Posted May 19th, 2005, 11:48 AM
Athens: if you're interested in shopping, go to the Plaka. It's multiple, narrow, cobblestone streets with all kinds of shops. I got my favorite Greek Key earrings there. There is a free shuttle that serves the Plaka (leave the driver a Euro, though).
The Parthenon and Acropolis are in the MIDDLE of the city, up on a hill and surrounded by crowded apartments, etc. You cannot walk close to the buildings, and it's a steep walk. However, to be there at all is rather impressive.
A side trip to Delphi was fantastic. Delphi is a gorgeous ruin up in the mountains. Very impressive, and you get much closer to the buildings and artifacfts. The tour usually includes lunch on the way back since it's about an hour drive to get up there.
Santorina: take the tram up to the top of the town. The switchback road up, with or without the donkey ride, makes you pay too much attention to your feet or the path, and you'll miss the breathtaking view.
We bussed to the other side of the island and went to the beach. Ask about it, and the bus station is a few blocks in. Busfare was 1 Euro each.
Rhodes: walk inside the walled city and go through the Knights Templar palace. Very interesting, and not expensive.
Dubrovnik: I won't be there until this October, so no comments right now.
Naples: Wow! Choices here! The three "biggees" are Pompeii, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. We went to Pompeii, and it was fascinating. However, look at my Ephasus comments and then decide.
Venice and Corfu: not until this October!
Katakolon, Mykonos: Never been.
Kusadasi (Ephesus): Esphesus is fabulous. Unlike Pompeii, it still has some of it's marble facades, and the two story library is amazing. Similar to walking Pompeii, but more of a religious emphasis, since this is where Paul was imprisoned and preached.
Hope this helps you.
65 cruises; 51 on RCCL; still planning..............
Next up: 2017 - NCL Mediterranean for a bff cruise. Late 2017 with Princess
My avatar: the aft of the Star Princess overlooking Moorea.