I’ve been sitting here staring at a blank screen, trying to work out why I am feeling so uninspired to finish writing about my recent trip. It is not that I didn’t have a fabulous time, because I did. I think it has more to do with the fact that you really only get to see places on a cruise, as opposed to truly experience the culture.

Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro

Sure, I was able to absorb some of the sights and history, but I felt like I was doing a location reckie of the places I might want to come back to explore in more depth on some future trip.

Mount Etna

Mount Etna

This also makes it next to impossible to make these places come alive vividly on the page for you. I can only describe the sights like a somewhat lame travel brochure  – not what it actually feels like to be there, because I wasn’t there long enough. I have no vivid memories of how the food tasted, what the streets smelled like, how welcoming (or not) the local people made me feel, or the sounds of the night as I lay awake under the stars. It was all just a magnificent blur of tourist sights that left my senses muddled.

Messina, Sicily

Messina, Sicily

My memories are fond simply because it was an adventure I got share with my entire immediate family (which I’m sure is of much less interest to you). A way for all the generations to come together harmoniously, while still being able to branch off during the day to pursue more generation specific interests. An amalgamation of big birthday celebrations, beautiful sites, and a sense of family intertwined that will linger in our hearts and minds forever. I do feel extremely lucky to have made these memories together, I’m just not sure how to make them interesting for you to read?

Positano, Italy

Positano, Italy

All I can really do is share the photos and the limited impressions I have with you. Have a look at the sights of the remaining cruise stops, click comment below, and let me know if there are any you want to visit, or perhaps you have visited some of them, and have more distinct recollections? Montenegro’s dramatic cliffs, lush greenery, and crystal blue waters are breathtaking – Tatjana immediately started making plans to bring Aaron back here, and I intend to spend much more time in Sicily!

 

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