After 6 Weeks of Packing, Spain, France and Italy here we Come!

Portofino - June 2-75

The last 6 weeks we have packed up our big house in Reno (a very serious and large project!), sold a car, bought a car, bought a condo in Incline, moved stuff from the Reno house into storage for the condo, packed a 26 ft Uhaul truck to the max, drove it to Carmel, unpacked the truck and, along the way binge watched about 10 episodes of Baggage (sad but true, Jerry Springer and all, but if you want a good laugh watch a couple episodes).  All that baggage inspired us to take a trip.

And, it just so happened that Regent had a fantastic deal on a 15 day cruise in the Mediterranean.  Turns out that they have a brand new ship called the Explorer coming out in 2016 and it’s inaugural voyage is very similar to one that is taking place this May.  Apparently enough long-time Regent cruisers like us decided to book that trip and that left some excess capacity this year.  So, they had a sale (about 50% off) for this year’s cruise and we jumped on it, knowing we would need to relax after all that crazy packing.  Here is the itinerary (Updated after the trip to include every day and our return).

Date Port Arrive Depart
MAY 23 SAT Spain, France and Italy Here we Come! PreBoard
MAY 24 SUN Repositioning to SFO PreBoard
MAY 25 MON Flying to Barcelona PreBoard
MAY 26 TUE Barcelona, Spain PreBoard
MAY 27 WED Barcelona, Spain 6:00 PM
MAY 28 THU Provence (Marseille), France Morning 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
MAY 28 THU Provence (Aix), France Afternoon 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
MAY 29 FRI Saint Tropez, France Morning 8:00 AM 11:59 PM
MAY 29 FRI Saint Tropez, France Afternoon 8:00 AM 11:59 PM
MAY 30 SAT Antibes Morning, France 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
MAY 30 SAT Antibes Afternoon, France 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
MAY 31 SUN Livorno (Pisa), Italy – Morning 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
MAY 31 SUN Livorno, Italy – Afternoon 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
JUN 1 MON Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
JUN 2 TUE Portofino (Genoa), Italy Morning 9:00 AM 7:00 PM
JUN 2 TUE Portofino (Genoa Artwork), Italy Morning 9:00 AM 7:00 PM
JUN 2 TUE Portofino, Italy Afternoon 9:00 AM 7:00 PM
JUN 3 WED Cannes, France 8:00 AM 11:00 PM
JUN 4 THU Monte Carlo, Monaco – Morning 7:00 AM 11:59 PM
JUN 4 THU Monte Carlo, Monaco – Afternoon 7:00 AM 11:59 PM
JUN 5 FRI Cannes, France 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
JUN 6 SAT Saint-Tropez, France 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
JUN 7 SUN Toulon, France 8:30 AM 6:30 PM
JUN 8 MON Ajaccio (Corsica), France 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
JUN 9 TUE Portofino, Italy 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
JUN 10 WED La Spezia (Cinque Terra), Italy 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
JUN 10 THU Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 7:00 AM
JUN 11 FRI San Francisco-Carmel

The amazing thing is that the cruise included about 8 places that we had never been.  And, who could complain about going to Saint-Tropez, Portofino and Cannes twice in 15 days?

We start the trip on Sunday by driving from Carmel to San Francisco, staying overnight by the airport and then departing on an American/USAirways plane to Barcelona via Charlotte, SC, arriving at 8 am.  After staying over night  in Barcelona we depart on Wednesday at 6 pm for a well-deserved relaxing two weeks.

We’ll try to give you the flavor of the places we visit through words and pictures and we hope you enjoy our trip along with us.

Dale and Margaret

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