Athens to Rome
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Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
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Messina, Taormina, Italy
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Piraeus, Athens, Greece
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Welcome to Alexandria, Virginia!
Alexandria is an unique and historic place that keeps pace with the modern world. The City is part of a large metropolitan area surrounding the nation’s Capital, yet it has retained its period character. About one-quarter of the town’s 15 square miles has been designated as a national or local historic district. Thousands of buildings in these districts are monuments to the past while being actively used by citizens for homes, businesses and museums. Alexandria was home to those who made American history-George Washington, George Mason, and Robert E. Lee-and many other men and women who contributed their skills, emotions and character to build what we know today as the strongest democracy in the world.
Today Alexandria is “The Fun Side of the Potomac.” Designated as one of America’s Top 25 Arts Destinations by American Style Magazine, Alexandria is home to the famed Torpedo Factory Art Center and more than 50 fine art and antique galleries throughout the town. We have more than 300 specialty shops and 200 restaurants offering American and international cuisine. Reasonably priced accommodations at more than 25 comfortable hotels make Alexandria the prime location for a cultural getaway.
Our 120,000 residents share a quality of life that is not found in many urban centers. In fact, Ladies Home Journal has ranked Alexandria as one of the “Top Ten Best Cities for Women in the United States,” based on quality of life criteria. We are located just 10 minutes from Washington, DC and Reagan National Airport, and we are accessible by Metro, making visits to all the attractions in the Greater Washington area easy.
Amalfi has long been a resort. Visit her hotels set in beautiful monasteries and villas. Stroll through the archway from the little square beyond the harbor to the Piazza del Duomo. Before you, rises a grand flight of stairs that leads you to one of the most exquisite cathedrals in southern Italy.
Cairo , the capital city of Egypt, has been the heart of Egypt for more than 1000 years and it demonstrates the dichotomy of all things Egyptian. Cairo is a timeless metropolis enriched with the unforgettable marks of a glorious past. It is in Cairo where the medieval world and the contemporary western world come together.The home of one of the seven wonders of the world – the Great Pyramids – not to mention the Sphinx of Giza and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Cairo is a treasure chest of discovery, amazement, warmth & enjoyment.Islamic Cairo is the old medieval quarter, and stepping into its neighbourhoods is like moving back six or seven centuries with its tiny alleyways & mud-brick houses. Some of Islamic Cairo’s highlights include the Ibn Tulun Mosque, dating from the 9th century and one of the largest mosques in the world; the Mausoleum of Imam ash-Shafi’i, the largest Islamic tomb in Egypt where one of Islam’s greatest imams was buried.The Citadel, which is an awesome medieval fortress that was the seat of Egyptian power for 700 years. The Citadel has three major mosques and several museums.Coptic Cairo was originally built as a Roman fortress town. It pre-dates the founding of Islamic Cairo by several hundred years and was home to one of the world’s first Christian communities. It is, however, a holy place for Jews and Muslims as well as the Coptic Christians who lived there. The one remaining part of the Fortress of Babylon is a tower which was built in 98 AD and originally overlooked an important port on the Nile. The Coptic Museum is at the foot of the tower and its exhibits cover Egypt’s Christian era between 300 and 1000 AD. This stunning collection includes religious and secular art, and includes stonework, manuscripts, woodwork, metalwork, paintings and pottery.For shopping, the Khan El Khalily bazaar is a must.
Today the port of Civitavecchia has the advantage of being the Italian “stepping stone to the Mediterranean” thanks to its excellent weather conditions and ideal geographical location.
From Civitavecchia it is a train ride to almost anywhere in Italy and a quick jaunt to Sardinia. Its position has helped make it the main national coastal shipping port.
The city of Dubrovnik is situated in the very south of the Republic of Croatia. It occupies an area of 364.05 square kilometres from Duboka Ljuta gorge – near the village of Plat to the east, to Imotica to the west, a distance of 53 kilometres. The city of Dubrovnik encloses the tiny Elaphite archipelago (Šipan, Lopud, Kolocep, Tajan, Olipa, Jakljan and Daksa).
Gythio is a small seaside town 40Km south of Sparta, in the northeast part of Mani, in the South of the Peloponnesse, Greece. The permanent residents amount to no more than 2000 but during the summer this number reaches the 20000, as tourists from all over the world come to enjoy the beaches and the laid back atmosphere. The main attraction are the
beachside cafes serving sun-dried octopus and ouzo, the numerous fishing boats in the harbor, an ancient theatre (where ancient Greek plays take place during the summer) and the tall houses along the beachfront. Just outside the harbor is one of the most scenic parts of the area, the island of Kranae (Marathonisi). The legend has it that when Paris of Troy stole Helen from Sparta he anchored his boat in the island and during his departure forgot his helmet (“Kranos”)-
hence the name of the little island. The church of “Aghios Petros” and a “tarsanas” (small traditional shipyard for fishing vessels) occupy one end of the small (about the size of a football field) island. At the center of the island is the Tzanetaki’s Tower (built circa 1700) and even some prehistoric ruins can be seen a few yards away.
Haifa (hì¢fä), city (1988 est. pop. 225,000), NW Israel, on the Mediterranean Sea. It is a major industrial center, a railroad hub, and one of the main ports of Israel. Haifa is known to have existed by the 3rd century A.D. and was destroyed (1191) by Saladin. The city’s revival began in the late 18th century; development of its port in the 20th century led to its main growth. It is the world center of Baha’ism.
Crete’s biggest, bustling and noisy city. Cafes, clubs, designer shops and many cultural centres. The most important of Crete’s Archaeological museums, wonderful museum of Natural History and others. Nearby Palace of Knossos, frequency of flights, ferries and access to other islands. Many nearby contrasts in pace and aesthetics – mountain villages, beaches and clubs at Amoudara or Malia/Hersonisos. Great base for shorter routes to south coast destinations such as Agia Gallini, Matala and Lentas.
Itea is famous for its honey and olives. That said, it is the perfect little town to stay in as a starting point for day trips to such places as Delphi, one of the most popular and interesting archaeological sites in the world, and Amphissa, the capital of prefecture. Itea is also host to many festivals in the winter and summer months.
Cut length wise by the Turkish/Greek border, the island of Cyprus leads two lives. The Turkish side is traditional and Islamic, while the Greek side is a very modern vacation destination. Limassol is Greek Cyprus’s largest city. In the 12th century, it was headquarters for invading crusaders. Nearby Kourion contains an ancient Greek city with a sanctuary of Apollo overlooking the sea.
Malta, (môl´te) officially Republic of Malta, republic (1995 est. pop. 370,000), 122 sq mi (316 sq km), in the Mediterranean Sea S of Sicily, comprising the islands of Malta, Gozo (Ghawdex), and Comino (Kemmuna). Valletta is the capital. The economy is supported by tourism, light industry, agriculture, and shipbuilding. The polyglot population is a mixture of Arab, Sicilian, Norman, Spanish, Italian, and English. Maltese (a Semitic language) and English are the official languages, but
Italian is widely spoken. Roman Catholicism is the state religion. Malta is governed by a unicameral parliament, a prime minister, and a cabinet.
An island off southest Greece in the Cyclades Islands of the Aegean Sea.
The port city of Piraeus is the ancient gateway to Athens. Here, stand atop the historic Acropolis in the shadow of the Parthenon, visit the ancient Agora and the Temple of Zeus, then view the Palace’s Evzone Guards at attention. Window shop around Constitution Square or travel to Corinth and Mycanae.
Rome wasn’t built in a day…but you can tour it in just over 10 hours. A teeming anthill of humanity and antiquity intermingled with awful traffic jams, Rome grew up on the Tiber (“Fiume Tevere”) among seven low hills that rise from the river’s soggy eastern banks. It’s a city of many peeling layers of history, of which the bottom layer–that of the earliest Roman centuries–is the most interesting and still astonishingly whole. The hub of this layer is the Palatine Hill, the Forum, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus.
On the western bank is the Citta Vaticana, the independent papal city where the Pope blesses pilgrims from all over the world. Neighboring Trastevere (“Across the Tiber”) is a mix of Roman, Greek and Jewish subcultures, great for little restaurants and nightlife. Further north on the other bank is “vecchia Roma,” medieval Rome of the Pantheon and Piazza Navona; Renaissance Rome is centered south of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Commercial Rome is the city of the Via del Corso, the Piazza del Popolo, the controversial Victor Emmanuel monument and finally the Stazione Termini, the nexus for all trains and roads from Rome.
Santorini is perhaps the most naturally alluring of all the Greek islands. Thousands of years of volcanic activity have created steep cliffs that rise above the ocean’s edge and a spectacular jagged coastline that forms a striking bay. One of the highlights of Santorini is the archaeological site of Akrotiri, discovered in 1967 under a thick blanket of pumice. This remarkably well-preserved Minoan site, dating back to the Bronze Age, reveals the advanced lifestyle of the early Greeks. In the nearby village of Megalochori visit the Boutari Winery, where Assyrtico grapes produce a rare white wine.
Come back to Sorrento and “O sole mio” are probably two of the most famous songs in the world. Amidst the colour and noise of all the small towns fringing the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a haven of peace and quiet with its orange groves and in its associations with history and art. This small town is built on a cliff top that plummets down into the limpid blue sea and looks across to Capri. Torquato Tasso was born here, and the Tarantella is danced here as nowhere else. The Correale Museum is well worth a visit: it is beautifully situated and has a rich collection of furniture, paintings and porcelains.
The capital city of Valleta is an historic walled city, dating from the Renaissance. Its current population is less than 10,000 inhabitants, and it is built on a rocky peninsula that separates Grand Harbor from Marsamxett Harbor.
As you approach the city over the bridge from the Italian mainland, you leave behind terra firma and, with it, earthbound notions of how to see and experience a city. Venice is not solely the spill of churches and palazzi on either side of the Grand Canal, but rather a city of islands, 118 in all, some of which are little more than the weedy, humps you see in the Lagoon of Venice. And yet these mud flats provided haven for the people who fled here (without benefit of a bridge) from Huns, Visigoths, and other marauders in the fifth century. And those refugees gave birth to a culture that ripened into a thousand years of greatness.
As you near the end of the bridge, you see at first only the back side of the city itself. But in the time it takes to walk through the train station, you begin to hear sounds peculiarly Venetian–the low rumble of boat motors, a humid incubation of voices, water lapping insistently against wood and stone. And then Venice confers her greatest gift: No matter how many times you’ve been here, it always seems, in that first glimse, like the first time.
If you are smart, you will immediately start a tour down the Grand Canal by hopping on a vaporetto (water bus) or gondola or water taxi. If you are lucky, it will be during those few hours before sunset when the light shines most kindly on the venerable facades that line this liquid boulevard. If you are particularly observant, you might even notice that neither the light nor the colors are quite Italian, not like the tawny earth tones of Florence or Rome.
The canal is a murkey green, the palazzi a mix of faded, grimy sherbets–watermarked mint and sun-blanched apricot and deep overripe peach. Sunlight shatters into spangles on the water, gondolas knife bach and forth, the Rialto Bridge looms overhead, and then, beyond one final curve, the Palladian church of Santa Maria della Salute and the Campanile (bell tower) of San Marco come into view.
Piazza san Marco is Venice’s grand salon–expansive, familiar, picturesque, pigeonesque. It is anchored at its eastern extreme by the Basilica di San Marco, which is not only the spiritual seat of Venice’s patron saint but also one of the most glittering monuments of Christendom.
Zadar is located on the Adriatic Sea, west of the Dalmatia Mountains.