7 Originally built under the leadership of Herod Atticus in AD 143. Totally reconstructed in 1896 for the first modern olympic games.
8 Olympic symbol
9 View of the Acropolis.
10 Tower of the winds.
11 Athens outdoor cafe.
12 Navigating along the narrow streets in our tour bus.
13 Port of Pireas.
14 First view of our cruise ship - the Artemis. It has 25 cabins holding a total of about 50 guests.
15 Life vest drill
16 Our cruise began by going through the Corinth Canal. This was started by Nero.
17 In 66 AD Nero considered the earlier plans of Julius Caesar and Caligula and a year later sent teams of war prisoners and 6000 Jewish slaves to work on the canal. They dug a ditch 3300 meters long and 40 meters wide before work was interrupted by a mutiny in Rome.
18 No ship can be wider than 24.6 meters.
19 Ron and Glenda
20 We are being followed.
This canal was completed in 1893 and is 6300 meters long.
The flow of water in the canal changes direction about every 6 hours.
21 Watching the shore line.
22 Fishing for tonight's meal.
24 Small boat coming to take the canal pilot off the ship.
25 Sunset on the western end of the canal.
27 Night arrival in Itea, Greece.
28 Olive trees on the way to Delphi.
29 Waiting for our local guide in Delphi.
30 Ruins of Delphi.
31 Delphi Treasury.
32 Ruins of Temple of Apollo.
35 Temple of Apollo
37 Area guarded by highly trained attack cats.
38 Delphi Museum.
39 Some of the gold found at Delphi.
40 Showing how the monuments were painted.
41 Delphi Museum.
45 View on our trip back to Itea.
46 Returning to the Artemis.
47 The Rio-Antirio Bridge linking the Greek mainland with the Peloponnese Peninsula.
48 The bridge. It was inaugurated on August 7, 2004 and the Olympic torch bearers were the first to have officially crossed it.
49 Arriving in Corfu
51 Corfu was the 2nd most powerful maritime city-state of ancient Greece.
52 Lighthouse in Harbor.
53 It lost its importance during the Roman and Byzantine eras. The Venetians occupied Corfu during the 13th century. The Corfu dialect contains many Italian words.
54 Corfu rejoined Greece in 1864.
55 Some more of the harbor.
56 The beach.
57 Local table cloths for sale. Other local products are Koumkouat and almond sweets.
58 The harbor.
62 beat-up window
63 walking thru a village
66 Corfu Town. The Church of St. Spiridon - patron saint of Corfu.
67 Corfu Town promenade.
68 Evening - Greek dancing on our boat.
69 We are now in Albania. Here we are learning that time is unimportant. We are waiting for the Albanian officials to clear us so that we can get off.
70 Port of Saranda, Albania.
71 Our guide told us that corruption is absolutely rampant in the country. In this case, a builder refused to pay the proper bribes, so the building was distroyed.
72 Monument to Albanian soldiers.
73 During the Communist era the Albanian dictator, Envar Hoxha felt that the entire world was interested in conquering his country. Hence he embarked in a building program to build one million military "pillboxes" along the coast to hold off invaders. His government did successfully build about 500,000 of these 1-man fortifications. Hoxha died in 1985.
74 On the way to Butrint, Albania.
75 Selling/buying souveniers.
76 Tourist stop.
77 Local ferry.
78 Sycamore trees leading to an archeological site.
79 Butrint - Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Venetian ruins.
80 Visiting the ruins.
82 remains of a pillar
83 Roman bath. The entire floor was raised and hot water was run underneath.
84 More ruins.Caesar arrived in Butrint in 44 BC and designated it a "Roman Colonial City".
85 Butrint, from the 5th century had a bishop and this "Great Basilica" (6th century AD) was the bishop's church.
86 Some of the remaining mosaic on the floor of the church.
87 Lion eating a bull (yes, it looks like a pig but we were assured it was a bull). This lion relief was not part of the original wall but was put there in the 5th century in order to reduce the size of the gate and make it easier to defend.
88 Back in Saranda, Albania. Our boat the Artemis.
89 Overview of the plains beyond the city.
90 Albanian flag.
91 Holiday crowd.
92 More of Saranda.
93 Sailing through the scenic Kotor Bay. On the right is Montenegro and the left is Croatia.
94 Remnants of the Montenegran Navy.
95 Bay of Kotor.
96 Kotor Bay.
97 Church on the mountainside.
98 Our Lady of the Rocks - on a man-made island.
99 Yet another church.
100 Our captain taking us in the the city of Kotor, Montenegro.
101 The yacht was owned by Christina Onasia and is now available for hire (if you have to ask "how much", well, then, forget it).
102 The walled city of Kotor.
103 Inside the walled city.
104 The city.
105 More of the city (Glenda in the foreground).
106 A small church in one of the many squares.
107 Church door.
109 Laundry day.
111 Venetian crest.
112 Local Market.
113 Ron, reconnecting to civilization.
114 Having coffee and surfing the net.
116 Home of prominent 17th century family.
118 Kotor at night. Notice that the walls of the city extended up the mountainside to prevent attacks over the mountains.
119 On the way to Cetinje, Montenegro.
120 Scenes of Kotor Bay.
121 Our ship is small and on the right of the large cruise ship.
122 Kotor Bay.
123 Local wildflowers
124 Njegusi Village. Famous for the production of cheese and smoked ham.
125 Njegusi, stopping to have some cheese and smoked ham.
126 Njegusi, leaving the village. The huts on the right are for backpackers.
127 Cetinje, dancing with the local blacksmith.
128 Cetinje. King Nikolas Museum. This was a palace, now used and a Museum.
129 Cetinje. Church.
130 Hang glider over Kotor Bay.
131 Leaving Kotor Bay for Croatia.
132 Our Lady of the Rocks
133 Entering Gruz, the port city of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
134 Gruz, Croatia
135 Local supermarket.
136 Building on the harbor.
137 Gruz at sunset.
138 Dubrovnik at night.
140 Dubrovnik - main street. Dubrovnik was probably founded in the first half of the 7th century.
141 Dubrovnik at night. In 1358 it became part of the Hungarian-Croatian Kingdom.
142 Dubrovnik at night. Outside the city walls. In the 15th and 16th century it was a free city-state.
143 Dubrovnik at night. This Dominican Church was erected in 1315, destroyed in the earthquake of 1667, and then rebuilt in a mixture of Gothic and Rennaisance styles. In 1815 Dubrovnik was annexed to Austria.
144 Dubrovnik at night. The Rectors Palace - now a restaurant.
145 Pagentry in Dubrovnik.
146 Dubrovnik at night.
147 Dubrovnik at night. Fountain. The water here is clean enough to drink.
149 Dubrovnik at night. Hmm, do I need a new dress?
150 The walls of Dubrovnik at night.
151 Dubrovnik by day.
152 Dubrovnik at night. Street musicians.
153 Patron saint of Dubrovnik - holding the walled city in his left hand.
155 Very new roofs on very old city. This is a result of the bombing by the Serbs in the mid 90s.
156 One of the very few undamaged roofs. Notice the old tiles.
157 Clock tower.
158 A view from the wall of the city. The main wall is 6400 feet long and up to 82 feet high.
159 Some of the wall with the Dubrovnik city flag.
161 City fountain.
162 Main street from the wall.
164 local market.
165 Party in a Croatian village. The lady dancing is Yana, our guide.
167 Entering the island of Korcula, Croatia.
169 The gate to Korcula.
170 Caper plant
171 Small family church.
172 Bell tower.
173 Narrow street in Korcula.
174 Museum (formerly a bishop's house)
175 Yana, our guide from Slovinia, and Vasja, our guide from Croatia.
176 Korcula claims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo.
177 Along the shore.
178 City street.
179 Watching over Korcula.
180 Most happy fella.
181 I can't believe he really drank two ice cream sodas!
184 still life
185 Korcula at night.
186 Singing group at night
187 "Moreska" - a traditional sword dance and drama. It has been performed since the 16th century in Korcula.
188 Hvar island.
189 wine tasting
190 Trying the local wine.
191 Trying the local wine.
192 Croatian Fisherman
193 Fishing net.
194 Fishing net.
195 Local house in Hvar.
197 Abandoned Lavender field
198 Cathedral in the old town of Hvar.
199 Fortress - erected in 13th century.
200 Center of Hvar - dates from 15th century.
202 Selling lavender
204 Now we are in the city of Split.
205 Entertainment on our boat.
209 Diocletian's palace. He was the Roman emperor and born on the Dalmatian Coast. He retired on May 1, 305 AD (we weren't invited to his retirement party).
210 Masks in one of the local stores.
211 Bottom floor of the palace.
212 Inside the palace walls.
213 Inside the palace walls.
214 Acapella singing group.
215 Inside the palace walls.
217 Statue inside the temple of Jupiter.
218 Courtyard inside the palace.
219 Statue by Ivan Mestrovic one of Croatia's most renown modern sculptors.
220 The couple who used to live in this house were reknown for their loud arguements. This plaque was placed sometime after their deaths. The woman (on the right) is yelling at her husband, and he is giving her "the finger".
221 Harbor at Split.
222 Roman stadium. Can be flooded for water games.
223 Roman aquaduct - after some modernization is still being used for its original purpose.
224 St. Lawrence cathedral on Trogir.
226 "If I have to come down there, you are in trouble".
228 Cherubs under the weight of bounty.
229 Were on Trogir, an island community settled by the Greeks in the third century BC.
230 1500 year old olive tree,believed to be planted by retired Roman soldier. This particular tree is not native to the Dalmatian Coast.
231 Dalmatian Rose.
232 Plitvice Lakes
233 Plitvice Lakes
235 Plitvice Lakes
236 Trout. Plitvice Lakes
240 Plitvice Lakes
242 Plitvice Lakes
243 Plitvice Lakes
247 Plitvice Lakes
248 Plitvice Lakes
249 Zagreb [ Tourist train
250 Zagreb - Center square. The statue is Trg Bana Jelacica who defeated the Hungarians in an 1848 uprising.
251 Zagreb - street scene is "upper town:.
253 Zagreb - St. Mark's Church
254 Zagreb - 13th century stone gate with a painting of the Virgin Mary, which miraculously escaped the great fire of 1731 and is a place of pilgrimage.
255 Dolac market - the main market in Zagreb.
256 Zagreb - St. Stephen's Cathedral. Build in 1899
258 Inscription using early Croatian alphabet.
259 Mirogoj Cemetary. This was created in 1876 and inters members of all religious groups. Note that in this pictures there are Christian and Jewish tombs.
260 Outside wall of the cemetary.
262 Italian Restaurant in Zagreb.
263 Verazdin Castle dating back to the 15th century.
265 Locksmith guild sign.
266 Family crest of Erdody counts
267 Inside the chapel
268 play of light on old brick flooring.
269 Castle courtyard
270 Porcelin Fireplace
271 Entrance Gate
272 Varazdin Town Hall
274 Discussing politics
275 City Park
276 City square
277 Varazdin Castle
278 Lunch in the vineyards
279 Now we are in Ljubljana, Slovenia
280 Ljubljana. This city has a 5000 year history. This is the Ljubljanica River.
281 Fountain of Three Rivers
283 Church of the Annunciation.
284 Cathedral of St. Nicholas doors
286 Sunflowers at the city market.
287 Sunflowers at the city market.
288 France Preseren, the greatest Slovenian poet.
289 Fisherman's alley
290 Narrow street in the old city.
291 Modern clock.
293 Fixture on the "Dragon Bridge". The dragon is the official symbol of Ljubljana.
295 City of Bled, Slovenia. We are being rowed to an island.
297 Lake Bled activities.
298 Bled castle, 100 meters above the lake.
299 Glenda photographing us in the mirror.
300 River in the Julian Alps.
301 Come in, the water's fine. Yana reliving her childhood.
302 Isn't anyone going to join me?
303 Here we are!
304 Lake Bohinj.
305 Flying over Lake Bohinj.
307 Slovenian hay racks.
308 Slovenian village.
309 Windows and flowerboxes.
310 Windows and flowerboxes.
311 Wood stored for the winter.
312 Chapel in Bled Castle.
314 Bled castle, looking down at the lake.
316 Lake environs.
317 Bled Castle.
318 Table for two.
319 Church on island.
320 Have a great trip home!
321 Residence on lake shore.
322 Visit to a gingerbread bakery. These are not intended to be edible. They are for decoration only.