Athens-Rome Cruise
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Group: Mike Zelle and Myself 

All pictures are sequenced to the order taken in each city.

Day Destinations And Description Picture Files
Day 1 Port of Pireus (12/12 - 13/2000) 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. 

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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. 

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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 people. 

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Day 4 Port of Katakolon (12/16/2000) 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, etc...   

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.  

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Day 5 Mediterranean Sea (12/17/2000) 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 5 Thumbnails
Day 6 Port of Messina (12/18/2000) 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. 

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Day 7 Port of Palermo (12/19/2000) 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.   

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Day 8 Port of Naples (12/20/2000) 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.

 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. 

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Day 9 Port of Civitavecchia (12/21-22/2000) 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.  

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