Friday, July 30, 2010

Day 10- At Sea


This pic is from some island early in the morning :) Can you imagine living here?

Early to rise on the cruise ship- before the crowds show up and you can get a good place by the pool.

Here is a little clip to show the dining room- very Titanic.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Day 9- Sicily

Consumed: 1 pistachio cannelloni, 1 large plate of pasta with crème and prosciutto, 1 large glass of red wine. 1 lemon granita-

Ahhh Sicily- wish I could have seen more and eaten more. We only had about a 3 hour window to stroll the streets and climb to the top of an theater and be amazed at the view.

We did find an incredible place for lunch which was a total priority. I think this was Tim's favorite place that we stopped. We wish we could have stayed longer. The town had little streets and everything was gorgeous.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Day 8- All Aboard!

Consumed: 1 cappuccino, 1 croissant. - I am not going to put what I ate on the boat because I don’t want to embarrass myself on all the French fry runs and all you can eat ice cream stops. They say that the average cruiser gains 5-10 pounds on a week long cruise.
We took a train from Roma to the coast Civitavecchia and already started meeting fellow Americans headed for the cruise the ship. Being on a cruise ship is like summer camp meets Las Vegas. There is a printed out itinerary every day and there are announcements over the loud speaker and he would give the weather report and always say- it's going to be Sunny! Sunny Sunny! There is a champagne bar, a pub, sports bar, pirate bar, a martini bar, a casino, a movie theater, an ice rink, a rock wall, a basketball court, mini golf (I whooped Tim shamelessly at mini golf), a gym, 2 pools, 5-6 hot tubs, an espresso cafe, all you can eat buffet almost all day, 4 calling birds, 3 french hens, 2 turtle doves, and a partridge in a pare tree.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day 7- Last day in Roma

Consumed: 1 Croissant, 1 café latte, 3 beers, 1 shot of sambuko (not my idea- the Italian waiter’s idea) 2 plates of pasta with Italian white sauce, 1 caprese salad, grilled chicken with French fries, 1 coca cola light, 1 fanta. 1 tiramisu - I know I need to be thinking about making sure I eat my vegetables.

We saw the Parthenon today- were Raphael was buried. I think the most interesting thing about the Parthenon was the fact that when the Parthenon was built, there was no record of why it was built. I immediately thought secret society- maybe I’ve read too many Anne Rice or Twilight books. :)

We walked and walked- our last day in Rome. Dropped coins in the Trevi Fountain and strolled the streets of old Rome. They say if you put a coin in the fountain- you will return to Rome.

My only regret? Not eating more gelato.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Day 6-Roma

Consumed: 2 café latte, 1 chocolate croissant, Split a bottle of Wine, cheese ravioli with butternut squash Italian sauce, Salami Plate, 2 beers, 1 coca cola light, 1 plate of spaghetti with prosciutto and crème sauce. 1 tiramisu- MMM pig pig pig … I know.

We went to the Coliseum and it was huge- largest amphi theater in the world. So guess what happened? Of course I had to trip and fall and skin my knees in front of a large group of tourists. As I was falling I could hear the large OOOOOO from the crowd. I was fine, but all Tim could say was that do you know you shed blood where others thousands of years ago shed blood. I was suddenly inspired to watch the movie Gladiator all over again- who knew movies could be educational?

Check out these sculptures outside of Rome's Museum of Modern Art or the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna. We went by and it was closed.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 5- The Vatican

Consumed: 1 Café Latte, 1 pastry with chocolate in the middle, 1 coconut gelato, 1 orange crème gelato, 1 glass of champagne, 1 pizza with buffalo mozzarella, - I think I am eating less in Italy.
The Vatican was beautiful… a strange quiet power. I think the most interesting part about seeing the Vatican was seeing all of the young nuns and priests. I can’t even imagine devoting yourself to something so early in life- its admirable but I had no clue about life when I was 20.
In the Vatican Museum there are the old sections and the modern sections. It made me wonder how they rotated the collection and what’s exactly in the vault. The best thing about the museum was that at one point the Vatican decided to cover up the naked statues privates with little leaves.

Did I mention Rome was Hot? I can see why people don't travel to Rome in the summer. The Vatican had these big fountains in the front and swear they looked like an Oasis. :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 4- Italy- Welcome to Roma

Consumed- 1 Café Crème, 1 croissant, prosucitto plate with buffalo mozzarella, 1 quatro fromagge pizza, 1 large glass of wine- we were traveling today and not much time to eat.
I was a little sad to see Paris end- I felt like I didn’t eat enough or see enough. Hopefully we will be able to get back soon.

We spent most of the day traveling- but did check out the Spanish steps and it was covered in tourists. Who knew everyone traveled to Italy in the summer time?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day 3- Last day in Paris

Consumed- 2 café crème, 1 pizza pastry type croissant, 1 salami baguette with butter, 1 coca cola light, 2 servings of steak with yummy French sauce, 2 servings of frits, 1 ice cream with coconut and chocolate. - Yum yum!- a little sad I didn’t have a macaroon and no croque mesuers. I couldn’t possibly eat everything in Paris could I?
We went to Musee d'orsay- AMAZING. I wish we could have spent more time mulling around but the museum was packed. They have quite a collection of Van Gogh, Degas, Matisse, Monet, Rodin- and much much more. I think the painting that made the museum visit for me and I am going to be cliché and it's the self portrait of Vincent Van Gogh.

I have been to MOMA in New York and have seen Starry Night, and I was disappointed. The self portrait took my breath away because it made him look as creepy and eerie as I think he probably was. I think one of my favorite things about enjoying a painting is when I can change my mind about a painting or an artist- because I just get it.

Also something really neat, is that Paris is making some of the old into something , modern. This sculpture has been refitted with- yes a light saber. Pretty awesome. :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 2- Paris

Consumed- 1 chocolate croissant, cheese plate, 1 café crème, 1 orange fanta, 1 baguette with salami and butter, chicken with a curry sauce, 1 glass of rose champagne, 1 glass of red wine, 1 scoop of chocolate and 1 scoop of pistachio ice cream fromBerthellion . MMMM- jealous yet?

Today was Eiffel Tower Day and we decided to go early because we wanted to beat the crowds. There are two levels of the Eiffel Tower- and we decided to go to the tippity top. I am deathly afraid of heights and when we got to the very top- I held on for dear life. There is even a bar up there, but I lasted maybe 10 minutes clutching to the center pole and sweating, before I had enough.

There are a ton of beautiful bridges in Paris, including pedestrian only bridges. Many local Parisians will set up a picnic around sunset time and watch the sun go down. The funny thing about this bridge was there were a ton of locks in the links of the fence. If you are in love and you put a lock on the bridge then your love can never be broken. Romantic isn’t it? - only in Paris.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 1- Welcome to Paris

Consumed: 1 ham/cheese/egg crepe, 1 café crème, baguette with sausage and butter, 1 coca cola light, 1 star bucks iced tea, 1 chocolate croissant, escargot, duck with some French sauce, 2 beers, a couple glasses of house red wine. - fine I am a pig. haha

Tim and I thought it was a bright idea to try and combat the time change before we go to Paris- since Portland to Paris is about a 9 hour time change. We go to bed at 9 pm our time and wake up 3 am and our flight is at 8 am and we arrive in Paris the following day at 7 am Paris time. We would only sleep part of the way and wake up bright and fresh in Paris. Well I ended up only getting about 45 minutes of sleep and Tim got maybe an hour… all I could think about was sleep. Tim kept telling me that is like pulling an all night-er in college. Since when was pulling an all night-er in college fun?

To put it simply- Paris was beautiful. We went to the Louvre and it was free day which meant the museum was packed. We made a bee line for the Mona Lisa- which was surrounded by about 4 feet of on lookers. Her curious smile and her eyes staring directly at me- everything I had hoped. I can honestly say the painting was more moving in person, and I was a little skeptical.

Recommendations: Take a nap and everyone speaks in English.