How to See 6 Countries, 3 Continents, and 1 Boat for 16 Nights in April

For Amanda's birthday this year in April, we chose to do a back-to-back cruise with Holland America.  The first half of the cruise was  through the Greek Islands starting from Rome.  And, then once back to Rome, we started the 2nd half of the cruise through the Italian & French Riviera and to Tunisia and …

Take a Trip to Gytheio, Greece – the seaport for Sparta

During our cruise in April, we spent our Easter Sunday in our next port of call on the cruise in the seaside town of Gytheio, Greece, which was the port fort Greek city-state of Sparta. We did not plan any excursions here, as Amanda stayed on the ship for a spa day. I, however, wanted …

The Perfect Way to Spend the Day Touring Athens, Greece to See the Acropolis & Parthenon and Even Travel to Cape Sounion

As a someone who loves history, a visit to the Acropolis of Athens has been on my bucket list! The Summer Olympics were in Athens in 2004, but other than a new tram line, there is not much to the city of Athens itself, as it and most of Greece has seen terrible unemployment recently. …

Our Expectations of the Greek Island of Rhodes Were Exceeded

Another port of call during our April cruise on Holland America was to the Greek Island of Rhodes just south of Turkey.  Rhodes is an amazing area of sights and history in a land conquered by Romans, Ottomans, Carthaginians, & then finally Greeks. Instead of taking any formal excursions from the cruise ship, we explored …

See the Perfect Postcard View from the Beautiful Greek Island of Santorini

After we had made our way from Olympia, our next destination on our cruise was to the beautiful Greek Island of Santorini.  Last Fall, we had visited Mykonos, so we knew the beauty to expect, but Santorini exceeded all our expecations... We arrived to the island just before sunrise....and you can just make out the …

How Many Can Say They Have Been to the Site of the Original Olympics in the Ancient City of Olympia, Greece

During April 2014, we took a cruise of the Greek Islands & the Italian and French Riviera.  After a day at sea, our first port of call was to Olympia, where we took an excursion to see the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Traveling from Rome to Italy, we passed through the Straight of Messina.  …