A day from Venice: A wet and once-wild Pula

A humbling aspect of frequent travel is that occasionally you find yourself at some prominent place that…well…I’m sorry, but I never heard of it. On this trip that place was the city of Pula, a busy port on the Adriatic, just a day’s sail from Venice. Long a ship-building center, it is now in Croatia. I say “now” because when I was growing up and not hearing about it, it was in Yugoslavia. At one point in …

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Venice: How much is that doge in the window?

VENICE – Our first included shore excursion attracted many of our number to St. Mark’s square and its perennial Venetian favorite, the Doge’s Palace. I’m here to tell you that on the outside, at least, it looks pretty much like the one in Las Vegas. Inside, however, the splendor of the 14th to the 18th century Republic of Venice comes alive, beginning with our ascent of the Golden Staircase, and continuing inside with the trappings of the …

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Aboard Lufthansa Flight 459, April 11, 2012

Not for just any ol’ cruise ship would I subject Sara and myself to such a long flight – 10 jet hours from San Francisco to Munich plus a thumb-twiddling five-hour wait there before another 50-minute hop on a propjet puddle jumper over the Dolomites to Venice. But the ship we’re aiming for, the Aegean Odyssey, just might be what I’ve been seeking for years. As a veteran cruiser of dozens of mega-ships, some seemingly top heavy …

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Robert W. Bone’s Bio

Robert W. Bone first sailed on Cunard to Europe in 1957 and then began writing freelance articles from London and Belgium. He enjoyed a long and successful career in publishing, as reporter, author, editor, and photographer on land and at sea. Bob has lived in a half dozen countries and traveled to nearly 100. In 1986 he began reporting regularly on cruises, and he counts more than 50 trips on the oceans and rivers of the world. …

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