Venice Journals

Cruising The Eastern Med-Again!

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A travel journal to Venice by Meggysmum

Dubrovniks Main Street Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia More Photos
Quote: We loved cruising around the Easter med so much we decided to opt for a longer cruise this time.

Star Princess

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Hotel | "A Real Star?"

Star Princess Photo, Venice, Italy
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Having been very pleased with a previous Princess cruise I was thoroughly looking forward to touring the Mediterranean aboard the Star Princess.We joined the boat in Venice and had opted for two staterooms. My husband and I had an outside double with balcony and our teenage children were sharing an inside double which was directly across the hallway. I felt that the cabins did appear a bit small but we have previously had suites for four people which may have explained this impression. However they were lovely and clean and had a good location.This ship is the sister ship to the Grand princess and the layout is obviously very similar. However there were a couple of exceptio...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 5, 2012

Star Princess

Venice, Italy

The Grand Canal

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Attraction | "Exploring The Canals"

The Grand Canal Photo, Venice, Italy
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Venice is a beautiful city that actually covers over 100 separate islands which is navigated by a network of canals and bridges. The graceful black gondolas are the traditional form of transport and these can be hired at various points around the city. Each gondola is hand-crafted and as our striped-jumper clad Gondolier steered us expertly through the labyrinth of waterways we had chance to notice that the metal decoration and rope work varied on each one. Gondoliers stand elegantly on the end of their crafts and using only one oar they nimbly guide their boats around. I couldn’t believe how easy these men made the whole process look (it seems it is very rare to find a woman Gondolier)...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 11, 2011

The Grand Canal
Through the Central Districts
Venice, Italy

Doge's Palace/Palazzo Ducale

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Attraction | "The Doge's Palace"

Doge's Palace/Palazzo Ducale Photo, Venice, Italy
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The Doges Palace is one of the most recognisable buildings in Venice. This magnificent building made of limestone and pink marble was built in the 1400s as the home for the Venetian Government led by the Doge. The area had been run by the power of the Doge since the 9th century but this building was the final home for the government until the last official Doge was in power in the 1700s.We visited in the height of the season so we arrived at 9.00 when the Palace first opened to avoid the worst of the crowds. Tourists no longer enter through the original entrance; we have to use the entrance which is closest to the canal. This entrance led us into a huge courtyard where the amazing goth...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2011

Doge's Palace/Palazzo Ducale
Piazza San Marco
Venice, Italy 30124
+39 0415224951

Dubrovnik (General)

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Dubrovniks Main Street Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Dubrovnik, in Croatia, is sometimes referred to as the Pearl of the Adriatic. The most delightful way so come across this medieval city is by cruise ship across the Adriatic. The early morning vista of white walls and terracotta roofs in the morning sun is a sight that will not be forgotten by myself or my family.If you do arrive by cruise ship and intend on walking to the walled city get a map before you start. It is farther than you think and is also quite hilly and it is easy to get lost..This peaceful looking gem suffered terribly in the 1990s when an attack by the Yugoslav army laid siege to the city for over 6 months. The occupants were trapped within the medieval wal...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2009

Corfu Old Town

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Attraction | "Fortified Old Town"

Corfu Old Town- View from Old Fort Bridge Photo, Corfu, Greece
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The port at Corfu bought the Cruise ship within about half a mile of the Old Town of Corfu. This invited exploration on foot so we immediately set off in the direction of the town.Arriving at the New Fortress first we became aware that this was a highly fortified town. Originally the town had three forts and the town itself developed within the walls. Entry was through a small gateway in the walls. We immediately noticed the narrow streets which were crammed with shops and cafes. It was still early on a Sunday morning when we arrived. This meant that the streets were quiet but we were delighted to be able to hear music and singing coming from the Greek Orthodox Churches dotted throug...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 13, 2009

The Acropolis of Athens

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Attraction | "Delights of Athens"

The Acropolis of Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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We had arrived by cruise ship at the port of Pireas and since the port is a reasonable distance from the city of Athens we took a tour bus in and around as we only had one day. First impressions were of a huge, very built up city which was very hectic. It was a lot larger than I had originally anticipated.First stop was the stadium built for the 1896 Olympics. It was impressive to view but we were not able to enter the stadium but had to take our photographs from one end. If you time it badly and lots of coaches are there at the same time it is hard to get much of an impression of the size. However if you turn around and look up on the hills you get a lovely view o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2009

The Acropolis of Athens
Dionysiou Areopagitou St.
Athens, Greece
+30 210 32 14172

Archaeological Site of Ephesus

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Attraction | "The Famous Ruins"

Archaeological Site of Ephesus Photo, Ephesus, Turkey
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Ephesus is well-known as one of the most stunning ruins of Ancient Turkey. They are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area and we visited on a cruise after docking at the nearby port of Kusadasi.Although Ephesus is now several miles inland it used it to be a thriving port and at one point was the commercial capital of Asia Minor. It was one of the "Seven Cities of Asia" that St John mentions in the Book of Revelation. Both Mary, the mother of Jesus, and John the Evangelist were supposed to have lived in Ephesus at some time.The earlier you arrive at Ephesus the better as it gets very busy but it is also a very exposed site so it gets very hot. We visited during...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 13, 2011

Archaeological Site of Ephesus

Ephesus, Turkish Aegean Coast

House of the Virgin Mary

Attraction | "The Tiny House of Mary"

House of the Virgin Mary Photo, Kusadasi, Turkey
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After the death of Christ it is believed that both the Virgin Mary and John the Apostle journeyed to Ephesus and settled in Turkey. A small house in the Solmissos Mountains is thought to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary and the Vatican recognises this place as a shrine which is important to both Christians and Muslims.The journey to the shrine was up an extremely steep hill on a very narrow road which made for a slightly scary journey by coach.On arrival at the Shrine we were amazed by the number of coaches, it seems that this tiny building is one of the most visited locations in Turkey. We joined a queue of several hundred people and we were informed that this w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 11, 2011

House of the Virgin Mary
Mt. Koressos
Ephesus, Turkey

Old Rhodes Town

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Attraction | "Medieval Rhodes"

Old Rhodes Town Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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Rhodes is one of the Dodecanese islands in the sparkling Aegean Sea. We were only on the island for a day so we restricted our visit to exploring the town of Rhodes itself.We were all aware of the Wonder of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes and had heard stories about how this magnificent bronze sculpture had straddled the harbour entrance. The first thing we found out when we arrived was that it is thought now that the statue never actually straddled the water; it simply stood at the entrance of the harbour. However at over 110 feet high I am sure it would have been a very impressive sight, it is a shame that it was destroyed by an earthquake but there were small imitations for sale th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 21, 2011

Old Rhodes Town
Old Rhodes Town
Rhodes, Greece

Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia

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Attraction | "Cameras At The Ready!"

Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia Photo, Santorini, Greece
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Oia is situated in the Northern part of Santorini. It is pronounced E-ah by the local inhabitants.Cars and buses have to be parked on the outskirts of Oia in a large parking area as there is no traffic allowed within the village itself which is not surprising as the streets couldn’t possible accommodate motorised transport. My first impressions weren’t great as the car park is surrounded by scrub-type land where some rather forlorn looking donkeys were standing around looking bored. We made our way in the general direction of the village.Turning the corner changed my opinion immediately. Although we visited on a busy day and there were hundreds of people crowding into the n...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2011

Santorini Villages: Fira and Oia

Santorini, Greek Islands

Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi)

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Attraction | "More Than Just A Ruin!"

Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi) Photo, Pompeii, Italy
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The ruined Roman city of Pompeii is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Italy and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.I had wanted to visit Pompeii since I was a child and had watched a programme about it on television. The Roma Empire was always being mentioned in school history lessons and the culture seemed so advanced for the time that I had trouble believing that the Romans really lived such a civilised life-style many hundreds of years BC.We arrived at Pompeii as part of a booked tour which was lucky as by 9 o’clock on that August morning there was already a long queue to buy tickets which were luckily able to bypass. Just outside the ticket area there is ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2011

Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi)
Pompeii
Naples, Italy