Hey! I’m back from our cruise to the Mediterranean. 🙂 It was a fantastic trip! But I’ll start out with the not so good: our flight home from Venice was delayed by over 5 hours because of a careless remark by a fellow passenger. What was an otherwise seamless transport from sea to air was marred by what the captain of the flight called “an asinine comment”. Apparently during the check-in process, someone on our flight made a comment about airport security – we never found out who it was or what the person said or if the person was detained afterward. We were kept in the dark about the situation until after we reboarded the plane. We had all originally boarded the flight on time but the plane just sat on the tarmac for over an hour until we we told that due to a “technical issue”, we had to to take all of our stuff and deplane. Then we had to go through security screening again – we thought it was a mechanical issue with the plane so we all joked that we were going through screening again to provide us with “something to do” while they fixed the plane. They had one screening station for the entire flight! 😡 The Italian police and fire department were called and the cargo hold thoroughly checked. Our flight was scheduled to depart at 11:30am but we did not leave until close to 5pm. It wasn’t the worst thing by any means for us, we just got home later than we had anticipated. But for many fellow passengers who had connecting flights, they missed their flights and were put on the next available flight – some were rebooked for flights departing 2 days later! 😮 So, please please even if you think it’s a funny joke, don’t utter any comments about airport security while in the airport / airplane. They take this stuff seriously! 🙄 I said to the SO, “Imagine if this had happened when we were flying out to Venice and missed the cruise ship?” Ugh!
Now, with that out of the way, onward to the good stuff! 😛
These are mostly photos of the ports we visited – I’ll devote a separate entry to the cruise experience itself (which I’ve tentatively named “Cruising Life for Type A Personalities” 😉 ). The cruise was for 7 days and our ports included: Venice (Italy), Dubrovnic (Croatia), Kusadasi / Ephesus (Turkey), Santorini (Greece), and Katakolon / Olympia (Greece). We arrived one day in advance of the sail date to have extra time in Venice – and also recommended by our travel agent in case of a flight delay (see above!) so we actually had 2 days in Venice to explore. The weather overall was wonderful, the only day that was a complete wash-out was our first day in Venice – the downpour was so bad that Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square ) was nearly empty. The following day the sun came out so we walked back to the square and saw the difference between empty vs crowded. We also experienced a short flash storm in Olympia, Greece but thank goodness it happened after our tour.
Highlights: canals, St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace
Highlights: Walled City, Medieval fortresses, Game of Thrones
Highlights: House of Mary, Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Great Theatre
I’m not going to post too many pictures of my visit to Ephesus – I’ll save that for a detail post on the organized group tour in a cross over collab post with Joyce of Local Girl Foreign Land coming up in early October! 🙂
Highlights: Firá, Catholic Cathedral of Fira, Archaeological Museum
Highlights: site of original Olympic Games, Temple of Hera, Archaeological Museum of Olympia
We were almost ready to head back to the ship when we had a flash storm, but it resulted the most beautiful sunset that evening:
If forced to choose, our favourite place was Santorini, which was a surprise since we didn’t have huge expectations like we did for Dubrovnik (don’t get me wrong, we still loved Dubrovnik) – visiting Santorini made us vow to return to Greece to further explore the country. Have you been to any of these places?
PS. I know this question will be asked, I used Canon Powershot SX610, a point and shoot camera, for all the photos. 🙂
PPS. I’ve been really jet lagged for the past few days (6 hr difference) but I’ve started getting back into reading blogs. I’ve noticed a lot of my comments aren’t showing up on your blogs and I think they’re going into your spam folders – please take a moment to check. I guess WordPress doesn’t recognize me anymore being away on vacation!
PPPS. Yes I bought some makeup on the trip. I’ll do a haul post next week! 😀