Group: Mike Zelle and Myself
All pictures are sequenced to the order taken in each city.
|Day 1 Port of Pireus (12/12
||Pireus, Greece : This was
the port we boarded the ship at. Pireus was a pretty dirty little
city with a bunch of open markets and side shops. Although all the
insides of the buildings were very nice, especially the bakeries. We
didn't take any pictures in this port.
Athens, Greece : Athens was about a 15 min train ride from Pireus.
There we visited The Acropolis, The Ancient Agora, A nice little cafe
for lunch, and then the Olympieion. The Acropolis was undergoing a
lot of reconstruction at the time, which is why there is scaffolding in
the pictures. This is currently being accelerated for the 2004
Olympic Games. The Agora was not undergoing any reconstruction and had a
few things preserved quite nicely. There was a little church and
the Temple of Hephaistos in remarkable condition, and then a complete
Stoa which was reconstructed in the past and is now a Museum. The
areas around the Acropolis and Agora were quite nice. The were
full of little cafes, and small shops. The main city however was
quite dirty, and not very pleasant. The Olympieion, which hold s
the Temp of Olympieion Zeus, was mostly in ruins, with only a few
pillars left standing for the temple. The outlining of what was
once there was very apparant though.
|Day 2 Port of Rhodes (12/14/2000)
||Rhodes, Greece : Rhodes is
a beautiful Medieval City on the Island of Rhodes with castles everywhere. We were able to
visit the Byzantine Clock Tower, The Palace of the Grand Masters,
several shops in the old town.
Lindos, Rhodes, Greece : Lindos is a small resort village on the coast
about 30 minutes from Rhodes, which
has an Acropolis with the Temple of Athena. The Acropolis is surrounded
by a Medieval fortress. Lindos is gorgeous. Small white buildings,
narrow streets with mosaics, wonderful cafes and restaurants, small
clubs and internet cafes, and a beautiful beach. Definitely a place to
consider a summer stay at.
|Day 3 Port of Heraklion (12/15/2000)
||Heraklion, Crete, Greece :
Heraklion is a fairly large city, feeling much like Athens. There was
much more of a city life present though with more upscale shopping and
restaurants. There were a lot of churches and museums and some reminets
of Medieval Castles.
Knossos, Crete, Greece : Knossos, only about 3 miles from Heraklion,
houses King Minos' Palace. This was a huge set of ruins full of
different styles of architecture due to its many ocupations by different
|Day 4 Port of Katakolon
||Katakolon, Greece :
Katakolon was wonderful little fishing town embedded on the side of hill
on the coast. We were able to have a very tasty lunch and take a hike up
the hill to get a great view of the coast the the port. Lunch was quite
interesting as the fish was served whole, head, eyes, tail,
Olympia, Greece : Olympia had the most impressive ruins in
Greece. The Olympic Village was amazing. To see the Temple
of Zeus & Hera, the Statue of Nike, and the Stadium was
amazing. The Olympic torch is started here every time.
|Day 5 Mediterranean Sea
||What more to say than a
nice relaxing day at sea sailing from Katakolon, Greece to Messina,
Sicily. There are some general picture of the Cruise ship we were
on and a very nice sunset that night.
|Day 6 Port of Messina
||Messina, Sicily : Messina
was a more modern city with not much history remaining due to it being
destroyed three times by Mt. Etna's Eruptions in the Past. We did not
spend much time here except to catch a train to Taormina.
Taormina, Sicily : Taormina was a classy resort type town with a
mixture of Medieval architecture. The highlight of the day was climbing
up to the top of the village where a castle and a church sat.
There was a beautiful staircase going up which had the stations of the
cross at each switchback. We were also able to get a spectacular
view of Mt. Etna. We had Pizza and Table wine for lunch which was
by far the best Pizza I have ever had.
|Day 7 Port of Palermo
||Palermo, Sicily : Palermo
is again a bigger city, much like New York with Retail, but still having
a ancient look to it. We walked around stopping to have pizza and
gelato on the street. The was a lot of impressive statues and
building fronts, most of which were undergoing restoration and being
cleaned. Later in the afternoon we stopped for some calamari and
wine. To our surprise the squid came whole, tentacles and
all. It was quite delicious though.
Monreale, Sicily : We traveled to Monreale to see the Norman
Cathedral, which houses the most impressive mosaic ceilings and marble
walls. Truly amazing.
|Day 8 Port of Naples
||Naples, Italy : Naples was
our port, and unfortunately we did not spend much time in the city, but
to run through town from the train station back to the boat that night
because we were late after fitting in a full and quick day to see Capri,
Sorrento, and Pompeii.
Capri, Italy : Everything is
amazingly gorgeous on this island. It is almost tropical in
scenery. There are small wineries at peoples homes, several
different villages, and very classy shops & bakeries. We were
able to go to Villa Jovis, which is a 40 min walk from Capri, and which
is only accessible on foot. This hold ruins from Emperor Tiberius,
and has a great lookout of the surrounding islands and Capri. In
Anacapri we took a chair lift to the highest point on the whole
Island. What a View. We then hurried to catch a jetfoil over to
Sorrento, Italy : Sorrento was a charming little town that we
passed through on foot to get to the train station and catch a train to
Pompeii. We didn't have much time here at all, but enough to see
that is was a great place. The architecture and city streets were
very interesting and relaxing.
Pompeii, Italy : Pompeii is an amazingly preserved city which was
taken out by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. The homes, walls, mosaics,
frescoes, and even people's casts were preserved by the ashes. This is
truly an amazing place.
|Day 9 Port of Civitavecchia
||Civitavecchia, Italy : This
was the port that the boat docked at and didn't have much at all, except
an express train to Rome.
Rome : Italy : Rome is a great city. There
is a beautiful historical site on just about every corner. St. Peters
Square, The Basilica, The Vatican Museum, and The Sistine Chapel are all
truly amazing. Pictures could not do them justice, and thus there
are not many. It is something you must really see for yourself to
appreciate. Trevi Fountain is definitely a sight. We threw our
coins in so we'd be assured to return to Rome in the future.