People were out at all the sidewalk cafes basking in the sun. Nearly all the umbrellas at the tables were not deployed.
Let's step back a bit.
About the Euro. It's so convenient now instead of dealing with a new currency every time you enter a new country. The Euro paper money is easily recognizable for their denomination, but the coins....not so much. You'd THINK they would make each coin very different from the other so they're easily distinquished. In the USA, over the years, they kept trying to make dollar coins but the idiots who designed them, along with the idiots who approved them, made them too much like a quarter. Well, it's not a whole lot different when dealing with Euro coins.
The 2 'dollar' Euro looks too much like the 1 'dollar'. It's a smidget larger. They both have the same coloring, but reverse of one another. The 2 has a silver band with a gold inner circle, whereas the 1 has a gold band with a silver circle. I have to read each coin to verify what I have by the number 2 or 1 printed on it.
The 50 cent piece is the same size as the dollar piece but it's a solid gold color.
The 20 cent piece is darn near a twin of the 50, just a teeny weeny bit smaller. Again, I have to read the coin to tell what I have and the color makes it difficult to read the number.
The dime is smaller than the 20 cent...okay. But, next you have the 5cent piece which is LARGER in size then the dime. At least it has a copper color over the silver.
The penny is also copper like the 5cent piece, but it's teeny tiny like the size of a dress shirt button!
Well, when I went to the desk to ask how I hop transport into town, the ship agent told me it wasn't possible, that Pisa required an excursion and the town we docked at was Livorno. POOP!!!! Well, I didn't know anything about Livorno and just decided to stay on the ship, get some blogging done, soak in the hottub and nap. Normally, I would get all bummed out over missing the opportunity to see Florence or Pisa. But, then I realized we were never scheduled to go there in the first place so it wasn't like I was missing something I had been planning on seeing ever since I booked in June.
|We were over an hour late arriving in Toulon, France due to slowing down through the storm during the night.|
|Coming into the bay near Toulon, France.|
|The pilot boat who brought out a captain to steer the ship into port.|
|Tugboat maneuvering us into the dock....well...alongside it!!!|
|We had to get off the bus and climb about 100 stairsteps to reach the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde.|
|Downstairs in the crypts.|
|Down at the wharf looking back to the hill and the Basilica.|
|The (very wide) waterfront promenade. On the opposite side, lining the fronts of buildings were countless outdoor cafes where people hung out to bask in the sun and have a cappucino or beer.|
|I enjoyed a nice lunch at this corner cafe.|
|Uh Oh...a full moon arisin. I need to run and hide in a corner.|
|Back aboard the ship and sunset.|
...to be continued. On to Barcelona!!!