Monday, February 23, 2015

Christmas Trip 2014 (part 4): Athens

On December 23rd we had a wonderful walking tour of Athens. The sad part is they weren't concerned with preservation until recently.
Cute little church in the middle of town
Ruins under the city
Some renovation and some graffiti (very common)
old Greek Market
old Greek Market next to the graffiti covered rail road tracks
Poseidon temple
entrance to Athens
Narrow streets to keep the pirates out
Narrow streets

Some pottery near the Theatre
the other entrance to Athens
temple to Zeus
Pretty sunset as we were leaving Athens

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Christmas Trip 2014 (part 3): Messina

Our port of call on December 21 was Messina on the island of Sicily.

Neat island on the way to Messina.

The ocean was amazingly blue in this part of the Mediterranean.
The port of Messina is to the right and the Straight of Messina is to the left.

Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua
Looking across the port and the straight to the Italian Mainland
Our Cruise ship in port.
The foliage here was very diverse. Everything from Evergreens to Cacti
I love IVY!
Santa was having some trouble! ;)
Lots of Mussels
Some guys fishing
Does anyone know what type of tree this is? The "needles" almost look like rubber!
"Fishing" for mussels in one of their two "lakes"
The canal that connects the two "lakes"
Fountain of Neptune
The Theatre
Church of the Annunziata dei Catalani

The Fountain of Orion
The Cathedral of Messina
Cathedral Bell Tower
Cathedral Bell Tower
Inside Cathedral
Inside Cathedral
Inside Cathedral
Sanctuary of Montalto
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