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The angle of Repose for sand is between 15 and 30 degree

- The Tower of Pisa leans 5.5 degrees on a sandy base

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I bet you know where we were off to today - Yes, the Town of Pisa. Famous for its leaning tower. On the way to Pisa, Italy we passed many typical towns built into the upper hillsides and an interesting site you don't see every day. We passed a mountain that appeared to have a landslide but actually it was where marble excavation was taking place. So if you're wondering where your marble counter top might be - perhaps it's amongst these slabs waiting to be shipped!

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Our destination, he Miracle Square in Pisa, was built at about the same time as St. Mark's Square in Venice. The leaning tower of Pisa within the square is the freestanding bell tower of the cathedral. Famous for its unintended tilt, the 56m tower took nearly 200 years to build. Work started in 1173 and five years later it started tilting, In 1990 Italy closed the tower to offer further support of the tower. It is in very impressive surroundings.

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After checking out the tower, we strolled through the streets, enjoyed some really great gelato and bought a patch for Beka's collection and started a key chain collection for Jason. A fun day but again so incredibly hot we couldn't wait to get back to our ship to celebrate Beka's 17th birthday. Another fantastic day day together making great memories!

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Next stop - Marseille

The oldest city in France!

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Rather than taking another tour, today we opted to take a short shuttle ride from the ship into Marseille. At the drop off point we took a short walk along the seaside to the spot where we purchased tickets to ride the Le Petit Train. It's a small train that takes you through the narrow streets of Marseille, by the seaside all the way to the top of the hill where the Basilca of Notre-Dame is located.

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We also walked past the Roman Catholic cathedral said to have been erected in the first century by St. Lazarus, the young man mentioned in the Gospels who had been raised from the dead by Jesus Christ himself. And we passed the arch which was built as a memorial to those who fought and died in WWI. And in the distance there was a castle on an island that looked just like the sand castle you make on the beach as a kid!

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It was extremely hot once again so our visit was interesting but short enough that we could get back to the ship and enjoy the pools, slides and (at least for the adults) some refreshing long island Iced Teas! Oh, and just to give you an idea of how impressive our ship is - here's a photo of the Wonder of the Seas docked in Marseille, France (Notice it's size compared to the cargo ships and car ferries to the right) - plenty to see and do once we return onboard. Can't wait to get into the air conditioning!!

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Finding the Dragon in the Cave ...

in Palma de Mallorca


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So today we went to the largest European underground lake in the Island of Mallorca. We got there early in the day and not only was there a beautiful coastline but also an impressive sun rise.

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The cave was named as a result of folks long ago who thought a dragon lived in the cave - until one brave explorer found it was a huge underground lake with many species taking shelter there.

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After our walk through the cave viewing stalactites and stalagmites and crystal clear water, we were seated to listen to a brief concert of classical music and then boarded boats to leave the cave.

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It was really nice to be in the crisp, cool cave and escape the beastly, hot humid weather in Spain.

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Been there done that ...

But it's never enough!


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One thing is for sure you can return to Barcelona many times but you can't afford to miss the Sagrada Familia. Even Beka said, "Mims, why do you go there so many times?" I respond, it's been under construction for over 100 years and every time I see a little more progress, plus in all my travels there will never be anything that comes close to this incredible structure! Gaudi was a truly remarkable architect. Unfortunately, his life was cut short due to a traffic accident but his legacy lives on in many places in Barcelona.

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Still simply amazing. Maybe by the next time we return it will finally be completed.

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You go to Pompei?

Or Not ...

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Once we left the ship in Naples, we were bombarded with taxi drivers who ALL wanted to take us to Pompei. We spoke with one driver who said "I have a very nice van, air conditioned, I speak English and I TAKE YOU TO POMPEI. No matter how many times we said ... we don't want to go to Pompei ...he repeated this many times - I take you around Naples and then we go to Pompei. Not. We walked another few steps and another approached us .... Same story only he was going to Sorrento and Pompei (way too long of a drive for 4 of us in a car for hours in the hot weather.
We escaped the persistent drivers and took the Hop on Hop off bus (which Jeff called Hot on Hot off bus).

Nothing in this city was that impressive other than the fact that the kids saw a castle - now that you don't see every day, some interesting lampposts, balconies with wrought iron railings and sketchy electrical connection and some typical European statues - not often found in the USA. Maybe we would have been better off going to Pompei ...

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Probably one of the most welcome sites was that of the Wonder of the Seas as we returned to the ship in this oppressive heat. Off to the pools! (of which there are many :)

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