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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Athens (Greece) - Hotel Grande Bretagne


Our mid-tour snack took us to Hotel Grande Bretagne.  I was surprised to see the elegance but shouldn't have been because Princess has selected grand places for our lunches and snacks on all tours so far.  This post is fairly long because I have a lot of photographs from inside the hotel that I want to show you and I didn't want to break this into multiple posts.  

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Athens (Greece) – Misbehaving Statues


The tour continued to show us the sights of Athens. 
The department stores lined the street and looked much like the stores seen in a city in the States. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Athens (Greece) - What is sold in a kiosk?

5/21/2012 - This mini-stores, kiosks, on the streets always intrigue me and I strain to see what they are selling.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Athens (Greece) - Hellenic Parliament and Evzones

5/21/2012 - We drove past, or through (not really sure as my photos are so blurry I can't display them here) the National Gardens of Athens.  It is a huge park in the middle of the city.  It is the green backdrop to most photos in the Athens posts.  At the northwest corner of the gardens stands a royal building.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Athens - Costas Varotsos - Dromeas aka "The Runner"

5/21/2012
The bus tour continued through Athens.  What a pleasant surprise!  Read on...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Athens (Greece) - Drive from Pireas to Athens

5/21/2012 The bus left Pireas and drove a direct route in to Athens.  I am very excited to see some of the great sights in Athens.  My eyes were constantly scanning the surrounding areas for my first site of the Acropolis.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Selcuk (Turkey) - Turkman Carpet (Part 2 of 2)

5/20/2012
We walked outside and around the school. There were several students working on carpets.


Friday, September 21, 2012

Selcuk (Turkey) - Turkmen Carpet (Part 1 of 2)

5/20/2012  From my trip experience, no tour is considered complete without a stop at the local rug weaving school and center.  I didn't know this before I left home, so I am unprepared to purchase a magic carpet.  I will enjoy the learning experience.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Selcuk (Turkey) - Ephesus Museum - Efes Müzesi (Part 1 of 2)

5/20/2012 We were now able to walk through the Ephesus Museum (Efes Müzesi).  This museum contains the antiquities found while excavating and restoring the city of Ephesus.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Selcuk (Turkey) - City Scenes

5/20/2012
The tour bus continued the travels through Selcuk, Turkey on our way to the Ephesus Museum. This gave us an opportunity to see the normal every day street scenes.  This sign was large and prominent by the entrance way to the old wall.  I typed the works in to a translator, it appeared to be a message celebrating the national holiday celebrated the day before, on 5/19.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ephesus (Turkey) - Ancient Prytaneion, Odeon, and State Agora

5/20/2012
Partially excavated, this entranceway resembles the entrance to the Odeon (Theater) in the same area.