I must apologize for my absence this week.
For almost two years I've dedicated myself to publishing one post a day, sometimes taking a day off now and then.
Access to internet is available on the ship, but at the going rate of "an arm and a leg" I'm not tripping over myself to get things done via the web.
I've never had much tolerance for the "popcorn in a movie theatre" approach to pricing.
This ship even takes things a step further: drinking water is available at the dinner table…for an extra fee.
Needless to say, I buy it in town and smuggle the contraband H20 aboard.
My wife and I were musing this evening over the fact that our cruise ship stops in a collection of ports that have all, in some way or another, been ruled or connected to the former Venetian Republic.
Yesterday, in Rhodes (Greece), on the side of a church we saw a winged lion holding a book.
Today, while touring the Acropolis in Athens, our guide pointed out a nearby hilltop and told us that "the Venetians" had taken over the hill and set up a fortress, loaded their cannons, and proceeded to bombard the Parthenon and all of the surrounding buildings.
Three days ago we visited Bari, at the heel of the boot. I'm not sure if it was ever under Venetian rule, but I'm sure they went into port there many times. Meanwhile, our final port will be just across the Adriatic in Croatia's Dubrovnik; it's my understanding that Venetian control encompassed that port city as well.
Now if I can just figure out a way to write this whole cruise off as a business trip!