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First Med Cruise - Our excellent adventure!

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports' started by Disneyfalcon, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. UKANGEL

    UKANGEL Champagne Girls Rule!

    really enjoying your report thank you :) The photos are fab!
     
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  3. Disneyfalcon

    Disneyfalcon New Member

    I do! I didn't carry it on the cruise, but here it is on my table:

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    Good, I'm glad I helped someone! :laughing: We really liked the hotel. The second one we stayed in (Avenida Palace) was my favorite, but Novotel was super nice.

    Thanks jinia!:)

    Thanks ukangel!
     
  4. Disneyfalcon

    Disneyfalcon New Member

    Tuesday, April 27th, Day 6 – Tunisia (Africa!!)

    We were going to Africa today! I can’t tell you how excited I was to visit yet another continent. This was Disney’s first time to stop there.

    We had done our homework and been warned about the aggressive tax drivers, but we didn’t want to pay for an excursion and decided to risk it anyway.

    We ate a nice breakfast at Lumiere’s and got off the ship about 9:00.

    I was very excited to see the camels waiting for us!

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    We had planned on walking to the train station. On our way there after we’d declined about 30 (no exaggeration) cab drivers, one of them finally convinced us. It was a good price and we decided it was worth it.

    We split into two cabs (which made my Dad exceedingly nervous) and headed for Sidi Bou Said. This little town was beautiful! It's know for its white walls and blue doors. We walked all over and did a little shopping. I took about 50 blue door pictures!:eek:

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  5. Disneyfalcon

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  6. Disneyfalcon

    Disneyfalcon New Member

    Our cab drivers picked us up two hours later. They insisted on taking us to the top of one of the buildings and I was very glad they did!

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    He also insisted on taking some pictures with my camera. I'd rented a $1600 lens, and him holding my camera without the strap around his neck made me a lot more nervous then splitting into two cabs!!:laughing:

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    When we arrived back at the port, we paid the drivers and tipped them at their suggestion.:laughing:

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  7. Disneyfalcon

    Disneyfalcon New Member

    This time I couldn't just pass the camels. I mean, how often do you get to ride a camel? The guy said it was 5 Euro for a ride. I only had one coin left, so I asked for just a picture. He was shaking his head no, when Debbie found another coin. So we just kept saying 2 euros, no ride, just a picture. He finally gave in, and acted like we were a big inconvenience.:laughing:

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    I have to say, this picture is one of my favorites just because, like I said, how often can you sit on a camel next to the Magic???:banana:

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    Then the camel owner, whom we were inconveniencing so much, then started posing for pictures!!:rotfl:

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    Afterwards we had a late lunch on deck 9, and spent the afternoon swimming, sleeping in the sun, and another Origami class!

    This was the note the girls left us on the door. They left us notes all week to tell us where they were. This was their current situation:

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  8. Disneyfalcon

    Disneyfalcon New Member

    We took some more pictures with characters before dinner. Are you ready for Italian characters?

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    After dinner, we went to see Who Wants to be a Mouseketeer and the girls got called up! They won a pin and a trophy. Aren't they cool?

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    The show tonight was for special itineraries only. It was called “Once Upon a Song” and was basically just 5 of the entertainers singing. They all had amazing voices and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.

    Afterwards we went to the room to get some sleep! Tomorrow was all day walking in Naples and Pompeii!
     
  9. giftcard

    giftcard New Member

    Fabulous review!!!!! Can't wait to read more! :surfweb:

    Amazing pics! I love all the blue doors and the camel owner pulling out some "blue steel" for the camera!
     
  10. Tanzanite

    Tanzanite New Member

    I am loving your trip report i so want to go next year love the outfits the charactors wear in different countries. thanks for sharing.:cool1::cool1:
     
  11. myershoney

    myershoney New Member

    Your photos are beautiful! We are going to buy a new camera for our September 2010 Med cruise and are wondering what camera you used.
     
  12. 2littlegirls

    2littlegirls Earning My Ears

    Great post again! I am so glad you had a good time in Africa, so many post have been neg. good to hear that it was a good exprience.
     
  13. Disneyfalcon

    Disneyfalcon New Member

    That's exactly what he did! Lol!

    The character outfits were super cool!

    Thank you! I have a canon 50D. If you're looking for a entry level SLR, I highly recommend the canon rebels.

    We had a great time in Africa. Sidi Bou Said is so beautiful! And peaceful!
     
  14. shushh

    shushh New Member

    Love, love LOVE the photos. Thanks for posting! Glad you liked Tunis as well. I was beginning to think that we were the only ones who enjoyed it!
     
  15. eeyorefanuk

    eeyorefanuk Active Member

    Hello, loving your trip report and photos - how lovely your parents and your in laws get on :goodvibes

    Had to laugh at the camel owner "posing" for the photo.

    I know you have not got to it yet but Villefranche - the beach is close by and sandy???
     
  16. TotallyAngelic

    TotallyAngelic Disney Addict

    Wonderful report so far and fantastic photos !!! Thanks for sharing.
     
  17. Disneyfalcon

    Disneyfalcon New Member

    Hi Shush! Definitely not! I'm very glad we stopped there.:)

    It is nice we all like each other! In Villefranche we walked straight to the train station, so I didn't see the beach. Villefranche was beautiful though!

    Thanks for reading! I'll try to get more up tonight!:)
     
  18. Kiss-im-mee2

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    We went to the beach in Villefrench after we returned from Nice. It was a short walk from the tender pier along the road. The sand was real nice and DH said the water was not too cold for the first of June.
     
  19. pixie08

    pixie08 New Member

    By the way you have amazing pictures. Are you using an SLR? If you don't mind me asking...what kind?Thanks.
     
  20. Disneyfalcon

    Disneyfalcon New Member

    Thanks pixie08! I am using a Canon 50D. For most of this trip I had the 16-35L lens on, which I rented, as it is not in my budget yet.:)
     
  21. Disneyfalcon

    Disneyfalcon New Member

    Wednesday, April 28th, Day 7 – Naples and Pompeii

    Look at the first sight that greeted us from our verandah this morning! Mt. Vesuvius!

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    We ate an early breakfast at Topsiders today and got off the ship early.

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    We declined all cab drivers (including one who followed us literally for 5 minutes with us repeating no over and over) and walked to the train station. It was supposed to be a 20 minute walk, but took us around 35. We stopped a few times for directions. We were behind an older couple from our cruise doing the same thing. We did see some neat parts of Naples.

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    The train station was fairly confusing, but with two other families from the cruise and some helpful Italians, we made it on to the correct train.

    We decided that anything in Italy that remains still long enough, will eventually be covered in grafitti. It was everywhere!

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    The train ride to Pompeii was standing room only. Luckily we were only on for about 20 minutes.

    You can see how excited dd was about standing:

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