S: The Vacation of a Lifetime
BC: Greek Isles and Mediterranean Cruise June 2008
FC: Greek Isles and Mediterranean Cruise June 2008
1: Greek Isles & Mediterranean - Rome to Venice This itinerary features a 12-day cruise with 11 ports of call, including visits to Rome and Venice. 1 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 2 Monte Carlo, Monaco 3 Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy 4 Naples/Capri, Italy 5 At Sea 6 Santorini, Greece 7 Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey 8 Mykonos, Greece 9 Athens (Piraeus), Greece 10 Katakolon (Olympia), Greece 11 Corfu, Greece 12 At Sea 13 Venice, Italy
2: The Streets of Rome
3: The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), is an elliptical amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.
4: It is said if you throw a coin over your left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain you will return to Rome.
6: Vatican City
7: The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter commonly known as St. Peter's Basilica, is located within the Vatican City. St. Peter's Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people. It is the symbolic "Mother church" of the Catholic Church and is regarded as one of the holiest Christian sites. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom. In Catholic tradition, it is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to tradition, first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession.
8: St. Peter's Basilica has the largest interior of any Roman Catholic church in the world
9: Sistine Chapel (Italian: Cappella Sistina) is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture, evocative of Solomon's Temple of the Old Testament, and its decoration which has been frescoed throughout by the greatest Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and Sandro Botticelli. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) of the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. He resented the commission, and believed his work only served the Pope's need for grandeur. However, today the ceiling, and especially The Last Judgement, are widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievements in painting.
13: MONTE CARLO
14: FLORENCE | Smart Car | Statue of Fake David
15: NAPLES, ITALY
17: The Amalfi Coast, or Costiera Amalfitana in Italian, is a stretch of coastline on the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula of Italy (Province of Salerno), extending from Positano in the west to Vietri sul Mare in the east. It was kind of scary looking down the coastline on the bus... but so beautiful!
18: Riding the Cable Car to Santorini
20: Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the southern Aegean Sea, 120 mi southeast from Greece's mainland. The largest island is known as Thra, forming the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands, with an area of approximately 28 sq mi and a 2001 census population of 13,670. It is composed of the Municipality of Thira (pop. 12,440) and the Community of Oía ( pop. 1,230) Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera. Santorini is one of the most beautiful places on earth!
21: SANTOR I N I
22: MYKONO S
23: Mykonos is a Greek island and a tourist destination, renowned for its cosmopolitan character and its intense nightlife. The island is part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. It spans an area of 41 sq mi and rises at an elevation of 341 m (1,119 ft) at its highest point. The island is composed primarily of granite. It has little natural fresh water and relies on the desalination of sea water in order to meet its needs. There are 9,320 inhabitants (2001) most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, also known as Chora (i.e. the Town in Greek, a common denomination in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town), which lies on the west coast. It is believed that the island was named after a local hero, who is considered an offspring of the god Apollo and was worshipped locally in antiquity.
25: ATHENS, GREECE
26: CORFU | GREECE
29: ENTERING VENICE, ITALY
32: You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. ~Desmond Tutu