S: Mediterranean Adventure August 2011
BC: All Good Things Must Come to an End. Ciao Bella!
FC: Mediterranean Adventure | August 2011
1: 2011 was a year full of blessings to celebrate. What better place to celebrate our fifteenth anniversary than the beautiful, historic, romantic Mediterranean Sea with our Family.
2: The adventure began in Charlotte NC where we hung out forever,-- in the airport, on the runway and a late night check in at the Doubletree. Good thing we are addicted to their cookies! Goodbye, Vatican, Hello Charlotte. | View from Hotel San Carlo in Rome
3: After our long travels, we touched down in Rome, where Luke proceeded to throw up, the taxi driver hit a guy on a moped and upon check-in at the Hotel San Carlo, we were told they could not accommodate us despite our reservation. After a little pizza and walking around homeless, we were able to get a room for twice the price. Woo Hoo! Beautiful Chaos it was!!! | Rome, Italy A city of 2 million people (1 million of them ride scooters!) Roma bella (beautiful) chaos | Rome
4: The Roman Colosseum This is one of the Romans greatest engineering accomplishments built from 72 AD to 80 AD. The theater could seat 50,000 spectators and empty in under 15 minutes. The arena was used to kill man and beast as entertainment. Destroyed by an earthquake only 1/3 remains. The Colosseum is still in great condition and an overwhelming site.
5: Across from the Colosseum is Ancient Rome. For centuries this was a major city center for Rome. Many important Roman government buildings surround this marketplace. | Victor Emmanual II Monument Piazza Venezia
6: The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Our Beautiful Night in Rome | After Rome, we rode the train, which broke down, to Civitavecchia, where we boarded the Star Princess. We were happy to finally relax on familiar cruise ship territory.
7: We dined outside at Ristorante Serafini alla Pace, Via di TorMilina, Rome. The food and wine were amazing. Wine is cheaper than water, so we drank up! Across the street is the oldest bar in Rome.
8: Sea Days on the Star Princess--Fun-filled days with shuffleboard, chess, lazy moments by the pool, and lots of Frizza and ice cream. Frizza is our new creation of fries and pizza--a family favorite that Luke ate for every meal except breakfast.
9: Samara, Raquel and Casey
10: First Shore Excursion and Luke is over the Exploring! | Cathedral Where Grace Kelly was married to the Prince of Monaco.
11: Monte Carlo, Monaco | The Playground of the Rich and Famous | The three little sailboats in front are a little sailing class for small children. Sooo Cute! Monte Carlo is the home of the Jacques Cousteau Museum.
13: Excuse Me,, but may I take a picture of your feet? Gotta love the Fish Spa. | The Palace where we watched the changing of the guards.
15: Pisa, Italy | The whole town leans!
16: It was amazing, what this guy could do in 5 minutes with a paint can.
18: Pompeii, Italy We visited the ruins of Pompeii where Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the town in 79 A.D. The catastrophe killed 2,000 people but also preserved the entire society. Above is a dog that was preserved. The city now is a refuge for stray dogs.
19: Our fabulous tour guide from Pompeii. | Archer, our canine friend from Pompeii.
21: We visited the breathtaking town of OIA on the island of Santorini. We felt like we should have had our "traveling pants" with us. | Santorini, Greece
25: We could stay here forever....
26: DONKEYS were everywhere on our walk back down to the ship. It was SCARY. We were almost trampled. Those donkeys are CRAZY! And there is a lot of poop too...
28: Athens, Greece Although a bustling modern capital city, Athens holds the ancient Acropolis and all of its history high enough for everyone to remember. The Acropolis dominates the Athenian landscape. A walk up approximately 80 steep steps through the Propylea leads to the Parthenon. The Acropolis is the hill in Athens on which the Parthenon stands. "Acro" means "high" and "polis" means "city" - so it is literally the "high city". Many other places in Greece have "an" acropolis but "The Acropolis" usually refers to the site of the Parthenon in Athens.
29: The Parthenon The temple was sacred to two aspects of the Greek goddess Athena, Athena Polios ("of the city") and Athena Parthenos ("young maiden"). The "on" ending means "place of", so "Parthenon" means "Place of the Parthenos".
30: It was really crowded and hot at the Acropolis. The views were amazing. The temples, theaters, statues, and architecture are so different from what we see in the US.
32: Zeus We named this pup Zeus, because we met him at the temple of the Olympian Zeus. We all wanted to bring Zeus home. He was so cute. Luke loved all the Dogs of Europe. Next time we should just take him to the SPCA and save some money!
35: Mykonos, Greece The birthplace of Apollo, Mykonos is a charming island known for its many windmills. I love this picture of Casey is the water.
38: Corfu, Greece Corfu is a beautiful Greek island, located in the Ionian Sea. We saw some lush, beautiful gardens and toured around the quaint Old Town of Corfu.
41: We just can't get enough of the European dogs. Even stuffed dogs are exciting us. I just love the little prissy ones that Casey found!
42: Split, Croatia
43: We had no idea what to expect in Croatia. It was lovely. We had a blast there. It was a surprise that it was one of our favorite ports. From the wonderful town to the fun beach day, we couldn't get enough.
44: The flowers here were fabulous. I just love the window box and iron railing leading up into this little apartment.
45: This little panting dog cracks me up. Looks like he is sticking his tongue out at us.
46: Good times! | Daddy is king of the world! This paddle boat was a fun thing to do during our beach day. The Croatians don't have many water activities going on other than this. They lie around on the cement and play with little teeny balls in the water.
47: So cool how our ship is close to where they are paddle boating.
50: Venice has been known as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Masks", "City of Bridges", "The Floating City", and "City of Canals." | Venice, Italy The bewitching city of Venice has always considered itself to be "married" to the sea.
51: The scenery was fabulous, but the boat ride over not so much for Luke.
53: The heart of Venice centers around the St. Mark's Square, which has been called "a Great, marble salon" open to the sky. Luke loved the pigeons despite not feeling so hot! Still holding onto his bag.
55: The Grand Canal was a sight to behold. We enjoyed some shopping. Venice is famous for it's fine blown glass. The Gondola ride didn't appeal after the rocky boat ride over.
56: The Rialto Bridge One of four that cross the Grand Canal
58: Carnivale is a yearly celebration in Venice. Venice used to be the European playground for adults. Wearing the mask allowed everyone from Royalty to Peasants to be equals. Beware if you take a picture of the masked. The pictures don't come cheap!
59: Venice was home to many cute doggies also. We loved the little guy in the center. He was boating on the canal so we couldn't pet him. We got a little closer to Pimpa the Shepherd and are even Facebook friends with him.