S: Slovenia, Greece and the Dalmatian Coast
FC: Slovenia, Greece and The Dalmatian Coast
1: May 2010
2: Bled Slovenia | Lake Bled
3: We had some free time today so we decided to walk around Lake Bled even though it was raining. We found a nice restaurant on our lake walk and had a lunch of mushroom soup, hearty bread and a glass of wine.
4: Bled Castle | Our Chef
5: Triglavski Narodni Park | Another rainy day but we still walked by the lake and through the park.
6: Lake Bohinj | Julian Alps
7: Slovenian Ginger Hearts | We had mushroom soup at every restaurant we ate at in Slovenia. They were all different and all delicious.
8: Postojna Cave
9: Predjama Castle 13th Century Castle | Jousting Field
10: The sun finally came out on our last day in Bled - we saw this beautiful rainbow while we were having dinner.
11: We were up early and saw this hot air balloon floating over the lake. After breakfast, we drove to Ljubljana.
12: Ljubljana | Just like home. They're everywhere.
14: Dragon Bridge
15: Our trip leader, Petra, with our local guide | One of the delicacies of Slovenia
16: Zagreb Croatia | Shrine to the Virgin Mary inside the city gate | Tram to the Upper City
17: Zriaevac Gardens | Church of St. Mary
18: Center Square | High Heel Races
19: Botanical Gardens
20: Ninodal Restaurant Great restaurant and delicious food. We both had veal dishes and shared a bottle of Croatian wine. | We took the tram to the Zoo. Seniors could ride free in the city | Zoological Park
21: The Zoo was small but had some unusual animals. The otters were fed live fish, the lions were fighting and the tiger was trying to break the glass barrier.
22: Varazdin | The Castle at Varazdin | Beautiful Churches
23: We arrived early at Varazdin and had time to walk around the old town and have coffee at an outdoor cafe before our tour of the castle. | Castle Gardens | Courtyard | Castle Chapel
24: Zlatve Gorice Restaurant and Winery | We drove to this nearby winery for lunch. Beautiful setting and good food. We had a potato and barley soup, salad, duck meatloaf and dessert. | The waiters sang Croatian folk songs while we ate.
25: After lunch, we stopped at this old cemetery. The graves were very ornate with lots of flowers. We explored for a very peaceful hour. | Historic Cemetery
26: Plitvice Lakes
28: Split | Over 2000 people live in apartments in the palace today. | MV Artemis
29: Wedding Cake Tower | Imperial Palace of Emperor Diocletian
31: Cathedral of St. Lawrence
32: Captain's Welcome Dinner | Captain Nenad Prosen
33: Folk Dancing
36: Village of Vrboska | We arrived at the Vina Pinata Winery before 10:00 AM. We tasted two whites, one red and grappa. We didn't like any of them!
37: We returned to Hvar where we had some free time to explore and saw this sign for a nudist camp. Luckily, we didn't have time to explore further.
38: Korcula | St. Mark's Cathedral
39: Korcula Old Town
40: Dubrovnik | Dubrovnik at night | City Hall
41: Rector's Palace Oldest Pharmacy in Croatia
42: Antun Masle School Visit in Orasac Village | At our school visit, the children played traditional music and performed several folk dances. We also observed an art class.
43: Our Hosts | Magnets from everywhere | Home-hosted Dinner in Gromaca Village | After our school visit, we drove to Gromaca Village for dinner. We had home-made cheese and smoked ham, stufffed cabbage and potatoes, dessert, lots of local wine and grappa all made by the family.
44: Kotor Montenegro | Kotor Harbor | Our ship was dwarfed by this huge cruise ship. Luckily we got into the Old Town before the hordes arrived. | I thought it would be nice to climb up the hill to get a good view of the town. Unfortunately, it started to rain and the steps became treacherous. We decided to visit the Maritime Museum instead.
45: Maritime Museum
46: Village of Njegusi | We returned to the ship for lunch and then Petra gave a talk about all the herbs she had been collecting. | We had a wonderful salmon dinner and poppy seed cake and ice cream. | View of Kotor harbor
47: We left early the next morning for our visit to Njegusi. We had to take a mountain road with 25 switchbacks. The views were great but the road was scary especially after the rain turned to sleet. | Once we reached the village, we had an early morning snack of homemade bread, cheese and smoked ham. We also got to try Montenegro black wine. First time I had wine before 9:00 in the morning. Every thing was delicious, especially the wine!
48: Cetinje | Palace of King Nicola | It was still raining when we arrived at Cetinje; we had to walk through deep puddles to get to the palace. After the tour, we drove right back to the ship - no exploring with wet shoes.
49: After lunch, we set sail for Albania. The seas were too rough for us to visit Our Lady of the Rocks Church. The captain sailed around the small, man-made island so we could take pictures. He then told us that the safest place to be was in our beds since the storm was intensifying. | Our Lady of the Rocks Church | The storm kept getting worse - some of the passengers and crew got seasick. Dinner was cancelled but we could get a sandwich and fries if we wanted it. Which we did - it wasn't very good but better than nothing.
50: Sardana Albania | Sardana was very depressing. The city had hundreds of unfinished buildings. The main road had been under construction for years, was full of pot holes and still had only one lane. Once we reached the countryside, the scenery was pretty.
51: One of hundreds of bunkers found in the countryside. | Before our tour of the Roman ruins, Steve sampled Albanian beer. It wasn't too bad
52: Butrint Archaeological Site | Lion Gate | The Baths
53: Baptistery | Theater
54: Corfu Greece
55: We arrived in Corfu mid afternoon and had a little time to walk around the harbor before our Greek dinner. Everything was delicious, as usual. We also had two Greek dancers who put on quite a spirited show.
56: Sunrise | Achilleion Villa of Empress Sisi | Empress Sisi
57: The Chapel
58: The Gardens at Achilleion
59: The villa was named after Achilles
60: Beaver Island | Corfu Town
61: We took a tour of Corfu Island in the afternoon. Beautiful scenery. The far side of the island is a beach resort - lots of people sun bathing, swimming and boating. We stopped at one of the restaurants and had some ice cream. Later, we walked through a small village. A nice relaxing afternoon.
62: Rio Antirio Bridge | Delphi Archaeoloical Museum | The Charioteer
64: Delphi | Temple of Apollo | The Oracle
65: Stadium | Theater
66: Farewell Dinner | Our Waiter, Suratma | Our Chef, Duran | We had planned to sail through the Corinth Canal this evening but there was a general strike and the canal was closed. We had our farewell dinner one night early and spent the night in Itea. | Baked Alaska
67: Our Crew | The folowing morning we disembarked early and were bused to Pireaus where we had a delicous salmon lunch. | Port of Pireaus
68: Athens Tour | Olympic Stadium | The Parthenon | Demonstrations were being held in various parts of Athens so our driving tour was cut short.
69: We got to the hotel about 3:00 and took a short walk around the neighborhood and then got ready for our farewell dinner. We had a cocktail party and then a salmon dinner on the hotel roof. The views of the city and the Parthenon were great. | The Parthenon at night
70: Acropolis Tour | The Parthenon
71: Dogs Everywhere | Temple of Athena
72: Heraklion Crete | The Lion Fountain | Heraklion Harbor
73: Venetian Fortress
74: Archeological Museum of Heraklion
75: The Snake Goddess
76: The Palace of Knossos | The Grand Staircase
77: The Throne Room | Knossos, Home of the Minotaur
78: Village of Maratho | We drove to Maratho for our home-hosted lunch. We stopped at the village bakery first and sampled some of the cookies and had a glass of grappa. We then walked to the home of our hostess and had a wonderful Greek lunch. | Cretan Bakery
79: Our Hostess | Home-hosted Lunch
80: Venetian Fortress
81: While the fortress was interesting, the best part of the tour was the view from the rooftop.
82: Heraklion Harbor and Breakwater | After seeing the fortress, we decided to walk out on the breakwater. It seemed to go on forever. We saw this mural near the end of the walk.
83: Natural History Museum of Crete | We walked along the shore to the natural history museum. The exhibits were quite interesting. There was an earthquake exhibit that was very scary. We wandered back to the hotel and had dinner at one of the local restaurants.
84: We flew back to Athens and had lunch at this Greek Bakery and Deli. It was delicious but messy! | Athens | Cape Sounion
85: Temple of Poseidon | After lunch, we drove about two hours out to Cape Sounion to see the Temple of Poseidon. Very pretty drive along the coast. We returned to Athens in the late afternoon. Our hotel room was huge. We had dinner at a local Greek restaurant.
86: The Acropolis | The Ancient Agora Museum | The New Acropolis Museum
87: We took the Metro to the Acropolis Museum which was very impressive. The entire Parthenon is reproduced on the top floor. We then decided to walk to the Ancient Agora Museum. After both museums, we walked to the Plaka for lunch and found a very nice outdoor cafe with delicious Greek food and wine. Lots of nice shops too. We found our way back to the Metro and returned to the hotel to take a nap. | Last Day of the Trip
88: After our nap, we went out for a light dinner. Later we packed and got to bed about 9:00. Up at 1:30 and left the hotel at 3:00AM! The bus was late but we still got to the airport in plenty of time. Our flight left on time at 6:45. Glad to be home but we were exhausted.