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Our final day was again spent docked in Marseille, but this was the day we had already planned to take an excursion out to Cassis for the morning. Cassis is a seaside town, which made it fairly quiet this time of year, but again, the weather provided us with some noise as there were a few rain showers and plenty of waves rolling into the shoreline.

Splash Zone!

After we returned from this trip, someone asked me what the one thing I most enjoyed about the trip was. My honest answer was being in the Colosseum and the Forum in Rome, because of the historical significance of those sites. No question those were two things that I had always wanted to go and see for myself, and was thrilled to have had time to spend walking around them and soaking that up. However, if they had asked me what I enjoyed photographing the most, hands down it was Cassis. Read More


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After our departure from the port at Livorno, we were scheduled to sail to Monte Carlo. That plan, however, was not to be.

Rough Seas!

With rainy, stormy weather, we were looking at 18-20 foot seas that evening, with that continuing into the next day. With Monte Carlo being a tender port, that would mean boarding small boats that would transport us from where the ship anchored into the actual port. With seas that high, those tenders would not be running, so there wasn’t much point in sailing to Monte Carlo. Instead, we simply headed for Marseille a day early. I will admit, I was looking forward to seeing Monte Carlo, but you can’t argue with nature, so we’d have to make the best of some free time in Marseille, even if it was a bit rainy there as well! Read More