A flight across the Atlantic from New York City, with a five-hour stopover in Dusseldorf, Germany and then arriving in Milan, Italy. Then a two-hour train ride south to Genoa for a good night's sleep before boarding a cruise ship (the MSC Orchestra) the next day bound for the city that burned while Nero played the harp. Next stop - Palermo in Sicily, followed by stops on two of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Palma del Mallorca and Ibiza, the birth area, as I was enthusiastically told by my friends, Neville DeAngelou and Dr. Keith Yearwood, of Rafael Nadal. Just for the record, I am a Roger Federer fan. A day in Nice (Can we say the French Riviera?) and a continuation of the voyage back to the starting point, Genoa, brings the cruise to an end. But things are far from over, for there is a Part II.
Part II begins with a train ride to Pisa and then finally to Florence where we plan to at least visit the Academia where we will spend some time with Michelangelo's David before settling down for the night. Then the next day the plan is to browse around the Museo del Bargello and the Uffizi Galleries (and it goes without saying that Donatello's David will also deserve a visit) before taking the train and heading off to the enchanting city of romance, Venice. There we will spend two nights and enjoy visits to the Palazzo Ducale, the Museo Correr, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and Sale monumentali della Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. And of course we plan on riding in a gondola! Then back to Milan where we will spend a leisurely day in preparation for the trip back to New York City. Wish you could join us. It is looking to be a great trip. We will be taking lots of pictures.