Kefalonia (Cephalonia)-Argostoli, Greece

August 20, 2018 

Today we got a taxi to drive us around and the first stop was Melissani Cave/Lake which is really pretty. After that we drove to a high point to take a picture of Myrtos beach which is the most popular beach in Kefalonia then next beach stop from above was Agia Kyriaki which was also a beautiful white sand beach with clear blue water. Afterward, we drove back to the ship.

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A nice gift from Oceania Cruises
The worst lightning storm we have ever been in

Zakynthos, Greece

July 7, 2018 – July 11, 2018

Before boarding the ship we decided to visit Zakynthos. We stayed in Lesante Blu Hotel which was beyond amazing. We had a private pool and we got a chance to relax before the cruise.

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If you want to see pictures of the food we ate while in Zakynthos, Greece 

The name of our hotel room.
Lesante Blu Hotel

John
Maria & John

Turtle Island is Yummy….

Maria & John
Maria
John
Maria & John

Maria

Kalo Nero, Kyparissia, Messinia, Greece

July 5, 2018 – July 7, 2018 

Today we visited my family who I haven’t seen in 14 years. I was very excited because they were going to meet John as well.

The next day we visited the Temple of Hephaestus. It was really hot so we cut our tour short.

After a few days, we drove to the port to catch the ferry to Zakynthos, Greece.

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Follow our cruise which started in Athens, Greece.

Maria & John

My Family
Maria & Aunt Eugenia
My uncles homemade wine
The old train station we used to use.

Temple of Hephaestus

Bacchus, Greece

Corfu, Greece

August 9, 2018

Today John and I rented a car and drove to Achilleion Palace which was built during the years 1889-1891 by the Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary Elisabeth. after visiting the Palace we drove back to the port to pick up our friend Evan. We then drove to Paleokastritsa and had lunch and a few drinks and then drove back to the ship.

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Achilleion Palace

Russian oligarchs Yacht 

Paleokastritsa Beach

John & Maria

Maria
Maria & Evan

Rhodes, Greece

July 24, 2018

Today we met a friendly taxi driver named Michael (his business card is down below) who took us around the beautiful island of Rhodes.  Michael took us to a beautiful place to have lunch in Haraki Bay then we drove to around to a few different beaches.

The best one we saw was called Anthony Quinn Bay. If we had a chance, we would’ve spent a few hours there.  After a brief stop, we then drove to the old town where he dropped us off in one spot, and we walked through this fantastic place and met him at the main square where he picked us up to continue our tour.

Our last stop before heading back to the ship was this ceramic shop where they handmade and handpainted pottery. There’s a video of a man making something down below.

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If you would like to see what we ate while in Rhodes.

D’Amboise Gate

The Church of Annunciation

Mykonos, Greece

July 25, 2018 

Today John and I rented a car and drove around the island we saw the nicest homes which were located on a secluded part of the island. There was only one way in and one way out which was pretty neat.  We also visited some of the cool beaches that I have heard about for many years.

Some of the beaches we saw were Ornos beach, Psarou beach, Gialos beach, Paradise beach, Elia beach, Kalo Livadi beach also visited Ano Mera village and just walked around a bit. After about 3 hours of sightseeing, we returned the car and had lunch on the ship.

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Santorini, Greece

July 21, 2018

Today we took the tender boat to the cable car ride which takes you to the top of the mountain where you can walk around the town.  We decided to rent a car from Hertz and drove to Oia.

While we were there, we walked around for about an hour and then drove to Perissa which is where the famous black sand beach is. We had a lovely lunch at a place called Perigos the food was delicious. After that, we drove back to Fira (Thira) and returned the rental car walked around town a little bit and then took the cable car back down to the tender boat to get back on the ship.

July 23, 2018 – Second Visit to Santorini

Today we walked around Santorini with our good friends Nano and Mariya, and since we had already rented a car and driven around the island, we decided to stay back and find a nice spot with a great view and have a cup of coffee and a glass of wine and beer.  We walked with Nano and Mariya to the rental car place, and they rented a car and drove around the island.

We found a great spot overlooking the beautiful water hung out for about an hour and then went back to the ship.

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If you would like to see what we drank while in Santorini, Greece.

Patmos, Greece

July 20, 2018

Today we took the tender to the port, and we rented a taxi, and the first stop was the Cave of the Apocalypse where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation.

Afterward, he drove us up to the Monastery of St. John and we walked around a bit and then we went back to the ship had lunch.

After lunch, we decided to take another cab to a little town called Kambos to have a glass of wine by the beach.  Afterward, we met up with Samantha, Evan, and Frederic in town and had some coffee with them and then took the tender back to the ship.

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If you would like to see what we drank in Patmos, Greece.

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Wine with a view

Heraklion, Crete – Greece

July 13, 2018 

Today we visited the Palace of Knossos, and then we went to the Monastery of Kera, and then we had coffee at Hersonissos afterward we went to the ship had lunch and decided to take an afternoon was to the Koules Fortress with our friend Samantha.

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Palace of Knossos

Monastery of Kera

Koules Fortress
Maria, John & Samantha

Athens, Greece 2018

July 12, 2018 

The first thing John and I always do while in Athens is walk through Plaka. We always stay at Hotel Grand Bretagne which is in the heart of the city.  After grabbing a bite to eat we decided to burn off what we ate and walked to the old Panathenaic Olympic stadium and we also visited the Temple of Hephaestus,  Stoa of Attalos, Zappeion and lastly the Temple of Olympian Zeus. The next day we woke up and got a transfer to the port to board the ship.

July 22, 2018 – Second time visiting Athens

Today we took a taxi to Syntagma Square with our friend Samantha and saw the official changing of the guards with the band after that we walked to Plaka which is my favorite place to visit while in Athens.  We decided to have lunch and then took a taxi back to the ship.

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If you would like to see the food we ate while we were in Athens click this link.

A church we saw on the way to Patra, Greece.

Temple of Olympian Zeus

Panathenaic Stadium

Zappeion
Syntagma Square

Church of Panagia Kapnikarea
Temple of Hephaestus
Acropolis
Stoa of Attalos

This is a great store. Everything sold there is made from Olive Wood.