S: Greek Isle Cruise 2010
FC: Paul and Marcy's 25th Anniversary Celebration
1: To: Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, Greece | Greek Isle Cruise- aboard the Brilliance of the Seas | 12 day Cruise September-October 2010 5 countries, 8 cities
2: Our hotel, Citadines Ramblas, is located on the most famous street in Barcelona, Las Ramblas. | La Familia Sagrada Gothic Church | Street performers were everywhere: Pizza Man, gargoyles, the blue, airborne Yoda and the golden angel statue-to the right.
3: We loved Barcelona! We walked miles on Las Ramblas with street performers, shops and lots of people. We watched the parade from our hotel balcony. | Monument dedicated to Columbus
4: Villefranche, France This was our first port of call on the cruise. We spent our day exploring areas near the port, coffee at a sidewalk cafe and posing with statues at the seaside fortress.
5: Port of call is Villefranche, cities to see nearby are Nice and Monaco.
6: I Loved Florence...Did I say how much I loved our visit to Florence? Art, statues, architecture, beauty, cuisine... | Entombed here are Michelangelo, Galileo, Ghiberti & Machiavelli
7: Santa Croce church to left, the original David and Santa Maria de Fiore (right) aka " The Duomo." All simply magnificent in person! | FLORENCE, ITALY | Baptistry in front of the Cathedral Santa Maria ...
8: Panoramic view of Florence from Piazza de Michelangelo & to the Rt is the Ponte Vecchio (old bridge that survived WWII). | Everyone's having fun: Dierda, us and a couple from Texas after a wonderful Italian lunch.
9: Florence,I hope to return someday...
10: One day is not enough when sightseeing in Rome! | Rome, Italy | The Trevi Fountain | Arch of Constantine & Colosseum
11: The Colosseum was quite remarkable. 1/3 of structure remains, LR shows underground where gladiators, criminals/animals resided. | All Roads lead toRome, so glad ours did too! | Inside the Colosseum was impressive even though only 1/3 of original structure remains. LR pic shows underground where the gladiators, criminals & animals were housed during competition.
12: We made it to Vatican City! In front of St. Peter's Basilica. | Vatican Museum & Sistene Chapel | Mass was given by Fr. Ed Kaminski, our parish priest in one of the Basilica's grotto chapels! | To Left, St Peter's Square was huge and the famous Basilica dome a majestic sight. | St. Peter's Square, designed by Bernini, holds 400,000 people, surrounded by 284 Doric columns with 140 saint statues atop.
13: Inside St. Peter's Basilica, Fr. Ed preparing for mass and The Pieta by Michelangelo so perfect no words can adequately describe its beauty.
14: Last day in Italy, near Naples, visited Pompeii archaeological ruins which were absolutely massive and complete. The ruins created a visual sense of how the Romans lived their daily life. | The streets were really long and had large stepping stones for crossing when flooded. The stones were fabricated so chariots could ride through-ruts from chariots were evident. Very cool! | Frescoes were common-this one was inside a home.
15: In Naples: finished our day with friends Loretta and Pat at an authentic "pizzeria." Owner even posed in front of his restaurant for us. Great day spent with nice people and the best pizza ever!
16: Ephesus, Turkey | Our visit to Turkey was a long day. We saw Ephesus which clearly has Roman and Christian historical significance. Both St. Paul and St. John preached here. St. John had his own church and died in Ephesus. Mary is claimed to have lived nearby too. | Amphitheatre where St. Paul preached | Ephesus entry, Celsus Library building on left | Arrived in Kusadasi, Turkey took bus ride to Ephesus which is located near Ismir near historical town of Selcuk.
17: Above, Marcy sitting in theatre in XXXX, Paul leaning on artifact in Mietus? and remains in Donysis, our last stop. | Less than 10% of Turkey's population is Christian. | Marcy sitting in theatre (Roman built) in Miletus. Paul leaning on Corinthian column in Magnesia (ancient Greek city in Anatolia) and remnants of Temple of Apollo in Didyma was our last stop before lunch.
18: Athens, Greece and its world famous Parthenon | Athens was very populated, people were nice, good food and antiquity around every corner.
19: Wall of Acropolis, overlooking Athens | Temple Erechtheion, next to Parthenon | Great shopping.. | 1896 Panathenaic Olympic Stadium- all marble | Inhabited continuously for over 6000 years. | The Plaka: | Left: Eating Greek cuisine while shopping The Plaka, Paul is seated.
20: Unique way to reach Santorini, by mule! Beautiful views, pristine white buildings and plenty of shopping: clothes, olive oil, wine, soap and jewelry. | Sightseeing and shopping in Oia. | Santorini, Greek Isle | One of over 500 churches in Santorini...Wow!
22: On board, there was plenty of time for formal affairs. The food was themed Mediterranean but varied depending on country visiting. Formal night was a surprise for our group , they soon realized how well we cleaned up! | Our assigned two tables had servers Ahmet from Turkey and Filip from Kosovo. They were funny and hard working Left: An impromptu medal presentation for Loretta who could not win one if her life depended on it. Now she has an honorary medal to take home.
23: This was the perfect anniversary trip, I would not change a thing and am ready to go again, just say when... | This was the perfect anniversary trip. We saw and did so much. In fact, I am ready to go again, just say when...
25: This is a test: name the artifact and/or location of all the pictures not labeled. Can you do it? If so there may be a trip in your future... | Marcy standing in front of the enormous Celsus Library remains in Ephesus. | Paul trying out the Ephesus toilets.