My Mediterranean Cruise
I had a WONDERFUL month!
From October 4-19th I was traveling with 9 great friends in the Mediterranean Sea. Our adventure started in Italy where we ported in Venice and sailed to Egypt, Israel, Greece, Croatia and back to Italy. Below is a small sampling of the trip. For more pictures see http://jarviephotography.smugmug.com/Envision-the-World
We landed in Milan, Italy.
The Milan Cathedral or Duomo
My first of many gelatos. I got strawberry in every city and then in Venice I also got a few other flavors. I got 6 of them in 2 days.
Next we went to Verona.
It was a very quaint town which I really liked but we only spent about an hour there.
We ran to see Juliette’s balcony and the six of us touched her right breast (for good luck).
I was amazed by the arena that is still in use from the 3rd century.
St. Marks Basillica
And of course a gondola ride in Venice.
We sailed on Vision of the Seas.
Most mornings I walked the track to counter the amazing food I had at dinner.
Me with Renato and Charleen- our fabulous waiters
Our tour of Egypt catered to every sense.
We saw the great pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, the Great library and the Fort of Qaitbey in Alexandria
We rode camels in the desert.
We smelled perfume with Sinbad
We ate delicious food at a great garden restaurant
and heard the call to prayer at this mosque.
But my favorite thing about Egypt is what they call Egyptian hospitality. The people were so friendly!
Our tour guide Mohammad
Our Security guy- Mohammad
Our bus driver- Mohammad, just kidding, it was Mosen
The boy on the left is Mustafa he followed me around and finally said hi to me in the Alexandria Library
These cute school girls were in line with us as the Library
and people waved to us from the streets
Next we sailed to Israel, the land of religious historic places
Our first stop was Jerusalem
I was surprised by the green trees
We saw the BYU Jerusalem Center from afar
The Western Wall
The streets of Old Jerusalem
The Garden of Gethsemane
The Church of All Nations
The Russian Orthodox Church of St. Mary Magdalene
I got to see the Dome of the Rock
Next we went to the Garden Tomb
A view of Jerusalem at night
The next day we went to the Sea of Galilee and Capernaum
Church of the Primacy of Peter
What I found most interesting about the churches in Israel is that they built churches around a rock that someone touched.
St. Peter’s house, or what remains of it.
It was across the courtyard from a synagogue
The highlight of my day was the boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and learning to dance and sing Israeli folk songs
The garden area at the Mt. of Beatitudes was so beautiful!
Our last stop was the Jordan River
Lots of people go there to get baptized in the same river Jesus was baptized in.
In Greece we spent the day in Athens
We went to the Acropolis and then Plaka for lunch and shopping
A view of Athens from the Acropolis
A view of Mars Hill from the Acropolis
A beautiful sea side city
We went on a tour of the Diocletian’s Palace- both under and above
The palace was built in 305 AD.
The bouganvillas we Gorgeous!
Angela and I even did a little photo shoot in front of them
It was a Sunday morning and the people were out on the boardwalk enjoying the sun and each other.
Rinda and I climbed the Bell Tower
and here is the view
We then headed back to Venice.
We went to Murano and Burano.
Murano is famous for glass blowing.
Burano is a colorful city on the water
One of my favorite friends I made on the trip is Emily Graham
It was a fantastic trip, I am so glad I had the opportunity to go.