Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports' started by MinnieDiva, Feb 1, 2012.
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If you can gold pan elsewhere, do so. Wasn't worth it...
I have pics of the totem pole activity, but I'll have to post those tomorrow...I'm getting ready to go to work....
White Pass was beautiful, but we didn't have a "kids activity" on our excursion, so not sure what that is all about.
The Lumberjack show was entertaining, and I really enjoyed Potlach Park. Our tour guide was amazing!
I hope you have this TR done before my July 13th Med cruise. It'll be our first med cruise but not our first Disney Cruise.
I should! I plan on taking the iPad (the one that hasn't been bought yet...), and with additional sea days, I can't imagine that I can't get some typing in! Pictures might take a bit to be added on, but it'll get there!
I'm contemplating what to write about later...after I pick up DD and her friend from some testing at school. Don't have enough time to start it now, but I think Pompeii is on today's agenda!
Can't help with Pompeii...didn't go there...I spent that day doing the Amalfi Coast....
We woke up in the port of Naples to these views:
How terrible, right? We had signed up to go on Timeless Pompeii and the Taste of Sorrento with an 8:45 meet up . We did Taste of Sorrento first, but I'm more inclined to talk about Pompeii first. It. Was. Awesome. I've heard that Herculaneum is supposed to be even better, but there's only so much you can fit in, right?
We took the bus from Sorrento over to Pompeii. The entrance looked like this:
We were doing a DCL tour, and our guide handed out the audio dohickeys..."whisper-lites" or something like that. This is Sean modeling the units:
Please note the thing around his neck and the whatchamacallit in his ear. Did you know I'm not being spellchecked on whatchamacallit? Who knew?
It was really, really hot that day. The navigator has printed that the high that day was to be 93 degrees! DD was rather cranky, until, as I previously mentioned, I started talking about all the dead people:
Morbid? Absolutely! But it worked and she actually started paying attention. The picture above is a casting of the original finding of...what...compressed ash? There are so many more pictures I could put up here, but they are so sad. There's one of a dog and a child together....
Look at the urns:
So, continuing on! The world's original pizza oven:
How cool is that!! In many of these ruins, you're told this was x and that was y, but this you can actually see and figure out!
There were many of these:
Look how bright those colors are! 2000 year later!
Cute as she is look at the road to the right of DD....and the fountain she's leaning on.
After our tour, we got the opportunity to stop for some gelato or something to drink. There were some street vendors and I looked around. I was looking for a book of some sort about the history of Naples. The guy that was at one of the tables pointed me in the direction of a small book/dvd combo that had pages that show what the ruins look like today, then had a plastic overlay that you could place on top to get the perspective on how things look today. If I can take some good pics of it, I'll post those up later.
Next up: Sorrento!
So while Minnie was on her Pompeii and Sorrento tour, we took a tour of a different nature - we did Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast with the Disney kids activity. First, let me say, Sorrento is one of the most awesome towns I have ever been to. It's gorgeous. Little shops, gelato stores (yum), lemons. We even intersected with Minnie's tour while we were there...here's some shots
While in Sorrento, we got some free time to look around while the kids made pizza
We then got on a bus and drove down the Amalfi Coast. I have to say there is no more beautiful scenery in the world, but the drive on a bus is a bit scary. Very curvy thin roads. In some instances we had to have cars back up so we could fit through.
The last town we went to and got to explore was Amalfi - really beautiful we were glad we were on an air conditioned bus because as Minnie said it was hot that day.
I found the book I got in Naples and took a few pics. Sorry for the glare, but it was hard to get good lighting:
and now with the layover:
And the pizza oven:
and now again with the layover:
The other book I found was the Rick Steves' guide books of Cinque Terre and Barcelona that I got bound together after eliminating the stuff I didn't need:
Much easier than 2 books, IMO.
LOL! Tech support by text message!
So, I was watching the Rick Steves video the other day and learned that the tour buses can only go one direction down the scenic highway! Makes sense with them being so very narrow! But as a result, nearly every tourist on a bus ride ends up with this amazing vista:
I get so excited every time I see this on TV. I"VE BEEN THERE!!!!! And it is just soooooooo beautiful!
That is correct...i forgot to say that...we actually could only drive one way...we went back to Naples via highway...
Kim and Mindy, I love all of your pictures! Thanks for your advice on Alaska. Looks like panning for gold won't be happening for us up there in the frigid north! We'll wait and pan for it when we visit Gram in Colorado.
BTW: if you go over to the July 13 Med thread check out post 1. A talented person over on the creative design thread named Dom13 made a super cool itinerary design for us. It could be easily modified by him for your trip as all he would need to do is change the July date to June (since we're headed to the same ports!). I'm sure he won't mind if you ask him nicely!
I'm enjoying your report. We're sailing June 15th 2013. Can't wait.
No problem Beth...I'm actually getting more excited for this trip by reading what Kim's written and adding my stuff. I think she knew that would get me, that's why she started this
We're sailing on that cruise as well. Have you joined the cruise meet thread?
I have joined the thread. Can't wait to meet all of you. I'm sailing as an adult with my mom to Europe. Always been a dream to do that.
WOW!! That is awesome! Thanks for the info and offer to "pirate" your design! I'm looking for him now...
Mwahahahaha! You've figured me out!
Following along and it is bringing back memories of our Med cruise in 2007. I'm gonna have a hard time deciding what to do again and what to try new for our 2013 cruise... Also, I took the exact same pictures... Isn't that weird...
So as I mentioned, we left the port and drove down the coast to Sorrento:
Talk about awe-inspiring views! You think iconic views of italy? This is pretty high on my list!
Our tour guide took us around the town, showing us some of the Roman remains:
Those were the old city walls and arches that were the entrances to the city. We went to a local wood-inlay business where we got to look at incredible furniture at some really expensive prices, and were able to have a small snack there as well. We had some time to wander the town and do any shopping we cared to. I was more entranced by the architecture:
The town square:
At some point, we ran into Mindelmouse and family. The other two families, Cliffside and Jel0511, were on this tour with us, so the kids had built in entertainment. We met at our assigned time on a street corner with the tour guide and waited for the bus to come for us. We were off to see a local farm!
This place was like no farm I've ever seen. It was hilly, for one, and there was no "field", per se, to be seen. They grew olives, lemons, limes, and somewhere or another had cows stashed to give milk to make their cheese:
We got to have lunch at this farm. Here was our antipasto plate:
and sitting on the table:
YUM! I guess I didn't take any pictures of the pasta, but needless to say it was the best I've ever eaten!! (until the next day when had pasta again....)The cheese in the antipasto platter was the cheese they made at the farm, by the way...They also made their own lemon cello here. They actually made 2 kinds, regular and lemon cello cream. Both were fantastic! We bought a bottle of each, but sadly, the cream one leaked around the cork and spoiled on the flight home . (it was wrapped and in a ziplock, thankfully)
This was a very memorable port for us. It's kind of sad we're not repeating it this go-around, but it is what it is. I'd love to be able to travel here not on a cruise and just hop from town to town and savor them slowly. And eat my way from one end to another. I do need to hunt out lemon cello this next visit...I bet I can find some in La Spezia...
Not weird at all! I think I've figured out how to do something new everywhere but Rome. Rome, I think, is worth doing all over again!
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