Wed 18 Nov 2009
WOW!!! We really got a great deal aboard the beautiful brand new Celebrity Equinox cruise ship. Thank you Aunt Thelma. Here are the details of our adventure…
We landed in Rome and quickly found the train route that would take us to the port city of Civitavecchia. From there, we boarded the ship for a 12 relaxing days around the Mediterranean Sea. These days were filled with taking advantage of learning new languages, eating, relaxing in the hot tub, meeting our fellow cruisers, listening to great jazz music, and dressing up for exquisite dinners.
Oh, I must mention, aside from the exotic ports of call, one of the most exciting part of the cruise was the broadway style show after dinner. In Cirque style, there were aerial performers (which I LOVE) and other dancers in flamboyant costumes. This show was world-class! This voyage was definitely off to a great start.
First Stop – Athens
The weather was slated to be clear and hot for our first stop - Athens, Greece. Boy, was the weatherman ever wrong!! On our way to the Acropolis, it started to drizzle. But that didn’t stop our adventure. The taxi dropped us off and we were headed up the steep pathway to see this ancient wonder of the world. Finally making it to the top, we also treated to a spectacular overview of Athens and the Parthenon. At this point, it started to POUR!!! There was no place to take cover. Luckily, we saw friends with umbrellas who gladly escorted us down the hill. From there, we got a taxi and went back to the ship…So much for a day in Athens.
Next stop?? Onward to Ancient Empires
Words cannot express the awe I felt traveling through the Holy Land and following in the footsteps of St. Paul in Ephesus, Turkey. Imagine my excitement seeing the magnificent Pyramids of Giza and standing right next to the Sphinx. I actually envisioned the baby Moses sailing down the Nile River in his basket. Definitely an impressive journey!
Here is a challenge – Can you name the site/locations captured in the photos below? (hint – mouse over the pic for the location).
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