S: Italian Daydreams
1: Cruise | Best of Italy, Croatia, Greece, and Turkey June 2011 | From Hutchinson, Minnesota to Venice, Italy. It's a LONG flight, but all is forgotten with your first glimpse of Venice in the sun...or the clouds...or the rain. It really doesn't matter. It's a gorgeous, unique, historical, fun city...
2: DAY 1 Welcome to Italy There are only two ways to get around Venice -- on foot or on the water.
3: First stop St. Mark's Square
4: Doge's Palace
6: GONDOLA RIDE Light flat-bottomed boat used on Venetian canals, having a high point at each end and worked by one oar at the stern.
7: The Grand Canal
9: The view from the ship leaving Venice through the Grand Canal | Leaving this Historic City
11: Venice is vertical
12: First stop...an amazing view of "Old Town" of Dubrovnik
13: Dubrovnik Croatia | Day 2
15: Monastery and Pharmacy
18: Day 3 | Corfu Greece
19: First day in Greece
20: "The Old Fortress"
23: Paleokastritsa is 26 kilometers west of Corfu town, a miniature earthly paradise with its crystal clear waters, enchanting coves and lush greenery growing right up to the sea.
24: DAY 4 The Olympia (Katakolo) Greece
26: This is where the Olympians raced each other. They would down to the end then back... I decided to test out a little race myself. It was funny because all of the tourists were running there and back, pretending like we were back in the original Olympic days!
29: Tanning | Kourouta beach is famous among the locals and visitors of Katakolon and the wider area, because it’s a large and wide sandy beach, organized with umbrellas and sun-chairs. | My favorite part of the trip was relaxing under the sun.
30: Day 4 Athens Greece
32: The Parthenon is a temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their virgin patron. Its construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power.
34: Mykonos Greece | Day 6
36: Ai-Yiannis Beach A large sheltered beach with sand, in the eastern part of the island.
41: Churches...Windmills....food...Little Venice...boats...blue water...is only the beginning
45: Day 7 Kusadasi, Turkey | Ephesus: The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
47: Paul lived in Ephesus,he wrote between 53 and 57 AD the letter 1 Corinthians from Ephesus.
48: Ephesus was one of the seven cities addressed in Revelation (Revelation 2:1–7), indicating that the church at Ephesus was strong.
50: Carpet, Weaving Factory
52: Exploring Kusadasi
54: DAY 8 | Rhodes Greece
57: There is one part of Greece where you could simply loose yourself in admiration for the ruins and anything Greek and you could also loose your way too since there is a place called Rhodes Old Town where some of the 200 streets is has well, all have the same name – street with no name.
59: Lindos Greece | Lindos, is a town and an archaeological site on the east coast of the Greek island of Rhodes. With the magical bay and the perfect Greek sun Lindos village is the definition of a romantic Greek and is enchanted.
61: Pebble beaches in Rhodes, Greece
62: Kamari, Black sand beaches
63: Day 9 Santorini Greece
64: E X P L O R I N G | I S L A N D
67: Oia Santorini: is the most famous of all villages of Santorini. It is known throughout the world for its quiet life and fantastic sunset, and is certainly the most beautiful and picturesque village of Santorini.
72: Day 10
73: Day at Sea
74: Going through the boot of Italy
75: Sicily Italy
77: Day 11 Sorrento Italy
79: Pompeii It is certain that when the eruption of Vesuvius started on the morning of 24 August, AD 79, it caught the local population utterly unprepared. Although at the same time, as we now know in retrospect, all the tell-tale signs were there to warn them.
81: The people of Pompeii were quite unprepared for the eruption of Vesuvius - getting on with their busy lives, in total ignorance of what was to come.
82: DAY 12 I can't believe our trip was coming to an end...encountering our final destination. | Rome Italy
84: Roaming through Romet The Spanish Steps has 138 steps and was built in 1723-1725.
85: The Spanish Steps
86: Trevi Fountain, Ancient Roads, Pantheon
88: Michelangelo's Pieta | St. Peter's Basilica
99: The End | As our travels come to an end everything becomes a memory. I will remember the early morning in Venice riding a gondola. The breath talking view of Dubrovnik Croatia. In Corfu Greece I will always remember beautiful flowers, the old architecture and the picturesque scenery. In Olympia I remember the race I had on the original Olympic track. The mixture of modern and accent buildings of Athens. I will always remember the windmills, the aqua blue water, and bright white buildings. In Turkey I will remember the old biblical town of Ephesus. I will always remember Rhodes Greece for the castle like town with stone walls and arches. I think I will remember Santorini the most: the cliffs, black sand beaches, and the white colorful town of Oia. I loved the cute little town of Sorrento Italy enjoying the sun and where we ate pizza and lemon soda . In Rome I will always remember the busy, busy streets, and the all of the history. All of this history and beauty is only a few things I will remember from this trip.