S: Mediterranean Cruise - September, 2011
BC: Buon Giorno
FC: Mediterranean Cruise (Rome) Civitavecchia, Italy September 8-18, 2011
1: What a Fabulous Itinerary! | Alitalia Airlines from New York City to Rome
2: A cousins trip to remember!
3: A gorgeous cruise ship. We are "LIVING LARGE"!!!
4: Our First Port - Messina, Sicily
5: Taormina, Sicily
7: The highest point in Sicily is Mount Etna, an active volcano which dominates the eastern coast at a height of 10,902 ft.
8: Athens (Piraeus), Greece - The Acropolis and the Parthenon
9: Athens was named the Capitol of Greece in 1834 (there were 6,000 residents). The ancient Olympic Games started in Athens in 1850; after 1896 the Olympics were held in other countries. Today there are over 5 million residents in Athens.
10: Shopping at "The Plaka" in Athens
11: Canapes and Gourmet Dining aboard the Celebrity Equinox - Yum Yum!
12: Kusadasi, Turkey - Tuba (our tour guide) took us to the House of the Virgin Mary and the City of Ancient Ephesus.
13: Tradition states that Mary, accompanied by John the Apostle, came to Ephesus at the end of her life. In 1967, Pope Paul VI claimed the site authentic, and each year a traditional service honors Mary's Assumption into heaven.
14: The City of Ancient Ephesus - Overlooking Ephesus are the remains of St. John's Basilica, a once great church built on a 2nd century tomb thought to hold the remains of St. John the Evangelist who lived and died here. 75% of the City is still underground. There are two million visitors every year.
16: Turkish Rug Weaving Demonstration - An Amazing Art
18: Rhodes, Greece - We spent a fun day exploring the walled city and shopping!
20: Santorini Island, Greece and the Village of Oai (pronounced "Eye")
22: Exploring the beautiful hilltop village of Fira, Santorini Island
23: Cable Car vs. Donkey Trail!!
24: Mykonos Island, Greece
25: The Windmill District is a famous Mykonos landmark located in an area known as "Little Venice". This is a trendy district filled with art galleries, high arcaded Venetian houses built right up to the water's edge, and chic bars and discos.
28: Day at Sea - Lovely AM Brunch, Happy Hour at the Martini Bar, and Dress Up Night in the Dining Room
30: Naples, Italy - Our small group tour took us past Mt. Vesuvius, and we then traveled up the beautiful Amalfi Coast to Positano.
32: Sorrento, Italy
33: Lunch at the Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi on Naples Bay in Sorrento
34: The ancient City of Pompeii, one of the most famous excavations in the world. Once a thriving empire over 1900 years ago; it was devastated by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD when 30 feet of volcanic ash and pumice stone covered the City.
35: Umbrella Pine Trees (they produce Pine Nuts used in Pesto). | Cameo Artist Demonstration