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MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE


Encore, Encore


Tap into the knowledge of your crew, says Hollie-Rae Brader, as she explores the Mediterranean in style


I start to feel like a local as I wander through cobbled backstreets, over city walls and down off-the-beaten- track residential lanes. I’m in Antibes and the scent


of freshly baked bread lures me into a boulangerie where I buy mid-morning treats: tarte au citron and tarte aux fraises. I stroll past a farmers’ market and countless trendy, Instagram-worthy cafes, while super-chic French locals strut around hol`in} vÀiÃhlÞ VÕÌ yoÜiÀð I’m on a quest to reach Plages des Ondes, a tiny beach away from the main tourist tracks in Antibes, and one frequented by the aforementioned trendy locals, who frolic around in Chanel bathing costumes and Gucci sunglasses. It’s a 45-minute walk (in 30C


heat) from Antibes marina, where the tender from our mothership, Seabourn Encore, had dropped us, but the walk came recommended by our diligent crew, who after a few days of getting to know me, had quickly established that I like exploring places on foot. I’d joined Seabourn Encore a few days earlier in Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, with my husband Matthew in tow. We quickly established a daily routine on board: if we weren’t going on organised tours, we would want to explore for ourselves. Knowing that the crew on a ship


are always well-travelled, I sought out their recommendations each morning. While enjoying my daily dose of smoked salmon in the ship’s Colonnade restaurant, I’d get


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