Terry Porter

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Terry Porter




Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens September 4th 2012

We left Meteora early on Saturday morning to go to Athens. On the way, we stopped at Delphi (and consulted the Oracle). Delphi is situated high on the side of a mountain, with some impressive remains of ancient buildings. From the top, looking down over the ruins, you get a really good impression of the site as it might have been in its day. In the evening, we arrived in Athens and settled in. We have the most amazing view from the apartment. On Sunday, we went to the Acropolis and then on to the Acropolis Museum. In the evening, we walked around Monastriaki (where we are staying) and the Plaka, where we had dinner. The Plaka is a prominent tourist area, where there is shop after shop of souvenirs and tourist trinkets. Monday, we started ... read more
Treasure (Temple) of the Athenians
The Parthenon
Athenian Agora - Temple of Hephaistos

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos August 31st 2012

Arrived in Mykonos by ferry and we were met by our wonderful host Marietta. She took us to our accommodation, then on a tour of the town. The next day, we explored the tiny streets, visited the windmills and then Little Venice, where we found a wonderful bar to take in the sunset. On Sunday, we took the ferry to Delos, a world heritage site, to visit the ruins and climbed the hill to the temple precinct with its wonderful views. On Monday, we spent the day at Paradise beach. After dinner, we returned to our favourite bar, where we watched a singer performing show tunes. Tuesday was a chill out day. In the evening, we met up with a friend and had dinner. We also met one of Mykonos’ famous residents, a pelican. We really ... read more
Sunset on Mykonos
Typical Myconian street
The harbour

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 26th 2012

We arrived in Santorini late Sunday night and went immediately to our cave house in Oia. It had a private balcony with a view of the caldera. The next day, we explored Oia for a little bit, then took the bus to Thira. Both Oia and Thira have a maze of little streets to walk around. In Thira, we did a little shopping and checked out a couple of orthodox churches. In the evening, we had dinner and watched the sunset from the restaurant in Thira. The next day, Tuesday, we chilled out by the pool and took in the sunset at Oia. On Wednesday, we had booked a buggy to drive around Santorini, but we changed it to an air conditioned car because it was too hot. We then proceeded to Old Thira, with a ... read more
Oia
Oia at night
Terry and Anthony's Oia sunset

Europe » France » Burgundy » Vezelay August 19th 2012

On Thursday we drove to Cluny to see the Cluny Abbey, or what’s left of it. The Abbey church was the largest church in Christendom up to the 16th century, only to be surpassed by Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. All that remains of the church now is the south transept, the cloisters, part of the south wall and part of the entry portal. From the height of the nave and the footprint of the abbey church, we could visualise the immenseness of this church. On Friday, we drove to Vezelay. On the way we stopped at Autun for a couple of hours. We visited the Cathedral and the remains of a Roman amphitheatre. We then proceeded on and arrived at Vezelay. Vezelay is dominated by the ... read more
Cloisters and South Transept of Cluny Abbey
Monastic buildings of Cluny Abbey
Saint Lazarus Cathedral in Autun

Europe » France » Auvergne » Le Puy-en-Velay August 17th 2012

Tuesday, we set off for Le-Puy-en-Velay. As it was a long drive, we decided to break it up with a couple of stops at two villages classified amongst the most beautiful villages of France. The first was La-Garde-Guerin. This village is quite small and still contained within its walls. It would only take about half an hour to walk around the village. It was originally a fort dating from the 12thcentury. The unique thing about this village was that it was all made from the same stone. There was a tower and a tiny church. The view from the tower was to die for. The next village was Pradelles. As we drove into the village, we wondered how it received its classification as a beautiful city, so we passed straight through it. We arrived at Le-Puy ... read more
Notre Dame du Puy
Notre Dame (de Scaffold) de la France
Chapel of Saint Michael

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Avignon August 16th 2012

On Sunday, we left Carcassonne for Nimes. When we arrived, we set out to explore the city. Our first stop was the Roman Arena. It is a smaller version of the Colosseum in Rome, but apparently it is the most intact in Europe. The entry fee included an audioguide, which gave information at 19 stations. However, at each point, it explained the history of the arena briefly and then continued with a gladiatorial story, which went on at infinitum. It nearly drove us mad! We then went to La Tour Magna, another Roman monument that gave us great views of the city. The final stop for the afternoon was the Maison Carrée, which is an intact Roman temple, dedicated to Caesar Augustus. That evening we discovered a light and sound show, which included waterworks in time ... read more
Maison Carree, Nimes
Musical light and sound show 1, Nimes
Musical light and sound show 2, Nimes

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne August 13th 2012

We arrived in Carcassonne early Wednesday afternoon and met our delightful host of the B & B we stayed in. We were surprised to see that we had a small apartment rather than just a room. After settling in we orientated ourselves to the Bastide St Louis, which is the “modern part of the City” (it’s actually 13thcentury!). The next morning (Thursday) we went to explore La Cité which is a 12th century fortified walled city and its castle. Early evening we took a boat trip up the Canal du Midi, which is a man-made canal that stretches 240 km from Toulouse. There are many locks in this canal, one being a 7-gate system rising 20 metres. Friday it was 43 degrees and we went to visit the Cathar Castles at Lastours; (fools are we). There ... read more
Carcassone - La Cite at night
Chateaux de Lastours
Tour Regine and Chateaux Surdespine and Quertinheux

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Rocamadour August 9th 2012

On Monday, we left Sarlat for Roc-Amadour, On the way, we stopped at Domme. It is a small fortified medieval village on top of a cliff. This affords amazing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. We then went on to Roc-Amadour. Roc-Amadour is the third most visited pilgrimage sites in France because of its 12th century Black Madonna. The village is located in a huge ravine, and it literally climbs up the cliff face. The village is one three levels; the first is the town, the second (above the town) is the Sanctuary and the third (above the Sanctuary) is the Chateau. We were able to climb the ramparts of the Chateau, but we could not enter because it is privately owned. There are a total of seven chapels surrounding the Basilica of Saint Saviour, the ... read more
Roc-Amadour at night
La Vierge Noire
Fortified Wall and Gate of Domme

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Sarlat-la-Caneda August 7th 2012

On Friday we arrived in Sarlat-de-la-Caneda, our base for the Dordogne region. We spent the afternoon exploring parts of this wonderful, intact medieval town. On Saturday, we set out to visit the villages of Montignac, Lascaux, Beynac et Canezac, and La Roque Gageac. Montignac was our first stop. It is another medieval village. At Lascaux, we descended into a cave to view rock paintings that were completed by Cro-Magnon man in the Palaeolithic period, 20 000 years ago. These paintings were extraordinary, but we were not able to take pictures. We then proceeded to Beynac et Canezac, which is also a medieval village on the Dordogne River. There is a huge castle at the top of the cliff overlooking the village (as with many villages in this region). The final stop for the day was La ... read more
Beynac et Canezac
La Roque Gageac
La Maison Forte de Reignac

Europe » France » Centre August 2nd 2012

Tuesday afternoon we arrived in Blois at about 4 pm. We settled into our apartment and went to visit the Royal Chateau of Blois. We thought this was an amazing building inside and out, until we hit the road on Wednesday to visit the Chateaux Cheverny and Chambord. Cheverny is one of the smaller chateaux, but it didn’t have any royal connection. Internally, the rooms were sumptuously decorated as they would have been in the 16th century. However, Chambord was absolutely fabulous to look at from the outside. Yet internally, there were only a few rooms in period décor; the rest were more like a museum. On Thursday, we visited the Chateaux Chenonceau and Amboise. Chenonceau was fabulous inside and out. It was furnished in the period style of the day. We then spent some time ... read more
Royal Chateau of Blois
Chateau Cheverny
Cheverny and its rear garden




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