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Eastern Med Cruise 2010: Venice - Geek Turned Athlete

Eastern Med Cruise 2010: Venice

I’m baaaack! I’ve missed you all so much while I was gone, but the hubby and I needed some R & R for ourselves with very limited internet time. 🙂 This felt like a honeymoon, but to be honest, the last 2 and 1/2 years that we have been married have felt like one too especially since we have lived in Europe for that long.

We started our trip in Venice where we spent the night before catching our cruise there the next day. Then, we sailed off to

  • Split, Croatia
  • Corfu, Greece
  • Santorini Island, Greece
  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Iraklion, Crete, Greece
  • A day at sea

Then, we sailed back to Venice where we caught a flight to Rome where we explored before going on to Pompei, then back to Rome for another day since we missed our flight to Germany. We ended up staying in a hostel which was a learning experience for sure! More on that later though. Back to Venice!

It only took an hour to fly from Frankfurt Hahn to Venice. Once we landed, we decided to head out and explore after dropping our luggage off at the hotel…



Yes, I know my eyes are closed, but this is the only one that I have by the Grand Canal. My husband was getting to know the DSLR and loving it at this point.



The wind and humidity was high that night, and the fro took over. I just went with it. When in Rome, err, Venice, right?

The little canals were so picturesque. It was truly breathtaking.

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There were steps that led down to the canals every few hundred feet. You could literally walk down into the water if you wanted too.

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After walking around for a good two hours, we were starving and stopped at a little cafe along the Grand Canal to eat AND drink. The hubs decided to play around with the camera a little.

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Since this was my first meal in Italy since going Vegan and Gluten Free for the month, I was really worried about what my options were going to be. I stayed away from the bread at the table and ordered a standard salad with some polenta squares. I thought we took pics, but I guess we didn’t. Sorry! Maybe it was the amazing wine? When we got the bill, it was over 100 euros. Yikes! We did not see that coming, but I guess the fish that was ordered was really expensive. When we looked at the price, it was per so many grams NOT how much the dish actually cost. Oops. The food and wine was good regardless, but we definitely paid more attention to the menu prices after that.

The next morning, we took our time getting ready, walked around Venice some more, then headed to the ship. Isn’t it beautiful?!


After eating lunch on the ship which consisted of a salad of arugula, peas, corn, summer squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, olives, black beans, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil and some spicy Indian lentil dish with rice (all of which was TASTY!), we headed to our stateroom. This was actually the standard lunch for me on the ship since these were the only gluten free / vegan items at lunch time.


It was freezing in our room when we first got in there! It was still really nice, and we were happy with our choice to pay a little extra for a balcony room.
These were our views from our balcony leaving Venice…

Absolutely gorgeous! We sailed off into the sunset while sitting on our balcony talking and taking pictures. It was the perfect beginning to our cruise.

Then, it was off to workout (a 5 mile run and some stretching) and finally dinner at one of the specialty restaurants…

Sorry to burst some of your foodie bubbles, but we didn’t take a lot of food pictures on the cruise. We didn’t want to be held down by the camera for every meal, and we just wanted to focus on each other instead of worrying about food shots especially since we hadn’t seen each other for 4 months!

I will tell you that the cruise ship did a great job at catering to my gluten allergy. We met with the Maitre’D of the steakhouse restaurant (haha, that is what Steve wanted), and she went over the entire menu with me regarding what I could and could not eat. They also brought me gluten free bread to eat with my dinner, and brought a flour-less chocolate cake from another restaurant to me for dessert. If you ever go on a cruise, and you have food allergies, talk to the Maitre’D. They WILL help you with everything!

{ 28 comments… add one }
  • Jessica @ How Sweet May 20, 2010, 2:03 pm

    OMG! Beautiful – YOU and the sights! I am glad you are back. 🙂 The pictures are absolutely amazing!

  • Erica May 20, 2010, 2:13 pm

    So gorgeous! The pictures are just incredible. Glad you guys really enjoyed yourselves. And wonderful that they catered to your foodie needs. Cute dress!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite May 20, 2010, 2:30 pm

    I’m so envious of your trip! I love all the pictures!

    Glad you’re back 🙂

  • Heather (Where's the Beach) May 20, 2010, 2:47 pm

    Awesome. Love the photos. So glad they worked with you on the diet. That’s awesome. I guess it’s still working out for you???

    • Nicole May 20, 2010, 4:44 pm

      It has been working out! Thanks for asking!

  • Kim May 20, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Beautiful photos!! I love Venice! Looks like a great time! 🙂

  • genesis May 20, 2010, 5:12 pm

    so jealous of your trip 🙂 hopefully by next year we will be able to go on our european cruise!

    i think its great that you didnt take pictures of food and just had fun….thats what vacations are for 🙂

  • Lisa May 20, 2010, 6:30 pm

    Beautiful pictures!!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Dawn (HealthySDLiving) May 20, 2010, 7:44 pm

    WOW! Amazing pictures! Looks like such an amazing time! 🙂

  • Anne May 20, 2010, 8:52 pm

    Great pictures, I can’t wait to travel again! and of course I’m eagerly waiting for the next post!

  • marit c-l May 20, 2010, 9:02 pm

    What an awesome trip – so happy that you and the hubby could reconnect after being apart for so long! FANTASTIC! And…the balcony rooms are totally worth the little bit of extra $$$ 🙂

    • Nicole May 21, 2010, 9:11 am

      YES, the balcony was!!! We are never getting an inside room again!

  • Katie Rainey May 20, 2010, 9:26 pm

    love the pics nicole!! Oh my gosh I have never gone to Venice and now I am hooked:) Thanks for sharing and so happy to have you back!!

    • Nicole May 21, 2010, 9:10 am

      Aww. thanks for commenting! I’m glad I’m back too! We need to go on another bike ride stat!

  • Alanna @ Blood, Sweat & Cupcakes. May 20, 2010, 9:42 pm

    Beautiful pictures! That green color of your dress looks great on you!
    Welcome back 🙂

  • Claire May 20, 2010, 10:04 pm

    Sounds and looks like such an amazing trip so far! I have yet to go to greece and can’t wait to in the next few years. It is great that the restaurant helped cater to your needs too!

  • Tea May 21, 2010, 1:36 am

    I’m so glad the gluten free is working!

    I always love the pictures you post, but I think this trip takes the cake! (gluten free of course).

    Beautiful! Stunning! Amazing!

  • Lindsay May 21, 2010, 12:54 pm

    The pictures are unbelievably beautiful!!! I haven’t cruised before, but I think we’re going to in December! Did you like Norwiegian?

  • Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition May 21, 2010, 5:34 pm

    How gorgeous! Looks like you and the hubby are having an amazing trip. Greece is one of my dream places to go. Enjoy it! : )

  • tasha - the clean eating mama May 22, 2010, 9:37 am

    What an amazing trip! Thank you for sharing, you seemed to have a wonderful time! =)

  • Jenni Rush May 24, 2010, 3:40 pm

    Nicole, love that handbag! And those shoes (with the pretty dress) are killer!

    • Nicole May 25, 2010, 10:56 pm

      Thank you!! I love that thing too!

  • Anne P June 2, 2010, 1:00 am

    Ahhhh gorgeous photos!! This makes me miss Italy so much! I heart Venice.


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