A Trip of a LifetimeSubmitted by Guidant Planning on September 29th, 2014
By Allen G. Yee
We’re back! Well, we’ve actually been back for 3 weeks. Many of you never noticed we were gone, but I understand you have many things keeping you busy. Where did we go?
My wife and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary and we took a Mediterranean Cruise to celebrate. It was one of those trips where you fly into a country (Barcelona, Spain) and embark on a really, really big ship that slowly motors to multiple ports around the Mediterranean and fly out of another country (Venice, Italy) for home.
For those of you familiar with my work habits, you know that don’t take too many days off, especially consecutively. Before this trip I have not been out of the office for more than 5 days. This trip, I was out of the office for 16 days. My own team was shocked when they discovered how many days I would be out. While it took a bit of effort to “unplug”, I managed to forget about work…for a little while. Where did we go and what did we see? It seems that the itinerary is a fairly common one through that region as many of my clients have expressed that they have traveled that exact schedule. Here’s the short version of your trip, particularly because many ( and I mean many) of you have been here or have done this exact trip.
We flew into Barcelona, Spain and spent one night in the city before boarding our ship, Celebrity Equinox. We left Barcelona somewhat empty and with mixed feelings, in that we didn’t love the city nor the people. The site of interest was the Sagrada Familia Church. All I can say is WOW! That monument is truly an amazing sight to see.
Next, we boarded our ship. It is enormous! It’s basically a floating Vegas hotel; a ton of rooms, pools, bars, restaurants, theatres and of course a casino. We were extremely impressed with our room and our restaurant Blu. When we purchased our cruise we upgrade to a concierge class called AquaClass where we received of few benefits, one of which was the restaurant Blu. We didn’t have a specific dining time or an assigned table. I would say it’s like going to your favorite local restaurant when you want. We never had to wait for a table nor rush to make our dining time. The food, service were both exceptional.
We had three ports in Italy; Livorno, Civitavecchia, Salerno. We were fortunate to have private tours in all three cities and were able to enjoy the sites without being in a large group. While parked in Livorno we visited the leaning tower in Pisa, Florence and the Tuscan region. In Florence the notable highlights were Basilica of Santa Croce, Accadema Gallery and Ponte Vecchio. In Civitavecchia/Rome we saw the Colosseum, Pantheon and The Vatican/Sistine Chapel. The surprise for me was St. Peter’s Basilica, not only is it enormous but it contains so many pieces of historical artworks. There was so much to see, we could easily spent a week there. Next, we toured the Amalfi Coast (Salerno). It’s a beautiful stretch of the coast that had two quaint towns, Ravello and Positano, which we really enjoyed. The other site of interest was Pompeii. It was extremely hot and humid that day and it was difficult to take in the history given how uncomfortable we were.
The rest…Santori was very enjoyable and relaxing with its views and shops. Athens was full of liter and graffiti. Kusadasi, particularly Ephesus was my favorite site. Although that day too was extremely hot, I was still able to enjoy the amazing ruins and the colorful bustling of the bazaar. All in all, it truly was a trip of a lifetime for both my wife and I. And we found that it accomplished our goal – to get a taste of the countries/cities we were visiting so that we could determine whether we would want to go back and spend more time there.
After being away for 16 days and seeing another world, it gave us an opportunity to reflect (that’s what a 14hr flight gives you). And the outcome of that reflection really led us to feel how fortunate we are. Fortunate to live in the greatest country in the world and to have the opportunities we have. I for one sometimes forget that so I want to take this time to thank you for the opportunity to work for you and for being such wonderful friends!
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