S: Europe 2010
BC: The End
FC: europe 2010 | Italy, Croatia,Greece &Turkey--Cruising the Eastern Med.
1: Venezia | The Grand Canal
2: St. Marks' Square | Not legal to feed the famous pigeons! | The heart of Venice
3: Every hour-on the hour- since medieval times! | The Clock Tower
4: Beautiful artworks adorn the facade of st. Marks' Basilica, which houses the remains of Saint Mark the Evangelist. Because the Venetians trading empire was oriented towards Asia, there is a huge eastern influence in art and architecture., from Byzantine to Islamic to Baroque
5: From this perch above the square, the Doge of Venice could address huge gatherings and festivals. | The Bridge of sighs--restoration underway
6: The Doges' Palace | In the courtyard | in the courtyard | The Golden Staircase
7: The Doges' front porch | The Golden Staircase
8: Best of Venice | elegant shopping (window) | fine dining | wildlife
9: View from our window | View of our windor | Best western hotel Ala in Campo San Giglio. comfy and beautiful with a huge breakfast buffet! Gondoliers serenaded us from just outside our window---seriously! | Baroque church that is our next-door neighbor on the square. | Our vaporetto stop
10: A vaporetto--Venices public transpotpation | From our hotel window. | Canals of Venice
11: Rialto Bridge | Some old world charm!
12: Riva di Schiavone | the view from san Giorgio Maggiore. | The work of Andrea Palladio | "Vivaldi was Here"
13: the Ca'd'Oro | La Salute church
14: The Streets of Venice | Rialto | Ticking away since the 1300's | The center of Venetian commerce
15: Rialto Market | Rainwater wells are everywhere | Frari Church-Venetian Gothic | This Gargoyle appears to be feasting on a human head!
16: Gondola ride | Gondola ride
17: Next stop... Dubrovnik | Floating hotel! | During sail-away(from our balcony) | All Aboard!!
18: Dubrovnik, Croatia | Beautiful Medieval city surrounded by fortified walls. We were heading south along the adriatic coast. this place is bathed in glorious sunshine.
19: Dubrovniks' Main Street
20: Thick city walls surround the old town-protecting the city from enemies in the old days but giving modern visitors some great vistas!. | View of Old town
21: The Old Harbor | Organic pest control
23: lazy days at sea
24: Athens, Greece | early morning arrival at Piraeus Port | the erechtheum | The Parthenon | Greek orthodox church
25: The Temple of Hephaestus in the Agora | the Propylaea (entrance to the Acropolis) | The Acropolis
26: The New Acropolis Museum and some ancient living spaces that were uncovered during its construction | the Odeon of Herodes | The Theater of Dionysus
27: Monastiraki | The Roman Agora | the metro line runs right through the Ancient Agora | Piraeus
28: Nafplion, Greece | Greek Civil War memorials | Venetian island fort
29: we walked the streets..... | ....contemplated climing up to Palimidi Fortress perched od the bluff but it was way too hot... | ....so time for drinks!
30: Izmir, Turkey | the ancient city of Ephesus | izmir, Turkey | Celsus Library | the ancient city of Ephesus
31: The theater at ephesus is mentioned in acts Chapter 19 | Temple of Hadrian | Terrace House
32: Ephesians | ancient toilet | This symbol means that the shopkeeper and his family were christians | Mosaic floor | Gate of Augustus
33: The tomb of st. John | Byzantine fortress near Ephesus | The rug Market | Ancient Greek! | This column is all that is left of the Temple of Artemis-one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world
34: On board Norwegian Gem | The bridge | From the tender heading to shore | The crystal Atrium ceiling--all glass | Best breakfast table ever!
35: Cruising into the Port of Venice, our cruise is over. But the trip will continue.....
36: .......We're off to Florence!
37: Firenze | Ponte Vecchio
38: One of the greatest achievements of the Renaissance-Giotto's Bell tower and Filippo Brunelleschi's dome--the largest since Roman times. | The Duomo-Florences' Cathedral | Bronze doors of the Baptistry
39: Piazza della Signoria | The Fountain of Neptune | Perseus
40: Grande Cappucinos | American Cuisine | Firenze-City of Art | HOTEL SEMPIONE
41: Our "Room With a View" | Church of Santa Maria Novella | Tuscan views
42: Renaissance Walk | A tour through the heart of historic Florence | Medici chapel and library | Medici-Riccardi palace and courtyard | Leonardo
43: the Ufizzi gallery | An old palazzo | Ponte Vecchio | Courtyard of the Palazzo Vecchio
44: Pitti Palace-Home of the Medicis | Boboli Gardens | Remnants of the old cite walls and gate tower | On the Ponte Vecchio
45: In the Piazza della Repubblica | Hard day | Hercules and Cacus | Old city gate
46: On our last night in europe we had a real Italian dinner..... | ...strolled the evening streets | Then started our long journey home. | We'll be back!
47: A Great Trip!