Millennium Cruise to Greece

I grew up loving classical antiquity; next to Italy, my favorite country was Greece;
the first time I saw the Acropolis I wept.
Over the years, I have had the good fortune to travel to Greece a number of times--
on a sabbatical in 1975, on a memorable Israel study program in 1982,
and on a Millennial cruise in 2000 with a friend from childhood, Helen Griffin.
Some highlights of that cruise are here.

We flew to Istanbul on December 31, 1999, and on New Millenium's Day visited the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. On the Renaissance One we sailed for Greece.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Column of Constantine, Hippodrome

Our Renaissance I Ship

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

We sailed through the Dardanelles and into the Aegean, close to Mt. Athos, before heading to Kusadasi and Ephesus, where we saw the tomb of St. John and the house of Mary. We sailed to Rhodes for Epiphany, and on to Crete and finally Piraeus/Athens.

Ephesus Library, Turkey

 

Mt. Athos--from our cruise ship

Mosaic in Grand Master's Palace--Rhodes

Rhodes

Morning view of Rhodes from ship

Helen at the Parthenon

Vase at Heraclion

The Erichtheum on the Acropolis

Helen is a good traveler and likes to walk. In Athens, we crawled all over the Acropolis and back down and through the Plaka, went to the flea market on Saturday in Monasteraki, ate at McDonalds in Sintagma Square, viewed the El Greco exhibit at the National Art Gallery. We spent our last day on a trip down to Cape Sounion, arriving in time to watch the sun set over the Greek Islands.

With Helen
at Cape Sounion

The little Byzantine church near Sintagma Square

Sunset at Cape Sounion

Temple of Poseidon--Sounion

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