Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea

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Ever since I was a little boy I really enjoyed imagining what it would be like to be at one place one day, then at another in the next day, and then at a third… Every day finding out new things to enjoy. I found out it is not that hard to turn that dream from my childhood into a reality. How can you do that?

Simple. Gather a group of friends and go on a cruise.

Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea

For just 5 days we visited 5 Greek islands, Kusadasi in Turkey and Athens. We gathered lots of memories and pleasant emotions.

Let’s board the ship

We started early in the morning at the Piraeus Port in Athens. (got there by plane on the previous evening.) The ship had great cabins and really friendly staff. Also, there were lots of extras, such as swimming pool, bars and activities for everyone.

Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea

 

The swinging of the ship was not very scary. However, even though most of us adjusted easily to the shaking, some had some troubles in the beginning. I have to admit that one day as we were sailing, a strong wind appeared, that made the ship swing so hard that the water in the swimming pool turned into a huge wave, that could be used as a means of transportation. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to try it.

The other more serious shaking was during one evening. I had to hold on to my bed so I don’t fall off. Good thing it only lasted for half an hour. Actually, everyone whose world was shaking for different reasons, for example, the cocktail deals, took the rebellion of the Aegean Sea pretty good. Another fun fact is that the towels that were left in our rooms every day were shaped like different animals. Here is a bunny:

Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea

Mykonos

We left Athens on a full trot. In the late afternoon, we arrived at Mykonos island.

From the moment we stepped off the ship and onto Mykonos I knew that this wind means no joke.

From the beginning of our walk to the city our hairstyles were ruined and we had to put on some warmer clothes. The ladies with fairy skirts were regretting that they have put them on today. Other than that the sun was giving us its last light before disappearing into the sea and the further coast. The weather was warm like in summer, even though it was the beginning of September.

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traveling to Mykonos island in Greece

traveling to Mykonos island in Greece
traveling to Mykonos island in Greece
traveling to Mykonos island in Greece
traveling to Mykonos island in Greece

 

Mykonos welcomed us with its small streets and charming houses

The streets were small and cozy. The houses were really close to each other and were enjoying the final sunbeams. One might think that this is how they got their white color that adds to the surreal feel of the place. The small restaurants offering seafood are reminding you that the day is over and it is time to enjoy the lights flashing in the distance in the night.

traveling to Mykonos island in Greece
traveling to Mykonos island in Greece
traveling to Mykonos island in Greece
traveling to Mykonos island in Greece
traveling to Mykonos island in Greece
traveling to Mykonos island in Greece
traveling to Mykonos island in Greece
traveling to Mykonos island in Greece

 

We left when it was already dark. Leaving the peaceful white Mykonos, sailing away on the wild black sea.

We went back to the ship and we were astonished by the fun activities it had for us. There were a few different styles of live music, a special musical thematic show, dances, casino, shopping center, etc.

Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea

 

Kusadasi

Early on the next morning, we woke up in Turkey at our next destination – Kusadasi.

Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea

 

Ephesus

Ephesus – ancient city
The wild sea is pulling away from Ephesus. 
But, as it once was, good merchants
were attracted to its beauties,
now from early mornings
people from different countries 
are coming to the ancient miracle of Artemis.
traveling and writing a poem about Ephesus in Turkey

traveling and writing a poem about Ephesus in Turkey
traveling and writing a poem about Ephesus in Turkey
traveling and writing a poem about Ephesus in Turkey
traveling and writing a poem about Ephesus in Turkey
traveling and writing a poem about Ephesus in Turkey

 

What could possibly connect St. John, the Minotaur, and a sexy stone man?
Nothing? Even though they are crowned as symbols, they will leave vivid memories after our visits to Patmos, Rhodes, and Crete in Greece during our cruising around.

 

Patmos

In the afternoon we were in Greece once again (dreams really come true) and we were enjoying the views of Patmos island. We were trying to process all the information about St. John that our guide was giving us.

This otherwise great island is obsessed with the idea of St. John, his actions and thousands of religious tourists. In order to explore the monastery, we had to really make an effort. The stories of St. John were very interesting, considering that long after that we were still telling them.
What did I remember Patmos for? Beautiful views from the above and some typical Greek specialty with cheese and dough.

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traveling to Patmos Island in Greece
A lively discussion about the date the monastery was built.
traveling to Patmos Island in Greece
traveling to Patmos Island in Greece
traveling to Patmos Island in Greece
Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea

 

Rhodes

We are finally reaching the amazing Rhodes with its missing colossus. The old city of Rhodes was our first stop. We were welcomed by stone fortress walls and narrow streets that were once a place for horses and knights. In the palaces there we eye-catching gardens and everything was really well preserved and cared for.

trip to Rhodes Island in Greece
trip to Rhodes Island in Greece
trip to Rhodes Island in Greece
trip to Rhodes Island in Greece
trip to Rhodes Island in Greece
trip to Rhodes Island in Greece
trip to Rhodes Island in Greece
trip to Rhodes Island in Greece
All of this sounds great, but it was almost time for lunch and we had already visited everything we wanted to. It was time to cool off and say cheers. Also, to figure out what more we wanted to see on the island.
trip to Rhodes Island in Greece

 

Our conversations started circling around an idea, that seemed to appeal to all of us.
Imagine you are on a somewhat bigger island. Is it not tempting to rent a car from the capital and visit a beach?
Well, it certainly was tempting for us. We rented a car and a few moment later we were enjoying Lindos.

trip to Rhodes Island in Greece
trip to Rhodes Island in Greece

 

Even though there you can ride on a donkey, we decided to walk around instead. We tried the crystal clear water and after a few gyros and beers, we left for our ship.

trip to Rhodes Island in Greece
trip to Rhodes Island in Greece

The day ended with an official cocktail with the captain of the ship.

Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea

 

Crete

The day before the last one was incredible. Before noon we walked around and enjoyed the mythical island of Crete.

We did not sign up for the wine tour that searches for Zorba. Instead, we decided to visit the Minotaur. The Palace of the Minotaur is a palace but has nothing to do with the Minotaur. From one of the ancient languages, probably Greek, but I am not sure, it means double ax. Disappointed? No, we were able to enjoy the unique red color that is used in the buildings. However, it also got some unique jokes about itself from us.

visiting Crete Island in Greece
visiting Crete Island in Greece
visiting Crete Island in Greece
visiting Crete Island in Greece
visiting Crete Island in Greece
visiting Crete Island in Greece
visiting Crete Island in Greece
The sun is messing with their heads.
visiting Crete Island in Greece

 

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Santorini

And after that came the highlight of our trip – Santorini. It welcomed us with its magnificent views that cannot be put into words. And with the famous sunset over Santorini.

Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea

 

Goodbye, Santorini. Thank you for being part of my first cruise trip. I am not sad though because I know that sooner or later I will come back to you. And this time I will stay longer.

Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea

 

Our cruise trip was about to end. It exceeded all expectations that we had.

Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea

We were very tired, but still in high spirits. We said our final “Cheers!” on the ship and on the next morning, we started our adventure through the stones, mythology, and traditions of Athens.

Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea
It is really hard to miss the CBA bag on the photo
We are so proud that we managed to visit almost all the sightseeing places of Athens in two days. And they are a lot, trust us. It is impressive how much culture has gathered there for the ages. And exploring that culture often results in walking around and taking pictures with stones. The beautiful things are many and the panoramic views are inspiring.
Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea
Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea
On our last day, we were oriented towards less walking and more visiting restaurants and taverns.
Cruise through the pearls of Aegean Sea

 

The fun was not going to stop even on the flight back home. Accidentally a famous Bulgarian was seated next to us, but we failed to notice him before we critically discussed him aloud. The person then turned and gave us his card. It was both funny and very uncomfortable for a moment. However, some of us won free plastic interventions… probably.
This is how our cruise ended. We conquered Athens. The memories are still in our heads and are now written on our blog, too. The pleasant emotions still fill our hearts. But we are not going to stop traveling.
In less than a week we are leaving for Valencia.

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