Friday, January 20, 2012

Jeff Spotting - Naples, Italy

And yet another port call, this time to Napoli, Italia, which is also very close to Roma by train. The time in Napoli was an experience in food: incredible pizza, the freshest mozzarella, bountiful red wine, anchovies drizzled in olive oil and spices, crispy bread, and a wide variety of crispy and sweet desserts (including some remarkable cannoli). The food in the Mediterranean has been amazing, and I'm convinced that if I were to live here I would gain a significant amount of weight. I also got a fresh shave with a straight razor.

The day in Roma was an experience in art and architecture. And a long day of walking starting from Saint Peter's Square and passing the Pantheon, the Trivi fountain and ending up at the Colosseum with numerous stops along the way, for both food and pictures. It's really mind bending to think just how long some of these places have existed, and definitely worth the trip. Homeward bound.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Jeff Spotting - Valleta, Malta

We keep pushing toward home without actually getting there. However, if we're going to make a port call, we might as well do so in a scenic spot such as Valleta, Malta. Mediterranean ports aren't near as nice in the winter as in the summer.

The picture to the left shows some of the architecture and the picture on the right is the approach to Valleta by sea.


Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Jeff Spotting - Salalah, Oman

One more port visit, this time in Salalah, Oman, on the Arabian Sea/Indian Ocean. I don't have much to say about this port either, although it was fairly relaxing and I took a couple of opportunities to swim in the ocean in December, which was pleasantly warm. There was a cove that reminded me a good bit of Shark's Cove in Hawaii, although with less diversity of sea life.

The map on left (borrowed and modified from Wikipedia) approximates the US Fifth Fleet of operations, which is where I've been for the last several months. I've underlined the ports that we visited while deployed. The majority of the time I spent, as previously mentioned, in the Arabian Sea, specifically in an area known as the Gulf of Aden (which is directly underneath Yemen).

We're out of here soon, which means we're homeward bound.