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Old 12-06-2010, 10:35 AM   #151
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So does anyone else have a "no matter what else we do, we must see"?
DD10 say's we must see the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
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So does anyone else have a "no matter what else we do, we must see"?
DD10 say's we must see the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Okay, I hate to be a party pooper, but for me, the Leaning Tower of Pisa was a let down. You just see the tower, take a picture, and you're done. My family decided to visit both Florence and Pisa in the same day on our July 2007 Med cruise and I wish I would have had more time in Florence. With that being said, the Leaning Tower of Pisa IS "Italy" when you look at photos so to speak, and your daughter will probably remember it!

Now onto the must-dos:
--I believe it's called Giolitti-it's a gelato shop near the Panthenon. OMG. SO. GOOD. I've been craving it since 2007. =D
--My absolute favorite city in the entire world is Villefrance. My family kind of used it as a CC day. It's the last port, and while we visited Monte Carlo, we also went to the beach. It's kind of a funny beach (pebbles rather than sand), but I absolutely loved it.

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Old 12-07-2010, 03:26 PM   #153
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Okay, I hate to be a party pooper, but for me, the Leaning Tower of Pisa was a let down. You just see the tower, take a picture, and you're done. My family decided to visit both Florence and Pisa in the same day on our July 2007 Med cruise and I wish I would have had more time in Florence. With that being said, the Leaning Tower of Pisa IS "Italy" when you look at photos so to speak, and your daughter will probably remember it!
Doesn't everyone need a picture holding up the Tower.

Gelato... mmmm....Now we are talking must do's.....
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my oldest DD is super excited about eating "real" Italian food -- any recommendations?

my youngest DD is super excited about the beach in France so i'm glad to read it's one of your return visit must-do's.

i'm excited to see Pompeii, and admitedly the Tower of Pisa too. I always think of the Bewitched episode where her clumsy aunt takes the credit for the Tower leaning as she had ordered a sandwich and said "one tower and make it lean" and the Tower shifted. remember that?
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:48 PM   #155
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my oldest DD is super excited about eating "real" Italian food -- any recommendations?
Well, my family's rather cheap, so we usually ate on the ship. They did have a couple of special menus that were more Mediterranean fare....?

But I did have real Italian pizza in Sorrento!! mmmm. I had margarita pizza--so good!

The best is the gelato though. I tried it in Sicily (not any good), then Rome (to DIE for--not kidding), then Florence (not too good).

I do want to try some real Italian pasta this time though. yummy!

OH. One last thing-- So when we went to Pisa, we were kinda hungry and stopped at McDonalds. They had mini-calzones (and if I remember correctly, they were quite tasty)! How funny is that?!
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i'm excited to see Pompeii, and admittedly the Tower of Pisa too. I always think of the Bewitched episode where her clumsy aunt takes the credit for the Tower leaning as she had ordered a sandwich and said "one tower and make it lean" and the Tower shifted. remember that?
I too am looking forward to Pompeii. I loved watching Bewitched re-runs on TBS.

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OH. One last thing-- So when we went to Pisa, we were kinda hungry and stopped at McDonalds. They had mini-calzones (and if I remember correctly, they were quite tasty)! How funny is that?!
I've done something similar. I went to Paris with a few friends (I was stationed in Germany), we got off the metro by the Arc de Triomphe and went to McDonalds.
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I hope everyone had a nice holiday.

Only 6 months from today!!!
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Christmas was wonderful for us, thank you same for everyone I hope!

ok -- time to start watching airfare -- any tips?
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:51 AM   #159
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ok -- time to start watching airfare -- any tips?
Well I already bought our tickets, but... when I was comparing prices I tried DCL. It was actually fairly close to all the prices I was getting everywhere else.
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let's get excited people! let's get chatty!! our cruise is less than 6 months away!!

i've been reading posts on the Dream...looks like quite the awesome ship!

i feel like i need to bite the bullet and book our airfare, i was not prepared to spend almost 5k on airfare for the 4 of us! yooowwwch!

can we do another roll call and intro -- it's been awhile and my memory is awful! cruising in my family is DH, Preston and myself, Molli. our two DD..Taylor will be just shy of 19 and Paige will be 14 1/2...currently in 8th grade. we are looking forward to sampling Europe and super-excited and still overwhelmed with the excursion options. plans are to arrive in Europe on friday morning July 8 and then stay over in Barcelona a couple days leaving July 23.

who is repeat Med cruisers?
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:17 AM   #161
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Hi, back! We are DH - Lee, me - Susannah, and DD - Lauren, 17. I've been concentrating on the college visit stuff lately and really need to get excited about the Med.
Need to get our airfare, too! It seems there is no easy way to get to Barcelona, particularly from Houston. If we had any real experience in European travel, I might try something adventurous. Maybe fly to Paris or Madrid, then take the train. But this Texan doesn't even use US trains. I can see us trying to make connections using my Spanglish or DD school French.
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Hello, we are also joining this cruise. We're very excited.
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Still hoping to go w/DH & 3 DD. Is there any word on Tunis being out with all the upheaval there?
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I am new to this chat stuff. What is the fish extender game? I have read several entries about a website for this cruise referenced by Jeff/Monstro. How would one find this website? Thanks
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Corbett! i have never participated in a FE...but my understanding is each family brings a "Fish extender" to hang outside their cabin door on the fish that is mounted on the wall. this FE is like a fabric hanging with pockets for each family member. throughout the cruise, DISboard families leave gifts in the pockets and trade items such as cruise-useful things like highlighters, notepads or items from their hometown... if you search Fish extender on the main cruise board i think you'll find more explainations --

i wanted to share this website http://www.contexttravel.com/home
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