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May 28th 2013
Published: May 29th 2013
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This was our first trip to Cyprus. This, like Israel, is another divided country. We docked in Limassol, which is the Greek part of the island. The northern part of the island is controlled by Turkey. Our guide, Naflia, said that it has been occupied by the Turks since they invaded in 1974. Even the capitol city of Nicosia is divided by The Green Line which separates the Turkish Cypriots from the Greek Cypriots. Cyprus has fallen on hard times and is in the throes of a terrible financial crisis. This is not so evident to the visiting traveler.

We had a private van tour with John and Brooks and Bert and Lani. We went up into the foothills to the lovely village of Omodos, which is a well preserved country town. We arrived in a downpour so we didn’t do too much wandering around. Back by the coast the weather improved so we visited the archaeological site of Kourion. It is filled with Greek and Roman monuments. Because of its strategic location, many famous and infamous, real and mythological characters have spent time here; like Alexander the Great, Achilles, Ulysses and Richard the Lionhearted. Aphrodite and
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Apollo were highly venerated by ancient tribes. The history of Cyprus can be traced as far back as the Neolithic Age.

We had a perfect day in Rhodes. Fortunately there was only one other ship in port, so it was easy to explore this walled city without encountering hordes of fellow travelers. This restored medieval town is enchanting and we spent hours roaming around its narrow alleyways. We happened upon the Kahal Shalom Synagogue and learned that the entire Jewish community was rounded up and sent to Auschwitz during WWII. There were only 160 survivors and very few returned to Rhodes after the war. While we were in the synagogue’s museum there was some recorded music playing. We saw the credits and much to our surprise, the haunting guitar music was being performed by a friend of ours, Judy Frankel. We all belonged to the same swim club in Marin County and she had given us several of her DVD recordings. Unfortunately, Judy passed away several years ago and the world lost a very talented and lovely woman.

We were really looking forward to our stop in Kusadasi, Turkey. It is a great port of call, but more importantly, our friends Jean and John were sailing their boat up from Turgutreis to Kusadasi. We spent ten days together last year in Istanbul and at their marina near Bodrum. John and Jean live in Pebble Beach but keep their sail boat in Turkey. We have been friends for years dating back to our days with Braniff and the Navy.

I was awakened as we neared port by a tremendous thunderclap and bright display of lightning followed by a huge downpour. We chucked some touring plans and instead spent a delightful day on their sailboat getting caught up with each other’s traveling life. Jean fixed us a nice homemade lunch---our first in four months. Later in the afternoon the skies cleared long enough for us to stroll around the neat bazaars of Kusadasi. We’ll see Jean and John this summer and we’ll return the favor of a homemade meal but on our boat in Sausalito.

The rain seemed to be following us as we docked in Piraeus. Rather than going into Athens, we opted to spend our day exploring the ancient port city of Piraeus. We stopped a lady on the street and asked for a restaurant recommendation. Later as we were having lunch, this kind stranger came by to make sure that we were enjoying our food. As it turned out, the restaurant owner used to work on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. He came back home to start a family and the restaurant. Our Greek gyro lunch was delicious.

That evening the skies cleared off long enough for us to dine al fresco with Jim and Dora out on the aft deck. It was a gorgeous sail-away with the sun sinking behind the Greek Islands. We cruised past the Oceania Riviera, the ship we sailed on in December in Central America. There was much horn tooting and waving from one ship to the other as we steamed off into the sunset.


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Built by the Crusaders
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TIM & TERRY

Introduced to us by Dana and Jamie
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JUDY FRANKEL LIVES ON

In her voice and music in Rhodes
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BICYCLE ART

A unique flower pot
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We saw our first wall in San Luis Obispo. This is ancient gum.
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JEAN & JOHN

Sailors from Pebble Beach and Turkey
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KUSADASI MARINA

Where we spent a rainy day
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Jim and Dora from Niagara on the Lake


29th May 2013

GREECE
Wonderful commentary and photos. I can only imagine how much more inspiring the trip would have been without the rain. You make every day sound sunny with your adventures. Weather does not hinder your adventures. Way to go....
29th May 2013

Ephesus
I really enjoy yourpostings and especially the pictures. One question, usually visits to Kusadasi include a visit to Ephesus. I assume you guys had been there before and decided to stay in town. We spent the day we were in port 15 years ago traveling to Ephesus which was fantastic but because of that, we missed seeing any of the port. Yesterday was our 47th wedding anniversary and tomorrow is Mary Annes 68th birthday. Since we have done so much traveling this past year, we are celebrating both by doing nothing. Next week we are off to Hawaii for my 50th clas reuion followed by a Stubenberg family reunion. Then back to Portland for a quiet summer of golf. We look forward to your next post. David
2nd June 2013

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Kevin & Susan: Drop me a note, let me know how to send you an email (I'm not on FaceBook). Lee

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