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July 10- Rome with St. Paul

This morning we had the privilege of worshipping at the church known as St. Paul’s Beyond the Walls. As you arrive you go through security with bags being scanned. I guess that is normal now. The entrance is a beautiful garden with a large statue of Paul at the center. The inscription says “Preacher of […]

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July 9- Vatican City

Today our adventures centered around the Vatican. We began the morning, though, with breakfast that looked a lot like lunch: panini sandwiches and salad. We then headed out for a park that we expected would give us a fabulous view. The view was great but the walk was a bit crazy and included walking through […]

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July 8- Rome

Did you know it is hot and crowded in Rome in July? Sure is. It’s clear that we were spoiled in Turkey and Greece where tourism is way down. There is no sign of that here! After a nice breakfast in our hotel, we headed out to begin site seeing with the Colosseum. We saw […]

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July 7- Thessaloniki, Istanbul, and Rome

It’s been an interesting day. No touring on the schedule but lots of travel. It was breakfast in Thessaloniki, lunch in Istanbul, and dinner in Rome. It’s amazing what modern travel can do for us! On the drive from the airport to the hotel we came to a stop light. A man stepped out in […]

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July 6- Thessaloniki and Philippi

Our new private guide felt badly that we had missed some beautiful churches in Thessaloniki so she took us to see some before heading out to Philippi. I’m very glad she did. The Rotunda dates back to the fifth century. It was an early church and then was turned into a mosque during the Ottoman […]

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July 5- Meteora and Thessaloniki

It was a steep bus ride up into the mountains of Meteora this morning. The views were amazing! These cliffs were made famous in a James Bond movie years ago.  We came to the top to visit two monasteries, one for women and one for men. The Greek Orthodox sanctuaries with huge collections of icons […]

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July 4- Delphi and Kalambaka

Delphi is an ancient site, with people living there for centuries before Christ. It is at a crossroads between north, south, east and west. Many considers it the “navel” (omphalos).  Later it became famous because of the Oracle who would give advise. People would come from all over Greece to get a word from the […]

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July 3- Olympia 

We left our beautiful hotel in Olympia for a five minute drive to the ancient site of Olympia, most famous as the town where the Olympics began. For centuries before the games, Olympia was a place of worship for several Greek gods, most notably Zeus.  Athletes from several Greek states were invited to participate. Months […]

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July 2- Mycenae, Epidarus, and Olympia

I am writing this blog poolside at a beautiful hotel in Olympia. Anna is cooling off in the water and Charissa is kicking back with a novel. Gordon has walked into town to refill at an ATM.  We joined a tour group of about 30 people this morning. We will be with them until Tuesday. […]

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July 1- Athens and Corinth

This morning we disembarked our cruise ship. We had a great time and the staff were all friendly and helpful. Outside the terminal in Athens we waited for over an hour, looking at all the folks holding up signs until one arrived holding the “MIkoski” sign. Our guide was excellent and well worth waiting for.  […]

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