Monday, June 11, 2012

Venice Wednesday and Thursday

 Kurt and Dave at front of ship

Sail in to Venice Italy - San Marco dome

The Grand Canal -  Gondola  -     Venice Italy

The Grand Canal - one of the Palaces

Church in Venice Italy

Venice looking from San Marco

Ilene, Dave and Kurt by Doge Palace and San Marco church

Church of San Marco

Gold Mosaics were stunning

More gold Mosaics on church of San Marco (St. Mark)

I loved the ornate domes of San Marco

Linda at top of bell tower

Venice and the Grand Canal from bell tower

Another beautiful building along the Grand Canal in Venice

Rialto Bridge in Venice - fun stores

Ilene, Dave and Kurt as we sail into Venice - our final Port


Looking down at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus from the Acropolis in Athens - what a stage
Kurt, Ilene and Dave in front of the Parthenon in Athens  - Sun was bright and hot

Linda in front of Parthenon in Athens

Commissioned by Pericles and built by Pheidias, the perfectly proportioned Parthenon crowns the Acropolis, representing the Golden Age of Classical Greece. Follow the winding path to 'the upper city' entrance through the Propylaea gateway. Beyond, on the highest part of the hill, stands the crowning glory of the Acropolis, the Parthenon, looking out over the graceful Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the Old City below.  It was fascinating to be there and I was grateful for the crowds because it made the walking slow and we had time to catch our breath and see the sights.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Towel folding and fruit and vegetable carving

Here are some fun ideas with towels as well as with food.  Maybe an activity for summer fun?







Lots of Fish


Bread Basket

Turtle with bread


Ephesus Turkey Sunday May 6

'Beautiful Izmir' is the third largest city and the second largest port of Turkey. Built in the 3rd century B.C., it shared with Troy the most advanced culture in Western Anatolia.
Ephesus has the best ancient sites anywhere.  It had a ¼ million population at time of Christ and currently lies five miles inland from Aegean coast
There are still remnants of the beautiful mosaics on the floor of some of the public places.
Ephesus had the third largest library of its time with fine architecture.  Statues of the four women representing knowledge, friendship, understanding, and wisdom are still there. 
The amphitheater is huge and impressive. 
Funny sign

Library - third largest in world at that time.  One of the best ancient sites anywhere

Dave and Ilene at Library in Ephesus

Amphitheater where Paul probably taught
Sunday morning on the ship in our wonderful cabin, we read some of Ephesians and talked about Paul’s counsel to put on the whole armor of God.  It was interesting to walk where Paul had walked and see the huge amphitheater where he probably taught.

Istanbul Turkey Saturday May 5

Istanbul - Europe on Left and Asia on Right Ships everywhere

The Blue Mosque - spectacular

Ceiling of Blue Mosque

Decor of Topaki Palace Istanbul

Inlaid pearl on window shutter of Topaki Palace Istanbul

View of Bosphorus from Topaki Palace Istanbul

Ilene, Dave, Kurt and Linda in Istanbul

Mykonos Greece on Friday

Mykonos Greece - A small island.  All houses are white with blue trim.

Thursday at Sea

Norwegian Spririt

Balcony room top for (11th deck) on right

Spacious and comfortable king size bed made for us each day

Compact bathroom with great closet behind.  Can you see both?

Glass elevator and spacious 7th deck atrium

Vegetable bouquet

Crab - one of my favorites from the cabin steward

Sunset from our balcony