Pompeii

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Back to my travels and our visit to Pompeii when we docked in Naples on June 19th.

It is so incredible that after surviving the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A. D. so much of it is still around and preserved for us to see.  Here are some photos of my visit to Pompeii.

The main theater of Pompei.

The main theater of Pompeii.

This was one of the main shopping streets in Pompei.

This was one of the main shopping streets in Pompeii.

The baths of Pompei in terrific shape considering they were buried under 6 meters of pumice and ash.

The baths of Pompeii in terrific shape considering they were buried under 6 meters of pumice and ash.

A molded copy of one of the intact bodies found under the ashes when excavating Pompei.

A molded copy of one of the intact bodies found under the ashes when excavating Pompeii.

This is the most visited site in Pompei - The "love" House.

This is the most visited site in Pompeii – The “love” House.

In the "love" house in Pompei, the beds were not so comfortable.

In the “love” house in Pompeii, the beds were not so comfortable.

Not a footprint but a genital symbol used to point the way to the "love" house in Pompei.

Not a footprint but a genital symbol used to point the way to the “love” house in Pompeii.

Inside the "love" house, are these wall paintings of love scenes which survived the eruption and ash.

Inside the “love” house, are these wall paintings of love scenes which survived the eruption and ash.

The main square of Pompei - The Forum.

The main square of Pompeii – The Forum.

One of the main streets in Pompei

One of the main streets in Pompeii

The main square of Pompei - The Forum.

The main square of Pompeii – The Forum.

The north wall of Pompei as you walk out of the ruins.

The north wall of Pompeii as you walk out of the ruins.

This is Frederick.  I am in Rome and today we walked up to the Spanish Steps, climbed them to the Villa Borghese, walked through the park down to the Da Vinci Museum on Piazza de Popolo where we had lunch.  More on all that later.

 

Santorini (Thira)

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I am now in Rome using my apartment’s WiFi.  It was very frustrating on the Noordam trying to post photos and text to my blog our trip.

On the 17th of June we arrived in Santorini (Thira).  It is an old volcano that exploded back in 1625 B.C. deesstroying the island and leaving a crescent shaped mass with some outlying small crags of rocks.  On this mis-shapen island they built the small villages of Fira and Oia.  We took a cable car to Fira from the harbor and rented a car and driver.

Going up to Fira, Santorini by cable car with our ship in the harbor.

Going up to Fira, Santorini by cable car with our ship in the harbor.

We rented a car and driver, in Fira, from Pegasus and the owner asked for a dollar to nail to his currency wall.  Lots of different money but mine was the only dollar.

We rented a car and driver, in Fira, from Pegasus and the owner asked for a dollar to nail to his currency wall. Lots of different money but mine was the only dollar.

On the way to Ammoudi and Oia we stopped at an overlook.

On the way to Ammoudi and Oia we stopped at an overlook.  Below is the eastern coast of Santorini and the numerous vineyards.  We drove back to Fira using that road.

On the way to Ammoudi and Oia we stopped at an overlook. Below is the eastern coast of Santorini and the numerous vineyards. We drove back to Fira using that road.et

Then in the small fishing village of Ammoudi we walked around the sea wall to see if we could get to St. Nicholas Church but we weren’t able to find it.

We drove down to the Ammoudi under the cliffs of Oia and saw this group of kayakers getting ready for a tour.

We drove down to the Ammoudi under the cliffs of Oia and saw this group of kayakers getting ready for a tour.

This is an old crane in the Ammoudi harbor that was used to lift baskets of fish from the boats when they came in.

This is an old crane in the Ammoudi harbor that was used to lift baskets of fish from the boats when they came in.

Walking a narrow sea wall to get to St. Nicholas Church on the rocks off of Ammoudi.

Walking a narrow sea wall to get to St. Nicholas Church on the rocks off of Ammoudi.

Then we drove up to Oia which is a very pretty little village with lots of tourists, shops, restaurants and beautiful buildings like the blue domed churches.

 

Here I am on the street where Pelekanos restaurant is located in Oia.

Here I am on the street where Pelekanos restaurant is located in Oia.

Only the churches have blue domes.  Here are two in Oia.

Only the churches have blue domes. Here are two in Oia.

 

Oia is a very pretty village in the north on Santorini.  I loved the streets, steps, churches and old white washed buildings.

Oia is a very pretty village in the north on Santorini. I loved the streets, steps, churches and old white washed buildings.

The main square of Oia and its beautiful church.

The main square of Oia and its beautiful church.

At Fira my Mom and I decided to go back to the harbor  and our ship by mule.

My Mom and I decided to go back down on mules while my Dad took the cable car.  Good decision, Dad:)

My Mom and I decided to go back down on mules while my Dad took the cable car. Good decision, Dad:)

The ride down was very steep.

The ride down was very steep.

Leaving Santorini.  I will be back.

The view from our balcony on leaving Santorini.  What a beautiful place.

The view from our balcony on leaving Santorini. What a beautiful place.

This is Frederick and my next post is about Pompei.

 

 

Rhodes, Greece

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Yesterday, we were in Rhodes, the fourth largest island in Greece.  It is also an old walled City due to the Knights of St. John’s who came here in 1306 on their way to Jerusalem and the Crusades.  The built the Old City and walled it in with a huge moat.  The lasted here until the Turks invaded in 1519.

Coming into Rhodes harbor.

Coming into Rhodes harbor.

The Walled City of Old Rhodes founded and built by the Knights of St. John Jerusalem in 1306 on their way to the Crusades against Saladin.

The Walled City of Old Rhodes founded and built by the Knights of St. John Jerusalem in 1306 on their way to the Crusades against Saladin.

The castle of Rhodes in the Walled City

The castle of Rhodes in the Walled City

 

There are impressive castles and other medieval buildings and churches inside the walls including 3 Greek style windmills.

First we took a bus down the east coast to Lindos and the Acropolis.  But once there we decided to take a donkey and ride around the old town while my dad found an English pub named the Sunburnt Arms Bar and had a coffee.  We joined him there later and had drinks while talking to Cliff and his wife Reina, originally from Southeast London.  They were really nice and have been in Rhodes for 23 years.  Lots of ex-pat people are in Rhodes because it is very popular with Brits and other Europeans as a holiday get-away.

Walking down the road from the bus parking to Lindos Town we saw this sail boat anchored in the bay.

Walking down the road from the bus parking to Lindos Town we saw this sail boat anchored in the bay.

I and my Mom take a Donkey ride in Lindos Old Town.

I and my Mom take a Donkey ride in Lindos Old Town.

Me and My Donkey:)

Me and My Donkey:)

My Mom and I in one of the many alleys on our Donkeys.

My Mom and I in one of the many alleys on our Donkeys.

This is Cliff, the landlord of the Sunburnt Arms Bar, in Lindos, Rhodes where my dad went for a café kir while my Mom and I rode the donkeys around the alleys and up to the church.

This is Cliff, the landlord of the Sunburnt Arms Bar, in Lindos, Rhodes where my dad went for a café kir while my Mom and I rode the donkeys around the alleys and up to the church.

The Bell Tower of the main Greek Orthodox Church in Lindos.

The Bell Tower of the main Greek Orthodox Church in Lindos.

It can get crowded in Lindos.

It can get crowded in Lindos.

A Dr. Seuss qoute on a sign outside a wedding shop in Lindos: " You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."  My dad said he felt that way when he met my Mom.

A Dr. Seuss qoute on a sign outside a wedding shop in Lindos: ” You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” My dad said he felt that way when he met my Mom.

See how happy I am by the Dr. Seuss sign?

See how happy I am by the Dr. Seuss sign?

This is Frederick, in Santorini.  So far, I have 2 favorites in Greece – Ephesus and Santorini.  I am coming back.  Watch out!

St. Mary’s House and Ephesus

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We are in Santorini (Thira) in a small taverna on the way back to the cable car.  My Mom and I will take the donkey back but my dad is going on the cable car.

Today, I am going to write my post up off-line on Word so that I don’t have to use valuable Wi-Fi time doing it.  But the photos will need Wi-Fi.

Two days ago, we were in Kusadasi, Turkey where we visited the house of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, who lived here under St. John’s protection the last years of her life.  It is small stone house and next to it is an open-air patio where the nuns set up white benches for Mass each day.  Outside the house is a small terrace where a special tree grows and the people would leave notes tied to the tree wishing for something like love, peace or happiness.

The entrance to the Blessed Virgin Mary's House shrine in Ephesus

The entrance to the Blessed Virgin Mary’s House shrine in Ephesus

This is me in front of St. Mary's house in Ephesus.  I went inside and lit a candle in memory of my two passed grandmother's Mamie and Iona.

This is me in front of St. Mary’s house in Ephesus. I went inside and lit a candle in memory of my two passed grandmother’s Mamie and Iona.

Outside St. Mary's House on a terrace wall they write notes of "wishes and hopes" to tie onto ropes hanging on the wall.  I wrote for "peace and happiness" in all our lives.

Outside St. Mary’s House on a terrace wall they write notes of “wishes and hopes” to tie onto ropes hanging on the wall. I wrote for “peace and happiness” in all our lives.

 

Now, because of damage to the tree, they tie notes to ropes hanging off the rails of the terrace.  I went to inside the house and paid 2 Euro to light a candle and say a prayer to my passed Grandmothers who are in heaven with the Holy Mother and God.

We then got on the bus to tour the ruins of Ephesus below the hill on which St. Mary’s house is located.  Ephesus is the most beautifully preserved ruins of Greco-Roman architecture and it’s era we have seen so far.  From the minute you walk in down the marble slab roads and walkways it is something special.  It really impressed me especially how advanced and cultural the Ephesians were.   No wonder St. Paul and St. John found Ephesus a special place to preach and bring the Greeks to Christ.

A beautiful arched doorway in the fabulous archeological ruins of E;phesus.

A beautiful arched doorway in the fabulous archeological ruins of E;phesus.

On this street in Ephesus were many shops and fountains.

On this street in Ephesus were many shops and fountains.

Looking down the Marble Street toward the Celsus Library in Ephesus

Looking down the Marble Street toward the Celsus Library in Ephesus

This is the Odeon of Ephesus and is the smaller of the theaters.  It was sometimes used as a "congress" for making decisions and discussing politics.

This is the Odeon of Ephesus and is the smaller of the theaters. It was sometimes used as a “congress” for making decisions and discussing politics.

The Men's Toilets in Ephesus.  There were 45 seats like this in the building.  Not just toilets for men but rooms where the men could talk, play games or just rest.

The Men’s Toilets in Ephesus. There were 45 seats like this in the building. Not just toilets for men but rooms where the men could talk, play games or just rest.

This was the road you took to go down to the harbor in Ephesus.

This was the road you took to go down to the harbor in Ephesus.

 

Please enjoy the photos and I will just say that the Library of Celcus, the Odeon, the Ampitheater and the Men’s toilets were the highlight of Ephesus for me.

This is the library of Celsus in Ephesus.  Now you know why I think this is the finest archeological site I have seen.  There are so many inscriptions in latin and greek left over on the stones and marble they must tell a fascinating story.

This is the library of Celsus in Ephesus. Now you know why I think this is the finest archeological site I have seen. There are so many inscriptions in latin and greek left over on the stones and marble they must tell a fascinating story.

The main and largest theater in Ephesus seats 25,000 people.  They had tickets which were little round stones, one with a smiley face for comedies and a sad faces for tragedies.  On the back of the stone was your seat number.  There is a smaller one (Odeon) which was also used as a "congress".

The main and largest theater in Ephesus seats 25,000 people. They had tickets which were little round stones, one with a smiley face for comedies and a sad faces for tragedies. On the back of the stone was your seat number. There is a smaller one (Odeon) which was also used as a “congress”.

On this stage there are many concerts including Pavarotti, Elton John, Joan Baez among others. Only acoustic instruments are played and the Sting concert ruined some of the seating because people were jumping and acting crazy.

On this stage there are many concerts including Pavarotti, Elton John, Joan Baez among others. Only acoustic instruments are played and the Sting concert ruined some of the seating because people were jumping and acting crazy.

 

This is Frederick and my next post is from Rhodes where we make a side trip to Lindos.

Mykonos and The Island of Delos

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As the say in Kusadasi, “okeydokey” we have a good connection.  So here are some photos os Mykonos and our side trip by boat to Delos and the archeological site.  I will let you google Delos to find out about it but it was pretty neat.

 

Some of the Ruins of Delos as we approach by boat.

Some of the Ruins of Delos as we approach by boat.

Here is an example of how the stone walls were stucco and then adorned with fresco and paintings.  This was a very wealthy man's house.

Here is an example of how the stone walls were stucco and then adorned with fresco and paintings. This was a very wealthy man’s house.

Here I am standing in the main toilet area of Delos.  People used the trench and it ran down into the sewer.  All the homes had toilets and sewers that emptied into mains that ran to the sea.  This was like 3,000 years before Christ.

Here I am standing in the main toilet area of Delos. People used the trench and it ran down into the sewer. All the homes had toilets and sewers that emptied into mains that ran to the sea. This was like 3,000 years before Christ.

This is the ampitheater of Delos.  It is Greek because the first seats are at ground level.  If Roman, they would be 2 to 3 meters off the floor to start because they used wild animals like Lions and Tigers.

This is the ampitheater of Delos. It is Greek because the first seats are at ground level. If Roman, they would be 2 to 3 meters off the floor to start because they used wild animals like Lions and Tigers.

The Main Cistern of Delos which has its roof collapsed.

The Main Cistern of Delos which has its roof collapsed.

One of the many lions of Naxos dedicated to the people of Delos.

One of the many lions of Naxos dedicated to the people of Delos.

These are the marble lions given by the people of Naxos to the people of Delos.  The actual ones are in the museum.

These are the marble lions given by the people of Naxos to the people of Delos. The actual ones are in the museum.

When lightning would strike they would erect this kind of quadrilateral triangle to honor Zeus who was the bringer of lightning.

When lightning would strike they would erect this kind of quadrilateral triangle to honor Zeus who was the bringer of lightning.

As we leave port a nice landscape of Mykonos.

As we leave port a nice landscape of Mykonos.

This is Frederick and with luck I can post about Ephesus tomorrow when we arrive in Rhodes.  Until then.

 

Athens, At Last!

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This is Frederick reporting from Nicci Café on the waterfront in Kusadasi, Turkey back from our visit to The Blessed Virgin Mary’s home in Ephesus and the ruins of Ephesus.  Now I have better WiFi (fingers crossed) I will try to publish some notes and photos from our prior visits to Athens, Delos and Ephesus.

 

Because of the WiFi, they may be out of order and not as many as I want to show you.  In fact, it looks not to being nice to me here in Kusadasi, so if I post without photos you will understand.

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[Those are my friends from the cruise.  Reese on your left and Alejandro in the middle.  Reese is from Florida and Alejandro from Puerto Rico.  We are going up to the Acropolis of Athens].

The Acropolis of Athens and the Parthenon under reconstruction of the Cella (interior walls).

The Acropolis of Athens and the Parthenon under reconstruction of the Cella (interior walls).

 

But it is better than nothing and right now it publish or perish (my Dad told me that).

The Ampitheater of the Acropolis of Athens

The Ampitheater of the Acropolis of Athens

This is a temple on the Acropolis that I have forgot the spelling.  It begins with an E and you can google to find it.

This is a temple on the Acropolis that I have forgot the spelling. It begins with an E and you can google to find it.

The bring in the construction gear and refurbished blocks for the walls on this little railway up top.

The bring in the construction gear and refurbished blocks for the walls on this little railway up top.

 

By far, Ephesus, today, was the most magnificent archeological ruins we have visited.  Plus seeing the house our Mother of God, Mary, lived in was pretty special to me.  I lit a candle to my two departed Grandmothers and wrote a “wish” note for the Lord’s blessing on all of us.  Then I pinned it on the façade by the “wish tree” they don’t use anymore.

Athens and Delos were also great but Ephesus was the best.

I am making lots of friends on this cruise and see them on the excursions sometimes.

It looks like I have better WiFi now and will try to catch up.

Katakolon (Olympia) and Ancient Corinth.

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Finally, I have a reliable WiFi in the Alegro restaurant overlooking the harbor of Mykinos where we have just returned from our visit to the Island of Delos and its famous archelogical site.  There was the Temple of Apollo, actually there are 3 of them on the island which is uninhabited and a Greek national treasure.

So, in this post I will try to summarize my trip so far through Greece and hopefully be able to post some photos of the neat things we have seen and experienced.

 

A Mosaic on the Floor of a Bulding in Olympia

A Mosaic on the Floor of a Bulding in Olympia

The Eastern Pendant of theTemple to Zeus in Olympia.

The Eastern Pendant of theTemple to Zeus in Olympia.

 

A Statute of Apollo holding Dionysius in the Museum at Olympia.

A Statute of Apollo holding Dionysius in the Museum at Olympia.

The Temple of Zeus in Olympia

The Temple of Zeus in Olympia

The West Pendant of the Temple of Zeus showing the battle of God versus Giants.

The West Pendant of the Temple of Zeus showing the battle of God versus Giants.

A small altar to the Madonna as we walked up out of Olympia.

A small altar to the Madonna as we walked up out of Olympia.

After Olympia we sailed down to Nyaflion where we took a bus to the Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth and Mycenae.  Here are some photos.  The ones of Athens and Delos I will post tomorrow, I hope.

Me, in a funny face, at the Corinth Canal.  My Mom once took a motor yacht through it.

Me, in a funny face, at the Corinth Canal. My Mom once took a motor yacht through it.

The Treasure of Atreus in Ancient Corinth.

The Treasure of Atreus in Mycenea.

The Lion's Gate to the Acropolis of Corinth.

The Lion’s Gate to the Acropolis of Mycenae.

The natural fountains of Ancient Corinth in the Acropolis.

The natural fountains of Ancient Corinth in the Acropolis.

An Engraved slab with 2 Corinthinian 4:17 by St. Paul who preached and taught here.

An Engraved slab with 2 Corinthinian 4:17 by St. Paul who preached and taught here.

This is Frederick living in the ancient past with the Greeks, Romans and sea traders.

Tomorrow we are in Ephesus to visit the Blessed Virgin Mary’s house of her last years.  More fromAthens and Delos (Mykinos) when I can find reliable WiFi again.