Thursday, December 5, 2013

Noordam 2013 - Highlights of our Mediterranean cruise

In the summer of 2013 we cruised the Mediterranean on Holland America's Noordam from Barcelona to Rome. This was the itinerary we were supposed to have. Instead of La Goulette we had a stop in Cagliari, Italy.

You can read a blog-per-day here at In this final blog about our 2013-cruise we post some of the highlights. You can click on the links provided to read the individual posts.

In Barcelona we were very impressed by Gaudi's Sagrada Familia...

Sagrada Familia facade

... and Parc GuelWe loved the beautiful mosaics and the view when you walk up in the park.

 Park Guell

Another highlight, little over an hour from Barcelona, is Montserrat.

The Monastery seen from the mountain

Palma de Mallorca is so beautiful. 

Sa Llotja

Castell de Bellver

A favourite in Marseille is the Hospice de la Vieille Charite.

Hospice de la Vieille Charite

After missing Monte Carlo due to the bad weather, we arrived in Italy. Beautiful Lucca and Pisa.


Piazza Amfiteatro in Lucca

In Pisa of we visited the Field of Miracles, but we also walked through the rest of the city to the Piazza dei Cavalieri and the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina.

Piazza dei Cavalieri in Pisa 

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina in Pisa

Great views in Cagliari, Italy.

Arch at Bastione di Saint Remy

Palermo was nice, but very crowded.

Piazza Pretoria

In Naples we hiked up mount Vesuvius...

Crater of Mount Vesuvius

...and we enjoyed Pompei


Pompei Forum with mighty Vesivius in the back

We ended with an couple of days in Rome.

Inside the Colosseum (panorama)

Our home during this trip was HAL's ms Noordam