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S: My trip to Greece & Turkey

FC: Greece & Turkey 2011

1: Our trip begins in Athens. Pictured here is one of the Olympic stadiums, the Olympic flag and the group having supper at our favorite grill in Athens | Sept 28 - Oct 13, 2011

2: so many | We stayed at the Intercontinental in Athens and our first included tour took us around the city and then to the Acropolis.

3: Greta and Franca sit at the top of the rock where John preached. Incredible view of the city.

4: The Conservatoire of Herodus Atticus and the Acropolis

5: Magnificient!!! | On Top of the World

7: Cape Sounion | The Temple of Poseidon | Beautiful drive along the Attica peninsula to the hilltop temple

8: An unexpected surprise, flowers growing in between the rocks. | Today we visited Mycenae one of the greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization. This culture dominated the eastern Mediterranean from the 16th to 13th century BC. From the port of Nauplia, we took a scenic drive to the imposing city. We entered Mycenae on foot through the Lions Gate. | Circular Grave | Lions Gate


10: E p i d a u r u s | Museum at Epidaurus

11: In the 6th century, the city of Epidaurus was sacred to the god of medicine, Asclepius | We had a great guide today who told us about the healing cults of that time. We also visited the theater of over 14,000 seats carved into the hillside. The acoustics are so perfect it is said you can hear a pin drop from the highest tier.

12: On Route to Epidaurus

13: The picture above was taken thru the porthole in my cabin

14: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. | Monemvasia

16: Summer Time! | Franca and I climbed to the top to see the Agia Sofia. The view from there was spectacular.

17: Old Town of Monemvasia

18: Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos

19: Agios Nikolaos, Crete

20: Summer Time! | Today we visited the island of Rhodes where many of the structures date back to the era of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, who lived on the island from 1309 until 1522 when the Ottoman empire finally dislodged the Knights

21: We had various guides throughout the tour but we were always known as the "Grey Group" as shown on the sign carried by our guide on the left hand page. | RHODES

22: Rhodes Old Town and Grand Masters Palace

24: As the reputed birthplace of the god. Appolo, Delos was once a principal religious and commercial centre of the Eastern Mediterranean. | Delos

25: For Ancient Greeks, Delos was a most sacred place because both Apollo and Artemis , two of the most important Greek gods, were born here.

27: Mykonos, a whitewashed resort with blue doors is the image we all have of a Greek island

28: It's the little things in life that matter!

29: A Day to Give Thanks

30: SAMOS Samos was an important naval base in antiquity, especially to the Athenians in the late 6th century. Today it is famous for its wine production from the local Muscat grape.

32: Ancient Ephesus

33: { | { | Kusadasi, Turkey

34: Bought a leather coast in Kusadasi today. | Communal Toilets

35: Ancient Ephesus It was behind the library pictured below that Paul preached. Far off into the distance we could also see where Paul was held prisoner.

36: Aphrodisias Two and a half times the size of Pompeii, Aphrodisias is named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. The city was renowned for its marble sculpture in antiquity and exported it around the Roman Empire. Above you see the temple of Apollo and at the right the theatre of Miletus which had a capacity of 15,000 spectators.

37: Aphrodisias

38: The ancient city of Troy It rained quite hard while we visited the site of Troy, making our visit here somewhat rushed. However, we did discover that the Trojan horse was more likely to have been a gift than used as a surprise attack in battle.



42: ISTANBUL, TURKEY Our next stop was the Blue Mosque. In the 17th century, Sultan Ahmet the first, wished to build an Islamic place of worship that would be even better than the Hagia Sophia, and the mosque named for him is the result. The two great architectural achievements now stand next to each other in Istanbul's main square, and it is up to visitors to decide which is more impressive


44: CHORA MUSEUM The mosaics and frescoes in the Chora are beautiful examples dating from the last period of Byzantine painting (14th century). Chora means "outside the city".

45: Istanbul



48: Suleymaniye Mosque


50: The Cistern Instead of visiting the Hagia Sophia, another mosque, 11 of us went across the street to visit the underground cisterns built by more than 7,000 slaves. There were fish swimming in the water and the whole cistern is supported by more than 300 columns. Amazing!!!

52: Oct 12, 2011 | Mount Athos | Mount Athos | The Group - Anne's chickens

53: All of us | There are some 20 monasteries on Mount Athos and women are forbidden on the island. Only males over the age of 18 are allowed to live there.

54: Back in Greece again. The western most island in the Sporades, Skiathos is famous for its beaches. | Skiathos, Greece

55: Wednesday, October 12, 1011 | Today we were on our own. We had time to explore the town, shop and enjoy a beer in an outdoor cafe. Great way to end our trip

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