Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Air Day Care

We departed JFK airport late evening on time, after a glass of wine and a light lunch at the American Airlines Admirals Club (very nice). As we boarded we noticed (rather heard) a group of 4 young children and their parents seated across the aisle from us. They were very noisy initially, but quieted down once we were airborne and they had their dinner.

The flight to Barcelona was uneventful as it should be. We took a taxi to our hotel for a short rest before heading out to a nice tapas lunch at a small restaurant on a side street near Plaza Catalunya. We enjoyed anchovies, salade russa, a very tasty potato salad, some Pan con Tomate, and finally some wonderful Serrano ham.

It is a beautiful day here today, windy but great blue skies. We are looking forward to seeing more of Barcelona before boarding the NCL Jade for our cruise. More fun ahead.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Excitement is Increasing

One night to go, before we head to the airport for our flight to JFK where we have a 3 hour layover before boarding our "across the pond" flight to Barcelona. We arrive in Spain at 7:00 AM (1:00 AM here). I promise that I will NOT call anyone when we land.

I am all packed and the boarding passes are printed. Paolo & Lucia have their sitter coming in to feed them and to give Paolo his meds - which is a big load off my mind. Frank's cats, Tiger Lily and Jenna have their sitter lined up to, so all of the kids are covered.

I will try to blog when I can, but the main purpose of the trip is for us to relax and enjoy some new locations and re-visit a couple of our favorite cities. (Barcelona and Venice)

I bid you ciao for now. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

10 Days to Go ----- But Who is Counting

Did you complete the homework assignment from March 29th to "Connect the Dots"?. (Click to view). Well since no one submitted their homework, I guess I have to draw my own map,

Anyway here are the dates to go with the itinerary.

April 19: Depart TPA for JFK then on to Barcelona
April 20: A jet lag recovery day in Barcelona
April 21: Board Norwegian Jade
April 22: At Sea
April 23: Messina, Sicily
April 24: At Sea
April 25: Dubrovnik, Croatia
April 26: Split, Croatia
April 27: Koper, Slovenia
April 28: Venice Italy (most of the day to enjoy Venice)
April 29: Fly home from Venice via Madrid, and Miami (UGH) then on to Tampa

If you still have your map handy, you can follow our Journey on the NCL Jade.

I will post when I have a chance and I can find some free internet access (not on the ship I fear)

Stay tuned.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Over Due Post

A few weeks ago Frank and I made a return visit to Alesia (original post is ------->; here.) This time our friend Bob joined us for dinner at the restaurant. We all tried the Pho which is a a Vietnamese soup with rice noodles and your choice of meat. All 3 of us ordered the Pho with Beef & Brisket. We all enjoyed the flavorful Pho and dining on their outdoor patio on a lovely evening. It is a very good choice for Vietnamese food and we will return.