BC: Farewell to Europe .. Hopefully we will return before 10 yrs pass
FC: Europe | 2012
1: EUROPE | Rome, Santorini, Athens, Crete, Istanbul, Ephesus (Kusadasi), Naples, Florence, Venice and Capri
2: Rome June 10, 2012 Walking around taking in all of the amazing sites! Visited numerous basilicas where we saw the most beautiful frescos, marble statues, alters ...hard to believe that these are still being used today. | Rome
4: Rome Coliseum The Coliseum in Rome is a grand structure which was built over 2,000 years ago as an amphitheatre to host legendary gladiator contests and other public spectacles. We got this close but never got back to do the tour1 First night in Rome we took a horse and buggy ride.
6: CELEBRITY EQUINOX SAILED JUNE 11, 2012 GREECE, TURKEY, ITALY
8: SANTORINI, GREECE Town of Fira at the end of Santorini, best place for sunset!
10: SANTORINI, GREECE | Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the southern Agean Sea. Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion....you can take the donkeys to the top if you dare to. They can be rather mean spirited. Sunsets on Santorini are a highlighted of the evening, people gather and wait for the show.
11: SUNSET ON SANTORINI June 13, 2012
12: Istanbul, Turkey June 16 & 17, 2012
13: Rich with history, Istanbul is one of the most beautiful & enchanting cities in the world. Situated on a hill surrounded by three seas. The Old City is where you'll find the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) and the Hagia Sophia (Santa Sophia).
14: Columns were founded upside down and lying on the side, in the Basilica Cistern - Istanbul, Turkey.there use to be 80,000 cubic meters of water delivered via 20 kms of aqueducts from a reservoir near the BlackSea
19: The House of the Virgin Mary (Meryemana in Turkish), located in a nature park between Ephesus and Seljuk, is believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. The peaceful site is sacred to both Christians and Muslims, and is visited by many tourists and pilgrims.. According to predominant Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ and lived out her days there. This is based mainly on the traditional belief that John came to Ephesus (see St. John's Basilica) combined with the biblical statement that Jesus consigned her to John's care (John 19:26-27).
20: Ephesus, once the capital of Asia Minor, the most important commercial center of western Anatolia, and one of the seven churches of Christianity, is attracting visitors from over the world with new discoveries any time.
23: KUSADASI "HIGHLIGHTS OF EPHESUS" - TOUR INCLUDED...MAGNESIA GATE, ODEON, FOUNTAIN OF TRAJAN, TEMPLE OF HADRIAN, LIBRARY OF CELSIUS, GRAND THEATER AND THE ARCADIAN WAY
24: Arrived in Athens June 18, 2012 Since we have visited Athens 10 years ago, we decided to take the hop on hop off bus. Toured around the city for an hour then began our walk Found our way to the Plaka wandered around had a nice lunch. Made our way to the Acropolis we didn't want to pay again so Steve climb to the top and took the pictures
25: Sites around Athens including the Olympic Stadium
26: CRETE - June 19, 2012 Viewed from the sea, the crescent-shaped harbor is framed by houses & shops. Took a glass bottom boat tour didn't see much...there still is snow on the mountain top. Had a great lunch by the water.
28: Naples June 21, 2012 Driving the Amalifi Coast There are 1000+ curves on this road, the view is outstanding! | Stopped in Sorrento, Steve found a great bakery but only got one pastry...never found them again...onto Positano very expensive playground for the rich.
30: Back to Rome and our last ship tour which was an amazing experience at Vatican City - June 22, 2012. Saw the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Bisilica and square it was all amazing.
32: Land tour of Italy begins...June 23 - June 27, 2012 Day 1: Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence Day 2: Florence, Bologna, Padua
37: June 25, 2012 Day 3: Arrived in Venice. We stayed on the island of Venice, our room looked over the Grand Canal. Visited St. Mark Square, Bridge of Sighs...did the gondola ride!
41: Tour Ends June 27, 2012 Our last night in Rome we made it to the Trivi Fountain and enjoyed one last pizza | Punch Buggy Blue!
42: Last day in Italy June 28, 2012 Took a bus trip to Capri Rode the chair lift 589 metres above sea level had a splendid view of Anacapri and the Gulf of Naples. Took the row boat into the Blue Grotto very small opening you had to lie flat in the row boat.