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Rome to Istanbul – Day 7 (Santorini)

Today we visited the incredibly overcrowded but beautiful Santorini. Shipboard connectivity is strained today. I’ll redo this post (and images) later. Here is my favorite. P.S. Tomorrow we get to visit Ephesus. I am totally psyched!! UPDATES: After leaving hte parking lot and entering the main square, this is the first thing that grabs yoiur […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 6 (Sparta and Mystras)

Today we visited Gythion the major port city on the Peloponnese peninsula of the Greek mainland. It is home to about ~12,000 people but still strategically important. It was the major port of the region in Roman times and the port for the key city of Sparta. While there is a lot of tourism and […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 5 (Argostoli)

Argostoli (Αργοστόλι) was our port of call today. We decided to do a self guided walk of town rather than a scheduled tour. It is a rather plain port, nothing too exciting. It is the main port for the island so while there is a fair amount of tourism, there is more commerce than anything. […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 4 (Taormina)

Taormina Sicily – I was here for work (a NATO ASI project through 3M) 32 years ago. I was anxious to return to see what time had done to a wonderful little village. For me there are three things in (and or near) Taormina that I remember and that I wanted to see. Mt. Etna, […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 3 (Amalfi)

We woke up this morning as we pulled into Amalfi. It is a very charming town. While we enjoyed the Isle of Capri, I dont think we’d return (too many tourists. :-)). Amalfi on the other hand is great. Beautiful beach, lovely town square, amazing emerald grotto. I have taken quite a few shots and […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 2 (Sorrento and Capri)

On our second day we anchored just off Sorrento which is about an hour south of Naples by car. In this shot you can see Vesuvius in the background. We came ashore via tender into the main harbor. Quite quaint. Not sure how they built these (especially years ago). From there we took a ferry […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 1 (Rome)

We had an uneventful flight to Rome (the best kind). We caught 90 minutes of shuteye and then had a nice afternoon walking the city. We were pretty wiped after the flight so we didn’t travel far. We saw the Spanish Steps (construction) and then Trevi Fountain (major construction!) and decided that was enough. Rome […]

Budapest – Day 11

This morning we disembarked the Viking Legend after a nice breakfast and goodbyes with new friends (actually some of the goodbyes were at dinner last night due to early morning flights). All in all we really liked Viking. We had a couple of nits but they do a good job. The only issue going forward […]

Budapest – Day 10

After the spectacular lights the night before I rose early (30 minutes prior to sunrise) to see if some of the magic was still there. It certainly was. Here is the Budapest Castle which is now home to the state museum. The second image is of the Chain Bridge.  This was the nicest part of the […]

Arrival in Budapest – Day 9

We were warned no less than ten times that the arrival in Budapest on the Danube at night is spectacular. We were scheduled to arrive at about 11 so we scheduled and planned accordingly. As our arrival time neared we staked out places on the deck and assumed our positions. Here is Marty acting as […]