16th – 17th July 2015: Katakolon, Greece


At Sea:
Indonesian Rijsttafel Lunch (very interesting with delicious menu) and Formal Night.

Katakolon: This popular port in the northwest portion of the Peloponnese serves not only as the current harbour for the capital city of Pyrgos, but also provides the gateway to Olympia, birthplace of the modern Olympic Games in 776 BC.  We visited the Magna Grecia Farm, which grows olive groves, grape vines, and vegetable gardens containing tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, and capsicum.  Chooks, chickens, pheasant, turkey, miniature ponies, and dogs.  On arrival we were greeted with white wine or ouzo accompanied by a feta cheese and olive bread, yum!   We learned the history of the olive grove, how the olives were picked and processed for their extra virgin olive oil

Olive Talk

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14th – 15th July 2015: Venice, Italy

One of the most romantic cities in the world, Venice offers picturesque scenery, stunning architecture and classic artwork at every turn.  Founded by refugees from nearby Roman cities, Venice has often been called the home of the Renaissance and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.  What once was a major centre for trade and commerce during the Middle-Ages has become one o he most popular tourist destinations in the world, making tourism Venice’s primary industry.  Arguably one of the most well-known spectacles in the world is the Grand Canal.  Just about a half mile away from the city centre lies Venice’s main water thoroughfare and a popular tourist destination.

Venice Entry

 

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13th July 2015: Kotor, Montenegro

Another beautiful day, another picturesque city in the Mediterranean.  Today our destination is Kotor, Montenegro, the city of cats. Strolling through the beautiful old city there certainly is a lot of stray cats, which seem to be cared for by the locals who provide food and water.

Kotor

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12th July 2015: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It’s known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (aka Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants.

Dubrovnik

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10th – 11th July, 2015: At sea, cruising from Sicily to Corfu

At sea: Mariner’s lunch and formal night.

Corfu City Centre

Corfu: The port provided a shuttle from the ship to the Port building, then we caught the local bus into the city centre, 5 euro each for an all-day ticket. Much better value than the ships 16 euro return per person!

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8th July 2015: Naples (Sorrento and Amalfi Coast), Italy

Our bus trip along the Amalfi Coast meant an early start to our day; boarding the bus at 8am.  Travelling through Naples at peak hour was an experience!  Kamikaze scooter drivers passing buses and trucks, when there is a break in the oncoming traffic using the wrong side of the road.  Slum cities around the port area railway lines, shacks built out of whatever can be found to provide overhead cover.  This level of destitution I found very confronting; whenever we saw any inhabitants they seemed to be of African origin and I’m guessing escaping the horrors of their birth countries. Very sad!  I only hope this will be a temporary solution for them and they can look forward to better life in the future. Naples Port   Naples Mt Vesuvius   Continue reading