At the end of October 2009, our good friends, Angie and Mel, departed San Francisco headed for Istanbul. A few days later David and I joined them at the Hotel Sultanate in the Old City to begin our journey to Barcelona. Along the way, we stopped in 11 ports of call in 8 different countries. It was magnificent from start to finish. Our vessel was Oceania's Regatta and the cruise was entitled "Roman Revelations" for reasons which will become obvious.