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February 18, 2009

The Mediterranean: A European Anniversary Celebration

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A maze of narrow streets. That gorgeous piazza with its elegant facades. And dozens of water taxis coming and going. These are some of my most vivid memories of Venice. Since we always said we'd go back, I decided to surprise my husband on our next wedding anniversary with a Mediterranean cruise to Venice onboard Brilliance of the Seas. Twelve magical days onboard between beautiful cities in the cradle of civilization while being pampered along the way - I can't think of a better way to celebrate.

I want to visit more of Livorno and Dubrovnik this time around. Since we've been to Cannes many times, we'll explore on our own. We'll go for a walk along La Croisette's promenade and the quaint shops near the east end before heading to lunch. There are so many great outdoor cafes and restaurants in Cannes. I can already taste the steaming cauldron of bouillabaisse with Mediterranean crayfish, seasoned with fennel and saffron. It's simply delicious! I signed us up for an excursion to Florence from Livorno, which will take us to see Michelangelo's David at the Academy Gallery. I'm excited about our first visit to Florence. On the way back, I want to stop off in the Venetian Quarter for a Bellini cocktail and pasta with fresh mussels, my favorite.

Dubrovnik sounds like a fascinating place with an exceptional architectural heritage. I really want to visit the old Walled City. I've seen pictures of the area with its gleaming marble streets lined with baroque buildings and Renaissance facades. It looks so regal. I cannot wait for Rome's city tour that will take us to Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica. We'll have free time to explore Rome at our leisure and shop the boutiques and markets for hand-blown glass ornaments and chocolate cherry almond biscotti.

Of course, Venice is my favorite place of all. Not only is it beautiful, it holds special memories for us. We'll have plenty of time to get a taste of the local flavor - from the lively atmosphere of St. Mark's Square to the bustle of the Grand Canal. I have something special planned - a chance to discover our own private Venice on a romantic gondola in the moonlight. I think this cruise vacation will be even better than out first trip to the Mediterranean.

Taken From Crown & Anchor Magazine

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Posted by Denise at February 18, 2009 11:11 AM
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