Beautiful Venice

Hello from beautiful Venice!! This is such a magical place but no picture can capture the splendor of this fantasy city. I would have liked to stay longer in this picturesque place.

On the ship now. Two days at sea before hitting Athens, the first stop. Sailing away along the coastline of Venice was truly spectacular.

Cruising is a strange phenomenon. I feel like I’m outside observing the experience and haven’t really come to grips with the fact that l’m in this strange world along with all these other people who are sharing your vacation with you.
The ship is an extravagance that’s difficult to comprehend. Everywhere you turn there is a pool, a band, a theatre production, a karaoke contest, outdoor movies showing avatar today,while you swim in the pool, a nightclub, a casino, a demonstration, a class, all operating 24/7.

The food is all beautifully presented, with no limit to how much you can have, and it is also available 24/7. Everywhere you turn, there is food, food, food. When you’re in the pool, there is all you can eat pizza and ice cream, and cookies and milk from servers that come around without even leaving your lounge chair. This is going to be the most difficult part of the trip, because its all so good.
The waiters have to be fluent in many languages…many speak Italian, Spanish, French, and German.
My blackberry is not compatible with the wi-fi system on the boat so l’m not able to connect to the internet at all when the ship is at sea. The ship also charges by the minute so probably just as well. My only alternative is thru my roaming feature, so I’ll only be able to connect periodically when the ship docks at a port to send and receive emails.

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