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Mediterranean Cruise 2022 — Ibiza; Santa Eulalia del Río


Our next destination aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Vision of the Seas was the Spanish port of Eivissa (town of Ibiza) on the island of Ibiza. In case you’ve lost track, Ibiza would be our nineteenth day aboard Vision, including the preceding transatlantic cruise. This also represents the nineteenth day of a 68-day journey, excluding travel to our port of origination and the day of return travel. So, as you can see, we have quite a ways to go on this travel series.

Decorative water wheel in Santa Eulalia del Río

As is often the case with Ursula, she had us booked on a tour of the island since our previous trips to Ibiza never saw us leave the port city. Our first tour destination on this glorious Wednesday, 18 May 2022 was the resort town of Santa Eulalia del Río, or in Catalan, Santa Eulària des Riu.

The beach at Santa Eulalia del Río

Santa Eulalia del Río is the third largest town on Ibiza, and it is the only town on the island that has running through it a stream, Riu de Santa Eulalia, flowing into the Mediterranean. As you can see, however, it’s the beach that appears to be the main draw:

Santa Eulalia del Río beach

As with many beach resort towns, Santa Eulalia del Río also has a boardwalk of sorts:

The beach “boardwalk”

Of course, this wouldn’t be Europe without the outdoor dining option:

Along the boardwalk

Did you know that Ibiza has its own native dog breed? It’s the Ibizan Podenco (Ibizan Hound), and it was originally bred to hunt small game, such as rabbits. On the boardwalk, just west of the southern end of Passeig de s’Alamera, you’ll find this playfully rambunctious Ibizan Podenco family:

Ibizan Podenco

Now let us leave the boardwalk and head north along Passeig de s’Alamera. Here, just past the correos (post office) you’ll find:

Street art in Santa Eulalia del Río

At the north end of this street you’ll find the Santa Eulalia del Río Town Hall:

Santa Eulalia del Río Town Hall

On Wednesday it’s time to move on to Ibiza’s famous Hippie Market. So, until then.

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Fun Photo Friday — Mediterranean 2022; Corsica Favorites Part 3


Phare des Îles Sanguinaires (Lighthouse of the Sanguinaires Isles)

Today finishes up Corsica, and next week I’ll show you our stop on 18 May 2022 — Ibiza Spain. Until then, here are today’s Fun Photo Friday favorites of Ajaccio, Corsica:

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Mediterranean Cruise 2022 — Napoleon Bonaparte House; Ajaccio, Corsica


Maison Bonaparte — Bonaparte ancestral home

We’ve left behind Ajaccio Cathedral, headed north east along Rue Saint-Charles, and have arrived at Maison Bonaparte, the ancestral home of the Bonaparte family and the place of birth of Napoleon. It may not look like much, but it’s a busy destination. I had to wait out the throngs to get the shot you see above. And that marble plaque above the door? It reads in Corsican “NAPOLEON | EST NE DANS CETTE MAISON | LE XV AOVT M·DCC·LXIX,” which translates to “NAPOLEON | BORN IN THIS HOUSE | THE 15 AUGUST 1769.

“Napoleon born in this house the 15th August 1769”

Check out the fun little boutique to the left of this museum house. It’s a nifty little shop with a lot of Napoleon-related trinkets and souvernirs, and it is affiliated with the Maison Bonaparte museum.

Napoleon themed tourist store

I don’t usually recommend souvenir shops. Indeed, I can’t remember ever having done so. But I’m making an exception today. This place was not only fun, it was cheap! I picked up an engraved, locking Corsican pocketknife with wood grips and a thumb stud for what I thought was a decent price. It turned out later that it was an exceptionally fair price. The same knife was going elsewhere for anywhere from 50% to 200% more. And it even came with a belt-loop sheath. But there’s more here than just souvenirs. Casa Bounaparte itself offers up some fun photographic subjects not found on the museum next door:

Casa Buonaparte is affiliated with the Maison Bonaparte museum

Indeed, it’s worth walking by just for a snapshot of this wonderful sign:

Casa Buonaparte

From Casa Buonaparte Ursula and I started slowly back to Vision of the Seas, but along a very indirect route that would take us well north of Plaza Foch. Here we found a pedestrian street that was fun to walk — Rue Cardinal Fesch. Lots of shops, street vendors, cafés, and restaurants in this area.

An Ajaccio café scene
Walking along Rue Cardinal Fesch

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