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Cruising Through Tuscany and Provence

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Tuscany and Provence: two of the world's most beautiful regions, known for their wine, their food and their beautiful art, architecture and culture. On an 8 night cruise aboard the Azamara Journey, I was able to experience the best of what these regions have to offer, leaving from Rome and visiting Florence, Lucca, Livorno and Elba in Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and St. Tropez and majestic St. Paul-de-Vence, France. I loved leaving my bags in one place while getting to explore so many gems.
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Monte Carlo, Monaco-Ville, Monaco
Each morning on board the Azamara Journey, a boutique, luxury cruising experience, I would awake to a knock on the door: my room service. But instead of breakfast in bed, I would have my breakfast on my gorgeous balcony, overlooking the view of...
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Elba, Province of Livorno, Italy
Right off the Italian coast in the cerulean Mediterranean Sea, lies Elba, Italy's third largest island and a paradise with waters so clear you would think you're in the Caribbean. One of my stops on board the Azamara Journey boutique cruise to...
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158 Avenue de Verdun, 06360 Èze, France
Regular tours of the Fragonard distillery explain the 400-year history of the French perfume industry and give a unique peek into how luxury fragrances are created today. A small museum also details the longer history of perfume in the world and...
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5 Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco
Monaco is known for its wealth and opulence, with its central Grand Casino, it's luxury cars and designer shops everywhere you turn-- and the yachts (oh, the yachts!) But, there is a side of natural beauty to be found in Monaco in the Japanese...
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55100 Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy
There is magic in the cobblestone streets of Lucca, Italy. Surrounded by its original city walls, this enchanting city in Tuscany is rich in history and has a casual, elegant feel. Sophisticated, older women in black suits and pink glasses ride...
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Piazza Santo Spirito, 16/R, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
I love Florence: it's one of my favorite cities in Italy and in the world. But, the downside is that it can get ridiculously crowded. In fact, the last time I visited it was so crowded on the 'main side' of Florence, where the Duomo and all of the...
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83990 Saint-Tropez, France
I'll take them any way I can get them. Embroidered is fine!
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Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy
Pisa’s famous leaning tower (the campanile of the adjacent Duomo) is part of the Piazza del Duomo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that also includes the Duomo, baptistery and cemetery. Begun in 1173, the tower began to lean almost immediately thanks...
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Via Carlo Goldoni, 83, 57125 Livorno LI, Italy
Considered one of Italy's most beautiful and historic theaters, the Goldoni Theater has been fully restored and is a place of grandeur and beauty. On an 8 day cruise through Tuscany and Provence with the Azamara Journey, something that is included...