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S: Mediterranean Cruise Volume two Piraeus and Kusadasi May /June 2011

FC: Mediterranean Cruise 2011

1: As our journey continues we say goodbye to Venice and look forward to boarding the Ruby Princess where we will sail on a journey of a lifetime visiting places we only dreamed of sharing good times and making great memories.

12: Our new home for the next 10 days. We had a beautiful mini suite with a nice size balcony.

13: State room number D530

15: Of a lifetime

17: Captain's Dinner

19: Memories

23: Athens

26: The Acropolis | Above: The Parthenon One of the world's most famous buildings. Construction begun in 447 BC taking nine years to complete, the temple was dedicated to the goddess in 438 BC.

27: Theater of Herodes Atticus | The theater was originally built in AD 161. It was restored in 1955 and is used today for outdoor concerts.

30: The Propylaia

32: Porch of the Caryatids

34: Parthenon

37: Over looking the city of Athens

38: Old Olympic Stadium Built on the foundation of the 4th century B.C. arena, this stadium hosted the first modern Olympic games in 1895 and was used in the 2004 Olympics.

40: Plateia Syntagmatos | The Greek Parliament also home to the tomb of the unknown solider.

42: National Archaeological Museum Opened in 1891 1 Twins that died at birth their body were covered in gold 2 Death mask of Agamemmon dates from mid 1600s BC | 1 | 2

43: 3.Vases carved from Ostrich egg | 3 | 5 | 4. Vapheio cups. Pair of gold cups found in the tholos tomb of Vapheio in Laconia. They are unique masterpieces of the Creto-Mycenaean metalwork, dated to the first half of the 15th century B.C. 5. feeding bottle | 4

44: 2 | 1 | 1. Sounion kouros | 600 BC | 3.Statue of the goddess Artemis 650 BC | 3

45: 2. Volom'andra Kouros discovered in Attica and dates from the mid 7th century BC

46: 3.Bronze statue known as the Horse with the little jockey. | 1 | 1 | 3 | 1.The bronze Zeus or Poseidon of Artemision was retrieved from the bottom of the sea near CapeArtemision in Euboea. 2..2nd Century AD statue of Aphrodite | 2

47: 1 | 3 | 2 | 1. Grave monument from mid 4th century BC 2.Mycenaean bronze dagger inlaid with gold 3.Grave stele of Hegeso from Kerameikos 410 BC

50: We had a wonderful day exploring the history of Greece and are really looking forward to tomorrow when we arrive in Turkey.

52: Day 3 of our cruise we woke up to a beautiful sunrise over Kusadasi Turkey. We have a exciting day planned as we head to the house of the virgin Mary, Ephesus and the Basilica of St. Paul.

55: Kusadasi

58: The house of Mary

59: According to the bible, the crucified Jesus asked St.John the evangelist to look after his mother,Mary. John brought Mary with him to Ephesus in AD 37, and she spent the last years of her life here in a modest stone house.

62: Library of Celsus | .Ephesus One of the greatest ruined cities in the western world. A Greek city was first built here in about 1000 B.C. The city we see today was founded in the 4th century B.C. by Alexander the Great's successor Lysinachus. But it was under the Romans that Ephesus became the chief port on the Aegean. I can't even describe the feeling of walking down the Colonnaded street and our first look onto the Library of Celsus it was just Amazing. Time truly did stand still.

65: A step back in time

70: Temple of Hadrian Built to honor the visit by Hadrian in AD 123

74: Gate of Hercules The gate at the entrance of Curetes street takes its name form the two reliefs showing Hercules draped in lion skin, and is believed to date from the 4th century AD

80: The Theater Carved into the flank of Mt.Pion

82: Byzantine gateway

83: Basilica of St.John This site is believed to contain the tomb of St.John the Evangelist.

91: As we leave the port of Kusadasi we look forward to our next adventure as head for Istanbul.

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