S: Mediterranean Cruise 2010 - Volume Two
FC: Mediterranean Cruise | 2010 | Volume Two | Capri
1: Mediterranean Cruise | September 20 - October 2, 2010 | Aboard the Azamara Quest | Volume Two
2: Greece | Corfu
3: This depicts what our day was like in Corfu RAIN. We can't complain. We had great weather up to this point.
4: "Are you coming?" | Our first stop of the day was at the Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin, which is still inhabited by a community of monks.
6: Next we went to Achillion Palace in the village of Gastouri, south of Corfu.
7: Painted on the ceiling
9: Achillion Palace was named for Achilles and a sculpture of the mythical hero dominates the back garden.
10: When it was time to tour the gardens, it was pouring rain. A few of us daring (or stupid) souls decided it's now or never, so let's go take a look.
11: "Colonnade of the Muses" The statues are of gods, heroes, muses, poets and philosophers.
12: After the Achillion Palace, they dropped us off in Corfu Town for exploring on our own and a little shopping.
16: After the weather we had today, it was time for more "Wining Across Europe". And then a great meal at Aqualina. | I think she liked her lobster.
17: Delphi | Greece
18: For our Delphi stop, we actually docked in Itea. | We had breakfast alfresco sitting at the back of the ship overlooking the port of Itea.
19: From there we went to the Monastery of Osios Loukas.
20: While at the monastery, we got to see Queen Sofia of Spain. She was born in Greece and frequently attended services at the monastery.
26: From the Monastery, we drove to the skiing village of Arachova.
27: Having a little snack - what no wine! | Arachova is the hometown of Dr. Papanikolaou the inventor of the Pap smear.
28: These streets weren't made for buses, but somehow they're able to navigate these narrow passages. | We found out that these nice little shrines along the road were actually spots where people died. | Olive groves.
29: It's "Wining Time" with a twist - we had Ouzo.
30: Ellen spotted jelly fish off the side of the ship. | Our ship passed under the Rio Antirrio Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge linking the cities of Rio and Antirio on the western mainland of Greece.
31: Show Time - And Ellen got to be a small part of this evening's show.
32: Day | at Sea | We had one sea day, a day to rest from our busy schedule. Other than Ellen going to a cooking class, it was an uneventful day - that was good.
33: Valletta | Malta
34: The seas were a little rough until be got into the protected port of Valletta. And the skies were a little overcast - but not a bad day.
35: The view of the port of Valletta from our room. | Put the phone away and enjoy the view.
36: The city of Vittoriosa.
37: This building has a US Flag on it so I'm guessing it's the US Embassy.
38: Church of St. Lawrence
42: The Inquisitor's Palace
44: "Wining Time" again. | Another wine with a gelato chaser.
45: We took a traditional Maltese boat, a "dghajjes" from Vittoriosa back to the ship.
46: After returning to the ship, we checked out the city of Valletta.
47: It's time again! | Valletta has several "vintage" buses that are still in use.
48: Back to our room and a little "bubbly" before dinner. | Dinner tonight was the "Sultan Buffet" poolside as the ship prepared to leave Malta.
52: Taormina | Sicily
53: Our destination in Sicily was the mountainside village of Taormina.
54: The triskelion is the winged head of Medusa and three wheat ears. The three bent legs allegedly represent the three points of the triangular shape of the island of Sicily itself. This symbol is seen on everything including the Sicilian flag. | This cherub, on top of the fountain, reminded Ellen of Maddie.
56: The Greek Theater in Taormina was built in the 3rd century BC. And five days before we arrived it hosted an open air concert with Elton John.
57: Through the archway is our ship.
58: Panoramic views from Taormina
60: Lunch Time! | Why do animals alway want to be my friend?
61: A Tiny Tiny street - it's the width of my shoulders.
62: The clerk in this shop was more interested in his computer than his customer. | So Ellen went into this shop with a helpful clerk and bought some jewelry - just as nice - and cheaper.
63: We're getting into this "wining".
64: The Captain and crew officially say goodbye to the passengers - even thought we weren't leaving for a couple of days.
65: At "Prime C" restaurant we had the best seat in the house, they call it the "Honeymoon Table". It was in a back corner of the restaurant with floor to ceiling windows looking out the back of the ship. | At around 10:30 at night, we passed Stromboli Island, which is an active volcano.
66: Sorrento | Italy | Capri
67: The Bird Lady of Sorrento
68: We were tendered to shore in Sorrento, where we head for the Isle of Capri. | When we reach the port, we were welcomed to Sorrento by one of the ship's officers.
69: Isle Capri | The | of
70: From Capri we took a bus through the narrow and winding streets to Anacapri. From there we took a chairlift to Monte Solaro at an elevation of over 1900 feet.
71: The view from the chairlift.
72: The view from the top.
73: This looks like a good place for some "wining". | SHE'S ON HER CELL PHONE!
74: Before we left Anacapri, Ellen spotted a local cemetery.
77: I hope we don't need medical attention while we are in Capri because THIS is their ambulance. | Time to eat again!
78: Ellen spots a platter to match the one we bought the last time we were in Sorrento. | Sandals anyone? | It's five o'clock somewhere.
81: Back to Sorrento.
85: Day two in Sorrento | For our second day in Sorrento, we took a class at the "Sorrento Cooking School". Ellen said this was the highlight of the vacation for her.
90: Some last minute shopping then it's back to the ship as our cruise comes to and end...I'll drink to that! | You can never have too many pocketbooks.
92: The Bird Lady's at it again.
94: Rome | Italy | It was an early rise in Rome. We were on the bus and on our way to the airport as the sun was rising. | Our last wine. This time it was "Wining OVER Europe". | The lines at the airport were a little long. When we finally got to the gate they were already boarding. | From The Seaport to the Airport
95: Kodak Moments | Ellen's
96: Beef - 12,000 LB Lamb - 2,500 LB Pork - 5,000 LB Veal - 1,500 LB Sausage - 900 LB Chicken - 10,000 LB Duck - 750 LB Turkey - 1,700 LB Fish - 6,000 LB Crab - 600 LB Potatoes - 10,000 LB Milk - 8,000 Gal Cream - 3,000 Quarts Ice Cream - 700 Gal Eggs - 1,500 Doz Sugar - 5,000 LB Rice - 6,000 LB Cereal - 1,000 LB Coffee - 2,000 LB Tea Bags - 20,000 Flour 10,000 LB Champagne - 900 Bottles Rum - 450 Bottles | Facts | Figures | & | Ship supplies for a 12 night cruise | Total Nautical Miles Traveled 1870 1 Nautical Mile equals 1.15 Land Miles | This screen is from the ship's TV showing us our location every day.
97: And speaking of figures, here's the remaining tally on... | Wining Across Europe | On Veranda | Ouzo in Itea | Valletta at port | Our Veranda | Taormina at Café | Prime C | Anacapri | Café in Capri | Night in Sorrento | Cooking School | One last drink "Over Europe" | Valletta | Dinner at Aqualina | Lunch in Taormina | Lunch in Capri
98: More Full Moon Shots