S: Our Mediterranean Cruise
FC: Our Mediterranean Cruise October 2011
1: Italy Greece Turkey | Let the Adventures Begin | Here we are in the Atlanta Airport. October 2, 2011
2: Laniers Wards
3: October 3, 2011
5: Taormina is a city located in Sicily, Italy. It is the home to an ancient Greek-Roman Theater. This was such a quaint town with a view of Mt. Etna. | Taormina. Italy
6: Taormina was built by the Sicilians in 11 BC and later occupied by the Greeks and the Romans.
7: Mt. Etna is an active volcano with smoke spewing into the sky.
8: At the far end of the village is its crown jewel, the old Greek theater. The Greeks sited it so that the backdrop was the sea with Mt. Etna in the background. Later the Romans enlarged the theater to its current size. Although some sections have been damaged by earthquakes, the theater is still used today.
13: Turkey | Greece | Italy
16: The Laniers &the Wards in Istanbul | Istanbul. Turkey
17: The Sultanhmet Mosque is also called The Blue Mosque due to the 20,000 blue tiles adorning the inside ceiling. | Yeni Cami Mosque | There are 2,944 active mosques in Istanbul. | Muslims pray 5x a day, wherever they are.
18: Converted into a mosque after the Turkish conquest. | The Church of Sophia
20: Our cruise ship, the Mariner of the Seas, in Istanbul.
21: The Spice Market | Also loads of Turkish Delight for purchase!
23: Topkapi Palace Museum This palace was the residence of the Ottoman Sultans, constructed in 1460. It is built atop the Byzantine acropolis on Sarayburnu at the tip of the Istanbul Peninsula.
24: 2nd day in Istanbul | Topkani Palace
25: This palace is a gigantic complex that originally housed over 3,000 people, including the Sultan's harem.
26: The Topkapi Palace Museum
28: Carpet making display in Istanbul with a serving of Turkish Tea. | John's Carpets
29: John was really impressed with the work involved in making each carpet. Two carpets made it home to Lakeland.
33: Here we are in Ephesus, Turkey. Though hundreds of years have passed, and in spite of the ravages of time, the ruins of Ephesus still preserve their grace and elegance. | The Library of Celsus Ephesus, Turkey | Turkish dancers greeted us as we left the ship.
34: The Fountain of Trajan | Paul had an eventful stay in Ephesus. He struggled against opposition, was imprisoned at least once and feared for his life, | Nike, The Goddess of Victory
35: Biblical Ephesus | Can't believe we are really here! | If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.(15:32) But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me.(16:8) 1 Corinthians
37: Skilled artisans helped to create a beautiful Ephesus.
38: Ancient Public Toilets
40: Traveling | The House of Virgin Mary Since being discovered in 1892, three popes have visited here.
41: People tie messages and prayers to the walls surrounding her home.
42: Church of St.John
43: After the crucifixion John brought Mary to Ephesus for safety reasons after the Jews in Israel began to persecute the Christians. This was John's church. It was at one time one of the largest churches in the world. | The church overlooks Isa Bey Mosque
47: Here we are pinching ourselves! Are we really at the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis, in Athens, Greece? | Athens, Greece
49: The Parthenon was a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. 447 BC
51: The Parthenon overlooks the city of Athens.
52: After a drive down the coast to Cape Sounion, the southernmost point on the continent of Europe, we reach the Temple of Poseidon.
53: According to legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. | The Greek Temple was dedicated to Poseidon, the god of the sea. 440 BC
55: The earliest literary reference to Sounion is in Homer's poem the Odyssey, composed in 8th Century BC. This tells of the Greek hero Odysseus' gruelling 10-year sea-voyage. This ordeal was supposedly inflicted upon him by Poseidon
59: The Acropolis of Lindos | Paul preached here in Rhodes.
60: The view from atop the Acropolis of Lindos | WOW
61: We watched as artists demonstrated their pottery making skills.
62: Rhodes is where a handful of Knights were the last Christian holdouts against the Turks. | The Palace of the Grandmaster | Eddie explored Rhodes on his own and brought back some great pics. | Rhodes served as the headquarters of the Crusaders during the Middle Ages. | The Old City of Rhodes
63: The city walls were built by the Crusaders and enhanced by the Ottomans.The old city is very picturesque with many shops, restaurants, and museums. | The Street of the Knights
65: With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you sing well, too. ~Yiddish Proverb~ | Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational- | ...but how much does it cost you to knock on wood? ~Judith Viorst~ | Casino Royale | When luck enters, give him a seat. ~Jewish Proverb~ | Eddie was a consistant winner! Alice and Anita... not so much!
66: Chania Crete, Greece
74: The Arch of Constantine 315AD The largest of the arches erected in Rome. | The Arch of Titus, 82AD | The Spanish Steps are a great resting place in Rome. At the bottom is a sinking boat fountain. The Spanish Ambassador to the Holy City lived at the top of the stairs in the 17th century. | The Arch of Septimius Severus 203AD
75: The Roman Forum This plaza is surrounded by the ruins of several important government buildings at the center of Rome. | With the decline of the Roman Empire the Roman Forum became a place of worship for the early Christians.
76: The church was founded by the Roman Emperor Constantine I over the burial place of St. Paul | Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Wall
78: The Trevi Fountain
79: Making a wish by throwing a coin over your shoulder will bring you back to Rome.
80: The Pantheon was built as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome. | The Pantheon
82: St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City The Facade was completed in 1612.
83: One of the fountains in the Piazza San Pietro. | The Holy Door is opened in the pope's presence every Jubilee Year.
84: Michelangelo's "Pieta", dates from 1499. when the artist was only 24 years old. Mary cradles Christ's body. | Belvedere Torso
85: The Vatican has many rooms featuring many famous tapestries, sculptures, paintings, and other artifacts. Eyes were painted on the early sculptures, but they were worn off over time.
86: "If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday." | Laocoon, a Trojan priest, who warned the people about the Trojan Horse. " | The body of Pope John XXIII | Pope Celestine V | "A peaceful man does more good than a learned one." ~Pope John XXIII~
88: The Vatican has its own flag, stamps, newspaper, and mints its own coins. About 900 people live in the Vatican City. | Security is provided by the Swiss Guards, founded in 1506, who wear a uniform supposedly designed by Michelangelo. | Phone Home in Rome.
89: Elegant Dining
93: Cruising | The Hokey Pokey Clinic, a place to turn around in. | Glass Elevators
95: The Greatest Show Under The Big Top On Ice
96: "Be careful, or you'll end up in my diary."