looked out at the churchgoers and tourists scurrying up and down the Spanish Steps in the rain. After two days of walking, a day spent “at home” in the shelter of our hotel would […]

Miniatur Wunderland

World’s Largest Train Layout We had booked our tickets for Miniature Wunderland online weeks in advance. They were Senior Citizen Tickets for €13 each. We had an entrance time window between 16:00 and 17:00h. We finished our harbor tour about 16:15 at St. Pauli Landungsbrücken. we walked to the east end of the piers, onto […]

Hamburg – Harbor Tour

Wednesday Afternoon – 2 Hour Harbor Tour The St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (St. Pauli Piers) is the largest marine landing location in Hamburg. The piers are 700 meters long (2296.59 feet). When combined with the neighboring rail stations for both subway (U-Bahn) and suburban line (S-Bahn), the ferry stations and departure points for pleasure and tour […]

Hamburg – City Tour

Wednesday Morning – HOHO Bus This morning we woke up in Hamburg with minimal jet lag effects. There was an amazing bakery across Georgsplatz from our hotel which is called Schanzenbäckerei. It is part of a local chain of 27 company owned stores plus 8 franchisee owned bakeries in the Hamburg area. It was founded […]


Tuesday – City on the Elbe We left our home in The Villages on Monday August 20th. We flew from Orlando to Gatwick Airport on Norwegian Air Shuttle, arriving on the 21st. There we boarded an Easyjet flight to Hamburg, Germany. We had spent 6 nights in Germany’s largest city, Berlin, in the spring of […]