Ricky's Mediterranean Adventure: Part 1

Day 1
Sally and I departed Greensboro at 1:33pm on a flight to Philadelphia and then on to Rome. We used frequent flier miles to fly envoy class on USAir. This made the trip not just bearable but special. Use the points if you have them, there is no better way to travel transatlantic!
 
Day 2
We arrived in Rome and transferred ASAP to the Leonardo Express train to Roma Termini station. It was a piece of cake for 24 Euros roundtrip instead of 80+ Euros for a cab ride.

We met our guide and driver who was arranged through Aladdin’s long term contacts in Rome. We went directly to back door of Vatican City to tour the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel (packed beyond packed) and finally St. Peter's Basilica (one big church!).

At 2:30pm we were dropped off at Roma Termini station and returned to the airport via train to catch our Alitalia flight to Nice. Nice really is nice! Our hotel had a roof top porch outside our room where Sally and I enjoyed a bottle of French wine, smoked salmon, camembert cheese, asparagus and crackers as the sun dropped from the French sky.

Day 3
After a good night's sleep we headed to the water front in Nice where the Nice Ironman was underway. We walked through much of old Nice including a fabulous old European market.

We found our ship and returned to our hotel to gather our luggage to board the Windstar Cruises Windsurf. This was  our home for the next week!  NOTE- We rode the bus from the airport and walked to our ship, luggage in hand, our total cost of transport in Nice= 8 Euros. Not bad!

Contact Ricky if you are interested in a  Windstar Mediterranean cruise and check out more pictures on facebook!
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