Friday, August 31, 2012
After lunch we came to the Museum. Pictures were not allowed inside. The high lite for me was the Tut exhibit. I didn't get to see it when it toured the U.S. This was the complete collection and was very impressive. Especially when you consider that it is about 5,000 years old. The intricate work on the jewellery was exquisite. I could have spent the whole afternoon there but we only had about an hour. I really like Egyptology.
Our lunch was served at this leading Cairo hotel. Lunch was absolutely delicious and the hotel was the Marriott Cairo Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino 16,Saray El Gezira St. P.O. Box 33 Zamalek, Cairo11211, Egypt. Telephone +20-(0)2-2728 3000. FAX same except 3001. cairomarriotthotel.com I was impressed with this hotel. After lunch I wandered around and took these pictures. One of the staff saw me and took me to these rooms and showed me the ceiling. All of the staff at the hotel were very friendly.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Egypt had been on my bucket list since I first saw the movie "The Mummy". This May I got to cross it off the list. The ship docked in Alexandria and I took the tour Pyramids,Nile & Cairo Overnight. What an experience. It's a 3 1/2 hour ride from Alexandria to Cairo and that in itself is quite a story I will get to later. Our first stop in Cairo was the Muhammad Ali Mosque. It is situated on Mokattam Hill. The highest point in Cairo. Muhammad Ali is known as the "Father of Modern Egypt" For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ali_of_Egypt The mosque is built in the Citadel of Salah El Din. It was built by Saladin in the 12th century.for more info click hereMy first view of the Nile River
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The ship docked at Civitavecchia. There were many tours of Rome available. Having been to Rome twice before and seen most of the major monuments I opted for the "Rome on your own tour". The bus dropped me off at St. Peter's Square and I had 6 hours in the Eternal City to do what I please. I spent about two hours in St. Peter's Basilica, then crossed the bridge, walked down the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, past the apartment I stayed in for a week in Dec. 2010 and cut over to the Piazza Navona. After spending some time there, I continued through the city to the Pantheon. It has been in continuous use for 2,000 years. It's a unique building. It has a hole in the roof and when it rains the center section has water on the floor. It has been a Catholic church since the 7th century.for more information go to : After visiting the Pantheon, I went to lunch at Trattoria Antonio's. When L,K,S and I were in Rome in Dec. 2010 we had dinner at Antonio's. We were the only English. speaking people in the restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious. So I decided to have lunch there. It is located on a side street off of the Pantheon. It was 12:30 and I was the only person in the restaurant. It was also a very hot day and the owner brought me a glass of wine as soon as I sat down. The waitress remembered me from the last time I was there (or so she said). Lunch was delicious. After lunch I continued to the Trevi Fountain and threw coins in the fountain which will insure that I return to Rome. After spending some time at the fountain, I checked my watch and returned to St. Peter's Square to catch the bus back to the ship. An absolutely wonderful day in the Eternal City
Piazza Navona in May
Monday, August 20, 2012
There was a special Mass this day at St. Peter's today so part of the Basillica were as closed to the public. I have been here three times and I don't think the pictures I've taken do the interior justice. It is just magnificent.
The inside of St. Peter' s is just hugh. You could easily spend an entire morning exploring.
We continued our walk through Florence and arrived at the Piazza della Signoria, a L shaped area which has served as the city center and gathering place for the people of Florence since the 1400's. It is near the Ponte Vecchio and is the gateway to the Uffizi Gallery. For more information about Piazza della Signoria go to
These statues are replicas of the original works which are housed in museums in Florence.
Pictures were not allowed in the Uffizi. Go to this link and click on the work of art to see the picture.