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S: Mediterranean Vacation October 2010

BC: Our Mediterranean Vacation September 27th - October 24th, 2010 Curtis & Dee Palichuk Russ & Lanis Bilyk Joe & Caren Bilyk Created by Caren Bilyk January 2011

FC: Our Mediterranean Vacation - October 2010 | Ancient Legacies

1: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | Kumpkapi Fener Fish Restaurant | ISTANBUL

2: Blue Mosque of Istanbul | aka: Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3: "Medusa Head" used as a pillar in the Cistern | Hagia Sofia is a former Orthodox Patriarchal basilica. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 & 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic Cathedral. In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks under Sultan Mehmed II who subsequently ordered it converted into a mosque. . It remained a mosque until 1935, when it was converted into a museum by the Republic of Turkey. | Hagia Sophia

4: The Bosphorus | On the Galata Bridge

5: Topkapi Palace | ISTANBUL | The Harem

6: Galata Bridge | The Independence Monument, commemorating the Turkish Republic's founder, Kemal Ataturk, in Taksim Square

7: Golden Horn | Crowded Tunnel Beneath the Road

8: Buying Pashima's from a Street Vendor | Istiklal Avenue | Turkish Carpet Store | The Spice Bazaar | The Spice Bazaar | The Spice Bazaar | The Grand Bazaar | Hotel Niles

9: Turkish Apple Tea | Seabreem Baked in Salt | Roof Balcony in Our Hotel

10: A walk along the Sea of Marmara ~~~the Boardwalk ~~~ the Fish & Fresh Vegetable Market | Farewell Istanbul!

12: WelcomeAboard the MS Nautica | ~~ Oceania Cruises | Ancient Legacies 14 Day Voyage | Athens to Rome | October 4 - 18, 2010

13: Ancient Legacies Itinerary Monday Oct 4. Athens, Greece Tuesday Oct 5. Kusadasi, Turkey Wednesday Oct 6. Marmaris, Turkey Thursday Oct 7. Alanya, Turkey Friday Oct 8. Tartous, Syria Saturday, Oct 9. Limassol, Cyprus Sunday Oct 10. Haifa, Israel Monday Oct 11. Ashdod, Israel Tuesday Oct 12. Cairo (Port Said) Egypt Wednesday Oct 13. Alexandria, Egypt Thursday Oct 14. Cruising At Sea Friday Oct 15. Katakolon, Greece Saturday Oct 16. Taormina(Sicily), Italy Sunday Oct 17. Sorrento/Capri, Italy Monday Oct 18 Rome(Civitavecchia)Italy

14: The Celsius Library @ Ephesus | Day 2 - Kusadasi, Turkey - Ephesus - Meryem Ana (the House of the Virgin Mary) - The Kircilar Leather Factory | The Theatre @ Ephesus holds 25,000 people | The CELSIUS LIBRARY

15: These were the public toilets with drainage system underneath. | EPHESUS Is one of the greatest outdoor museums of Turkey & is the best preserved classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean | The LATRINA - was built in 100 A.D. | Statue of Nike @ Ephesus, Goddess of Victory pointing to Downtown. | The Theatre | The Theatre

16: The House of the VirginMary is believed to be the last residence of Mary, mother of Jesus. She was brought here by the Apostle John after the resurrection of Jesus. | Kusadasi | the Prayer Wall at Meryem Ana | Day 2 continued - SHOPPING ! - he Kircilar Leather Factory - Meryem Ana

17: Statue of the Virgin Mary

18: Day 3 - Marmaris, Turkey

19: Marmaris is an attractive, modern holiday resort town & the leading yachting hub of the Eastern Mediterranean, with yachts mooring here from all over the world.

20: Alanya is located on the Gulf of Antalya, & is known as the Pearl of the Turkish Riviera. The town is divided east-west by a rocky peninsula. The harbour, city centre & Keykubat Beach, named after the Sultan Alaeddin Keyqubad I, are on the east side of the peninsula. Damlatas Beach, named for the famous dripping caves, and Kleopatra Beach are to the west. Long, hot dry summers give this hot resort town the title "where the sun smiles". | Day 4 - Alanya, Turkey

21: The amazing view of The Citadel Towers dominate the mighty crag which is surrounded on three sides by the sea. The crenellated outer walls are 7km long and include 146 towers. The harbour is guarded by the old Red Tower. | Kizil Kule, the 100-foot high octagonal Red Tower was built in 1225 | Kale - the only surviving naval arsenal of the12th &13th century Seljuks.

22: The Krak of the Knights - Syria The most famous medieval citadel in the world. | Day 5 - Tartous, Syria - the Temple - le Craq des Chevaliers

23: Le Crac des Chevaliers was built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem from 1142 to 1271. With further construction by the Mamluks in the late 13th century, it ranks among the best-preserved examples of the Crusader Castles. Its domination of the surrounding landscape is an outstanding example of fortified architecture relating to the Crusader period. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

24: The Copper Sculptor | Day 6 - Limassol, Cyprus | The Seafront Promenade

25: Cyprus was the site of early Phoenician and Greek colonies. For centuries its rule passed through many hands. It fell to the Turks in 1571, and a large Turkish colony settled on the island. | Shopping on Agiou Andreou | Shopping on Agiou Andreou

26: The Golan Heights The Sea of Galilee ~Yardent~ The Baptismal Site of Jesus | Nazareth | Day 7 - Israel - Port of Haifa - Nazareth

28: The Star of Bethlehem ~ The Birthplace of Jesus | "HIC DE VIRGINIE MARIA, JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS EST." | HERE OF THE VIRGIN MARY, JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN. | Day 8 - Israel - Port of Ashdod - Bethlehem - Jerusalem

29: MANGER SQUARE - Bethlehem's central plaza & the site of THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, Manger Square is built over the grotto thought to be the birthplace of Jesus. Descend from the church to the GROTTO OF THE NATIVITY. Beneath a small altar, and on the floor is the focal point of the entire site: a 14-point silver star inscribed in Latin as on the previous page. The little alcove on the left at the entrance to the grotto, is said to be the MANGER where the infant Jesus was laid. | Bethlehem - Palestine

30: the pink STONE OF UNCTION, where is is believed that Jesus was cleansed & prepared for burial | The Tomb of Jesus | The Tomb of Jesus | The Steps leading to Golgotha / Calvary | The Tomb of Jesus | Jewish Bagels | The Western Wall | The Western Wall | Entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem

31: Church of the Holy Sepulcher Jerusalem | Mount of Olives Observation Point overlooking a vast Jewish cemetery | The Old Jewish Cemetery above the Mount of Olives Observation Point | Jerusalem, Israel

32: cairo | Pyramids of Giza Khufu/Cheops Khafre/Chepfren Menkaure/Mycerimus | Day 9 - Egypt - Port Said - Cairo

33: the Great Sphinx | Yalla--Yalla~~Yalla--Yalla~~Yalla--Yalla~~Yalla--Yalla

34: Day 10 - Alexandria, Egypt | Bibliotheca Alexandrina The modern library began with an idea to resurrect the Great Library of Alexandria. This is where it is believed that Eratosthenes calculated the circumference of the earth & Julius Caesar had the new Julian calendar drawn up.The Old Library was once the largest library in the world. It is thought to have been founded at the beginning of the 3rd century BCE, during the reign of Ptolemy II. The New Library was inaugurated in 2003 near the site of the old Library.

35: Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC it quickly became one of the greatest cities in the Hellenistic world, 2nd only to Rome in size & wealth. It was home to Egypt's most famous Queen, Cleopatra. Pharos Lighthouse was built in 3rd Century BC and was one of the longest existing 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, finally destroyed by earthquakes in the 14th Century. It was around 134 m in height and the mirror which was mounted on this lighthouse could reflect the light more than 35 miles off-shore. During the 19th & 20th centuries, Alexandria was one of the most metropolitan cities in the Middle East, the gateway between the East & West. | "The Pearl of the Mediterranean" | Pharos Lighhouse

36: Cruising the Mediterranean | Day 11 - At Sea

37: Thursday, October 14th, 2010

38: Day 12 | Day 12 - Katakolon, Greece | Katakolon serves as the gateway to Ancient Olympia, which was an important city in classical Greece. It is one of the most popular sites in Greece & is dedicated to the father of the gods' Olympian Zeus. It is situated at the foot of Mount Kronos in an area of gentle hills & was the site of the original Olympic Games, 1st held in 776 BC and the inspiration of today’s modern sports event. | Ancient Olympia

39: Katakolon could not seem less of a cruise port if it tried. A tiny enclave clinging to the Western Peloponnese coast, it's a sleepy place ecxept when a ships dock. It is a popular cruise destination because of it's proximity to Ancient Olympia. The pretty little village is full of tourist shops, cafes and restaurants. It is an ideal place for a leisurely Greek lunch while you watch the fishermen mend their nets

40: Day 13 - Sicily Taormina | The "Land of the Godfather" Tour | - Savoca & Forza d'Agro

41: Sicily | The Sicilian Coast | Our tour began in the quaint town of Savoca, the site of the 1st Godfather movie. We visited "Bar Vitelli" & "Chiesa di Santa Lucia" the church where Michael and Apollonia were married outside of, & then we made the same walk they did after their wedding. We visited a local liquor store & purchased some Almond Wine & biscuits & then stopped for cappucino's & canolli's at a cafe. We then drove up to the hilltop village of Forza d'Agro, where scenes from the Godfather 2 were shot. We ended our day high above the Ionian Sea in the charming town of Taormina. It offers breathtaking views of the sea and Mt. Etna the beauty of which have been extolled since its founding in the 6th century BC. | Taormina

42: Day 14 - Sorrento, Italy

43: Sorrento is a town set high above the Mediterranean cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples, and has been a favorite resort town for centuries. It is the gateway to several popular area attractions including Naples, Vesuvius, Pompeii & the spectacular stretch of coastline known as the Amalfi Drive. It is also the main port access to the Isle of Capri, which is ranked as one of the most beautiful islands in the region.

44: the Spanish Steps | Piazza di Spagna

45: Rome Monday, October 18- Saturday, October 23. | The Pantheon

46: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (The Four Rivers) in Piazza Navona | Fontana de Trevy

47: The Colosseum & the Roman Forum | Monument Vittorio Emanuelle 11 | Arch of Titus

49: St. Peters Basilica Vatican City | The Papal Altar withBernini's Baldachin built above the "Tomb of St. Peter | Sistine Chapel Ceiling

50: Galleria Borghese is an art gallery in Rome, housed in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana, a building that was from the first integral with its gardens, nowadays considered quite separately by tourists as the Villa Borghese gardens. The Galleria Borghese houses a substantial part of the Borghese collection of paintings, sculpture and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V (reign 1605–1621). The Villa was built by the architect Flaminio Ponzio. | Galleria Borghese | Diana (1616-17) Domenico Zampieri called Domenichino | Last Supper (1542) by Jacopo Bassano | The Deposition (1602) by Pieter Paul Rubens | David with the Head of Goliath (1609-10) Michelangelo Merisi called Caravaggio | Sacred and Profane Love (1514) by Titian

51: Bernini's dynamic Apollo & Daphne (1622–1625) | Bernini's "The Rape of Proserpina" depicts Proserpina being seized and taken to the underworld by Pluto, depicting "rape" in its archaic definition of "kidnapping." | Bernini's David (1623) | Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix by Canova (1805-1808)

52: Florence Italy | Basilica of Santa Croce The Basilica of the Holy Cross is the largest Franciscan Church in the world, with 16 chapels, many of them decorated with frescoes by Giotto & his pupils

53: Trattoria 4 Leoni Piazza della Passera Firenze | Ponte Vecchio is a famous shop filled Medieval bridge over the Arno River in Florence

54: The Magnificent Fontana di Trevi by Night

55: "Arrivederci Roma!"

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