22.09.2015 - 03.10.2015 22 °C
. Sycamore trees in Aix en Provence.
My daughter Heather mentioned that her dream was to visit the south of France. So after making a few other suggestions I asked her and her sister Melinda if they would like to accompany me on the Celebrity Silhouette from Rome to Rome with stops in Salerno, Messina, Marseilles, Ajaccio,Corsica and Florence. After they convinced me to travel business class they were delighted to say yes. So, in addition to Rome we travelled in a hydrofoil along the Amalfi Coast to Capri and were thrilled to visit Axel Munthe's Villa San Michele. After walking around in Marseilles, Melinda and I spent a very pleasant afternoon in Aix en Provence. Then our ship anchored in the beautiful natural bay of Villefranche sur Mer. This is where I have spent a month each year for the last nine trying to become proficient in French. Much to my delight my first professor there, Aude Fauche', met us on the waterfront for coffee after which we visited Betty at Chez Betty. Then we walked to L'Institut de Francais, met the director, several professors and the chef. It is in a particularly lovely setting and I wanted the girls to see it. Next we went to Nice, lunched in the Flower Market and strolled on the Promenade des Anglais. The following day we stopped in Corsica and we took a bus tour to the Prunelli Gorges. Of course we went to see the house where Napoleon Bonaparte was born too. Last stop was Livorno, Italy from where we took a bus tour to magnificent Florence. All in all it was a great trip. The ship, our suite, the entertainment and meals were all exceptional.