Photos from the ship and around Lisbon. This was the first of 5 ports in a row with no sea days in between.
This map on deck 4 showed the real-time position, speed, etc. of the ship for those of us who gave a rat’s ass (most people did not care).
At the opposite end of the ship from the restaurants, there was often little wait for these elevators.
These handy signs near each bank of elevators helped everyone figure out where the heck they wanted to go on this 1047′ long shp with 13 decks and 2885 passengers.
We attended workshops and evening entertainment in the
I spent a few hours here honing my “system” and managed to come out a few bucks ahead.
We spent a few evenings here dancing up a storm at Quasar dance club.
Lisbon from the ship
Taken from deck 14. It is nice when the part of the city you want to visit is right there so you don’t need transportation.
Scenic part of Lisbon
Bob getting ready to go see Lisbon.
Signage aboard to make sure travellers head the right way
Tile work at the Praça do Comércio. Much of the city was paved with these limestone tiles.
The central market in Lisbon had produce on one side and many small restaurants on the other. The produce market had displays by many separate farms.
There must have been 40 or different restaurants here, all sharing a common seating area – something for everybody!
Ponte 25 de Abril bridge
Christ the King statue Catholic monument
As I mentioned earlier, choosing wine in Europe is often a crap shoot. This one turned out to be wonderful!
Pictures from our day in Getxo, Bilbao, Hondarribia, and San Sebastián Spain.
Getxo container port from the cruise ship.
The Vizcaya bridge was built in 1893 and still in operation. The bridge is now deemed a World Heritage Site.
This view of the Hondarribia city walls shows the cannon ball holes from one of the many times the city was attacked.
Hondarribia City Gate and the city within.
Another nice old handmade door.
Church Entrance and Doors in Hondarribia
Open Window Showing Wall Thickness in Hondarribia
City hall of San Sebastián
San Sebastián City Center
San Sebastián Beach
This was the last day of summer vacations and the kids are enjoying it. The old city wall is in the background.
The Basilica of Saint Mary of Coro at the end of Kale Nagusia
San Sebastián street
Architecture in San Sebastián City Center
View of Bahía de la Concha from a nearby hilltop.
Our first port was Bruges Belgium (we actually docked at a container port in Zeebrugge, about 10 miles away from Bruges). Bruges is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe and the city center has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We were allowed only about 4 hours to explore this beautiful little town, which was not nearly enough time, but we accomplished all of our goals in that time (except eating Belgian waffles) even though we were a bit rushed.
We savored the view as we walked through town, sampled chocolates in every shop (or at least it seemed like it), stopped for lunch of mussels and frites and the local brew with friends, and took our required horse and buggy ride through the cobblestone streets.
All too soon we were back on the bus for our return trip to the ship and a 2-day journey to our next port, Bilbao in the Basque Country of Spain.
I had bought a new DSLR for this trip but had not used it until our visit to Bruges, opting instead for my lighter pocket camera. The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is definitely big, heavier, and more clumsy to carry, after using it for a day I kept the pocket camera in my pocket most of the time from then on.
We considered a canal tour but really did not have enough time.
One of many chocolate shops that Flora explored.
Sign in Front of Chocolate Shop
As narrow as the streets were, one had to be very careful not to get run over by these fast-moving carriages.
In addition to the horse drawn carriages, we also had to dodge cars, bicycles, scooters, and huge throngs of tourists.
Flora and the Horsie
The 13th century belfry in Bruges Market Square is 272 feet in height.
Provincial Palace on Market Square
Lunch at Market Square with our friends Linda and Glenn.
Everywhere we travel in Europe I am impressed with the beautiful hand-crafted doors.
Our cruise started in Amsterdam, 13 days of lazy crazy fun!
The ship was tied up literally at our doorstep.
You would have trouble finding another time when I was this happy to be queued up in a line.
The things I carried on in my backpack were all I had until my bags arrived a couple hours later.
Taken from our veranda onboard.
We met Big Mike the trombone player in the elevator. He had been the band leader on our previous Mediterranean cruise on a different ship and now is on Silhouette.
Ever been in that situation where you couldn’t decide which to take? Take them both!
The view from our veranda while at sea.
We arrived at the Gare du Nord train station early and traveled by high-speed train to Amsterdam.
View from our hotel of docked river cruise boats and Centraal train station beyond.
Condom shop in the red light district built to increase public awareness of the value of safe sex.
We were allowed to take few other pictures during the tour, which was quite informative.
Church near dam square.
Much like in Washington state or Colorado, these products were widely available and from the clouds of smoke we walked through we could see that many took advantage of the offerings.
This is the type of train we traveled on from Paris at about 150 MPH.
Besides prostitution, which is allowed in this part of Amsterdam, it was a very popular area to just party or hangout and was very crowded, but fun.
Pictures from our 3rd day in Paris.
Gare du Nord train station
Mussels and Frites
Seine River Cruise
View of Paris from Sacré-Cœur Basilica
In the Montmartre district
Pics taken in Paris on day 2, on the hoho bus, at Louvre, Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Jardins du Trocadero, and at the Eiffel Tower.
An intriguing street in the St. Germain area.
A small part of the Louvre complex of museums.
Impressive glass structure of the Grand Palais.
View down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées with the Arc de Triomphe in the distance.
Everyone on the hoho bus was taking selfies at this point.
The Eiffel Tower seen from Jardins du Trocadero
Nightlife from the window of our hotel room. Lots of action day and night!
Bob at the base of the Eiffel Tower. The camera battery died at this point and I had made the mistake of not bringing the second battery.
Pictures from Day 1 in Paris France.
Too tired to move after finally checking into our hotel, but not too tired to check Facebook!
St. Germain district on the corner by our hotel. This place was hopping at night.
Flora feeds bread to the birds.
Charlemagne statue in front of Notre Dame cathedral.
Notre Dame Cathedral from across the Seine showing the famous flying buttresses.
Locks on the Pont Neuf bridge. These have to be periodically cut off the bridge because of the sheer mass of them all (many tens of thousands of them).
Pont au Double Bridge near Notre Dame Cathedral.
This bridge near Notre Dame was built by Napoleon III and bears his symbol.