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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Rhodes April 30th 2008

Yesterday we arrived in Kusadasi Turkey. We had a guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus, which was the first city to have a running water system. The tour was all walking downhill, we have taken many pictures of everything! Our driver dropped us off at the top, and picked us up some two hours later, the design of the city was very cool. We also visited the temple of Artemis, which is one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, now just one standing column and a big pile of marble pieces. Now onto another day, after a slow (14 knot cruise) through the Greek archipelago we have docked on the island of Rhodes, a small but beautiful island, as the ship docked this morning the rain started to fall, heavy at times, ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos April 28th 2008

The trip to the coliseum was incredible; it was much larger than I had thought. There are many areas where restoration was attempted but failed. The weather has been great a little cool but still no need for a jacket. After we left the coliseum we returned to our hotel to catch the bus to the cruise ship, the drive through the country side was very scenic. Check in on the ship went smoothly and we found our room with no problems, the first and second day was spent at sea, so we explored the ship (not as big as the first cruise) I have many pictures and video of the ship. Today the ship docked early in Mykonos, a small Greek island (85 square miles) we went into town where we discovered streets that are ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos April 28th 2008

April 27th Today I went to Adventure Ocean all day. We played games like Gaga Ball and Crazy Tag. At noon, we got picked up by mom and went for lunch at the Windjammer Café. It is a cafeteria style restaurant. The ship was rocking a lot and the food was good. After lunch I went to mini putt with my new friend Hugo. He is from Australia. When we finished about 3 games of mini putt my mom picked us up. But, I convinced her to stay because the rock wall was opening in about 10 minutes. We signed up for the rock climbing wall. Tyler made it halfway up three times, Hugo made it up a little way, and I reached the top on the red and blue courses. Then I went back to ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini April 7th 2008

Since my last update, I have spent my "Spring Break" in the Cycladic isles of Greece. First was Tinos, where it was windy and rained about half the time I was there. However, they generally don't get much rain so it was good for the island but too bad for us. While on Tinos I saw the pilgrimage church of Our Lady of Tinos which houses a special old icon of Mary. There was also a bus tour of the island which included two small villages that we toured and ate lunch in. In one our group doubled the population just by entering. At this place we saw a basket weaver and viewed the terrain which looks like the possible surface of the moon with all its round stones just sitting on the landscape. Tinos is ... read more
sacred well under tha church
small village in tinos
ladnscapearound tinos

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini April 4th 2008

We are in Santorini! We got here on Wednesday afternoon and it was raining, so that wasn’t good, but it cleared up yesterday. This island is absolutely amazing! It is so gorgeous. It’s exactly how the pictures show, but even better. Even though it was raining, it was still really great to be here. Our hotel is just a little ways outside of the capital of Fira. There’s a nice little walking path that leads right into downtown and all along the walkway there is a gorgeous view of the caldera. It’s amazing! As soon as we got to our hotel I did my site report on Santorini. In my presentation I was talking a lot about how the shape of the island has changed and when the different islands were formed during various volcanic eruptions. ... read more
Me overlooking the Santorini caldera
Santorini
Santorini caldera

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos April 2nd 2008

Well it’s been a while since I wrote last because our internet has been really spotty. We didn’t have it in Tinos, and now in Mykonos we have to pay for it. On Thursday we left Crete and got on an overnight ferry to Pireaus (Athen’s port). That ferry was really rocky because it was so windy. At least we were sleeping for most of it, so it wasn’t that bad then. We arrived in Pireaus around 6am and then proceeded to get on another ferry for Tinos. The ferry to Tinos was only four hours or so, so it wasn’t too bad. It was really wavy though, so it was kinda hard to do anything. We got to Tinos around noon and went to our hotel. The hotel was right on the water-front, which was ... read more
The church again
Dovecote in tinos
cool view in tinos

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini March 26th 2008

When I arrived in Athens it was cold and rainy, but I was so happy to see my parents! We spent the day walking around a bit and ended up at this restaurant later that evening with live Greek music. When we first arrived we thought the music wasn't so great, but this woman ended up singing and she was amazing! Everyone in the restaurant was singing and clapping, I felt like I was in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. My parents were really jet legged so it was hard to adjust to sleeping with them. They would wake up at 4 in the morning and then want to take a nap in the evening. I ended up getting adjusted to their sleeping habits and had a hard time readjusting when I got back to Milan. ... read more
Athens
Athens
Santorini

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini March 24th 2008

We had to get up around 4:30am to get our ferry. We wanted to get there early just in case... well I don't know just in case what. We just wanted to get to Santorini. However, Holly is a bit of an amateur traveler, so we got there 2 1/2 hours early... WWAAYYY too early. Anyway, we found 5 taxis sitting together hanging out and talking, and the drivers were very friendly for 5am. I was just waiting for my good impression of the Greek people to be ruined, but it really never did. I will say one thing, they are not the best smelling people. Anyway, we got on the ferry which really was like a little hotel. I am used to the ferry that goes from NC to the outerbanks, but this one had ... read more
Rose stayed right here on the ferry for 6 our of 7 hours
Mediterranean water
Ferry ride

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini December 7th 2007

It was all about relaxing on the Islands for us as our trip was winding down and that’s exactly what we did. It is quite hard to keep busy on the Islands this time of year anyway with it the low season and all well it was more like the dead season as there was know one around at all so we had whole beaches for ourselves which was fine by us. The weather was not as warm as it could be but we were still getting around in shorts and did some swimming in the crystal clear waters still so was very nice. Our first Island we went to was called Syros and were there for three nights. When we arrived of our ferry we were greeted by a few hotel owners trying to get ... read more
Santorini
Ios
Santorini

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Rhodes November 21st 2007

As we last left you, we were trying to figure out which of us would drive the island's cliffs while severely impaired. Geri won the reflex contest and I got into the passenger seat with a bump on my head. I don't know why she had to use a brick for the reflex test....anyway, we drove down the Western coast of Rhodes along the ocean on a cliffside drive. We stopped at an ancient ruin city, and unlike anywhere else we have ever seen, were allowed to climb all over it. So we went into a Hellenistic era house, walked down the Hellenistic main street and put our hands all over anything old. We then kept driving to get to a winery that I wanted to tour, but much like everything else here off season, the ... read more




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