I just returned from a three-week vacation, which began in Greece and ended in England.
Along the way, we stopped in Italy, France, and Spain — countries to which Nick and I have been, but we stopped in many towns and islands that were new to me: Taormina in Sicily, Oia and Fira in Santorini, and Positano on the Amalfi Coast among them. These were all new places for my parents (our companions for the entire journey!), so it was nice to introduce them to bits of Europe.
We spent the first part of the trip on an Azamara cruise that sailed across the Mediterranean. I’m not a cruiser, though I’ve been on two in the past, and while I can see why a certain cross-section of people love it, this kind of traveling isn’t really for me. But when we brainstormed the easiest ways logistically for my parents to sample a number of different spots in this part of Europe, a cruise seemed like a good option — versus stringing together different city itineraries connected by short flights. This way, the daily planning and touring was mostly out of my hands.
All that said, I’d thought the cruise would be relaxing, and I was completely wrong. Unless you’re sailing at sea all the time, or choose not to disembark the ship and explore offshore, your routine on a cruise is very go-go-go — a new country or city each day, and a different excursion or on-foot itinerary that starts early in the morning. So, we were pretty exhausted each evening.
In all, it was a very active 21 days . . . we saw and did a lot, and I’ll slowly sift through my photos and share some highlights here. To start, here are a few snapshots from our first few days. I’d never been to Greece, and our brief time exploring the Plaka area of Athens was a nice introduction to the city — and our trip.
All photos taken with an iPhone 7 — a few posted originally on Instagram. Follow me @cherilucasrowlands.