I don’t do a whole lot of actual journalism these days. I would say I never did, actually. But I do teach a section of media production at the journalism school here. The basics of the course are learning to shoot and edit photos, record and edit audio, and use those pieces in conjunction with the reporting and writing they’re being taught by a different instructor to tell stories.
A brief aside from the all-too-infrequent posts about Europe here. My family is planning to take a week and drive around in an RV in Alaska this summer. We’re also planning to attend a wedding, which is kind of the bigger reason we’re going to that state in the first place, but the planning of the driving around is kind of a big deal here.
You sail into a port called Civitivecchia. It’s about an hour outside of Rome and was the official ancient port of the city as well as the acting port for today’s Rome. The city walls here are old. And like so many old things in this part of the world, they still stand. It’s pretty awesome to be on a bus and passing under walls that are 1,000 years old. The town itself is small and seemingly very quiet. It’s probably a bit too far from Rome to be a serious suburb, but it also looks like it would be a pretty cool place to hang out for a day. We didn’t get to spend any time here, but the main part of town (if that’s what we saw) had some great looking buildings that housed bars and restaurants. My kind of place.
The next day landed us in Livorno, Italy. That’s the port closest to Pisa and Florence. After a long day in Monaco and a huge day coming up in Rome, we chose to take a slightly shorter trip here. We did not go to Florence, which was a 90 minute drive, and instead stayed closer to the port in Pisa alone. We weren’t going to miss Pisa anyway, and we chose a half day there.
After crashing really early on the first night (see the part about being exhausted), we awoke early to get off the ship for the first time. Our port was Cannes on the French Riviera, the Côte d’Azul. This wasn’t as much a seaport as it was a marina. The ship was going to drop anchor in the sea and we would tender in to the shore. Tendering in means we got on board smaller boats to ride to the docks. We would do this twice during the trip, and it was pretty neat. You got a good little ride on the ocean into your city, and it made the smaller ports accessible, which for the cruise lines opens a lot more options.