No one was happier than I, when the first fingers of dawn’s light began to wedge into the cabin of our well used, American Airlines 767 yesterday morning. Those long, sleepless hours I spent strapped into an airplane seat, (a seat that was designed for someone around four feet tall, weighing no more than 80 pounds, and blessed with a high threshold for pain) I felt nothing but relief, to know that within just a few hours, I’d once again be set free of the hermetically sealed tubular prison, and could anticipate using my atrophied muscles.
After dis-embarking, we entered the Barcelona terminal, and discovered that the Spanish must love to walk, for that’s what we did for nearly a half-hour, until we discovered the Princess Cruise Desk, and were shunted off to our respective busses to be delivered to the cruise pier. One of the most unusual sights glimpsed as we drove by, was a huge cemetery, (mostly vertical) clinging to a hillside, with what would be a gorgeous view for the now un-appreciative inhabitants.
We were allowed to board the ship within an hour of our arrival at the port, and once on board, searched out our rooms. Our “Deluxe Balcony” room, wasn’t too deluxe, I’m afraid. The person who created the images shown in the cruise brochure, took advantage of the capabilities of the editing software, to create a much roomier feel, than what we felt; when we squeezed into our Lilliputian quarters. Our roomy balcony wasn’t. Ditto our cabin. Nice, but no 4 Stars, I’m afraid.
Well, enough of that, the ship is beautiful, the staff friendly, (up until they receive their tips) and the food to this point is very good.
We hooked up with Sharon’s sister Kathy, hubby Brent, and his brother Phillip and wife Joy Reynolds, when they boarded around 4:00. We were tired, but they were exhausted, and speaking of exhausted; my little travel partner is still snoozing at 8:00; that’s a 10 hour night’s sleep. Pretty good I think.
Today we begin our tours of the ports, and we’ve revised ours planned for Toulon, France, to include a less strenuous sojourn, and less lengthy, too.
But first, breakfast. Mike Brown and I have already sampled early morning fare. While our wives beautified themselves, we made a tour of the buffet, noting and rating the various stations as to their value as dietary supplements. We reported back to our brides that it was a suitable stop.
Right now, at 11:00, we are preparing for our bus tour of the area around Toulon. At first glance, it is a beautiful port, and should make for interesting touring.