S: Mediterranean Vacation June 22nd - July 6th 2009
FC: Ali & Scott | Mediterranean | Vacation | 2009
1: charlie | bren | paige | sean | arden | tris | ali | scott | matt | The Roman Forum
3: Eating in Italy
4: Hotel | Porta | Maggiore | hotel mix-up + midnight construction crews + no a/c = glad to finally get on the ship! | Rome, Italy
5: Before boarding our Mediterranean Cruise, we spent 3 days exploring the ancient wonders of Rome: The Colosseum, The Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain and more...
6: I'm pretty sure that in 3 days we walked through the entire city of Rome...
7: Palantine Hill | starting here | The Palatine Hill was home to the original Romans & is also where the she-wolf found Romulus & Remus. Rome derives its name from Romulus
8: Temple of Antoninus & Faustina | Temple of Saturn
9: The Colosseum
10: The Dioscuri Castor and Pollux are the twin sons of Zeus & Leda and are considered the patrons of poetry, dance & music. Their statues are located in the Piazza del Campidoglio.
11: The Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II was built to honour Victor Emmanuel, the 1st king of a unified Italy. It is made of pure white marble and is referred to as 'the wedding cake or typewriter building' by tourists. | The Catacombs of St. Domitilla are ancient burial grounds located underneath the city. It is said that early Christians used these underground sites to perform secret Masses & other rituals..
12: The Vatican Vatican City, Italy
13: The Vatican courtyard | Marcus | Aurelius
15: Artwork | & | Sculpture
16: Cappella Sistina
17: T | The Last Judgement
18: Michelangelo's 'La Pieta' | La Pieta now sits behind bullet-proof glass after a crazed man attacked the statue with a hammer...
19: St. Peter's Basilica
20: St. Peter's Square & Castel Sant'Angelo
21: "When in Rome..." -Matt | disco disco
22: The Spanish Steps | Trinita dei Monti
23: Piazza di Spagna | Fontana della Barcaccia | (Foutain of the Old Boat) | Bernini's
24: Legend says: Toss a coin, over your shoulder, into the fountain to ensure a return trip to Rome. | The Trevi Fountain
26: Pantheon | The | The Pantheon was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome. It was rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in about 126 CE.
27: Romina - our Tour Guide | Since the Renaissance the Pantheon has been used a mausoleum. The tomb of Raphael Santi, architect & painter, is located there.
28: Fountain of the Four Rivers
29: Piazza Navona | Fontana del Nettuno
30: All Aboard! | Plaza Deck Room # 3172
31: Casino | Gym & Spa | Main Lobby | Basketball | Court
32: Our | Dining | Room
33: C l u b | Quasar | Blood & Sand scotch whiskey cherry brandy sweet vermouth orange juice | Jesus
34: Taormina, Italy | Teatro Greco 'Greek Theatre'
35: Church of San Giuseppe
36: Taormina is a small town on the island of Sicily
37: "Vos et ipsam civitatem benedicimus" | (We bless you & your city) | Statue of the Virgin Mary | When we stopped for lunch, Brendan ordered Campari Soda which ended up being alcohol, so Scott chugged it for 5 euro (which he was swindled out of by a street vendor) and I ordered a slice of Sicilian to which Tris replied: "We're in Sicily, its all Sicilian."
38: The Parthenon | The Parthenon temple was built to honor the Greek Goddess Athena | Acropolis of Athens
39: The Erechtheum Temple | The Kore Porch
40: The Panathinaiko Stadium hosted the 1st modern Olympic Games in 1896.
41: Athens, Greece | The Monastiraki | Our 1st Gyros were amazing! Gyro = Lamb or Pork + Lettuce + Tomatoes + Fries + Tzatziki sauce and wrapped in Pita Bread
42: The Greek Isle of Mykonos
43: The Kato Myloi (Lower Windmills) were built during the 16th century by the Venetians
44: 'Meryam Ana Evi' (House of the Virgin Mary) | Mt. Koressos, Turkey | hung over
45: For less than $1 a day, you could make a difference in this child's life... | Baptismal Pool used by St. John and Mary to convert followers
47: The Celsus Library was built in 117 A.D. as a monumental tomb for Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus
48: Turkish Marketplace | Attila the Scott | Apple Tea
49: Turkey | Sean was not a fan of 'Turkish Macaroni' aka spaghetti | We stopped to eat at a local Turkish restaurant before reboarding the ship. Tris, Matt & I ordered the Iskender Doner Kebab and it was so good. Scott had a chicken, pea & cheese dish which he complained was just chicken stuffed w/ peas... no cheese
50: The Greek Isle of Rhodes
51: Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights
52: The Courtyard
53: Arden | Matt | Sean | Paige | Bren
54: The Nea Kameni Volcano | safety | rope | I did not sign up for this
55: Santorini | The Palia Kameni Volcano | Hot Springs
56: The Greek Isle of Santorini | Santorini, as known as Thera, is an island formed from the remnants of a volcanic caldera located in the southern Aegean Sea
57: Cable car or Donkey? Cable Car.
58: there is negative water in this pool
59: Pompeii | The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius destroyed & buried the city of Pompeii in 79 AD.
60: Cast of an air pocket created when this person was covered in lava from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
61: Mt. Vesuvius