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2011 Mediterranean Part 2

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S: 2011 Mediterranean Cruise Part 2

FC: Mediterranean Cruise 2011 - Part 2 September 20 - September 25

2: Naples | September 20, 2011

3: Naples Italy | September 20, 2011

4: Mount Vesuvius | Naples Italy | September 20, 2011

5: September 20, 2011 | Carving Cameos

6: Pompeii

7: September 20, 2011

8: The city of Pompeii is a partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in the year AD 79. The eruption buried Pompeii under 4 to 6 meters of ash and pumice, and it was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. Today this site is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy, with approximately 2,500,000 visitors every year. | Pompeii

9: September 20, 2011

11: Naples Italy

13: Naples Italy | September 20, 2011

14: Taste of Sorrento We visited a farm house where they grow their own olives for olive oil, and grapes for wine. The machine above is for crushing olives. They also make cheese here.

15: Sorrento Italy | September 20, 2011

16: Art in the stairwells of the ship | September 20, 2011

17: Normal Room Doors... | Our room door... | Dang! There is a critter on our mattresses on the floor! Must be the end of another day...

19: Messina | September 21, 2011 | Church of the Annunziata dei Catalani

20: Cathedral of Messina | September 21, 2011

21: September 21, 2011

22: Randy & Carol in front of the Cathedral of Messina. Happy Anniversary!!! September 21, 2011

23: Cathedral of Messina | September 21, 2011

25: We explored the Cathedral of Messina on our own, and then took an excursion to Tindari.

26: Tindari

27: Tindari | September 21, 2011

29: Tindari

31: Tindari | The archaeological site The southern part of the hill on which ancient Tindaris stood is protected by the original Greek walls, but most of the remains are on the north-western sea-facing side. Here there are Roman habitations and baths, complete with wonderful floor mosaics and ingenious radiator heating systems. Further on is the Basilica, a fine example of Graeco-Roman architecture built around a series of arches, and the well-preserved theatre, built in the 4th Century BC. Here, in the summer months, it is possible to see performances of Greek plays and other theatrical events. Complete with stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Aeolian Islands, the tongue of sand and the Sicilian coastline, Tindaris is certainly one of the most interesting archeological sites in Sicily. The Black Madonna The story of how the Black Madonna arrived in Tindari is the stuff that legends are made of. According to local tradition, the statue, which is certainly of Byzantine origin, was one of many works of art smuggled out of Constantinople in the 8th and 9th Centuries during the period of Iconoclasm initiated by Emperor Leo III. A storm forced the ship carrying the Black Madonna into the port of Tindari, where the sailors deposited their load at the local abbey for safekeeping. She now sits behind the altar with the inscription "nigro sum sed formosa" (black am I, but beautiful). Another legend regarding the Black Madonna recounts how one pilgrim, on making some uncomplimentary remarks about the statue, incurred the not inconsiderable wrath of the Madonna. The lady in question turned in horror to see her child plummeting down the cliffs towards the sea. However, in an act of mercy and a demonstration of her unworldly powers, the Madonna made a bank of sand rise from the sea to cushion the child's fall. Hence the curious geographical formation of which more later. The history of the town Hidden away on the north-western side of the rock are the fascinating Graeco-Roman remains of ancient Tindaris. The town was founded in 396 BC by the Tyrant of Siracusa, Dionysius I, and soon became one of the most important Greek centres in Sicily. In 254 BC it changed hands and became a Roman outpost for several centuries. With the arrival of Christianity and the Black Madonna, Tindari assumed a certain religious renown and an abbey was built. However, despite the presence of its famous icon, Tindari was unable to foresee or prevent the series of vicissitudes that fate had in store her: in 836 the town was destroyed by the Arabs, rebuilt, burned to the ground by Frederick II of Aragon during the Sicilian Vespers for having sided with the Angevins, rebuilt once more, and finally sacked by the marauding menace of the Mediterranean, the pirate Barbarossa (Red Beard).

32: Tindari

34: Tindari

35: September 11, 2011

36: Tindari

37: Happy Anniversary!!! | September 21, 2011

38: Mount Stromboli We sailed by Mount Stromboli and actually saw several small eruptions. The small photos above are pictures that I actually took. The large ones to the left are commercial photos. | Stromboli | September 21, 2011

39: Our only day at Sea - What a relief!!! | September 22, 2011

41: A day at sea! | September 22, 2011

43: Checking out the ropes course. This is the first rope coarse at sea! | September 22, 2011

47: Carol is a little bit nervous of heights, and was struggling a little bit, but was determined to complete the course! Just before she got to the half way mark they shut the course down due to high winds, and she had to go back the way she had just come. She was not excited about that! | September 22, 2011

48: Next: The water slides! Nothing quite like a ride around the toilet bowl!

49: September 22, 2011

50: Made & Andy | Friends that we made on tours.

52: Our day at sea went by quickly, but it was a lot of fun! Our vacation finally felt like a cruise!

54: Palma De Mallorca

55: Remember - Only YOU can prevent Forest Fires... | September 23, 2011

56: Palma Spain

57: September 23, 2011

58: La Granja

60: La Granja

61: September 23, 2011

62: La Granja

63: September 23, 2011

64: La Granja

65: September 23, 2011

66: La Granja | September 23, 2011

68: La Granja

71: La Granja

73: La Seu, Palma Cathedral, built between 1229 and 1346. | September 23, 2011

74: Royal Palace of La Almudaina

75: La Seu, Palma Cathedral | September 23, 2011

76: September 23, 2011

77: September 23, 2011 | Jim Appleby& Eileen Wallace They are from England, and now live in Spain. | New friends from Idaho | Made - Our room Steward

79: Arles France

80: Arles France

81: September 24, 2011

83: Arles Roman Arena

85: September 24, 2011

86: Arles France | September 24, 2011

89: Arles France | September 24, 2011

90: Aix-en-Provence

92: Aix-en-Provence France

93: September 24, 2011

94: September 25, 2011

95: Barcelona Spain Airport | Wendy, Jordyn & Peyton met us at the SLC Airport

96: Our Spanish Princesses!!! They all LOVED their new dresses!!!

97: A great trip, but it is nice to be home... | September 25, 2011

99: September 25, 2011

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