Wheels up from Tampa 18 Sep 15 headed to The Big Apple for our connecting flight to Rome
JFK New York to Fumicino, Rome - Got a tour of the cockpit & got to sit in the co-pilot seat.
This hotel is a hidden treasure umongst the many historic masterpieces in Rome.
Our hotel Scalinata di Spagna just around the corner from the Spanish Steps.
Exploring the Spanish Steps & surrounding areas.
Sinking Boat Fountain at the Spanish steps
National Museum of Rome (Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Massimo alle Terme) which holds such treasures as Aphrodite, Rome's early currency, busts of Roman Emperors & the best preserved Roman copy of the Greek Discus Thrower.
Our tour of the Colosseum & Arch of Constantine
Little known fact - Basilica S. Maria Sopra Minerva has on display one of Michaelangelo's masterpiece's
Pantheon in Rome and then some salami, cheese, and the local beer
Took the bullet train to Napoli (Naples) for the day to see Pompei and Mt. Vesuvius - Amazing historical sights that will not soon be forgotten.
Mom & Aunt D join us in Rome and off to the Colloseum, Palintine and the Vatican
Leaving Rome to cruise the Mediterranean from the port of Civettavecia, still so much more to see!
First stop Mykonos Greece - friendly people, beautiful island.
Next stop Kusadasi, Turkey, where Leslie set up a Rick Steve's tour with our guide Mellis. She took us to see the House of the Virgin Mary, the ruins of Ephesus, and the Temple of Artemis. We had an authentic Turkish lunch and of course some serious leather shopping before heading back to the ship. Then we said goodbye to Turkey and Mellis - Awesome day!
Back on the ship and this was waiting in our room for us! Way to take care of us Royal Caribbean.
The islands just keep coming, woke up in Santorini, Greece where I caught the tender to shore and rode the cable car to the top. I was not feeling adventurous enough to ride the donkey up the 449 steps overlooking the cliff!
Next port - Piraeus. Off to visit Athens and see the Acropolis, the first Olympic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, the changing of the guard and of course an authentic Athenian lunch by the water to end a great day, before heading back to the ship. On the way back passed by a Saudi Prince's yacht - Wow!
Our last stop Katakolon, Greece. We were joined by another Royal Caribbean & Costa cruise liner.