Europe: Mediterranean Cruise: Montenegro + Greece
Last week I shared the first part of our recent trip Europe. We started in the Netherlands which I recapped here. After we left Holland, we flew to Venice for a week long cruise in the Mediterranean. We went on the Norwegian Star and the cruise had 5 stops:
For purposes of this post, I am going to share the middle three stops which included Montenegro and Greece. I hope to recap Croatia soon!
Day 1: Leave Venice
Day 2: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 3: Kotor, Montenegro
I will be completely honest, I didn’t know a thing about Montenegro, or even that it was a country, until this trip. But, I absolutely loved it. We had to take a tender to get from the cruise ship to land, which was a bit of a pain. After arriving in Kotor, we walked around a little bit and then we started our hike up the city walls. Colby and I love to hike, especially when it’s a climb up, as this hike was, because it always gives you the best views of the town. The hike cost a few euros per person and it was a quite the hike up, being that it was steep and there were lots of people. There was actually people in flip flops and dresses, which I couldn’t quite believe. Anyway, as you can see, the views were amazing. Once we reached the top, we stayed there for awhile to take it all in.
After finishing the hike, we headed back down and found a local restaurant where we grabbed a drink and went to the beach. The water was super cold and full of jellyfish, so we mainly enjoyed the view from land.
Day 4: Olympia, Greece
We arrived in Olympia and it seemed to be a beautiful morning. We didn’t have any set plans, but decided to walk 1.5 miles, off the beaten path, to an area that had a beach and restaurant. Well right around the time we got there, it started raining. It rained and rained and rained so more. After a few hours of watching the rain, we decided to grab a taxi back to the port. About around the time we got to port, the sun came out. Instead of getting back on the ship, we decided to grab a coffee and walk around a little more. Overall this was my least favorite port, but of course the rain played a major factor in feeling that way.
Day 5: Athens, Greece
Athens was the only stop where we decided to do an excursion and there was so much to see that I am so glad we decided to book a tour. Our tour was with Olympic tour and our tour guide was just fabulous. We were on a 12-ish passenger van with other people and they took us around the city of Athens. I had no idea how big it was or how much traffic it had.
Our first stop was the Panathenaic stadium, where we just stayed for 10 minutes and got some pictures. We then went to the Acropolis museum. Let me just tell you, museums aren’t my favorite things, but the guide made it interesting and it was good to walk through.
Lastly, we got to see the Old Temple, which was amazing. Again, it was so packed with people, which makes it a little hard to enjoy, but how cool are these pictures? And the amazing thing was we got to stand in the exact same place where Paul stood when he preached the gospel. Amazing right?
Day 6: Day at Sea
Day 7: Split, Croatia
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South America: Argentina
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Caribbean Cruise – Grand Turk + Dominican Republic
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