Ports of Call
A bustling city on the Catalonian coast of Spain, Barcelona is a delight for the history and art buff – explore the cobbled streets of the Gothic Quarter or enjoy the masterpieces of Gaudi. Shop to your heart’s content for bric a brac at the stalls on the waterfront and spend the evenings in a taverna on Las Ramblas sipping sangria, savouring tapas and watching the world go by. Barcelona is bound to please.
Take a step back in time when in Dubrovnik - a historic centre with marble paved squares, old imposing forts, bubbling fountains and impressive palaces, Dubrovnik is a well preserved medieval town. Pretty as picture, Dubrovnik is just waiting to be explored.
Rome is where history and modernity collide. Visit the Coliseum, the Forum or the Spanish Steps to get transported two and half thousands years back in time. Check out Michelangelo’s work of art on the ceiling of St Peter’s Basilica, take tour of the Vatican and before you leave Rome don’t forget to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. Legend has it that you will return if you do. And to see all of Rome you would have to make more than one visit to see all of this Eternal City!
Livorno (Florence), Italy
Florence is where the Renaissance was born and brims with art and culture – Michael Angelo’s Statue of David is the high point but there are museums and other masterpieces to keep you enthralled. The Tuscan countryside is simply beautiful and Pisa with its famous leaning Tower is a short ride away, as is Lucca’s Walled City. Shopping in Florence is a delightful experience and don’t forget to sample a gelato while there. Florence promises lots and delivers more!
Folklore, art, culture and history coupled with the most breathtaking scenery makes Sicily much more than just another island. Sicily is where the mountains meet the ocean, where you will find an eclectic mix of society, where you are welcomed with warmth to share famed Sicilian hospitality. Sicily is like no place on earth. Come to Sicily and get charmed.
Soak in the sun and vibrant atmosphere of Naples. Set in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, Napoli as it is called is replete with historical monuments and art. In the vicinity is the Roman town of Pompeii and a drive along the Amalfi Coast is bound to please. And how can you miss out on the famed Isle of Capri and its magical appeal?
Take Gondola ride with your companion and get serenaded by your gondolier, visit the magnificent Doges Palace in St Mark’s Square, explore the alleyways and canals of Venice or sneak a kiss at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs. History, art and culture rule the roost in this Eternal city of Romance. Soak in the atmosphere, sip some grappa or people watch at a roadside café. Venice is beautiful, any which way you look at it!
Nice, the capital of the Cote d’Azur is bestowed with splendid weather the year round with sun worshippers thronging its beaches. Buzzing local markets, a lively seaside promenade, street cafes that spill over on the sidewalk are what make Nice a favoured destination on the French Riviera.
With yachts bobbing in the bay and palm fringed avenues lined with designer boutiques, Cannes is the proverbial playground of the rich and famous. The principality of Monaco is a day’s visit from Cannes. If you happen to be in Cannes during the International Film Festival, you are sure to spot a celebrity or two. Who knows you may even bump into your favourite film star!
Athens breathes history with the Acropolis, Parthenon and other historical wonders. Museums abound as do cafes, the Plaka buzzes with activity and the shops are filled with bric a brac, Athens is a wonderful mix of the old and the new. Enchanting, attractive, addictive- Athens is definitely worth a visit.
A spectacularly beautiful island, Santorini has the best sunsets in the world they say. Cobbled streets, blue domed churches, volcanic views, traditional villages and taverns- Santorini is the most amazing island in the Cyclades and has been touted as the most picturesque place this side of the Suez. Visit it, you must!
Mykonos is surrounded by the bluest of waters, a number of bays and coves and beaches with silver sands. White washed houses line interesting alleyways, beach parties that go on all night, great shopping, and sumptuous food – all go to make Mykonos an enchanting island in the sun. Delos, an abandoned island is just a boat ride away and is the birthplace of the Greek god Apollo.
Ephesus, (Kusadasi) Turkey
Ephesus is the finest outdoor museum in the world. History springs to life when you walk down marble paved roads that were once traversed by chariots and transports you back into the times of Antony and Cleopatra. View the Grand Theatre, the remains of St John’s Basilica and House of Virgin Mary. Ephesus with its temples, pillars and other monuments are a living testament to the greatness of the Roman Empire.