The cuisine that exists today in Livorno – a port city in Italy that’s thrived since the Roman era – was formed from the people and ingredients that moved through the same centuries-old routes that are taken today by Oceania Cruises’ ship, Sirena. Livorno was claimed by the large shipping kingdoms of Genoa, Pisa, and Florence. It welcomed merchants coming from Turkey, Greece, Persia, and more.
What better way to experience the culinary network than to follow the exact trail on the sea, seeing everything from the coasts of Tuscany to Liguria, northern Corsica, and even Côte d’Azur along the way?
What’s On Board
The itinerary for the trip aboard Sirena, Oceania Cruises’ newly-renovated ship, was organized by Claudine Pépin, the chef, cookbook author, and daughter of culinary star Jacques. Pépin wanted to showcase the food and wine of the Mediterranean, which is how this trip came to be..
As you curve from Italy into the south of France, you will notice how the hills sharpen into mountains; the grassy farmland becomes silver-dusted olive groves and whitewashed villages. The views you will see from the cruise ship will change from pine-covered hills to colorful towns, from fishing villages to marinas filled with yachts. As the scenery is changing, so will the food.
A Fulfilling Cruise and Experience
When people think of cruises, they may think it is a shortcut, speeding through 5 or 10 places within a week and getting to set foot in each city. However, there is a certain romance that can be experienced through its slowness. The leisure of going from point A to point B and having the rare opportunity to see the land and scenery change as the hours pass.
You have the chance to follow the path of spice, grapes, and cooking techniques that created the flavors and cuisines centuries ago during Mediterranean travel. These cuisines are known and cherished today and are worth savoring on this cruise.
40 Funny “Real Life Plot Twists” as Shared by People for Jimmy Fallon’s Challenge
We’ve all been there — going about our business when all of a sudden, bam! Everything in a certain situation changes in a completely unexpected way. Jimmy Fallon of late-night TV fame recently made a call for submissions on Twitter for these “real life plot twists,” and the internet did not disappoint! What #RealLifePlotTwists would you be able to add to the list?
The Perfect Selfie
Concerts are the perfect chance to try to get as close as possible to the artists you love the most. When else are you going to be in the same room as a famous person? We completely identify with these two women trying to time their selfie to capture Michael Bublé in the background, performing on the stage behind them.
We think the fact that the singer dashed down to the front row to accommodate them speaks volumes about how kind he is!
Nothing to Hate About This
We have to wonder about strange coincidences like the scenario of this plot twist. If you’ve heard of the concept of manifestation, you might recognize this exact same situation.
If not, manifesting something is imagining a scenario and then having it come true, as per your wishes. This pair of friends manifested their chance encounter with the German band Rammstein. What else could they be capable of if they really put their minds to it?
Some Good Practice
Alopecia is a disorder that causes individuals to lose their hair. This is a truly ironic plot twist for this woman, who has been donating her hair for years to make wigs for individuals who struggle with hair loss for various reasons.
Now that she has been diagnosed with alopecia, she will need a wig, herself! We’re certain that she’s built up plenty of good karma over the years to get an excellent wig. Maybe she can even choose one she’s made!
What a Waste
If you’re going to take the time and effort to get a fake ID made, you need to at least double-check your math so you can be the age you’re actually wanting to be. This hapless poster made the mistake of leaving a year out.
When she got her fake ID, it was actually for someone who was 20 years old — not 21. It defeats the whole purpose of having such a thing if it won’t get her into the bars where she wants to go. We hope she learned her lesson — about math and about following the law.
You’re Vile, Kyle
Listen. We know refrigerators are shared spaces in both homes and offices. But when you add your name to leftovers or food that you have otherwise bought and prepared and have plans for, that food is yours — period.
You’re breaking a sacred, universally understood vow — and violating someone’s trust. Plus, it’s stealing! Can you tell that we’ve had our food stolen from a refrigerator before? We’re a little bitter! But Kyle’s sister should’ve taken it one step further and made him a sandwich he’d never forget to teach him a lesson.
A Blast From the Past
Weddings are such big occasions that there are a number of superstitions revolving around them. If it rains, it’s lucky. The groom isn’t supposed to see the bride in her dress until she’s walking down the aisle.
We think there should be a new superstition about the minister getting sick. We think it’s a terrible omen for a former spouse to be the substitute minister in a wedding. It’s unlucky enough that we just might be tempted to reschedule!
A Popular Name
Now this is a wholesome plot twist! We would’ve been terrified if we’d just moved into a new house and continually heard our name being called. There’s nothing worse than to figure out your new abode is haunted.
It’s not like you can just pack up everything all over again and go somewhere else. There’s a ton of money involved, and if you’re renting, there’s the lease to consider. Once we would’ve discovered that the dog next door had the same name as us, we would’ve taken it as a good sign that all is actually well.
A Subtle Hint
Jobs value loyalty from their employees, but you always have to look out for yourself, too. Nowhere is that more apparent than in this particular plot twist. The employee was looking to improve their situation with a lateral move — hopefully to a better company, more experience, and higher pay.
However, they discovered that it was their own company advertising the position — the position they had to begin with. What a way to find out that you were being gently fired!
Betrayal of Trust
The best feeling ever when you’re going out to a bar you love is when everybody knows your name — and are glad to see you. It’s the whole concept behind the classic TV show Cheers. The bar is a friendly place to relax where you know you’ll be treated right.
However, this individual betrayed that sacred bond by getting well known and well liked enough to be recognized by his fake ID. When he presented his real ID to get in, the bar banned him — even though he was finally of legal drinking age.
It’s Truly Hair-Raising
Women’s beauty products can range from the cheapest of cheap to mind-blowing expense. That’s particularly true of hair products like this woman’s gifted hair dryer. It’s truly ironic that she was diagnosed with cancer and lost her hair soon after during treatments to combat the condition.
We’re sure that her expensive hair dryer was the last thing on her mind — and we’re heartened to see that her treatment is at an end. She is a survivor — and she’ll enjoy her gift when the time is right!
Choose the Right One
We can appreciate how nervous this woman was when driving to meet a guy for a date. In fact, she was so nervous that she likely wasn’t paying attention when pulling into the parking lot, looking for a spot for her car. She nearly hit a pedestrian … who immediately complimented her in a romantic way!
We’re not big fans of standing up a date, but this story does have a fairy tale ending — the woman ended up marrying the man she almost hit in the parking lot!
A Baby Surprise
There’s nothing better than a friend who truly supports you. Through thick and thin, ups and downs, they’re there for you. So when this person’s friend needed to go to the clinic for a pregnancy test, it was natural for her to accompany her friend.
That’s where the plot twist comes into play, however. The friend wasn’t actually pregnant. But this person was! We feel like the friend somehow knew something was going on and encouraged this person to get a test.
They Escaped Destiny
If you’re a fan of the horror and thriller movie genres, we’re certain you’ve seen at least one of the Final Destination films. There’s a handful to choose from. But the basic premise is that when you’re supposed to be somewhere where something bad happens and somehow escape it, destiny comes looking for you.
That’s what this plot twist story reminds us of — the person was supposed to be on a train that wrecked and somehow avoided that fate.
No Mama Drama
The dating scene is hard. If you’re not on a dating app, you have to rely on good old serendipity in order to meet someone with the same interests and values as you. This poor guy thought he was having good vibes with a woman he met at a bar.
They were close enough in age, but when she asked about his romantic status, she was really asking for her mom’s sake. What a blow to the guy. We kind of hope he took her up on her offer, though!
A Star Student
When you’re a kid, you might be constantly in fear of stepping out of line and getting in trouble. It’s a symptom of growing up in a strict household — and having overbearing teachers.
But when this person’s dog followed him to school and snuck in to the auditorium, the best possible plot twist occurred. The principal gave the dog love all day instead of fussing at the young student, proving that dogs are furry little angels sent from heaven.
Perfect Rainbow Baby
By definition, a rainbow baby is a healthy pregnancy following struggles with infertility, miscarriages, and other heartbreaks. We loved this heartwarming plot twist — a surprise pregnancy after years of suffering through challenges and sadness.
When this mother-to-be stopped trying so hard to conceive, her body decided that it was finally ready. What a precious little miracle! We hope that her family continues to be blessed and happy for years to come.
Stop That Thief
If you’re even a mild fan of pocket knives, you can appreciate the thought, time, and talent that goes into some of them. They can be endlessly customized with special details, including the type of wood or other material that creates the handle, and the way the blade was forged.
We completely understand that this knife was special to this woman. Plus, the knife proved itself to be even more special and useful by connecting the thief to other break-ins. Excellent detective work!
Just Following Directions
Teaching a child how to read is a significant milestone in their development. What many parents don’t consider, however, is how the child will recognize, interpret, and act upon those new words. The world comes alive as soon as you can read — as we’re certain this family discovered.
Just a few weeks or months prior, and the child probably wouldn’t have even noticed a fire alarm next to them at the restaurant. But now, armed with the meaning of the magic word “pull,” this child simply followed directions. Sorry about ruining dinner!
At Least the House Is Clean
It’s so difficult to throw a successful surprise party. We can sympathize with this family’s efforts to fool this person. We only feel bad that this person spent the entire week cleaning their house ahead of the actual party.
Was the house really that dirty? Perhaps the greatest present of all wasn’t even the surprise party. It was the fact that the house was cleaner than it ever had been before.
A Near Miss
We grew up with a big family — we’re talking cousins we’d never even met before. So we can absolutely identify with this harrowing plot twist situation. It’s awkward enough to have a crush on somebody.
But to find out that it’s your cousin? That’s gutting. We can’t help but feel like a bullet was successfully dodged. This person should require a family tree the next time they try to date anyone, though.
Kids Say the Darnedest Things
In general, we think kids are cute. They speak their mind, and it can lead to some hilarious situations. However, this particular scenario sounds like an utter nightmare.
The fact that this 5-year-old was convinced that her mother was breaking the law makes it sound like perhaps the material presented at the assembly wasn’t age appropriate or explained properly. But then, the police and school intervention with the mother is truly over the top. We would’ve been absolutely mortified at the misunderstanding.
Double the Trouble
Remember what we said about manifesting your wishes? Maybe this woman missed out on the chance to have a twin to have fun with while growing up. But she wished so hard for that twin that she ended up having a pair herself when she became a mother.
Now, her own set of twin girls has arrived, and they’re already causing all the trouble that this woman wanted for herself when she was younger. Be careful what you wish for!
Just Trying to Help
Have you ever tried to help someone … only to get in even more trouble than they were in to begin with? That’s the case with this unfortunately clumsy nurse. She thought that an umpire had been seriously injured after being hit with a baseball.
When she dashed out to help — as any good nurse would do — she actually broke both her ankles tripping and falling. What an absolute mess for someone who was only trying to care for someone else.
Strangers on a Train
Think of all the people you see on mass transit systems. There are individuals on the same trains, buses, and planes as you that you will never see again. These chance encounters are full of intrigue, but coming across someone you actually know is perhaps the rarest thing that can happen.
We love the plot twist of this woman taking a train to visit her father … only to end up on the same subway car as him as she approached his apartment.
Safety in Numbers
What in the world were this old woman and old man thinking by asking a complete stranger to give them a ride home? And what was this woman’s date thinking by telling them yes? It’s like the elderly couple had forgotten all of the lessons on stranger danger that they had hammered into their children and grandchildren’s heads on never getting into a car with someone they don’t know.
The plot thickened when the date revealed he didn’t know them — but only after he’d agreed to hang out with them in their home.
The Power of Art
Art is effective when it makes you feel something. It can be wonder or outrage, hope or offense. This artist’s work was powerful enough to inspire a gallery to ask them to remove it — and for international superstar Elton John to purchase it. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but that artwork speaks volumes.
We hope the artist continues to create whatever they want — instead of marketing their art to the whims of the gallery.
Achieving a Goal
This person is a true baseball fan — he proposed to his now-wife at Fenway Park and even said during that experience that he would one day work there. What did we tell you about manifesting your goals? He made it happen by getting a job in the exact position he wanted.
It even led him to meeting Jimmy Fallon, who commissioned this entire storytelling exercise. Now that’s a great plot twist!
An Entertaining Fight
It can be difficult and grueling to rely on mass transit to get you from point A to point B. But one unexpected joy is the strange things you might get to overhear — like this person when he noticed a guy fighting with someone on the phone.
It’s entertaining to imagine what kind of scenarios led up to the disagreement — including picking sides for who you think is in the right. But we would’ve been late to work, too, when the woman on the other end of the line entered the scene. We would’ve had to have seen it through to the end!
What’s in a Name?
Some new parents might believe that the most important decision they’re ever going to make about their child is their name. It’s the string of letters and sounds that they’ll be known by for the rest of their life, so it’s essential to consider the meaning of the name — as well as how it pairs with the existing last name.
The fact that someone willingly named their child “Major Gamble” is borderline cruel. How is that child supposed to feel about their name when they get older?
Just a Little Home Renovation
We appreciate this poster’s thoroughness when cleaning up all evidence of a house party while his parents were out of town. We would’ve done our very best to make everything look as perfect as possible — right down to fixing anything that might have been broken during the festivities.
There was no way of knowing that the railing was broken prior to the event, which makes it even funnier that this poster got it fixed before his parents returned. What a nice surprise!
Float Right On
What do you do when you find that you’ve made a wrong turn and suddenly wind up in the middle of a parade? Why, join it, of course! That’s what this adventuresome family ended up doing in their van in a town they’d never been to before.
We love imagining just how puzzled the people in the small town who’d been watching and enjoying the parade were when they saw a large van full of strangers waving and taking part in the parade.
Telling on Yourself
We can appreciate this good citizen trying to make sure that everyone stays safe at Disney World by reporting the mysterious bag when he noticed it in the photo he took.
But we can also appreciate the delicious humor of realizing when accompanied by security back to the spot, that the unattended bag in question was simply his own camera backpack. We hope everyone got a big laugh out of this harmless mistake.
Sometimes, Opposites Attract
It’s true in nature — when it comes to magnets, anyway. But also in love, opposites sometimes attract. That’s the case in this woman’s story. When she first met her future husband, she was so sure he wasn’t her type that she refused to have anything to do with him.
It was her sister who urged her to give him a chance. Now, after nearly 20 years, they’re married and have three happy children. Sometimes, you have to think out of the box!
Adjust Your Attitude
We’re always of the opinion that it’s actually harder to be mean than it is to simply be kind to other people. That makes us think that the fast-food employee manning the drive-thru speaker was putting in extra effort to have an attitude with the customer.
Hopefully, they don’t do it all the time — just to the unsuspecting driver who happens to be their ex. What a shocker to discover that someone you used to date is handling your food. That discovery would probably make us lose our appetite.
On the Move
We prefer the plot twists on this list that are heartwarming and positive. This plot twist scenario is not one of those. We don’t understand why this person would’ve been tempted to return from Europe to Los Angeles, of all places, no matter how badly their boss begged.
Then, the fact that they were fired just a few weeks after spending all that money and committing to an apartment shows that the boss didn’t really understand what he wanted. We hope this person found some other kind of opportunity.
Not Quite a Special Day
Our birthdays are the only day out of the year that are, more or less, just for us. We celebrate another trip around the sun — and the milestones of another year older. What a shock, however, for this poster to discover that their birthday was not their actual birthday.
It’s even more frustrating to find out that the changing of the birthday was an accident — and that the expert at the social security office has no idea how it was performed.
Life in the Fast Lane
What is it with people who insist on being bad drivers? It can be dangerous not only for them, but also for other drivers and cars on the road. Be respectful, people! We would’ve given him the honking of his life.
The plot twist, of course, kicks in when the driver who posted this story caught up to the person who cut him off in the first place. It was an old man who, adding insult to injury, delivered a rude hand gesture. Back off, grandpa!
The Cruelest Twist of All
Remember in early 2020 when our leaders told us that the pandemic raging around the world would be over if we all just stayed inside for a couple of weeks? Well, the plot twist of the entire thing was that people didn’t believe it — so they didn’t follow the directions of medical experts.
Now, here we are, an entire year later, still dealing with the same thing. We only hope that vaccinations and continued safety protocols will deliver us to normalcy soon.
Better Late Than Never
If you’re of a certain age with a certain number of friends around the same age, you’ve likely undergone the phenomenon known as “wedding season.” Your mailbox is suddenly full of frilly invitations to weddings all over the country. It can be tough to keep track of every single invite.
However, when you finally dig yourself out from under the pile, you don’t have to respond seven years late to a wedding that has clearly already happened. What in the world was this person’s deal?
The Evil Twin
Just like the mother who wished to be a twin and had her wish delivered to her in the form of having twin daughters, this set of twins were built for trouble. Some people believe that one twin is mostly good and the other twin is mostly evil.
That’s apparently the case in this plot twist story, where the poster’s twin is the one who got in trouble … even though the twin is now paying for it. Maybe the poster should dye her hair to convince the bouncer to let her back into the bar!
A Powerful Prank
This woman decided that the time was ripe to play a little trick on her boyfriend involving a pregnancy test. We can’t imagine her shock to discover that she was actually pregnant.
It’s like the universe decided to turn her prank around on her to teach her a lesson! We hope that it was more of a pleasant surprise than a shocking turn of events. Whatever the case may be, it can truly be classified as a real-life plot twist!
Dreaming of the Future
Have you ever had a dream that came true? That’s what happened during this plot twist story. This woman got pulled up on stage to dance with Bruce Springsteen a month after dreaming about it. Now that’s a good dream!
We also can’t help but remember that dancing on stage with Bruce Springsteen was how actress Courteney Cox got her start in her career. From that experience, she was picked to appear in a Springsteen video — and the rest is history!
Who’s the Cookie Monster Now?
If you have a sweet tooth, it can be difficult to ensure that you always have a good supply of your favorite treat on hand to satisfy your cravings. That can be especially true if you have a pack of kids who inherited your sweet tooth — and loves the same cookies that you do.
We love that the plot twist of this story is the mom remembering that she kept a secret stash of Oreos in the trunk of her car. You’ve got to take steps to make sure you have what you need!
Man’s Trash Friend
We’re going to say something that might very well offend you, but that’s not going to stop us. It’s our perhaps unpopular opinion that we would prefer to have a possum as a pet instead of a chihuahua. There. We said it.
Possums are adorable little trash marsupials who feast on pests like mosquitoes and ticks. Chihuahuas are little pests who yap and yap and never stop. It’s not a hard decision for us to pick between those two options. Possum all the way.
Not a Good Example
If you can remember what it was like to learn how to drive, you can probably remember your dad alternating between smashing an imaginary break in the passenger seat and covering his eyes as you motored around your neighborhood.
The plot twist in this person’s story, however, is seeing their own father breaking the traffic rules — as pointed out by their driving instructor. Way to go, Dad! What a terrible case of “do as I say, not as I do.”