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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Syros June 9th 2012

After a great night's sleep we're ready for a day on Sea Cloud which has been sailing all night to the island of Syros where we'll dock but there are no excursions planned. For those of you who know Toni's problem with sea sickness, you're probably curious how things are going for her . . . GREAT. She put the patch at noon on Thursday and she's been fine ever since. We haven't really had much rolling until this morning where the wind was quite fresh and still she's doing great. Toni meets Bobbi for the morning exercise class on the foredeck while I catch up on some paper work for this blog. If you've been following along (and thank you for doing so) you'll figure out that the blog is now being updated sort sporadically ... read more
the "squares"
John Metter lecture
map of where we're going

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion June 8th 2012

I awoke early and went up to the Lido Deck and laid on a deck chair and listened to an explanation of the setting of the sales and watched the crew climb the rigging and do their work. Completely fascinating, I was so engrossed I completely missed breakfast by the time Toni found me about 10 am which was time for the first lecture by Dr. Frank Hildebrandt (German), who studied classical archeology, ancient history, prehistory and medieval archeology. By the way, more than half of the people on board are German. The lecture was great, all about Homer and ancient Greek mythology and history. That lecture was followed by a lecture on the Aegean Sea by John Meffert and it also was quite informative and then it was lunch time. At 12:30 pm Sea Cloud ... read more
bed arrangement
our room
inside the tomb of Agamemnon

Europe » Greece » Attica » Piraeus June 7th 2012

John arranged a taxi to pick us up from the house at 3:30 which gave us plenty of time to get to the Port of Piraeaus. The taxi was early and was the best taxi we used during our time in Athens and we arrived at the port about 3:45 and went through a customs check in and boarded Sea Cloud. There was a procedure for checking us in involving photo IDs and the taking of our passports; we were escorted on board by our own man to our room, 301 and shown all of the facilities and told that at promptly 5:00 there would be a mandatory safety instruction class. Ken and Bobbi found us and we compared cabins and then attended the class which was helpful. Dinner was very nice and we sat with ... read more
Toni and Craig with life vests
Ken and Bobbi Hunter
at our dinner table

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens June 7th 2012

today was our last chance to see something new or revisit something we really liked . . so we did both. after a leisurely breakfast on the patio we set off for the Ancient Agora but not before climbing to the top of Filopappou Hill and what a magnificent view of the Acropolis and the city of Athens. it's a leisurely hike up through a pine forest that is well stepped and maintained . . . kinda like hiking up to Bishop Peak. it's from here that in the late 17th century the Venetians bombed the Parthenon which was then holding all of the gunpowder and a direct hit blew the interior chamber of the Parthenon which has not been restored yet! from there we found our way to the Grand Promenade . . . a ... read more
the path up Filappapou Hill
temple attop Filapapou Hill
on top of Filappapou Hill

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens June 7th 2012

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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens June 6th 2012

we left our house, which we are so happy we've rented . . . so nice to have he conveniences of a home rather than a hotel room . . . to walk to the Benaki Museum and meet up with the Hunterss; the weather is clear and warm in Athens but every now and then there's a nice breeze. we end up going to the Cycladic Museum first which is a historical museum about southern Greece which was inhabited beginning in the 4th century BC. the museum displays tools, pottery, maps and a variety of other antiquities that explain this period in Greece's history, there are many marble carvings which look like modern Picasso/Modigliani/Brancusi pieces; this was my favorite museum of the day. we then went to the Benaki Museum which is the former home ... read more
Presidental Guard
Presidential Guard
Toni in the National Gardens

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens June 5th 2012

we awoke and made ready for our 1st day of seeing Athens . . . . with our friends Ken and Bobbi Hunter. they called to say they'd hired a tour guide and a shuttle bus and would pick us up around 10am. Betty, our tour guide, has been a professional guide for 15 years with a major in Art History and a masters in German from Heidleberg and a native Athenian. she speaks several languages and English very well. we were so lucky that Ken made the effort to hire her as she showed us everything from the museums, markets, good cafes, the Acropolis and Greek/Athens history to parks and just getting around Athens from the comfort of an airconditioned van. once we completed the "around Athens show" the bulk of the tour was at ... read more
Toni, Ken, Bobbi and Craig

Europe » France » Île-de-France June 4th 2012

We are in love more than ever and celebrating our 36th anniversary today. We've checked in at CDG Aegean Air and it was simple, the bus from the Marriott was on time and as opposed to yesterday's chaos, this morning was a huge reward for us. Sitting at terminal 73 waiting for our flight to Athens . . . . much love to all you lovers following along. More from Athens!... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lausanne June 3rd 2012

It was raining lightly in Luasanne when we woke but soon stopped and we were able to take a nice walk around the city using the Metro to revist Place de Pludon, the cathedral and various market streets and views. We returned to the Hotel Alagarve (nothing fancy but quiet and easy access to the Metro and rail station), packed up and walked to the station to wait for the train. Lausanne in overcast weather was still very enchanting and the high brow shops are all worth visiting despite not being open this Sunday morning. We were able to make connections with Andrew Easton and will meet him at the Marriott later but even more opportunistic (lost) was that I received and email from Ed Henry (pilot with Federal Express) who emailed me that he is ... read more
Rue de St Francois
Steet Sign

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lausanne June 2nd 2012

We found our tour guide at the Tourist Information Office in Ouchy (down the hill from our hotel) and along with 4 others boarded a nice private small bus and were driven around Lausanne to visit the IOOC headquarters, Roman ruins from when the city was first established, then into the heart of the city to visit the Place St Francois, Place de la Palud (we had dinner the night before here), learn about the River Flon being “driven” underground, saw the Bernese built Gymnases Cantonaux where Protestanism was taught in 1650; then a visit to the Cathedral where we saw an old arch which was a tunnel through the cathedral. The Cathedral was established by the Catholics in the 13th century, it was a typical gothic construction but when the reformation took place, all of ... read more
tour guide
Photo 4
Cathedral of St Catherine

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