Saturday, May 25, 2013

A little more about Athens and Ephesus

One thing about booking ship-sponsored excursions is that once you've decided which one to reserve, you don't have to think much about where you'll be or what you'll be doing; it's all planned for you!  As evidenced by previous posts on our blog, we haven't done much research or additional reading and planning for the ports we have booked through the cruise line, but as our departure nears, I want to do a little more prep, particularly for ports we've not been to before.

The first one is the port of Piraeus, which is in Greece and is the jumping off point for Athens.  We have booked an excursion to take us to the Acropolis and the Archaeological Museum and includes a lunch in the Plaka.  Here is a good website that has more information about Athens.

Another one is Kusadasi which is about 30 km from the ancient city of Ephesus, which used to be a port city in its heydey.  While many of the websites I could find were sponsored by tour guides, I found that they have good pictures and blurbs about the different sites in Ephesus and the surrounding area. It's a great preview of what we'll be looking at with our own eyes before too many more days!

Of course after we have been to each of these ports, we'll be able to offer our own thoughts and experiences about these places and hopefully answer any questions that other travelers might have.

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