2013 Greece and Turkey

The Panathenaic Stadium (Stadium of all the Athenians) This stadium hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The famous Acropolis, Athens I want a picture with it too... We didn't break it.... Would one get claustrophobic travelling through this narrow Corinth Canal?? At the excavated site of ancient Corinth. We're glad some of the columns of the Temple of Apollo (Corinth) are still around.... Massive columns, but they didn't look that big when one stands far away from them...
Welcome to the Lion Gate, Mycenae. Royal burials, Grave Circle A, during the 16th century BC... We're ready to go in to find some treasures, in the Treasury of Atreus. Oops.. it is also known as the Tomb of Agamemnon. The Epidaurus Theater with the circular area where the people performed... I'll be performing shortly...  Hmm... Are you serious? How long do I have to wait... We're figuring out a way to bring this home, Mycenaen Arts Center. It could have been me... The Palaestra, part of the gymnasium complex, Olympia... where I could come over to practice boxing, wrestling and jumping...
The Philipeion, dedicated to Zeus, father of gods and men... I could use the marbles for.... Monument entrance - Krypte, ancient Olympia stadium. Arch tunnel, Krypte, ancient Olympia stadium. Could you imagine this is a 45,000 spectators stadium? Temple of Zeus, Olympia, 450-457 BC Let me liberate the Greeks from the Turks.... Nafpaktos Let's not get involved with the Independence war... just enjoy ourselves... This is a seaport I like...
The seaport is so quiet... Life must be relaxing here... Could I take this home? Itea Let's forget the big tree... instead get a villa here... Hmm... I think I dream too much lately... How about relaxing at the beach and just do nothing... How about me??? Itea In front of the Temple of Apollo, Delphi I like these massive stones...
Imagine standing here being cheered by the spectators in this anicient theater of Delphi... I have a perfect view of the theater up here... Ancient stadium in Delphi. I ran all the way up here from the bottom of the mountain... did I? You must believe me.. Do you like the house I want to buy? Meteora Let's check out the house first... I'll dance my way in... Monastery of Varlaam, Meteora. I'm going to ignore all those cracks on the bridge..
Safely crossed the bridge... Nice place to check in for a night... Nah, I don't want to get into the cage... I would rather take the steps and go down... I think you're right... The bridge is not as scary as it looks. Hercule... Don't let everyone know you're so strong... just pretend you're a regular tourist... Am I worried about going in? No way... Monastery of Varlaaam, Meteora
A visit to Holy Monastery of St. Stephen, Meteora. In front of the statue of Leonidas, inscription reads "Come and get them!", Thermopylae. Dinner with some of our travel team at Veliero Restaurant, in Microlimano, 4 miles southwest of Athens city center. We were checking out yachts... This is my kind of town... Dinner at Veliero Restaurant in Microlimano. Getting ready to board our cruise ship to visit the Greek islands. Mykonos, the beautiful Greek island. Houses where ship merchants and captains used to own and live.
The windmills were built by the Venetians in the 16th century to mill flour. Relaxing after a long day of work at the windmill... Alefkantra or Little Venice, one of the most scenic corners of the Mykonos island. If you want food, here they are... lots of them. It's still early to eat, but people love to have a drink and enjoy the scenery... This is so relaxing.... Lots of small boats... Shops for tourists... Sunset in Mykonos..
See the giant turtle on the right hand side? The road to Library of Celsius, Ephesus Turkey. Do we look like two aspired archaeologists? Library of Celsius, built in 135 AD. Trying to camouflage with the ancient ruins?  Library of Celsius, Ephesus Turkey... Inside the library... Mazaeus and Mithridates Gate alongside the Celsius Library, built in 40 AD. Built by the slaves Mazeus and Mythridates for their emperor Augustus who gave them their freedom... Great Theatre of Ephesus
I booked this place for a day to perform... hmm... Apostle Paul addressed the Ephesians here, Cleopatra, Mother Mary, Alexander the Great all were here.. So here I am... Great Theatre of Ephesus Our islands cruise ship, Louis Olympia. Port at Kusadasi, Turkey Cabin in Louis Olympia cruise ship. Holy Grotto of the Apocalypse, Patmos. Patmos, Greece Our cruise ship at the background, Patmos.
The 3 famous windmills at the top of Chora, Patmos. Monastery of Our Lady of Philerimos, Rhodes. What a beautiful and quiet monastery, Rhodes. Road to Calvary (Path of Golgotha), Rhodes. Our steps at the Street of the Knights, Rhodes old town. Seahorse Square, Rhodes Ippokratous Square, Rhodes Medieval walled city of Rhodes Ippokratous Square, Rhodes
Up at the balcony... Rhodes Gate of the old Medieval walled city of Rhodes A walk at the beach, outside the old Medieval wall city of Rhodes. Water is cool and comfortable, Rhodes Checking to see whether there is any sea urchin... Not seeing any dolphins, but who knows... Blue Aegean sea, definitely as blue as it could be... Minoan Knossos Palace, Knossos Crete Going into the Throne Room, to take a seat...
Imagine taking the steps to the Central Court of the palace... Horns of Consecration... I got a pair too... English archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, who excavated the palace... Let me get close to take a sip, no one would notice... The Church of Panagia Platsani, Santorini. See what I found? A big blue domed church... I'm all good... A beautiful sunset to the Aegean Sea... Sunset at Santorini...
The rocky side of Santorini... and the yachts.. The blue dome churches stand out among the white-washed buildings, village of Oia, Santorini... I like to take a walk down the hill to the sea shore... Cobble stone street with all the shops and restaurants... The Church of Panagia Platsani, Santorini In front of a cute store at Santorini. Don't we all love the blue dome churches? Enjoying a late sunset, Santorini. This is a good view of Santorini...
Isn't this interesting? If you open the gate, you could... Time to sit down and have some pictures for good memory... Why bother to shop when we could just relax and enjoy the moment... I bought a T-shirt, yay! Back to Athens after our islands hopping. I'm going to see whether I can order a dinosaur bone to take home from this National Archaeological Museum. I want to go in to find out whether I'm a Math genius or not... Big gong for the parliament? Didn't see any flea market on this day... Monastiraki, a flea market neighborhood. A lot of restaurant on this street, casual but not inexpensive...
Academy of Athens  with statues of Athena (goddess of wisdom, arts, civilization, warfare and justice), and Apollo (god of music and poetry)