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Old 04-15-2010, 01:15 PM   #31
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One week from today I will be on a plane to Barcelona.

Thankfully it is next week and not this week, as I have what my doctor thinks is walking pnuemonia. He said he is just going to treat me like I have it since I'm leaving so soon. I'm having trouble getting excited about packing and things since it feels like someone with giant hands is squeezing my head, and my cough is ridiculous.

DH called me today about the volcanic ash and the flights grounded...I am taking that as a sign that he is truly excited about our trip! He has been studying Italian but I am pretty sure won't understand most of what is said in Italy. A for effort, though!

Our plan for traveling is two rolling duffles I bought (much lighter than our normal big suitcase) and two rolling DCL bags as carryons. We'll bite the bullet and pay for a third bag on the way home, I'm sure we'll need it for souvenirs! DH suggested we just buy another suitcase there, and who am I to argue when shopping is involved, so we'll probably pick up another rolling DCL while onboard. They aren't the best made things anyway, the threading is pulling out on my first one, but they are nice for carryon purposes.

I'm making lists upon lists for my DMIL who is watching the kids while we are gone. I'm out of town this weekend for DD11's last cheer competition so before I know it, next Thursday will be here! Hopefully in a day or two my cough subsides and I can really get excited about it!

Oh, and I made totally adorable booklets, one for each of our traveling companion couples. Our itinerary is in detail but also port information and historical details about most ports, costs for things, temperature averages, and I bound them all. I made them half page size so they are easily carried. I'll have to photograph them because I am really proud of them, they even have tabs! Any of you on the Meds coming up, if you'd like me to email you the booklet (obviously will have some of my details like the excursions we are doing but you could tweak it) PM me, I'd be glad to send it. I think they are going to be really handy.
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:41 PM   #32
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Here are some photos of Med booklet I made









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Old 04-22-2010, 08:34 PM   #34
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Have a safe flight and see you at Barcelona! So glad that things are slowly working out for most of us.
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:14 AM   #35
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We have landed and coming into Barcelona we saw the beautiful Disney Magic! It was very exciting.

Flight was delayed as rain began while we boarded so we sat on the tarmac for at least 40 minutes. There was a rainbow on the side we could not see, and then take off! The funniest part was when an older gentleman tried to get into an occupied bathroom and a hand came out of it and he jumped out of his skin.
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:17 AM   #36
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I am now updating on the saved pages, see page 1!

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Old 04-24-2010, 05:35 PM   #37
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Old 04-25-2010, 12:35 PM   #38
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Loving your trip report Dicecatt! We will be on the May 26th sailing! Looking forward to your updates!! I have added a link to your posts on our cruise website too!!
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:16 PM   #39
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We woke up at midnight, totally messed up in time. After about an hour we got back to sleep and when we woke we were suprised to see it was almost 9 AM! We got ready and went down to breakfast, which was cereal, bread, yogurt, bread, milk, and more bread. We then walked around a bit more and went into the fresh food market off La Rambla, it was amazing...we took such beautiful pictures of FOOD. It was weird how food made it so magical, but something about the locals, the freshness, the colors...it was really one of the best parts of our stay in Barcelona.

We checked out at noon. We had the front desk call taxis and we were off to port! Of course, the first site of the Magic was thrilling, by far the prettiest ship in port. We quickly dropped our bags with a porter, and were soon in line in the Castaway Club line. There was about a 10 minute wait, which looked to be about 30 minutes for first time sailers. It was about 12:30 and we boarded at that time with no wait.

Ate in Parrot Cay, and then rooms were ready. We LOVE our stateroom attendant, Shaka, whom Belle keeps calling Chakakan. In fact, every single CM has been fantastic.

I'm going to write more, a lot more, including my Dooney & Burke success, but Dicedawg and I are heading to Diversions to play chess and drink (more), so I'll have to make it later

Okay, I'm back.

We spent some time exploring our staterooms and then Dicedawg, Belle and I walked to the Promenade Lounge and ordered drinks and made friends with the bartender, Pio. Yummy pomegranite cosmo. Then the Disboard meet at 3 PM, had a great chat with Aunt Lynne, and a few more awesome people. The lanyards are so cute, we were really excited!

Back to the room our bags were there so we decorated our doors and unpacked. Muster was 5 PM, and then directly after Dicedawg, Belle, Beau and I went to AuntLynne's room, she upgraded to a Catt 3 and much to my delight I got to photograph it, including its massive, Aft verandah (HUGE!!!). We chatted for a bit and then left, Dicedawg was going for a body mass index thing at the spa and Belle and I went towards the shops which opened at 6. We stopped and chatted with the DVC lady, she sat in front of us on the plane, and Belle is a member so they bonded. We went to Treasure Ketch and there were the Dooney & Burkes. They said the large ones, all three sizes of them, were ALL out in the showroom, nothing in back. Not sure if that is true. They did have many wristlets, and brought more out for my perusal since I am buying 4 for disers that aren't cruising for a while. I bought the $160 bag and I LOVE IT, perfect placement. The CM was awesome and helped me choose good ones for the disboard people. Shocking price, I've never spent that much in one sitting at the gift shop!

After, we hung out in the room a bit, and went to the shops again because Dicedawg wanted to check them out, but a minute later the first show let out and the shops were swamped so we left to get ready for dinner.

Dinner was really good. Our server is Grisella, she is from Peru and married to a French server that she met while working on the Magic! They even work in the same dining room. I had brushetta, crab soup, seafood rissotto and delicious mint icecream and some kind of pecan thing. Yumyummy. Then Dicedawg and I went to Diversions for some chess. I was doing quite well until I started getting tired then I pretty much gave him my queen with a stupid move and continued the dumb moves until I was trounced.

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Please tell her that Monica say's HI!!

Have a great time!
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Loving the report...and whenyou get back you have to tell me how you made that book! Did you have it pro printed?
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:49 PM   #41
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Love your booklets!! Great job!!! Keep the reports coming!



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Old 04-30-2010, 09:35 AM   #42
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update from Florence

So, I have been updating every day, REALLY, tring to keep you May 5 sailers in mind. However, I have not been able to post any of it. I have been emailing myself on my phone with the intentions of copying and pasting onboard, the internet connection onboard is TERRIBLE, even when in port. I hope to try again tomorrow on our At Sea day, and boy are we ready for an At Sea Day. The last three days have bee unbelievable, PERFECT weather, Dicedawg keeps conratulating me on the good weather scheduling. Italy is the most fantastic country...Naples and the Amalfi Coast are spectacularly breathtaking...Rome is, well, probably the most magnificent place on the planet...and Florence, just WOW.

My best qucik pieces of advice on my drive back to the ship are:

*if you are going to Florence, go see the original David and definitely make a reservation, we walked right past a very long line. He is stunning and the two copies pale in comparison.
*in Tunis, use good humor in the Medina or you will get very aggravated at the high pressure sales tactics. Try to remember these people feed their families this way, that is why they are so persistent. With bargaining, start with 75% of the asking price and if you get around half that is normally good.
*the blue grotto in Malta is absolutely gorgeous. And altho I like to try things from the area skip the soft drink Kinney, just yuck.
*In Naples, prepared to be terrified by the driving, and take motion sickness medicine before Amalfi Coast drive. In Pompeii don't miss the brothels.

I will try to post more completely about each day tomorrow.
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:20 AM   #43
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Thank you for the updates and tips! Can't wait to read the whole report!
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So, I have been updating every day, REALLY, tring to keep you May 5 sailers in mind. However, I have not been able to post any of it. I have been emailing myself on my phone with the intentions of copying and pasting onboard, the internet connection onboard is TERRIBLE, even when in port. I hope to try again tomorrow on our At Sea day, and boy are we ready for an At Sea Day. The last three days have bee unbelievable, PERFECT weather, Dicedawg keeps conratulating me on the good weather scheduling. Italy is the most fantastic country...Naples and the Amalfi Coast are spectacularly breathtaking...Rome is, well, probably the most magnificent place on the planet...and Florence, just WOW.

My best qucik pieces of advice on my drive back to the ship are:

*if you are going to Florence, go see the original David and definitely make a reservation, we walked right past a very long line. He is stunning and the two copies pale in comparison.
*in Tunis, use good humor in the Medina or you will get very aggravated at the high pressure sales tactics. Try to remember these people feed their families this way, that is why they are so persistent. With bargaining, start with 75% of the asking price and if you get around half that is normally good.
*the blue grotto in Malta is absolutely gorgeous. And altho I like to try things from the area skip the soft drink Kinney, just yuck.
*In Naples, prepared to be terrified by the driving, and take motion sickness medicine before Amalfi Coast drive. In Pompeii don't miss the brothels.

I will try to post more completely about each day tomorrow.
Thanks for this post!!! I keep checking everyday, to see if you have been able to update. I really wanted to know what you thought of the Blue Grotto tour in Malta....if you didn't think it was worth it, I was going to cancel our ressies. Sounds as though you liked it

Thanks so much for thinking of us May 5ers....I'm hoping we get some of the great weather you have had. Enjoy the rest of your cruise, may the next few days go by really sloooooooowly (I don't mind, I have tons of packing and things to do before I'm ready to board!!)
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*the blue grotto in Malta is absolutely gorgeous. And altho I like to try things from the area skip the soft drink Kinney, just yuck.
If it's anything like Beverly at the Epcot Coke drink station, I will stay away
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