Tuesday, September 24, 2013
We spent 2 days in Rome before the cruise. On our first day we went to the Vatican when, unexpectedly, the Pope drove in for a prayer service he was leading in St Peter's Square. Just as we walked by, He came up the the gate and greeted about 20 tourists (us included) for a brief blessing.
The Roman Pantheon
Walking and taking pictures in Piazza Navona at night
We took a train to our ship , The Ruby Princess (Can you see DH in the left corner?)
We packed very lightly using the Rick Steves guidelines and were really glad we did as we dragged our bags over cobblestone and bridges in Eastern Europe and Venice.
Our first stop was Naples where we spent half a day at the ruins of Pompei
In the afternoon we sat at a restaurant and were entertained by a Communist labor demonstration!
We had a day at sea and I ran on the track at the top of the ship ... Deck 19. Fantastic
We went next to the Greek island of Santorini . There the ship was docked in the caldera of a volcano that had erupted 3 thousand years ago. To get up to the city of Fira we had to take a 600 feet long cable car ride.
Here we are at the top.
We walked around Fira and saw many Greek churches and whitewashed houses
We had typical Greek food at a restaurant and fully enjoyed ourselves.
We went to Kusadasi, Turkey and saw the Roman ruins at Ephesus
as well as a Turkish Bazaar
We sailed to the Greek Island of Mykonos where I took a dip in the Mediterranean
Our next stop was Athens and the Acropolis
Then we saw the site of the first Olympic games at Olympia, Greece. A group of high schoolers were running the course behind us.
We went to another Greek Island, Corfu and really enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere
Next was the walled town of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Quite a job walking around the top of the 1.2 mile wall.
I actually sprained my ankle walking on the narrow cobbly wall and was glad we had a day at sea the next day to rest before tackling Venice.
On our balcony the night before arriving in Venice
One of the Venetian canals
The Doges Palace in Venice
The Bridge of Sighs
Our traghetti ride (a gondola which takes people across the canal where there are no bridges)
My favorite Italian waiter and DH
Our last night in Venice sitting at a restaurant in St Mark's Square
How we feel about Venice...and our whole trip!