Posts Tagged "Europe"

Greek Easter

On April12, 2015 we woke in our hotel room in Delphi, to the smell of smoke. Spit roasted lamb is part of the traditional Easter meal, so the town was filled with smoke from the fires that would soon turn to coals to prepare the lamb. We drove to Olympia Greece for a traditional Easter feast. To get to Olympia we had to cross the Antirio Bridge to get onto the Peloponnese Peninsula. Once in Olympia we had spit roasted lamb and other greek specialities along with music and greek dance. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture....

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Delphi, Greece

We started our second day, April 11, 2015, with a drive to Delphi, Greece. Once again we traveled through the scenic valleys and mountains until we reached the west face of Mount Parnassus, the site of Delphi which was built by the greeks in 510 to 323 BC, home to the ancient Delphi Oracle. Here we visited the Delphi Museum with some excellent sculptures of the era. We then walked to the ruins, which were on the slopes of the mountain. On the way up through the site you could look down in the valley and see the Temple of Athena. There were many ruins of different treasury buildings with one...

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Meteora, Greece

We docked in Piraeus, Greece on April 10, 2015, and started our 3 day overland adventure during the Greek Orthodox Easter weekend. We drove over 5 hours to reach our first days destination, Meteora. The journey went through small towns, valleys and over mountains. The mountains were still capped with snow and were beautiful. We reached the town of Kalambaka at the base of an area called the Rocks which were used by monks to live in the caves that were in theses cliffs and later to build their monasteries  on top of the steep rock pillars. Today only 6 monestaries remain and are occupied. We...

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Obidos, Portugal

We started to sail up the Tagus River around 9:00 AM on May 2, 2012 on a very rainy, windy and overcast day. We docked in Lisbon on the other side of the April 25th Bridge. We decided to stay on board today due to 40 mile per hour winds and intermittent rain squalls. The next day was still overcast but the wind had subsided. We boarded a bus for a 90 minute ride to Obidos, known as the “Wedding Present Town” because it was a gift King Dinis gave to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282. It rained most of the way there and stopped just as we arrived. We passed under...

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Málaga, Spain

After a day at sea we docked in Málaga, Spain on April 30, 2012. Our mooring was at the entrance to the harbor and gave us a beautiful panoramic view of the city surrounded by its mountains. We started the day by walking past the Paseo de los Curas (waterfront sidewalk) to the Plaza de Toros (bull ring). From there we walked down Paseo de Reding to the Gardens of Pedro R. Alonso and the City Hall. At City Hall, we boarded the Málaga Tour HOHO bus. The bus took us up to Castillo de Gibralfaro, which dates back to the 10th century and overlooks Málaga and the surrounding area. We walked the...

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