S: Sara and Jules First European Experience September 2010
FC: Adventures in Helsinki, Venice, Dubrovnik, Kusadasi, Santorini, Corfu and Rome
1: Stopover in Helstinki Finland
3: This church rocks! Whirlwind trip of Helstinky, 12 hour stop over, bus tour and don't forget the beer.
4: Mestre, Venice Murano | Venice, Italy .
5: we were warmly welcomed and given a private city tour by Eddie and Anna.
8: Walking the small allies of Venice, We stumble onto the relics of St Lucia then go for a tour to the 3 main islands. Murano Burano and Torcello.
9: We were overwhelmed by the intricate detail of the doges palace
10: Venice By Night
11: Early Morning Escapades
13: Ports of Call Venice Dubrovnik Kusadasi Santorini Corfu Venice | Welcome Aboard Splendor of the Seas
14: Dubrovnik, Croatia.
15: We walked the walls of the 2km medieval wall surrounding the largest walled city in the world and bought a tie from the country that incented the cravat.
16: Kusadasi, Turkey
18: We wave to the subjects fromThe Royal Stand
19: Ephesus an ancient Roman city by the sea, now 4.5 km inland, its population was approx 250,000 and only 30% has been uncovered. Of the many temples, there is the huge temple of Apollo, second only to Delphi.... and cats.
20: Climbed a volcano, swam the not-so-hot spring and lunched by the sea. A town where very little changes, largely because they couldn't be bothered
21: Santorini, Greece
23: Corfu, Greece We visited the Achillion Palace, originally owned by the Austrian royal family and inhabited by the Baroness Elizabeth, later turned into a casino and features in James Bond. Jules was impressed at the cricket pitch opposite the British embassy, as we made our way to visit the church of st Irene, who's sandals wear through every year. Got lost heading back because it was all Greek to us.
24: Eating and Drinking way too much on the ship
25: Mestre, Venice | a
26: Rome, Italy | 2 days, 40 k's sleepless haze and we want more!
27: Early Morning adventures along the Tibre
28: Piazza Navona the start of our first tour and the location, the fountain of the four rivers.
29: Trevi Fountain; Throw 1 coin to return to Rome, 2 to find love in Rome & 3 to get married in Rome
30: Rome the Lasagne city Ancient Ruins of the Roman Forum and the ashes of Caesar
32: The Pantheon Once the temple for all the gods, now hallowed and a church for the masses.
33: Ghost Tour of Rome From the top left and going clock wise, Giordano Bruno, the Priest monk who died for his beliefs, now immortalised and forever keeping the Vatican in his sight. The family palace of Pope Pius IV now the French embassy which the French Govt pays rent of 1 euro per month. An emperor made wine instead of water pour out of this fountain. The lasagne effect of Rome. The ally that a witch (suspected to be the popes lover) haunts after 11 pm and if you look her in the eye, you will die of a heart attack. The church of the dead, the monks of which would go out to collect the dead to give them burials and later, constructed artefacts out of the bones to adorn the church. The plaque placed in remembrance of Beatrice, who slew her evil father, suffered years of torture by the vatican then put to death by order of the pope at the Castle of Angels. Now once a year, she makes her journey from this starting point all the way to the castle and it is only unfaithful men who see her.
34: The Vatican
35: Final Moments in Rome: | St Peters Square, Catacomb Tour & The Spanish Steps