Friday, 10 June 2011

Report Back - Mediterranean Cruise


Great to be home safe and sound:  we had a wonderful time with great weather and minimal crowds - May is definitely the best month to go to the Mediterranean re climate, costs and crowds.  Our cruise started in Venice, then on to Serbia/Montenegro, Athens, Ephesus and Bodrum in Turkey, Santorini and Mykonos, then back up to Croatia and a trip to its National Park and then back to Venice for one more night before the long trek back to Cape Town, via Dubai (an 8-hour stopover in the middle of the night.) Without boring you with detail the two things which struck me the most and that have changed in the last 30 years are that there is wheelchair access even at cable cars (viz even at the tiny and magical island of Santorini) and even over some of the bridges in Venice, so you see disabled people everywhere, from quadraplegics to people determinedly pushing zimmer frames negotiating the 200 steps up to the Parthenon. Although this was described as 'strenuous' by the cruise people, it really wasn't difficult as each stretch is taken slowly and then the guide stops to speak every 30 steps or so. Of course, wheelchair access is made easy on the ship too. The other thing is that everywhere the toilet facilities were clean and always equipped with plenty of paper, soap and towels. This was a pleasant surprise.  As always there were ingenious new taps to negotiate, mainly at airports - the one above defeated at least 10 women in the queue I was in until someone took pity on us and showed us that you have to place your hand in front of the two black eyes!  More anon....

6 comments:

  1. I am so glad you had a great time! I was wondering how it was going for you.

    I hate those new types of faucets! It seems like they won't come on when you need them to no matter how hard you try but when you're done, they come on with the slightest motion around them! :)

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  2. There was also a mysterious toilet which had no flush mechanism. It flushed when someone came in or out of the door! Now I wonder why they invented that ... !

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  3. Glad you're back to tell it all. I've been to Venice, but not to the rest of the cities you mentioned. Looking forward to the next posts.

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  4. Yes, I'll try and point out the interesting bits - starting with our hotel experiences!

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  5. They're smart to provide the disability access. I suspect most of the cruise money comes from older people.

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  6. Yep, it was a delight to see couples over fifty, holding hands, looking very much in love and having a great time (us included!)

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