On September 20th morning we left Tokyo and after 13 hours we arrived at Rome.
Moreover we flight to Venice for about a hour.
On 21 morning we left a hotel and went to the port.
We checked in the ship, Oosterdam Holland America Line, after various procedures
we got on board at last.
It was a huge ship, 82305ton, 285m -length ,so we had to walk in the ship every day .
The scenery of Venice was so beautiful and it reminded me of my trip with my mother 30 years ago.
We had seen the amazing view at the top of the ship till we couldn't see it.
Our room has a veranda and bath tub and is bigger than my image and is very comfortable.
On 22 morning we arrived at Split in Croatia and it was really bright and hot.
There were 1950 passengers , Americans, Australians, Canadians etc and only 16 Japanese .
In the ship most people speak English , all notices are written in English for example menu .
It was difficult for me to order food and drinks as a result we ate amazing meals often.
It was fun .
The sky was clear blue .
We visited a Cathedral, a baptistery at Diocletian's Palace .
It was used as a dumping ground several decades ago and now it was restored.
On 23 morning our ship stopped at Dubrovnik which was the highlight of my trip.
I saw the beautiful scenery on the ship for a while.
After breakfast we got off and took a walk in the old city.
The sea was clear blue.
The sunlight dazzled my eyes and unfortunately I had no sunglasses.
We drove to the top of the hill and enjoyed an amazing view.
The notice,"When and Where " a program of all events , said "tonight's dress is Gala Attire.
So we dressed up and took pictures.
Foreigners wore beautiful dresses of course and suited them.
I asked a woman from Canada "Do you wear such formal dress often because you look wonderful?"
She said " Thank you. just on cruising" as smiling.
I was excited a little ?
Every evening our ship left a port and next morning stopped at an other port.
The weather was good and we could join various events in the ship but I had cold.
On 24th we stopped at Sarande in Albania which was a small port so we got on a tender .
We went to Butrint Remains which is one of world Heritage.
There were a theater , Roman bath and big houses long time ago.
This river has no bridge but a raft which is moved with a rope is carrying cars and people.
I felt it was a good idea.
I have never seen the beautiful moon and a lot of stars in Yokohama but on the ship
I saw them every night.
I hope our trip will be able to continue peacefully .
On 25 morning we arrived at Katakoron in Greece and sunlight was clear .
My husband wore the T-shirt and Japanese asked him "Did you join Kaze no bon?"
He has never been there and it was a just gift from our friend.
We hung near the port and drunk beer as seeing our ship and the blue sea.
Beer was delicious ! What a good day!
I recovered and became feeling good.
On 26th we arrived at Souda in Crete Island.
It rained in the early morning but we could walk without an umbrella .
The sea was a little rough.
I thought it was good for an environment that the fish shop didn't use a plastic bag .
We took tonight's dinner at Pinnacle Grill that was quiet and Mr.Twodollar was in charge of our table .
I remembered his name because of a unique one.
On 27th our ship cruised all day and we couldn't go to Mykonos Island today because of
the highest waves and a strong wind .
We joined Kitchen Tour from 10:30 am.
It was huge and a lot of people cook meals for the number of 2500 .
The ship rolled badly all day so I got seasick.
A big storm out of season hit the district .
At Gala night a portrait studio opened and some couples had taken their wonderful pictures.
They looked like elder movie stars ??
We saw America's test kitchen.
He talked about how to healthy meals, how to cut Tohu.
I felt it no need to teach such way because I use Tohu for usual meals.
I felt sick but we dressed up and went to dinner and I couldn't eat anything as expected.
I was satisfied that I joined the Gala Attire.
As soon as we went back to our room, I took a medicine and went to bed.
On 28th morning the ship stopped at Catania in Sicily island where was not scheduled for the trip.
Actually our ship could not go to Mykonos Island where I'd like to go
because of the highest waves and strong wind.
So insted of the island we went to Catania.
It was a beautiful old town.
We took the bus like a train and it ran in the city.
We visited a Cathedral and took beer.
There were some big black things between the ship and warlfs.
What a beautiful sunset!
Every night the main stage had amazing shows such as a magic show and a dance show etc.
I didn't understand English well but I could enjoy them.
On 29th morning the beautiful Valletta city in Malta was getting close to us.
The old small city was located on the hill where we could get by a lift.
When I entered John Cathedral, I was surprised at the beautiful paintings on the ceiling and wall.
The man on the wall looked real because of his shadow.
I asked a guide "Is it some festival?"
She said "You are lucky becouse you met a such rear event. Such thing is hold sometimes .
I don't know what is doing."
Many fun art objects were displayed here and there in the city.
There were many large apartments on those peninsulas which were vacation houses and
I hope I live there and enjoy beautiful view as drinking beer.
If I could become ritch!
After dinner we went out for sightseeing .
The town had a different face at night from one in the day time.
It was not crowded and had a good atmosphere.
People who live in Malta perfprmed traditional dance and songs.
They were no good at it but their show wormed our mind.
On 30th morning I joined morning exercise .
The instracter said " Bent left leg and put on your right knee ....."
During I was thinking , I didn't know which was my right or left?????.
I was confused very often.
After that I had delicious breakfast.
We got off on Gozo and took a bus on the second floor without roof.
It ran around about 2 hours in the sunshine , I felt I became dried fish (an old woman).
There were no trees on mountains and the air was dry.
On the ship we soaked in a hot tub for adding water from surface????
After taking a nap, we heard a classical concert.
It was pleasant and I fell asleep.
That was why I sang in my dream loudly in bed.
On October first morning our ship stopped at Palermo in Sicily .
The scenery was like a Japanese painting, quiet and mystic.
The morning sun shone the old buildings.
We visited Norman Palace .
I was taken a picture with a nice-looking-guide and my husband in Cappella Palatina.
Inside of it was decorated with gold ,beautiful paintings and great carvings .
I think I have been there but I didn`t remember ....I was disappointed at me.
I am afraid that the histrical city may be fixed and have been changed.?????
I`m sure my memory is no good.
Four seasons statues were displayed at the busy acrossroad .
a girl statue signifies spring , a young woman is summer , an adult woman is fall and
an old woman is winter. I might be in winter???? exactly winter.
I had an accident .
I left my camera in a bus and I realized that there was not my camere in my room at 2pm in the ship.
I hurried to ask our tour conductor what I must do.
She called the agency calmly and asked to look for my camera .
We waited for the phone for a while .
At last a driver kindly brought it to our ship at 4 pm.
I was deeply grateful to all of people for their kindness.
Our ship left Palermo at 4:30 pm.
I think I was really lucky .
Every night a crew put different animals made with Towels on our bed but tonight a monkey
was hanging near the window.
What a cute monkey!
On second morning we arrived at Naples where we have been to 4 years ago.
I felt like I came back my dear old home.
We got soaking wet in 30-minute- heavy rain at Capri.
To seeing Blue Grotto was the highlight of my trip.
But I couldn`t only go to near the grotto because of rough waves.
I thought I spent all my lucky already for my camera LOL
What large lemons !
I heard it was a tool for making perfume.
I don't know wheter it is good or bad.
I saw Ischia island over there where we went to take hot springs with my husband.
We enjoyed the last dinner of our cruising.
I had a lot of fun time and got weight a lot .
Anyway I must remember the trip forever.
On third we left the ship and finished our wonderful cruising at Civitavecchia.
I miss the days on the ship , I needed not to cook, to clean room, to wash clothes and etc.
We asked where we would go next year in the airplane to Tokyo.
Thank you for your help ,my daughter !
And thanks all persons whom I met during our trip for your kindness.
I hope I can recover from jet lag soon.
I'd like my two cute friends from America and Canada to read my blog so I wrote it in English.
Thank you for reading till the last .