We return to mainland Greece, this time to a different hotel in Athens with a different view of the Acropolis. We enjoy another evening including stopping by our favorite restaurant. There were some great night shots of the city we took from the roof. Come morning we left for the airport and returned to the US via Germany.
Monthly Archives: May 2007
We travel back to the Cyclades Islands of Greece this time making port in Santorini. This is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera. The city of Firá (Phira); which is a different pronunciation of “Thira”, the ancient name of the island itself.
Just before our arrival the previous tour’s cruise ship sank here. EEK!!!!!!!
We return to the Greek Dodecanese Islands, this time we make port in Rhodes itself, at the ancient city . The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been is a World Heritage Site and a fantastic place to explore. One of the places I explored in detail was the Palace of the Grand Master. I wish we could have had more time here as the entire city is a living museum.
Our next Port of Call officially puts us on the Asia side of Turkey; making port in Kuşadası Turkey. High on the hill over-looking the port is the statue of Atatürk. Our goal at this port is to head to the town of Kusadasi to visit the ruins of Ephesus. The most famous structure here is the Celsus Library. The Gospel of John might have been written here.
We now sail to the Cyclades Islands of Greece and make port in on the island of Mykonos. We quickly transfer to another small tour bout and travel to the island of Delos. Here we sent time with even more ruins and I just about missed our 5PM departure while getting in some extra video footage. Lisa was a bit mad at me for being late back to the boat…
Now on our small cruise ship, cross the Aegean Sea and enter the channel passing Çanakkale, Turkey until we reach the Sea of Marmara before docking in Istanbul, Turkey; on the Europe side. We spend time visiting the major sites such as Hagia Sophia, the Blue Masque, and Topkapi Palace. We did cross over the bride to the Asian side by bus but I will count that via another blog entry later…