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Portoferrario the island of Elba


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Today was an adventure day of cycling and sea kayaking. I was so excited about this excursion I could not wait to get off of this boat and get moving.
We started biking along the city streets. Not much to talk about the port except there is a gigantic fort right in front of our ship. Guess what, we were too focused on our activities that we didn't even ask what the name was or the history. I was worried about John because this was something that I wanted to do, not him. He kept on telling me that I owe him big time. We pedaled along some stores then we started heading up hill. Now I was thing "oh my god, is this how it's going to be", yes it was. We kept on an incline then we plateaued. Did we even get to appreciate the beauty that surrounded us, nope. I was thinking can I do this. If John couldn't do it, there was a van that followed us that was a pick up car. I did pretty good up until the third hill, there were five large inclines all together. Now I'm not a cyclist what so ever, I did my first spinning class a few weeks ago, so you can imaging how much it was kicking my Americano ass. Finally it was down hill, so my other concern is to not wipe out. John was in the van following us. Smart man! I almost but it one time because I got distracted and looked away and then I was headed towards a rock wall. I managed not to crash. John saw the whole thing happening. Once we got to our destination which was some beach, we stopped and had a rest and drink. Some people were drinking alcohol, not me, water please. We got into the kayak after a brief lesson and paddled away. I really enjoyed it after I got the hang of it. Beautiful scenery. Elba is one big rock. So you have these large cliffs of rock and turquoise sea. We saw some sea caves and we kayaked through a very narrow arc. I blew it by not bring my Go Pro. I couldn't take any pics of this trip. My phone was is the pick up van.
We made it back safe and sound. The most hilarious part of the day was the ride back to the ship. They ordered us a train/car like what kids go on in a park. But it couldn't turn around because it got stuck in the parking lot. They had to unhitched it and put it back together. Everyone laughed!!!
We got back on ship for a bit of R&R, then headed out to try and find a suit case for all of my shopping. Oh these Italians. Most stores are closed on Sunday's and from 1-4pm. Oh well, we have to pack and try and make due the best we can. Windstar will take our suit cases tonight and keep them over night and get them at the terminal tomorrow. I forgot about that crap.
Tomorrow Rome!!! Can not wait...

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Posted by johnjeanne 08:45 Archived in Italy

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Glad your having an awesome time. I too found Portofino my favorite. Your experience is fun to read.

by Diana O

Thanks Diana. Yes Portofino is a magical place. And we loved Eze in France. If you ever get a chance to go there, it's equally beautiful in its own way.

by johnjeanne

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