S: Mediterranean Cruise 2010 Book One
FC: Monaco, Italy, Greece, and Turkey | 7/16/2010- 7/28/10 | Mediterranean Cruise 2010 | The Arch of Constantine | Capri
1: We are so excited to be going on a Med Cruise. We fly from Syracuse to JFK then to Barcelona, Spain. Left Thurs. 7/15/10 arrived Fri 7/16/10.
2: We are Boarding the Ruby Princess in Barcelona.
3: Let the FUN begin... Cheers! | The Mediterranean | Welcome Aboard
4: Our home away from home for the next 12 days
5: "This is going to be another memory making adventure Dad!"
6: Botticelli Dining Room 8:30 seating Fiesta Deck 6 Aft
8: Octopus Statue near the Jacques Cousteau Museum
9: We were lucky to be upgraded to a balcony room. We had the steward remove the divider between our balconies. It was wonderful. First stop Monte Carlo.
10: 82 degrees but it seems much hotter | Our guided tour brought us through narrow, twisting lanes and vaulted passageways of the old city.
12: Monaco Palace
13: St. Nicholas Cathedral- Princess Grace & Prince Rainier are interred here.
14: Inside St. Nicholas Cathedral
16: Francois Grimaldi Commemorating the 700th Anniversary of the Grimaldi Dynasty.
19: Monte Carlo Casino
20: Soaking up the sun! | I got in trouble for taking this photo...oppps
21: Can never take too many pictures! I love summer! | Being tendered back to the Ship.
23: PI SA | Port of Livorno, City of Pisa Sun. 7/18/10 | Baptistry, one of the three buildings that make up the Cathedral Complex.
24: The Duomo from the 12th Century Romanesque facade
25: Galileo is said to have used the 180-foot campanile during his experiments with gravity.
27: HOT, HOT, HOT | It was so HOT!
28: The Bell Tower was started in 1173. Because of it's weight it started to lean immediately. Tara, Bill, and LouAnn climbed 294 steps to the top. They were soaking wet when they came down. It was so hot!!! | The Tower
29: The View from the Top.
30: We made it!!!
31: Field of Miracles
34: we made it | On the way to the Colusieum
35: Port of Civitavecchia, going to Rome, the Eternal City. Mon. 7/19/10 Temp 86 degrees
36: St. Peter in Chains Church | Reliquary containing the chains of St. Peter. | The Miracle of the the Chains by Parodi
37: Michelangelo's Moses in the basilica
38: EUROPE | Traveling | byFOOT | a | Walking to the Forum
39: The Forum began as a market place, but became a political, religious, and economic center of all Rome in the 7th century.
41: House of the Vestal Virgins In ancient Roman religion the Vestal Virgins were priestesses of Vesta, Goddess of the Hearth. Their job was to keep the sacred fire burning there by securing Rome. They were freed of the usual social obligations to marry & rear children. And took a vow of chastity for 30 years. If they violated their oath they were buried alive with a few days of food and water.
43: Finding shade was a challenge. The cool water refreshing!
44: Around we go
45: The Colosseum Built 70-80 AD This elliptical amphitheater is the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture % engineering. It would hold 50,000 spectators. It was used for gladiatorial contests, public spectacles such as mock sea battles,animal hunts, executions and drama. It has been ruined by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers.
48: St. Peter's Basilica- where I lost my hat.........
49: St. Peter
51: We were so happy that our lunch stop was "Air Conditioned".
52: Tues. 7/20/10 Arrival 7AM Naples, Italy We will be taking aJet-Foil boat to Capri, then to Sorrento for lunch, then a motor coach to Pompeii. 86 degrees
53: The Isle of Capri- Pearl of the Mediterranean | The Marina Grande | South side of the Gulf of Naples
54: We took the Funiculare, which is a type of cable car, up the hill. Yet another type of transportation that I had never heard of. | Our ticket
56: Tara had the best Lemon slushie here...is it any wonder. Look at those beautiful lemons! | The song "Lemon Tree" kept running through my head... Mom you are always with me.
57: The streets of Capri
58: Beautiful Garden over looking the Gulf of Naples
64: A nice relaxing Lunch al fresco of course, in Sorrento | She's making fun of my hat.. see it can be worn so many ways. Well worth the inflated price I paid HaHa. | Tuesday July 20 86 degrees
65: The art of Cameo carving was that of ancient Rome. It was largely a lost art until it was discovered in Pompeii and the beautiful jewelry unearthed there brought a revival in it's popularity. A cameo is carved out of shells.
66: The Lost City of Pompeii
67: Mount Vesuvius
68: One of nature's most violent cataclysms was vividly described by Pliny the Younger, who survived the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. But untold numbers were buried in its volcanic debris, and a vibrant, cosmopolitan society vanished overnight. Underneath our feet lay the remains of homes, families, works of art, and animals that were smothered by Vesuvius. A rain of pumice pounded on the rooftops, forcing residents from their homes and into the streets. Fleeing for safety they were struck down by the volcano's toxic gases. Can you even imagine. In 1711, men digging for limestone accidentally uncovered the ancient city. Since then numerous archaeological excavations have revealed hundreds of objects the illuminate the inhabitants' daily lives. This region continues to be excavated and new discoveries are still being made. It is just amazing . It must have been a beautiful city, even now among it's surrounding the beauty shines through the ruins.
70: Just amazing
72: Stepping stones such as these allowed pedestrians to cross flooded streets during rainstorms without getting their feet wet. Their precise placement also allowed wheeled vehicles to pass. The streets of Pompeii were used as sewers, cleansed only when rainwater from nearby, overhanging roofs turned them into flowing streams.
73: Can't you see the terror in their faces...those poor, poor people.
76: This huddled figure appears to be struggling to breathe amid the toxic gases and raining lava ash which completely saturated the air.
77: Most street corners featured a fountain which supplied running water from aquaducts stretching from distant mountain streams.
79: The lemons were as big as grapefruits
80: Again with the hat...
81: Movies under the Stars.....we loved it!
82: Our day at Sea., a well needed day of rest! | Slots Tournament
83: I saw this piece of art in the Gallery. and I really liked it.. They have art auctions and meet the artists events all during the Cruise.
84: Our Balcony that we just love.d... we're spoiled now.
85: New glittery shoes! | Cheers!
86: The beginning of one wild night...
89: Come on, put a little lipstick on. | The girls got pretty silly
90: The cubed-shaped white buildings are so charming
92: The beaches were a surprise...they aren't sandy they are sharp, broken shells and small pebbles. Very hard to walk in and even harder if you are barefooted. But beautiful none the less.
93: Mykonos belongs to the island group known as the Cyclades, since they form a rough circle around the sacred island of Delos, the birth place of Apollo. Very rocky, hilly landscape. Such a picturesque island, the blue Aegean sea, against the equally striking blue sky. The village is filled with a maze of tight-winding streets designed to to confuse invaders, and also to block the wind.
94: Built by Monks in 1542 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
96: Tired Feet
97: The water was so beautiful and clear
98: Around every corner was another quaint shop. I bought a necklace made by this woman. She was very nice. | Petris III - resident Pelican