Monday, July 21, 2008

Mediterranean-June 2008-Athens to Barcelona

Dinner table with Chief Engineer

Dinner table in Silk Road on board Serenity

Capri-Hotel Quisisana

Capri--Faraglioni Rocks 

Capri---Villa San Michele--crowds waiting in line patiently to enter the villa

Split-outside Diocletian Palace

Dubrovnik-Pile Gate-entrance to Old City

Dubrovnik-stairs leading to walls of the fortified city

Athens-Changing of the Guard at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

Sculptures in the Monte Carlo Casino

Monte Carlo--Royal Entrance to the Opera House, which is at the rear of the famous Garnier Casino--Susan Arlen

Monte Carlo-Mary and Susan

 Monte Carlo-Mary-Hôtel de Paris

 Mary in Marseille Harbor

Monte Carlo Cathedral-Princess Grace tomb

St. Marks Cathedal and Palazzo Dogi

Silk Road-on board Crystal Serenity

Athens-overlooking the city-Acropolis in background

Breakfast-rooftop restaurant Grande Bretagne

Cruise June 3-June 25, 2008 Athens to Barcelona-Lufthansa-Business Class

My trip took me from Athens, Greece, to Barcelona, Spain: Athens, Kusadasi (Turkey), Santorini (Greece), Sarande (Albania), Split (Croatia), 3 days in Venice, Dubvonik (Croatia), Sorrento, Civitavecchia for Rome, Livorno for Florence, Monte Carlo/Monaco, Marseille (France), Barcelona (Spain).  

From Monte Carlo I took an excursion to the hilltop town of Eze and to the Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

I had lots of opportunities to converse with locals in Italian, French or Spanish. Many people in Croatia spoke Italian and/or English. In Albania I was totally lost, and very, very few spoke English. Albania is certainly a developing 3rd world country, and it is still very inexpensive if you would like to buy beach front property! Incredibly, NO smoking indoors in France, Italy and Spain!

 I have included only a few of the 117 pictures that I took.

June 4 and 5 at Grande Bretagne, Athens

I boarded Crystal Serenity on June 6.

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