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Old 07-13-2010, 09:21 AM   #151
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My dad was Air Force too, I ended up graduating from High School in the Springs (Rampart) but I only went there for 1 year! Feel free to give us a shout if you guys are heading up to Denver (Highlands Ranch) any time soon!
Awesome! Thanks for the invite! My Dad was Air Force too. We moved here my junior year (Air Academy for me!) and my parents stayed. So Colorado is home to me now and it feels like it when whenever we come back.
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:31 AM   #152
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Hi Disney Falcon,

Just popping back to your report. I posted how much I enjoyed it a couple of pages back but thought I ought to come and let you know that your amazing photos were also a great tool in convincing my husband to let me turn our 8 night Dover to Barcelona Repo into a 19 night Repo and 11 night Med Cruise Back to Back!

As a fellow photography enthusiast I am hoping I can get some photos approaching the standard of some of yours!

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Old 07-13-2010, 10:57 AM   #153
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Hi Disney Falcon,

Just popping back to your report. I posted how much I enjoyed it a couple of pages back but thought I ought to come and let you know that your amazing photos were also a great tool in convincing my husband to let me turn our 8 night Dover to Barcelona Repo into a 19 night Repo and 11 night Med Cruise Back to Back!

As a fellow photography enthusiast I am hoping I can get some photos approaching the standard of some of yours!

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Excellent Mel!! I would love to spend 19 days taking pictures of those places!! I'm glad I could help in some small way!!
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:25 PM   #154
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Question Awesome photos! Dress code question

Hi. Everyone in our crew loved your photos. We are bursting with excitement for our Aug 18th trip.

I looked online for the lens you recommended -- I can see why you rented it. Can you share how much the rental was?

You said that no shorts are allowed in the Vatican. What is the dress code? Are there any other ports that also have restrictions? Let to our own devices, we will be wearing shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops everywhere...

Thanks!
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Old 07-15-2010, 11:05 PM   #155
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Hi. Everyone in our crew loved your photos. We are bursting with excitement for our Aug 18th trip.

I looked online for the lens you recommended -- I can see why you rented it. Can you share how much the rental was?

You said that no shorts are allowed in the Vatican. What is the dress code? Are there any other ports that also have restrictions? Let to our own devices, we will be wearing shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops everywhere...

Thanks!
Yes, that is why I rented it! It was about $150 with insurance for two weeks. A lot, but nothing like buying it.

The Vatican wouldn't allow shorts or bare shoulders if memory serves. I think the ship also recommended we not have bare shoulders in Tunisia if I remember. Other than that it was only a problem in some cathedrals and you certainly didn't have to go in there. We wore capris most days when we went into port just to be safe, but it wasn't August heat either.

Have so much fun on your trip!
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Old 07-17-2010, 11:24 AM   #156
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Disneyfalcon,

Love your TR

What bus did you take from St. Peters to Trevi Fountain???

We are looking to do a walking tour as well.

Leaving in 29 days!
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:25 PM   #157
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Love your TR

What bus did you take from St. Peters to Trevi Fountain???

We are looking to do a walking tour as well.

Leaving in 29 days!
Thanks, Erin! I don't remember the exact bus. After we came out of the Vatican, we went in a newsstand and asked which bus to catch and where to go. They were very helpful!
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Hi,
I've just finished your report. WOW! The pictures were awesome; what wonderful memories you have made. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:05 AM   #159
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Loved your trip report. We were on the Med cruise three years ago, and did everything on our own as well. Nice to learn about some of the new ports.
Just booked a Med cruise for next summer - taking the grandparents.
Your TR helped bring back memories, and gave ideas for us next year.
Thanks for an exceptional job!
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Hi,
I've just finished your report. WOW! The pictures were awesome; what wonderful memories you have made. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for reading, Lucy!

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Loved your trip report. We were on the Med cruise three years ago, and did everything on our own as well. Nice to learn about some of the new ports.
Just booked a Med cruise for next summer - taking the grandparents.
Your TR helped bring back memories, and gave ideas for us next year.
Thanks for an exceptional job!
Thanks, skibum! I hope to repeat this cruise again one day. I feel like we learned so much!
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:23 AM   #161
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Hi,

I am going on the med cruise end Aug. I have booked myself some excursions as this is my first cruise ever. But I think I might have changed my mind after I read your report.

For Tunisia, do u recall how much was the cab? We have only 2 in our party so I am not sure if it works out better. Also I like to take photos and my main worry for excursions is that there will be too many pple and too little time for photos.

Any advice?

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Old 07-20-2010, 10:50 AM   #162
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I am going on the med cruise end Aug. I have booked myself some excursions as this is my first cruise ever. But I think I might have changed my mind after I read your report.

For Tunisia, do u recall how much was the cab? We have only 2 in our party so I am not sure if it works out better. Also I like to take photos and my main worry for excursions is that there will be too many pple and too little time for photos.

Any advice?

Thanks.
Hi ytsyts! The cab in Tunisia was 5 euros per person plus a small tip. That was for the round trip ride to Sidi Bou Said. Our cab driver dropped us off and then came back 2 hours later.

I definitely had lots of time for pictures and composing since we were on our own. I've seen some other trip reports where people took a ton of pictures on their excursions though. Most excursions seem to give you some roaming time.

I like to go at slower pace and not feel like I'm making people wait for me when I take pictures, so our own was great for me.

Have a great trip!!
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Hi,

Thanks very much for the reply. One more question: Do you think I'll need to do a lot of pre-planning for my own excursions? If I just arrive at the ports and start to figure out transport (e.g. Pompeii, Pisa), is it workable?

I am visiting Italy after the cruise so I don't need to rush to Rome or Florence. But I don't want to spend the whole day on the ship as well.
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Because your trip report and vacation was so awesome, I see that you are getting lots of response and many questions. I again have another camera question...this time regarding Barcelona.
I just finished reading about what to carry and not carry in Barcelona due to the significant amount of thefts in the area. I know alot of people are buying the Pacsafe bags, etc. I was wondering if you carried a large camera bag during your stay in Barcelona and if so, had any problems. I read somewhere that carrying a camera bag was discouraged. However, my large cannon camera cannot just be placed in a small purse. It needs to be in a camera bag. Any thoughts???
We are also trying to do our own excursions like you all did. The only place that concerns me is Naples. If you could do it over, would you recommend doing a DCL half day tour of Pompei or do you think it was fine walking to the train station and doing it on your own. (we will have our 8 y/o and 12 y/o w/ us and my 62 y/o mom). Also, did you feel safe on the train in Naples with your purse and camera bag, etc.? Thanks again for answering my questions. I hope our trip goes as well as yours did!
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Thanks very much for the reply. One more question: Do you think I'll need to do a lot of pre-planning for my own excursions? If I just arrive at the ports and start to figure out transport (e.g. Pompeii, Pisa), is it workable?

I am visiting Italy after the cruise so I don't need to rush to Rome or Florence. But I don't want to spend the whole day on the ship as well.
We did spend some time on cruise critic beforehand to get an idea of where the train stations were. Other than that,we just decided what we really wanted to see so we wouldn't miss anything.

That was it!
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