S: Mediterranean Voyage: August 2011
BC: Messina, Italy
FC: Mediterranean Voyage August 2011
1: Traveling Companions Allison O'Baker Bonnie O'Baker Angie Pope Mary Pope Donna Miles | Trip Itinerary 8/5/2011 Rome, Italy 8/6/2011 Civitavecchia, Italy 8/7/2011 At Sea 8/8/2011 Dubrovnik, Croatia 8/9/2011 Kerkira, Corfu, Greece 8/10/2011 Katakolon, Greece 8/11/2011 Thira (Santorini), Greece 8/12/2011 Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey 8/13/2011 Piraeus (Athens), Greece 8/14/2011 At Sea 8/15/2011 Messina, Sicily, Italy 8/16/2011 Rome, Italy 8/17/2011 Rome, Italy
2: Trevi Fountain A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. | 8/5/2011 Rome, Italy
3: Spanish Steps, beautiful architecture, good wine and great pizza.
5: 8/6/2011 Civitavecchia, Italy | First day on Holland America ms Noordam. Exploring the ship.
6: 8/7/2011 At Sea | Blueberry Soup | Happy Anniversary, Mom
7: Tour: Explore the old town of Dubrovnik, entering the 13th-century city via the Pile Gate. See the Sponza Palace with its elegant courtyard and elaborate stone carvings, the Dominican church and monastery, the Rector’s Palace and the Church of St. Blaise. Walk along the city’s main thoroughfare, whose graceful stone palazzi house shops and residences. Visit the small town of Cavtat, with a palm-lined seashore and numerous cafés. Take a short walk along the beautiful seafront promenade. Next is the Glavic House—a traditional family home in the Konavle region, producing brandy, wine and olive oil. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Croatian specialties, locally produced wines, brandy, and delicious desserts as local musicians entertain you. | D u b r o v n i k, | C r o a t i a | 8/8/2011
9: Taking a shot of Ouzo.
10: Corfu, Greece 8/9/2011 Tour: Take a scenic drive through Corfu Town, passing the Old Fortress, Cricket Square, the Palace of St George and St Michael and its elegant arcade buildings. The tour will then continue to the one-hundred-year-old Achillion Palace built by the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, adorned with fabulous statuary and mementos of its former owners. Enjoy sweeping views of the countryside, then make a special visit to a beautifully renovated private villa. With warm hospitality, the owner welcomes you to a traditional luncheon.
12: Statue of Achilles | A C H I L L I O N P A L A C E
13: Tour: The small fishing village of Katákolon is your gateway to the mystical site of ancient Olympia, 25 miles to the east. The sanctuary of Olympia has the appearance of a park, and as you step back 2,000 years into the past, imagine the area crowded with athletes, orators, merchants and philosophers surrounding the Temple of Zeus with its forty -foot statue of the god, the ruins of which you will see today. | Katakolon, Greece 8/10/2011
14: Tour Part 1: From Athinios it is a 25-minute drive to Profitis Ilias mountain—the highest point of Santorini towering 2,000 feet above the sea offering splendid panoramic views of the island. At the picturesque village of Oia, you will have some free time to wander the narrow cobblestone lanes, encountering whitewashed buildings, cafes, and shops with beautiful arts, crafts and souvenirs. | Santorini, Greece 8/11/2011
17: Tour Part 2: You will drive to Kamari, a coastal village with black sand beach.
18: Tour Part 3: You will then head to the Panagia Episkopi Church, the oldest Byzantine church on the island, dating back to the 11th century. Pirates, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and fire have yet to breach its walls.
19: Tour Part 4: Your next stop is a local winery, where you will learn that the rich volcanic soil of Santorini produces unique wines.
20: Tour Part 5: Enjoy a traditional lunch at the quaint village of Pyrgos, | before heading back to Fira Town, where you are free to spend some time exploring.
22: Santorini is the remnant of a caldera: a cauldron-like volcanic feature formed by the collapse of land following a volcanic eruption.
26: Kusadasi, Turkey 8/12/2011 Tour: Depart for a day in Sirince village, the perfect synthesis of Turkish-Greek culture, stroll though the streets and see the beautiful, typical Greek houses. Enjoy a stop to taste local wine. The village is famous for its local grape and other fruit wines, and features a charming church dedicated to St. John. Lunch will be arranged in a local home to taste and understand the real culture of the village. A fortune-teller will visit you after you have tasted your Turkish coffee to read your coffee cup! Yes, this truly is a slice of real village life.
28: Village market with local clothing, fruit flavored wines, dried peppers and egglant.
29: Traditional Turkish coffee followed with fortune teller reading our coffee grinds.
30: Lunch in Turkey at a private home.
32: Tour Part 1: Begin your tour with a drive past marinas and resort towns to the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, built in the 5th century BC. The temple's location, 180 feet above the sea, affords a magnificent view of the blue Aegean and distant islands. | Athens, Greece 8/13/2011
33: Many cruise ships passing Sounion today still pay their respects to Poseidon by lowering the ensign, blasting the ship's whistle, and pouring a libation over the side of the ship.
35: Downtown Athens, passing the Capital building, ruins, and enjoyed another fantastic meal.
37: Tour Part 2: You will visit Athens and the natural fortress of the Acropolis which rises from the city. Its symbolic ruins have survived for 25 centuries and have remained a part of the Greek culture for the entire world to appreciate. Pass Hadrian's Arch, indicating the border between the Greek and the Roman cities in Ancient times. You will pass the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which took 700 years to complete, Constitution Square, the Presidential Palace and the all-marble Olympic stadium built in 1896.
38: The Acropolis
39: At Sea 8/14/2011
40: Passing through Santa Venerina village, the scenery becomes increasingly forbidding as you approach the Park of Mt. Etna. At 1,800 feet above sea level, this small village boasts enchanting, wild scenery. The volcano has erupted more than 130 times, killing more than a million people. The volcano dominates the entire coast of Sicily, and its mass outrivals all of Italy's other mountains. | Messina, Sicily, Itlay 8/15/2011
43: At a local hotel, a refreshment will be served as you enjoy panoramic views of the Sicilian coast that was overwhelmed by an eruption 300 years ago.
44: Another active volcano passed at sea.
45: Toured Vatican City, the Vatican Archives Museum, and the Sistine Chapel. | Rome, Italy 8/16/2011
46: Ceiling Art in the Vatican
47: Trastevere district in Rome.
48: Rome, Italy 8/17/2011
49: T H E C O L O S S E U M
50: The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.
52: Areas of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum
53: Chariot racing
54: P a n t h e o n
56: Memories that will last a lifetime!