Ancient Ephesus (Kusadasi)

The fourth stop on our Greek Islands cruise was Kusadasi in Turkey. David and I traveled to the ancient, marvelous city of Ephesus.

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One Day in Athens: Parthenon

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. 

One Day in Athens

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!

Arvanitia Promenade and Palamidi Fortress

Nafplio: The Port of Many Names

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.

Ancient Olympia (Katakolon)

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.