Friday, August 23, 2013

A Random Five post [015] — Feline Friday — Venice to Athens via the Black Sea [001 London to Venice]

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My Five for Today:.....
[and the cats turned out ......
to be dogs for today] ......

One:  This is my unoficial profile picture for the duration of this series of posts.  Mr. Tin Man will remain but "Jim with a sign and a dog at the Varlaam Monastery, Meteora, Greece" should appear on this series. [Mr. Tim Man

The series will be of our Pacific Princess cruise from Venice, Italy, to Athens, Greece, via the Black Sea.


 

Two:  Say "Hello to the sleeping dog and KP."  We are riding the Gatwick Express Train from London to the Gatwick Airport where we will catch our plane to Venice.  Both of these little folk needed a nap.

We spent the night at the Sofitel Gatwick Hotel so we could be ready for our early morning flight.  Our room was very nice as we got upgraded to be across the hall from Karen and KP's room.  She is a Premium member which helped us a lot.

Three:  We boarded our ship about noon but it wasn't to depart until after nine.   The Pacific Princess is a Princess 'small ship.'  I think it was to hold 685 passengers and we were pretty well full.

Our room was eighth from the front in the middle row of balcony rooms,of the Port Side of the ship.   Six are showing here on the Starboard Side.

After we ate lunch on ship we took a water taxi over to the Old Venice Downtown.  All four of us had been there before so we mostly walked around.  Our other time was in 1980, Karen and KP were there a year ago.
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Four:  KP was chasing birds again.  In the lower left picture you can see one flying ahead of her.  I don't see her in the right picture but she didn't get lost.
 
  
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Five:  Our Sail-Away time was 9:30.  By then we had eaten supper and were ready to 'party.'
 
We sailed through the old part of Venice where we had been earlier in the afternoon.  It was very pretty all lighted up for the night.
 
And after leaving the channel we had to check out the sun deck chairs.  They fit very nicely.
 
Next we were off to Split, Croatia.

I couldn't find a cat in Venice so
this is "Store Window Cat from Split."  Next week I will post
three other poses of Store Window Cat from Split.
I put her here now to keep me honest with Feline Friday
[click on her for a larger view].
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Our Cruise Itinerary pictured: [click on it so you can read it better]

Fine print stuff:
==> I'm linked with Steve's Burnt Food for this today, go see his cat.
He and others have a Mr. Linky going there so you can see other cats too.
==> I am also linked up today with Nancy at A Rural Journal. She conducts her "A Random Five" blog hop there. Click that link to read other "A Random Five" posts or to join in with your own.

==> Click on any picture for a larger size and a better view.
==> Notes:
1.  Be seeing (BCNU) you on a more regular basis after my 'August Break' is over.
2.  My Feline Friday cat picture for Venice didn't turn out.  So instead I have these two dog pictures.  Sorry, but it might happen again.

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Comments:
You have a nice family, and such nice posts. Thanks, Mr. Jim.
 
Happy Feline Friday Jim :-) And have a blessed weekend!

Jody
 
Fun post! Enjoying your travel log.
 
Enjoying the tour...lovely photos! : )
 
Sounds like a very fun trip.
 
Happy Feline Friday. ☺
 
This is such a fun post! I love the pics of KP and sleepy dog! And i think your version of feline Friday is excellent. :-
 
Well - I tell you this is a win win win situation. I get to go on your travels with you - get to hear about you - and get to see your wonderful family! I know you are having a good time. sandie
 
such lovely photos! thanks for sharing them! Have a great weekend!
 
Oh, what a great trip! I can tell you all are enjoying yourselves. Have a wonderful time in Croatia!
 
A lovely post, I so enjoy your photos! I know KP must have found the ship to be a wonderful adventure. Has she travelled with you before? I think we are very willing to permit the substitution of a dog for a cat, all of God's critters make us smile! :-)
 
luv the sleeping doggie too cute! ( :
 
Roooh big Jim, you're doing the cruise of my dream...And what a wonderful coincidence, the pacific princess, wasn't it the name of the "love boat" ? I just love your pictures, can't get tired of seing Venice !

Grace
 
Gorgeous photos Jim!
 
I can only dream..Oh well..stay safe and God bless...
 
Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
 
Fantastic photos! This is Emily...Ray and I sat with you for that delicious lunch in Volos, Greece! Weren't those monasteries breathtaking?!
 

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