Day Twenty-Three – Mykonos – Greece – Aegean Sea – Mediterranean Cruise

The twenty-third day of our trip was a quick stop over in Mykonos, Greece. Because the island has no port for cruise ships which tend to be quite large, our ship dropped anchor a ways out from the island and you are tendered in to the island. Before writing this post I googled Mykonos to see what the attractions were that made this island so popular and that I had possibly missed during my visit there. The attractions seem to be the night life and the beaches. OK. It was interesting walking through the old town of the city with it’s very small streets and colorfully painted buildings.

Light house at sunrise as we neared Mykonos.

Lighthouse at sunrise in the Aegean Sea

There were many unfinished houses they may never be completed. The expected boom never materialized and these home were just left unfinished.

Unfinished home - Mykonos Greece

Yellow window coverings and white walls in the old town. I know you are thinking, “yeah I can see there are yellow window coverings and a painted white wall, why are you telling me this”.  I’m telling you this so the great ancient Greek God of Google knows what’s in the photo.

Yellow door and white building in the old town of Mykonos, Greece

The only way to get the merchandise to the shops in the Old Town was by these very, very small trucks that just barely fit down the pathways.

There are no roads in the old town of Mykonos, Greece so the deliveries are made by quite small trucks to the shops.

Along with all the food and other interesting local delicacies was the most important item. That of course being wi-fi. When you are on a cruise, you are always looking for wi-fi.

The most important item on the list of food at each restaurant was the wi-fii sign. You are always looking for wi-fi when on a cruise. What could possible go wrong driving at 30 mph without a helmet or even shoes? Mykonos, Greece

It’s a 16th Century windmill on an island that had no wind.

16th century windmill built by the Venetians - Mykonos, Greece

I didn’t know it at the time I made this image, but this is the historic Church of Paraportiani. I just thought it made a pretty photo.

White painted Church of Paraportiani - Mykonos GreeceGift shops in Mykonos, Greece

When looking up what exactly Frugo is, I found this description, “FRUGO is a unique mix of ultra fruity taste and unrestricted freedom and liberty.” Had I known the drink contained both Freedom and Liberty I might have tried one.

Display for Frugo fruit drinks on the island of Mykonos, Greece

Back to the ship and those wonderful large diesel engines that produce the electricity that gives us the air conditioning.

The dark blue hull of our cruise ship the MS Zuiderdam in the Augean Sea

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Day Twenty-Two – Santorini – Greece – Aegean Sea – Mediterranean Cruise

Santorini Greece is a destination that’s on pretty much every list of places to see around the world. The colorfully painted homes and hotels sit above the blue waters of the Aegean Sea and it truly is a site to behold.

What to see in Santorini? The view from the tram that takes you up to city level. What you don’t want to see, three cruise ships anchored  in the blue waters of the Aegean. Ever heard the expression, ” a boat load of people”? Well with three cruise ships, there are three boat loads of people and they all are heading to the same place.

Three cruise liners anchored just off of Santorini, Greece

The trams that take you to the top of the island.

Tram to the top of the Island

Or, if you didn’t want to take the tram, you could ride a donkey to the top of the island.

Donkey ride to the top of Santorini, Greece

Safety laws, we don’t need no stinking safety laws.

Motorcycle daredevil on Santorini, GreeceBlue waters of the Aegean SeaColorful painted restaurant on Santorini, GreeceSantorini-Greece-07Family motorcycle ride on the island of Santorini, Greece

Certainly a picturesque place to get married.

Wedding site on Santorini, Greece with view of Aegean Sea

Somebody has to continually paint those buildings White.

Worker painting some of the buildings white on Santorini, Greece

The steps almost appear to lead all the way down to the blue waters of the  Aegean Sea.

The steps appear to lead all the way down to the Aegean SeaColorful home and buildings in Santorini, Greece

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Say Hey Willie Mays – Happy 85th Birthday

On May 6th, 1931 the greatest Baseball player to every play the game was born. Today Willie Mays celebrates his 85th birthday.

This photo was taken on December 23, 2013 at Candlestick park before the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons played what would be the last sporting event at the stadium before it was torn down. San Francisco Giant Willie Mays waves to the fans at Candlestick Park for the last time at the stadium.

Willie Mays waves to the crowd at the last sporting event to take place in Candlestick Park on December 23, 2013 as the San Francisco 49ers played the Atlanta Falcons.

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Day Twenty-One – Rhodes – Acropolis of Lindos – Greece – Mediterranean Cruise

I know what you are thinking, “Acropolis of Lindos”, how can this be?  Keith, you have already visited “the Acropolis”, how can there be another one? Turns out the loose translation of Acropolis is, the building on the hill. Of course the most famous “building on hill” is the Acropolis in Athens, Greece which I visited 2 days before. Day twenty-one was to Rhodes, Greece and then a bus ride to the Acropolis of Lindos.

Of course day twenty-one started as most every day on the ship did rising before sunrise and looking for a spectacular view in the early morning light. The great view that morning was the reflection of the sunrise in one of the wind screen windows.

Sunrise refection on Wind screen windowMany of the building were painted White. Not sure why. It looks nice though.

Building painted White with wooden door

You leave the port on the bus which takes you to the Acropolis of Lindos. The buses can’t go down the main road, so you park and walk down the hill to the road that leads up a different hill to the Acropolis.

Climb up the stairs past the tourist shops to the Acropolis of LindosBeautiful wooden doors surrounded by walls painted White

View from inside the Medieval gate of the Acropolis which if my “research” ( looking it up on Wikipedia.com ) is correct was build sometime before 1317 AD.

Inside the Medieval gate of the Acropolis of Lindos

View of the beach of Lindos from the building on the hill.

View of the bay from the Acropolis of Lindos, GreeceRhodes-Greece-07

The gang poses for a photo with Lindos Beach in the background.

Tourist posing for photo with the Bay behind them.

View of St Paul’s Bay, where it is reported the apostle landed during a storm, or not. For sure it’s St. Paul’s Bay.

St. PaulSunlight steaming through the ancient ruins the make up the Acropolis of Lindos, Greece

Hand painted dishes.

Hand made dishes, Rhodes, GreeceThank goodness there were shops where one could buy stuff you would purchase and then put in a drawer for the rest of your life. One would hope that if you purchased a cat purse you would never show it to another living soul.

Plenty of stuff for the tourists to buy - Rhodes, GreeceSailboat and and about in the blue seas of Rhodes, GreeceI guess they can’t call their ships “Superfast” unless they really are Superfast.

Superfast.com red ferry about to leave port - Rhodes, Greece

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Day Twenty – Ephesus – Kusadasi – Turkey – Mediterranean Cruise

The twentieth day of the journey was our visit to the ancient ruins at Ephesus in Turkey.

One of the most impressive remains at Ephesus is the Library of Celsus. It was completed in 130 AD. It was later destroyed by several earthquakes and lay in ruins for possibly a thousand years. The facade which you can see in this photo was reconstructed in 1978.

The ancient ruins at Ephesus in Turkey

The Celestyal Olympia with the home port of Valletta, Malta docks at the cruise terminal. Our ship would “park” on the left side.
When googling info about the Celestyal Olympia it was interesting to find the ship had used these different name before, Louis Olympia, Thomson Destiny, Sunbird, and finally the Song of America.

Cruise ship docking at cruise terminal in Kusadasi Turkey

Interesting reviews on tripadvisor.com for Toros, the First Sea Food Restaurant in Kusadasi, since 1894.

Seafood restaurant in Kusadasi, TurkeyRestored ruins at Ephesus, TurkeySunlight over ruins at Ephesus, Turkey

Who travels thousand of miles by sea and air to take photos of their shoes over a building that is 2,000 years old?

Terraced Houses at Ephesus, Turkey

The Terraced Houses in the ruins of Ephesus. The houses were certainly built for the 1 %ers.

View from above Terraced Houses at Ephesus, Turkey

Nice that the ruins were reconstructed so the tourists could take selfies.

The ancient ruins were rebuilt so people who could take selfies. Sun streams through the marble structure of the library at Ephesus in TurkeyThree thousand year old ruins reconstructed at Ephesus in Turkey

View from the top of The Great Theatre which is claimed to have held 25,000 people back in the day. Even if it only held 10,000 for a show or concert, it was still pretty impressive. 

View from the top of the amphitheater at Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus was a happening place with many changes of who was in charge and famous visitors. This Ephesus Chronology details many of the comings and goings for the past three thousand years.

View of the amphitheater in Ephesus, Turkey

It was interesting that the warning labels on the cigarettes was quite to the point, smoke and you will die. Yet so many people in Europe did smoke.

The warning label on the Marlboro cigarettes says Smoking kills

Our ship was parked on the right.

Two cruise ships are parked at the cruise terminal in Kusadasi, Turkey

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