After my fabulous cruise to Norway last year, one which allowed me to see and discover a completely new and breathtaking country, I’ve become greatly interested in taking another one. Although for my next European cruise, I’d like to forgo the winter coat and hat and instead bask in the warm Mediterranean sun.
While I’ve been to countries like France and Italy before, I’ve generally always visited their big cities. Don’t get me wrong, Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world and having only visited Rome once now a decade ago, I desperately want a re-do, one in which my experience is not tied to a student budget. However, I also want to see non-urban Europe, the Europe that isn’t covered in graffiti with gridlocked traffic ‘round the clock. People always pose the question, are you a mountain or beach person? Well, I’m a water person, period. I love cities and towns that are on the coast. My favorite part in the screen adaptation of Under the Tuscan Sun is when the character of Frances journeys to the Amalfi Coast. Cinematography at its best, and yet the Italian coast is actually that beautiful, no filter or digital enhancements needed.
Renting a car in another country is not something I’ve ever done, nor do I have any immediate desire to do so. I attribute this to my complete lack of knowledge concerning the metric system and my intense fear of getting into an accident in a country where I don’t speak the language. So I feel that’s the beauty of a cruise. You’re getting to see multiple destinations on a ship, but you’re being taken right to them, without having to worry about the small yet stressful details.
In terms of where I’d like to go, well, that’s a tough one. Visiting the south of France, journeying into the landscapes of Cezanne and Van Gogh’s paintings, has always been a dream of mine. Not to mention I’ve wanted to visit the French hilltop town of Èze ever since I saw American travel personality Samantha Brown showcase it on her Travel Channel show. But then there’s Italy, specifically the Amalfi Coast. I mean just google it, and I think anyone would be immediately convinced it’s a place they should visit. Likewise, my history loving self would be over the moon to visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii. The Roman Forum in the capital city was pretty neat but I’m sure Pompeii tops those once in a lifetime archeological visit experiences. And if you happened to gift me with a cruise along the Iberian Coast, you can be certain I’d accept…in a heartbeat.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to a Mediterranean cruise and I only hope that my next European waterway experience is just that.