25th-29th July, 2015: Antony Hotel, Campalto Mestre, Italy

25th and 26th: At Sea

Day One: Collected by the hotel shuttle for the trip from the port to Campalto Mestre (between Venice and the airport).  Walked the suburb, found the local bar, cafes and coop (supermarket).  Bought some fresh fruit, water and wine for Derick!

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24th July 2015: Argostoli, Greece

Serving as one of the busiest ports in Greece, Argostoli sits on the west coast of the island of Cephalonia.  The island was severely damaged form German bombing during World War II in 1943, bet even more so after a large earthquake in 1953.  Most buildings that had been standing were torn to the ground, prompting an island-wide rebuild.  One structure that was rebuilt was the Agion Theodoron Lighthouse, which was originally constructed during the British occupation.  The newly renovated version implemented Doric-style columns taken from the original plans.

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23rd July, 2015: Pireaus, Greece

Pireaus is the port serving Athens, which is approximately 20 minute car ride from central Athens.  Commonly known as the birthplace of democracy, Athens serves a Greece’s capital city and is one of the oldest cities in the world, dating back 7,000 years.

Panathinaiko Stadium_2

 

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22nd July, 2015: Kusadasi, Turkey

Located on the western coast of Turkey, this resort town attracts tourists from all around the world.  Since the area was settled by the Leleges in 3000 BC, culture and art have been at the forefront.  Ancient ruins at every turn.  Ephesus-once home to the Temple of Artemis, recognised as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Kusadasi_2

 

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21st July, 2015: Mytilene, Nisos Lesbos, Greece

Lying on the south-east coast of the island of Lesbos, Mytilene is a modern town that also incorporates several elements form the past.  The city occupies seven hills, and features a fortress-one of the largest of the Mediterranean-on a hillock to the east of the town.  Mytilene has seen its share of famous historical figures, the most well-known being the poets Sappho and Alcaeus.  The famous philosopher Aristotles also resided in the city form 337-335BC.  One of the major destinations for visitors to the area is the ancient theatre located just to the north of the main town.  Built in Hellenistic times and restored by the romans, the theatre seats 15000 spectators and is one he largest in Greece.Mytilene

Main Street Mytilene

19th -20th July, 2015: Sailed the Dardanelle Straits to Istanbul

Day 1: The Nieuw Amsterdam entered the Dardanelles Straits around 8am this morning.  The straits are quite narrow, but also very busy shipping lanes.  The ship’s Location Guide, Tom, gave a narration between 9am and 10am, as we sailed by Gallopoli.  We managed some photos of landmarks and memorials but mostly the land was just that bit too far away.  The remainder of the day was spent relaxing on the balcony, watching the world go by:).

Entering Dardanelle Straits

 

Dardanelle Straits

 

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18th July 2015: Santorini, Greece

Santorini is certainly the most ruggedly beautiful of the Aegean Islands; it boasts pitch black beaches, white washed cliffs and sensational sunsets.  Also known as Thira, this island owes its dramatic landscape to one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history.  In approximately 1600 BC the volcano that made up this island erupted in a catastrophic explosion known as the Minoan eruption. What was once the island of Thira, sank to the bottom of the caldera and the sea rushed into the abyss to create the great bay.  The bay is 1300 feet deep in places, so deep that when boats dock in the small port of Athinios, they do not drop anchor.

Coasta lView

 

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