Peggy’s Mediterranean Cruise

The Paregien Journal  –  Issue 336   –  June 20, 2016  –  Stan Paregien, Editor

Peggy’s Mediterranean Cruise

One of the folks who has been a blessing to us since we moved to Florida, is a perky Christian lady named Evelyn Skliar. She was born in bonnie ol’ Scotland, spend her early childhood in Canada and then attended high school and college in Rochester, New York (N-e-w Y-o-r-k ??? Yep, New Yak.). 

She has spent many years of her life working as a nurse on cruise ships for the Holland Line. Yes, I know, really tough duty. Yuk, yuk. And the last year or two, whenever she has her feet on Mother Earth, she often attends a women’s Bible study with my wife Peggy at our church in nearby Sarasota. Evelyn is of the Presbyterian persuaion, but — like us — enjoys the fellowship of a wide range of other Believers.

That brings us to the point of this essay: Several weeks ago Evelyn contracted to serve as a nurse on a 12-day Mediterranean cruise. It would originate in Barcelona, Spain and would stop at three other ports in Spain, in Gibraltar, in Corsica, in Marseille, France, in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and also at a port near Florence and Piza, Italy. They would then deboard at another port and fly out of Rome. Well and good.

Then she asked Peggy, “Do you suppose you would like to go with me on this cruise as my personal guest at no cost to you?”

Say what???  Hey, I’m not kidding. This would be a cruise of a lifetime for poor country folks like us, so I told her I’d hold down the fort here and keep our dog and flowers in a survival mode, if she wanted to go. I encouraged her to do so. And so she did.

Peggy and friend Evelyn individually took flights out of Sarasota, Florida on May 22, 2016 and met up at a hotel in Barcelona, Spain the night before their departure on the 2,500 passenger ship on May 24th. This part of the trip was not free, of course. But it was a pretty uneventful trip for Peggy from Florida to Toronto, Canada, then to Dublin, Ireland and then into Barcelona.

2016--05--23  01A    Barcelona, Spain  --  Spanish flag

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2016--05--24   01  -  Peggy Paregien's 'Non-Rev Passenger' status

2016--05--24   02A1  -  The Holland Oosterdam cruise ship

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Peggy’s private cabin
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The windows of Peggy’s cabin

2016--05--24   06  Map of the Mediterranean region

2016--05--24  09  Cruise Log -- post cruise --  Page 02

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2016--05--26  01A  Cadiz, Spain  -  Logo  -- flag  of spain

2016--05--26  02B  Cadiz, Spain  - map

2016--05--26  02F  Cadiz, Spain  - music in Spain

2016--05--26  02G  Cadiz, Spain  - map

2016--05--26  04C  Cadiz, Spain  -  by Peg Paregien

2016--05--26  04G1  Cadiz, Spain  -  by Peg Paregien

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2016--05--26  04H  Cadiz, Spain  -  by Peg Paregien

2016--05--26  04J  Cadiz, Spain  -  by Peg Paregien

2016--05--26  12  Cadiz, Spain  - Marcado -- shopping area - Peg Paregien

2016--05--26  15  Cadiz, Spain  - - Peg Paregien

2016--05--27  01A Flag of Gibraltar, United Kingdom  -- 01

2016--05--27  02A   Gibraltar --  map  -- 06

2016--05--27  02C   Gibraltar, United Kingdom  --  map

2016--05--27  03A   Gibraltar, United Kingdom  --  things to see

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2016--05--28   01A  Malaga, Spain --  logo

2016--05--28   02B  Malaga, Spain --  map

2016--05--28   03A  Malaga, Spain --  info

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2016--05--28   08C  Malaga, Spain --  by Peggy Paregien

2016--05--28   08D  Malaga, Spain --  by Peggy Paregien

 

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2016--05--29  - 01   Sunday - Alicante, Spain  --  logo   by Peggy Paregien

2016--05--29  - 02A   Map  - Alicante, Spain

2016--05--29  - 02D   info  - Alicante, Spain

2016--05--29  - 05   Sunday - Alicante, Spain  --  by Peggy Paregien

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2016--05--29  - 20B   Sunday - Alicante, Spain   --  by Peggy Paregien

2016--05--29  - 23A   Sunday - Alicante, Spain   --  by Peggy Paregien

2016--05--30  01B  -  Logo  --flag of spain  Palma de Ballorcas

2016--05--30  02A   --  Map  - Balearic Islands

2016--05--30  03C  -  info -  Palma de Ballorcas

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2016--05--24  09  Cruise Log -- post cruise --  Page 03

2016--06--01  01   --  Flag of  France
2016--06--01  02A   -- Map of Marseille,  France

 

2016--06--01  02E   -- info of Marseille,  France

2016--06--01  02G   -- info of Marseille,  France

 

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2016--06--01  12   Port at Marseille, France  -  by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--01  15A   Vineyard -  Marseille, France  -  by Peggy Paregien

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2016--06--02  01A   Flag of Monaco

2016--06--02  02B  --  map of Monaco

2016--06--02  03C  --  info -  Monaco

 

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2016--06--03   02A2   Balearic Islands, Spain  map

2016--06--03   03A   info - Ajaccio, Corsica

 

2016--06--03   05  Napoleon Bonaparte was born in  Ajaccio, Corsica --  by Peggy Paregien

 

2016--06--03  12   Ajaccio, Corsica --  by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--03  13   Evelyn Sklair - Ajaccio, Corsica --  by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--03  14   Evelyn Sklair - Ajaccio, Corsica --  by Peggy Paregien

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2016--06--04  05A  -- Italy's history2016--06--04  06A  Maps of Florence, Italy

2016--06--04  06A  --maps of Pisa, Italy

2016--06--04  11  --history of Florence, Italy

2016--06--04  13  --history of Florence, Italy

2016--06--04  14A1  -- Florence, Italy

2016--06--04  14B  -- Florence, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--04  14C  -- Florence, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--04  15A  -- Florence, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--04  17  -- Florence, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--04  19C  -- Florence, Italy - Neptune's Fountain

2016--06--04  20  -- Florence, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--04  21A  -- Florence, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--04  24  -- Florence, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--04  50  -- map of Pisa, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

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2016--06--05  04D   History of Rome, things to see

2016--06--05  04E   a long night at the airport

2016--06--06   01C  Peggy's 'Buddy Pass' purchased through a Delta employee

2016--06--06   01D  Peggy's 'Buddy Pass' purchased through a Delta employee

2016--06--06   01E  Peggy Paregien's flight from Rome, Italy to Minneapolis, Minn

2016--06--06   01F  Peggy Paregien's flight from Rome, Italy to Minneapolis, Minn

2016--06--06   01J  Peggy Paregien's flight from Rome, Italy to Minneapolis, Minn

2016--06--06   01K  Peggy Paregien's flight from Rome, Italy to Minneapolis, Minn

2016--06--08   01A  Peggy Paregien's flight from Minneapolis to St Louis

2016--05--24  09  Cruise Log -- post cruise --  Page 03

 

And so, . . . the great adventure finally ended. Peggy and Evelyn had a grand ol’ time, though Evelyn had seen most of the ports a number of times. For Peggy it was, indeed, the cruise of a lifetime. Thanks, Evelyn!

 

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