Europe 2016 Trip Day 11 – Lisbon Portugal pics

Photos from the ship and around Lisbon. This was the first of 5 ports in a row with no sea days in between.

Europe 2016 Trip Day 9 – Bilbao Spain

Pictures from our day in Getxo, Bilbao, Hondarribia, and San Sebastián Spain.

Europe 2016 Trip Day 7 – Bruges

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.

 

Europe 2016 Trip Day 7 – Bruges pics

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.

Europe 2016 Trip Day 6 – Starting the Cruise in Amsterdam pics

Our cruise started in Amsterdam, 13 days of lazy crazy fun!

Europe 2016 Trip Day 4 – Paris to Amsterdam pics

We arrived at the Gare du Nord train station early and traveled by high-speed train to Amsterdam.

Europe 2016 Trip Day 2 – Paris pics

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.

Europe 2016 Trip Day 1 – Paris pics

Pictures from Day 1 in Paris France.