Caroline’s mum wanted to go on a cruise. Some of her friends had been and had told her all about it, so knowing that we’d done a few cruises as well she asked us to arrange it all.
Finding a cruise was simple, one week -
A couple of useful links if you are thinking about trying something similar.
https://www.seat61.com/ How to travel by train from the UK to almost anywhere
https://www.rome2rio.com/ How to travel from one place to another by a variety of transport methods.
I find that Seat61 gives a good overview, especially for longer, international journeys, while RometoRio is good for individual sections and working out alternative timetables.
Taking Caroline’s mum on holiday.
There are lots of photos here:
Our cruise ship, MSC Poesia, docked at Kotor in Montenegro. Our cabins are circled.
This is something we found in the old part of Torre Ratti. On a building that appears to be part of the original Castello di Torre Ratti.
Caroline’s grandmother was a de Ratti and this is possibly where that part of the family originated
Sitting in the sunshine at the Paradiso cafe, Giardini Biennale, Venice.
The Venetian Arsenal on Corfu. Apparently the Venetians used to own Corfu and one of their shipyards is still there. It’s a hundred yards inshore now and you can wander around the berths.
Paraguyan music. Harp and guitar in the Poesia’s Le Rendex Vous Bar.
Great performers, very friendly and playing lovely music, we ended up there on most evenings.
A lion’s head drinking fountains in Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Croatia.These were part of the city’s water supply and many of them still work. This is the oldest one, about 1800 years old.
Public art, a giant glass abacus on the island of Murano, Venice.
The notice says. Do not touch please. Extremely fragile. And it’s in English not Italian. Did an English person, or speaker, really try and use it?
The European Grand Tour in two weeks
France. A trip on the Eurostar to Paris, then a taxi to Gare d'Austerlitz for the sleeper service to Nice. Then on to Ventimiglia in Italy.
Monaco Passed through on the train
Italy Arrived in Genoa, then took a side trip to Torre Ratti, staying overnight at Il Fiorile. A lovely little hotel with fantastic food.
Then back to Genoa to board MSC Poesia and an overnight cruise to Cittavechia and a train trip to Rome.
A day at sea next, with close views of Stromboli before sailing between Italy and Scicily and on around the south of Italy to Corfu.
Greece. A day on Corfu. We hired a car and visted a few places that the organised excursions don’t get to.
Montenegro. An overnight cruise from Corfu to the walled medieval city of Kotor. Leaving that evening on our way to;
Croatia The city of Split. The thing to see here is Diocletian’s Palace. It’s been built in, on and around, but is still recognisable and full of interest.
Next is Italy again and three days in Venice. Leaving by train and passing through;
Austria.The Brenner Pass, amazing views and something going on. Delayed train, lots of Police around, including some looking up and down the train. Nobody would say what they were looking for.
Germany Change at Munich and then overnight in Stuttgart. The next day, more trains, change at Frankfurt and then off to:
Belgium Brussels, for the Eurostar back to London.
9 countries, 14 days, and we made all the connections.