The fourth stop on our Greek Islands cruise was Kusadasi in Turkey. David and I traveled to the ancient, marvelous city of Ephesus.
The Parthenon was such a dream for me since childhood. It was the quintessence of ancient civilization and represented so much of what I imagined of mythological Greece: a many-columned temple high on the Acropolis, graceful but strong, looking out over the distinguished city of Athens, Pallas Athena guarding it with wisdom and martial skill.
Our third port was one I was extremely excited about, and I knew there would be a lot to see and do here–more than we could cram in a day. But we would certainly try!
Nafplion, Navplio, Nauplion… many attempts at translating the Greek name. In the same way, this small town at the edge of the Peloponnese has passed under the control of Venice, the Ottoman Empire, and the Kingdom of Greece.
After sailing from Venice, we spent a day in the Mediterranean on our way to Greece. David and I mostly spent it getting to know the ship and preparing for the busy days ahead. I’ll tell you all about the MS Zuiderdam later, though. For now, let’s talk about our very first encounter with Greece.
How to make the best of a day in Pompeii.
In an earlier post, I gave you a peek into how we spent 24 hours in Rome. Now I’ll tell you exactly how we did it, and what we saw. Get your walking shoes out!
The famous saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” That may be true, but you can see some of its sights in only 24 hours.