Athens, Greece

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21 May 2012

An overcast sky muted the colors, but cooled our climb up the hill. We taxied into town with Molly and Callie from the Writing Group and meet Cynthia and others for a hike up to the top.

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The views in all directions were extraordinary. How amazing to enjoy a play in this setting.

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They are restoring the columns stone by stone and replacing all the missing cracks. A massive undertaking, being done with care. 

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After a gyro for lunch we walked through the market. I realized too late that we did not take a lot of photos of Athens. Pamela visited here before and I just enjoyed people watching.

Mykonos, Greece

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18 May 2012

We raced across the Med to be the first cruise ship in harbour so that we could tie up dockside rather than use tenders as the other ships had to do. The Marina was filled with colourful fishing boats and modern cruisers. The skies were overcast with the sun shining in the distance.

Because most of the shops were still opening when we arrived we stopped into Katerina's bar and restaurant for espressos and wifi. Posted photos from Rome and Egypt while overlooking the harbour and avoiding the early rains (hoping they would pass).

Donned my rain jacket and walked the narrow paths until we discovered Joanna's linen shop, where she designs and makes beautiful garments. Pamela found two lovely linen dresses and Joanna gave her a complementing scarf. Joanna shared with us her family's five generation history.

Stopped in Hibiscus bakery for feta pie and baklava...delicious.

The rain continued but walked all the streets we could before returning to the ship for an early departure. We look forward to returning here for an extended stay to wander the maze of streets.

Crown Princess

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We are excited about our upcoming cruise on the Crown Princess. We fly to Rome in May for an evening with our dear friend Dennis Cigler, before boarding. You may remember our last visit with Dennis. We will have a few days to rest at sea before arriving in Alexandria, Egypt. We then travel to the island of Mykonos and on to Turkey to visit Istanbul and Ephesus (Kusadasi). Next we tour the ruins of Athens and then around to Venice, Italy where we will disembark and stay for a few days at a B&B beside one of the canals. We hope to take a lot of photos and get a little writing done.