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Sorrento

Sorrento

We stopped for a brief photo opportunity of Sorrento as we began our trip down the Amalfi coast.


Jamie & Michael on the Amalfi coast

Jamie & Michael on the Amalfi coast


Jamie & Michael at the Parthenon

Jamie & Michael at the Parthenon

After going through the museum on the Acropolis, we went to the scenic lookout to the east and took this picture (along with several others) of the east front of the Parthenon.


Constantine XI Dragases Palaeologus

Constantine XI Dragases Palaeologus

After having lunch in Cathedral Square in the Plaka in Athens I noticed a statue and went over, only to discover that it was of my favorite Byzantine emperor, St. Constantine XI, the last Byzantine emperor, who died defending Constantinople in 1453. Although I don't think the statue had it, I have included his chosen surname of Dragases, which was his mother's name.


Kusadasi

Kusadasi


Istanbul

Istanbul


Topkapi Palace - Istanbul

Topkapi Palace - Istanbul


View of Bosphorus and sea walls from Topkapi

View of Bosphorus and sea walls from Topkapi


Michael & Jamie at Topkapi

Michael & Jamie at Topkapi


Hagia Sophia - entrance

Hagia Sophia - entrance


Hagia Sophia - mosaics

Hagia Sophia - mosaics


Grand Bazaar - Istanbul

Grand Bazaar - Istanbul


Elvis sighting in Mykonos

Elvis sighting in Mykonos


Anniversary lunch in Mykonos

Anniversary lunch in Mykonos


Mykonos

Mykonos

The woman in the foreground is Shari Hatchett Bohlman, a painter who was on the cruise.


Jamie and Michael at Mykonos

Jamie and Michael at Mykonos


Sunset at Mykonos

Sunset at Mykonos

Notice the gold on the sea.


10th Anniversary dinner

10th Anniversary dinner

Our table mates took this photo of Jamie and I at dinner on November 16, 2006, our 10th anniversary.


Port Said - view down the Suez Canal

Port Said - view down the Suez Canal


Michael at the step pyramid at Sakkara

Michael at the step pyramid at Sakkara

The pyramid behind me the first true pyramid, and is over 4,500 years old.


Michael in Great Pyramid

Michael in Great Pyramid

Jamie took this photo as I came out of the shaft from the tomb chamber under the Great Pyramid.


Jamie at the Great Pyramid

Jamie at the Great Pyramid


Michael at the Great Pyramid

Michael at the Great Pyramid


Jamie on camel #1

Jamie on camel #1


Jamie on camel #2

Jamie on camel #2


Jamie on camel #3

Jamie on camel #3


Jamie on camel #4

Jamie on camel #4


Michael on camel

Michael on camel

I still think it's easier than riding on a horse.


Jamie and Michael at the Pyramids at Giza

Jamie and Michael at the Pyramids at Giza


Jamie and Michael at the Sphinx

Jamie and Michael at the Sphinx


Alexandria - Fort Quait-Bey

Alexandria - Fort Quait-Bey

In Alexandria we id a city tour that went to Fort Quait-Bey, which was built on the foundations of the Pharos lighthouse, which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.


Alexandria - East Harbor

Alexandria - East Harbor

This view of the city from the fort shows the new Library at far left, and the ruins of Cleopatra's palace in the water at far right.


Alexandria - East Harbor from city

Alexandria - East Harbor from city

This is essentially the reverse angle of the prior, with the fort in the distance and the palace foundations probably below the stone wall at bottom.


Alexandria - Michael at Roman theater

Alexandria - Michael at Roman theater


Library at Alexandria #1

Library at Alexandria #1


Library at Alexandria #1

Library at Alexandria #1


Stromboli volcano

Stromboli volcano


Jamie with Stromboli volcano

Jamie with Stromboli volcano


Dinner partners #1

Dinner partners #1


Dinner partners #2

Dinner partners #2


Vatican Museum courtyard

Vatican Museum courtyard


View of Rome from Vatican Museum

View of Rome from Vatican Museum


Athens fresco by Raphael in Pope Julius II's bedroom in Vatican Museum

Athens fresco by Raphael in Pope Julius II's bedroom in Vatican Museum


Rome - St. Peter's - reverse of St. Peter's tomb

Rome - St. Peter's - reverse of St. Peter's tomb


Tomb of Pope John Paul II

Tomb of Pope John Paul II


St. Peter's Tomb - 4th century

St. Peter's Tomb - 4th century

This is the a reconstruction of St. Peter's tomb as it appeared in the original Constantinian church in the 4th century. The red and white marble walls were added at that time, and the clear plastic shows the level of the current church.


St. Peter's Tomb - 7th century

St. Peter's Tomb - 7th century

This view shows the new higher floor level and altar added by Pope Gregory in the 7th century.


St. Peter's tomb - 4th century (reverse)

St. Peter's tomb - 4th century (reverse)

This photo shows the reverse of the tomb in the original basilica - note the red and white marble, which are still there ehind the small altar in the prior photo.


St. Peter's tomb - ORIGINAL APPEARANCE

St. Peter's tomb - ORIGINAL APPEARANCE

This reconstruction shows the original appearance of the tomb with the small temple over it prior to the construction of the first St. Peter's basilica in the 4th century. The left of the two columns is still in place, embedded in the rock under the altars. We saw it during the Scavi tour, then circled around the backside and came out on the other side, where the short wall is still visible.


St. Peter's Tomb - ORIGINAL APPEARANCE (side)

St. Peter's Tomb - ORIGINAL APPEARANCE (side)

This photo shows the so-called "graffiti wall" to the side of the tomb with the recess in which bones were supposedly found. There are certainly bones there now - we saw them in a clear case.


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