Oh my goodness, I can hardly believe it’s finally here! Mr. Q and I are off on an adventure. Way back in June I posted about booking a cruise on the Adriatic Sea. It felt like it was a long way off then, and I didn’t want to wish the summer away being too excited for our trip. But as we all know, time flies … and here we are in November!
Our itinerary mainly features smaller ports that we haven’t been to like Valletta (Malta) and Kotor (Montenegro). Plus a couple of favorites that we are happy to return to, Venice and Monte Carlo.
The day in Venice also just happens to be my birthday. Who wouldn’t want to spend their birthday in Venice? Even if it is just a tad flooded at the moment.
This is the off-season for travel in Europe, so that made the trip much more affordable. Plus not as many crowds, and definitely cooler weather. Hopefully those things will work in our favor, but if you’ve been following the news you’ll know that the weather has been a bit crazy lately in Italy. So we’ve packed our umbrellas and are just hoping for the best.
Here are the ports we will visit.
Genoa, Italy where we have booked a street food tour and we also plan to visit the aquarium.
Monte Carlo, Monaco where we’ve booked a side trip to Eze, France.
Naples, Italy where we’ll visit Herculaneum.
Messina, Italy where we’ve booked a Godfather themed tour. We’re not really big Godfather fans, but the tour itself goes to some small hillside towns that look really charming.
In Malta we’ve hired a private guide for the entire day. It looks like such a fascinating place and we really want to see it all. We had such an amazing time with the private guide we hired in Scotland, so we’re going to splurge this time as well.
We’ll see the famous balconies of Valletta …
Hagar Qim, a megalithic temple complex dating to 3,600 – 3,200 B.C. How in the world did they move those huge stones back then? I hope we’ll learn more about that …
Marsaxlokk, a small fishing village known for its colorful boats …
And Mdina, a medieval fortified city.
Mr. Q is looking forward to Kotor, Montenegro where we plan to do some exploring on our own.
But we also plan to take a boat over to Our Lady of the Rocks …
Split, Croatia is another spot that will be easy to navigate on our own …
Ravenna, Italy is famous for its Byzantine mosaics so we plan to take a look at them. Just look at those beautiful colors!
And finally, our cruise ends in Venice, Italy. We’ve spent time in Venice before, so we’ve seen all of the major sites. This time I want to do something special, plus since it’s my birthday I get to choose what we do! So we’ve hired another private guide who will take us to some unique spots in Venice that are off the beaten path. Hopefully we won’t have to wade through too much water to get to them.
We’ll be back home just in time for my 5th blogiversary! I’m planning an amazing giveaway after we return to celebrate five years of blogging. I’ll be giving away a bunch of my favorite products plus I hope to find a few goodies to include while on my trip. So be sure to check back for that in two weeks.
In the meantime, I’m going to take a bit of a blogging break. I tend to mostly ‘unplug’ when I’m on a cruise. I definitely won’t splurge and pay for the expensive WiFi on the ship. My sister Debbie will be in charge of everything while we’re gone. She’ll be house sitting and watching over our cat Lucy, and maybe I can convince her to occasionally check for blog comments too. But I doubt I can get her to paint any furniture or write any blog posts for me 😉
I do plan on posting the occasional quick picture or two to Instagram on the fly though (when I have cell service), so if you don’t already follow me on Instagram be sure to do it now! Otherwise, I’ll be back in a couple of weeks, so be sure to check back then!