S: 2011 Mediterranean Cruise
BC: Designed with Love, Lynn
FC: 2011 Mediterranean Cruise
1: And the adventure begins with a private water taxi to the Hotel Grand Canal. Hold on MOM! | Venice, Italy
2: The Grand Canal is the great road of water filled with vaporetti, motorboats and gondolas. The views were thrilling and impressive.
3: The famous Rialto Bridge was built across the Grand Canal in 1591.
4: Burano, Italy This small island is known for its bright colors and exquisite lace since the 16th century. | Murano, Italy We had a perfect day searching for Venetian treasures.
7: Our Gondola ride was the ultimate Venetian experience.
8: Piazza San Marco or St. Mark's Square is the main public square of Venice.
11: Ruby Princess
12: At the Acropolis is the Parthenon, a temple built to the Goddess Athena.
13: Athens, Greece | The Temple of Poseidon built in 5th century B.C. overlooks the coastline of Cape Sounion. This cliff is dedicated to the God of the Sea.
14: The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. | Kusadasi, Turkey
15: At Ephesus we walked through the marble ruins and archaeological treasures of this once great city.
16: Istanbul, Turkey | The Blue Mosque is a 17th century mosque with 22,000 blue Iznik tiles and six beautiful minarets seen for miles.
18: On our Bosphorus Cruise we traveled the Straits of Bosphorus to the Golden Horn while eating a traditional Turkish lunch. The Bosphorus Straits divide Europe and Asia in the country of Turkey.
20: Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul with beautiful mosaics.
21: Mykonos, Greece
22: Pamagia Paraportiani is a small asymmetrical church built in 1425. It is the most famous of the many churches on Mykonos.
25: Mykanos is a favorite island of the Cyclades. It is a maze of beautiful white washed alleys, shops and homes that tangle throughout the island.
26: Naples, Italy | Capri, Positano and the Amalfi Coast
27: Positano has pastel houses, along the cliffs with elegant boutiques and seaside cafes.
32: Pompeli, Italy Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD and completely buried the town of Pompeli.
33: Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
34: The Colosseum is the grandest of Rome's Monuments.
35: The Vatican is rich in religious and cultural significance.
37: The Vatican is home to St. Peter's Square and the most impressive collections of art in the world, including the Sistine Chapel and home to Michelangelo's masterpieces.
38: Florence is the jewel of the Renaissance. It is famous for it's churches. We saw the Church of Santa Croce, the famous Duomo, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the Baptistery.
39: The beauty of Italy
40: Piazza Della Signoria celebrates the Statue of David.
41: Ponte Vecchio is Florence's most famous bridge filled with shops.
42: Florence is known for the Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, the Accademia and the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge.
43: Cannes, France Cannes is the crown jewel of the French Riviera.
44: Barcelona, Spain
45: Park Guell created by Gaudi
47: Sagrada Familia is both a Gothic cathedral and a stone tapestry of Christ's life created by Antonio Gaudi.
50: Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and is not anticipated to be completed for 50 more years.
52: Casa Mila
55: Casa Batilo, built by Antoni Gaudi, is now an impressive museum. | Barcelona has a Gothic Quarter with a lot of small tapas restaurants and shops.
56: La Rambla is the very heart of the city historic centre. It is full of local artists and street performers. Mercat de Sant Josep is the famous market on La Ramble.