2013 Holland America Cruise

October-November 22 day cruise from Rome to Tampa on the Ryndam
Olives, olives, olives and their oil were extremely important for centuries in this part of the world!
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Cefalù: on the way toward the city center. Cathedral of Cefalù dating from 1131. Wash house, lavatoio, is fed by a spring. Harry, Linda & Carole on a narrow street. Olbia, Sardinia (Italy): our ferry to La Maddalena. A few weeks later, Olbia was "destroyed" by a storm according to the mayor.
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Arriiving at La Maddalena. City map Corsica (France) is the island 6 miles away. Florence: the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as The Duomo. Another view of the domed cathedral.
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Facciata Santa Croce was consecrated in 1442. East doors, or Gates of Paradise, by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Palazzo Vecchio Replica of the David, at left, which stands in an outdoor sculpture garden in Florence, Italy. Hercules and Cacus on the right. Ponte Vecchio
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Pisa: the Leaning Tower was begun in 1173. Galileo is thought to have dropped the two cannon balls from it. Interesting!! Along the way to the Tower. Nice, Monte Carlo (Monaco): our ship. Produce market in Nice
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Eze dates back to the 14th century quite a climb. Marseille: Monument to the Heroes of the Eastern Army and distant lands. Notre-Dame de la Garde basilca, high above Marseille. Inside the basilica View of Marseille from the basilica.
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Marseille is France's 2nd largest city. A fake (painted) street scene makes it look like the street continues on. Very well done. A busker, really a beggar, in Marseille. Barcelona: Linda and me in front of Gaudi's Sagrada Família. Maybe to be finished in 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi's death. 2050? 2090?? Probably the highlight of the three weeks. Plans are to level surrounding buildings to improve the view of the basilica.
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Inside this spectacular landmark. Another inside view. More architecture from Gaudi. Cordoba: on our way to the Mezquita and the Great Mosque of Córdoba. Too many pictures to post. Inside the Muslim portion.
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Spectacular! In the cathedral part. Lunch was included. Cadiz: I got lost in town, and had to take a taxi back to the ship. Picture is from the excursion of the White Villages. This is Vejer de la Frontera. The old part of Vejer de la Frontera.
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Fountain in the center of town. The Battle of Trafalgar was fought here. Lord Nelson defeated the French & Spanish fleets. Walking in Conil, the last part of the excursion from Cadiz. Beer and a Coke in Conil before we left. Lisbon: leaving the Ryndam.
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Basilica Da Estrela was started in 1790. Inside the church. Modern architecture in Lisbon. In the Tile Museum is this Lisbon cityscape done before the Great Earthquake of 1755. The museum is housed in the monastic buildings of the Madre de Deus Convent.
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Busker (Australian?) doing his performance. Harry with another. And another. Santa Justa Elevator, not enough time for Harry & me to ride.