Part 9 (Santorini, Greece) – Cruising Venice, The Greek Isles, and the Eastern Mediterranean

Santorini.  The most picturesque of all the Greek Isles, as I had been told over and over again by friends and family that had been there and loved it.  I will admit, my expectations were high heading into our third and final tour with The Travel Insiders.  We chose a tour called, "The Highlights of [...]

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Part 7 (Thessaloniki, Greece) – Cruising Venice, The Greek Isles, and the Eastern Mediterranean

Well, I am back from my Disney vacation and I will write more about that later, but let me tell you...I thought the Mediterranean in July was hot, it was NOTHING compared to Orlando in September!  But!  That's a story for another day.  Onward and upward (or not) to Thessaloniki, Greece. Thessaloniki is the second [...]

Part 6 (Athens, Greece) – Cruising Venice, The Greek Isles, and the Eastern Mediterranean

Ah, Athens.  If you are at all interested in history, mythology, government, religion, finance, politics, heck almost any subject can tie back to this ancient city in some way.  And no surprise, it has been inhabited for the last 7000 years continuously.  And not just inhabited, but a cultural, economical, and social centerpiece of the ancient [...]

Part 5 (Chania, Crete) – Cruising Venice, The Greek Isles, and the Eastern Mediterranean

Thursday we were in Chania, Crete.  I did not have a tour scheduled for this port, there were very few private tours that I found and in the research that I had done it seemed to be a fairly straighforward port.  Take a shuttle to the Old Town...hang there. It really did not turn out [...]

Part 4 (Katakolon) – Cruising Venice, The Greek Isles, and the Eastern Mediterranean

After a fairly uneventful, yet totally relaxing sea day, our first port of call was Katakolon.  Until I started planning, I was not familiar with this area at all. Of course, once I did a bit of digging and realized that this area was the site of the first Olympic Games, I knew that I needed [...]