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Stromboli

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Thursday, September 02, 2010 12:15 PM

Several of you wrote to tell me about the Movie "Stromboli" with Anna Magnani. It was during the filming that Ingrid Bergman had the "great scandal" with Rossellini.

Several asked about our view of Stromboli. We came to Stromboli at sunset. the captain circled the island so that all could see it [we had a great view from a window at dinner]. Last night we saw the volcano, lots of smoke, but no sparks!

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The straits of Messina and the island of Stromboli

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010 12:05 PM

This has been a very relaxing day at sea. We travelled through the straits of Messina [between the mainland and Sicily] very pretty. Tonight around sunset we will pass near the Island of Stromboli [and all this time, I thought it was just a rolled up pizza], that has an active volcano. We will all be waiting to see if the volcano is putting on a show tonight.

Last night after dinner, Emma found her door decorated with garland and balloons announcing her birthday to the world. How did they know? I said that they must have read Aug 18 as Aug 28 .... I am sure that I had no part in this!!!!!!!!!!

Tomorrow we go to Sorrento ... a lovely area on the Amalfi coast.

Thanks for all your kind notes ...

Denis

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Kotor Montenegro

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 9:25 AM

This morning it took about an hour to go through the bay of Kotor. There are lots of back and forth turns, but you can see that this would be a very secure harbor. The natural beauty is amazing, mountains going right to the water.

The town has about 4.5 km [about 3 mi] of city walls. The center/ old city is a UNESCO world heritage site. The city has only about 40,000 inhabitants [the guide said that if you did anything wrong, your mother knew before you got home!]. It is another very picturesque city.

Montenegro [meaning 'dark forest' because of the extensive forest in the north] has only about 680,000 inhabitants total [in an area about the size of Connecticut]. Unlike much of the rest of Yugoslavia, this area had very little fighting or unrest. They peacefully separated from Serbia in 2006. They were very smart, they cut a deal with Germany to use the Deustch Mark in Montenegro [and later the Euro], so their prices have been pretty stable.

We took a ride to the sea side resort of Budva, a very nice little town, then took a walking tour of Kotor. It is so interesting to walk around a town that has celebrated the city's patron saint for 1200 years, when you consider that US history is so much shorter.

I think this is an area that I could visit for an extended time.

Tonight we leave Kotor and will sail around Italy [tomorrow = day at sea], our next stop will be Sorrento, Italy.

Denis

Note to Fred R - what town are you from? We met some people from Little Rock, and I could not recall your home town.

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A beautiful day in Dubrovnik

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Monday, August 30, 2010 12:07 PM

After the hot weather in Venice and the storm we encountered on the crossing to Croatia [sustained winds of 55 mph], our weather in Croatia has been a dream. Today it was in the upper 70s with low humidity.

This is way down the coast, I found it very reminiscent of S California.This area was hurt during the war [91 & 92 were the heaviest years], and was recovering slowly, then the world economy slowed down, setting Croatia back even further.

We took a bus away from town and visited a small family winery. The family [now 4th generation] has been producing wines from the same house and vineyards. They are producing some good quality wines and starting to get some international exposure.

After leaving the winery, we headed for the seaside town of Cavtat {"TSOV - tot"] ... I think I could spend a week or 2 here. Beautiful views, nice restaurants, clear blue water. We walked around [the gallery of modern art was closed on Monday], had some lunch and relaxed. we had lunch at a fish restaurant. Emma had shrimp in tomato sauce. The waiter was so concerned about her white sweater, that he helped her cover up [see attached].

We took a galleon ship from Cavtat back to Dubrovnik. This was modeled after a 13th century ship .. a lot of fun!

In Dubrovnik, we had a walking tour of the town. This is a walled city that is still in use. We toured the Franciscan monastery, or at least it used to be. In the 19th Century Napoleon came through town and took over the monastery as a dorm for his officers and place to stable their horses. Now it is part of the University and contains a number of religious artifacts [they are really big on reliquaries (fingers, toes, skulls ...)] and paintings.Since JoAnne had been here before, she skipped the historic tour and tried to help stimulate the local economy [note: she did her part].

After the tour, we met up and walked around town some more ... just got back to the ship.

All in all, a very beautiful city.

For those that are interested, I am trying something different. I took a small net book and am using the ships internet access. Normally, the connection is very slow if you are using web based e-mail and the rates are high [about $0.50/ min (I couldn't find the cents sign)], but because we have cruised with this company before they threw in 90 free minutes and I only need to connect to actually send and receive [I compose off line] it seems to be working out well [I just need to remember to compress the images before I send them].

Thanks for all the nice notes. Denis

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Zadar Croatia

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Sunday, August 29, 2010 10:26 AM

On Friday we rambled around Venice [I had a note from one you saying that you enjoy my ramblings ... of course, I am a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech (and a hell of an engineer)]. We got pretty good at navigating around a very windy city with lots of dead ends. We went to St Mark's square ... this was a very unique house of worship, shared by 5 religions, so that the citizens of Venice would have a sense of community. Venice was hot and humid.

In the afternoon, we got a boat from the hotel to the ship [I have never arrived at a cruise ship that way]. . We took it easy the rest of the day. The ship stayed overnight in Venice. That evening we went to the show and I was selected to play a role in a Venetian comedy [the handsome captain, of course], I received a CD of Venetian music as compensation!

The next morning, JOAnne and I went back into town and found a very charming church [Basilica S Maria Glorioso]in St Paul's square [Campo San Polo]. The church was built in eh 1300s and featured works by Titian. Titian also loved the church so much, that he has a very impressive tomb there.We wandered some more [making a refreshment stop or 2] and took the water taxi back to the ship. It was still very warm in Venice and we were glad to get back to AC and cold drinks.

As we were leaving Venice, showers started, cooling things down nicely. Unfortunately, we encountered some very strong winds and seas last night, which left a lot of people green around the edges!

This morning, we arrived in Zadar, Croatia. Adjectives fail, this is a charming town on the Adriatic, the town is just a gem and the waters are beautiful! We took a walking tour of town, visiting a few important churches and seeing their treasures.

I was impressed with a piece of art work on the shore. The "Sea Organ" is powered by the waves and tides. The pressure causes air to go through the pipes, creating beautiful sounds. Associated with this is a representation of the solar system - at night the sun and the planets light up in sync with the organ sounds.

This would be a very relaxing place to visit for a few days.

We leave shortly for Dubrovnik.

Take care ...

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Follow up - Zadar Sea organ and solar lights

I told you about the organ in Zadar Croatia that is powered by the ocean. I wasn't able to fully describe it, so I looked on You Tube ... there are other clips that show the mechanics of the things and longer sequence of music, but this was pretty good

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nISG7iBk-A&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P0xxMOkmqA&feature=related <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P0xxMOkmqA&feature=related>

I also mentioned the art with solar collectors that lights up at night and changes with the music from the sea organ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p54QAO6YOSw&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13HRIM1FB3A&feature=related

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