Part 2 - Europe 2013
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Lesbos is just one of the many sunny, tranquil islands of Greece.  It would probably be a good place to spend some time but we only stopped there briefly.  It has been in the news lately due to all the Middle East refugees landing there.

Lesbos from our ship.

The church towers over the town.

Settled in 3,000 BC, Ephesus was not to be missed --  the Greek temple, the ampitheater (where I slipped on the marble steps but fortunately didn't break anything), the Virgin Mary's house, and the Library of Celsus.   Ephesus was once a port but it is now several miles from the sea.

The house where the Virgin Mary Lived

The amphitheater where St. Paul preached.

Library of Celsus.

Art work from centuries past.

Columns once crowned with statues.

This was my third trip to Mykonos and it has greatly changed in 50 years.  The town is brilliant white.  I was amazed at all the new homes now scatter over the hills.  We were only there one day but I remember the wonderful night life.

Windmills but no wind while we were there.

The city is so very clean.

Flowers and handicrafts of brilliant colors.

The main town on the island..

New houses everywhere.

Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands and is the site of many of the Greek myths.  We took a tour around the city but after non-stop touring the week before, we didn't venture very far.

Another cruise ship in the harbor.

The Venetian fortress is the city's symbol.

Iraklion is a bustling city.

Everywhere folks were relaxing and chatting.

Our Crete tourbus.

Paris does get more beautiful every year.  We spent a week there and saw things I had missed on earlier trips.  We had a tour of the Opera and wandered around there for hours.  We went to the top of the Arc de Triumph which was fortunate since the Eiffel Tower was closed.  We cruised down the Seine.  We had plenty of time to explore the Louvre and seveal other museums.  We had an express pass for everything which saved us hours in long lines.

Is there any more recognized symbol in the world.

The National Opera is stupendous.

Arc de Triomphe.

Entrance to the Louvre.

Inside the Louvre.
Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre.

Enrique met John-Paul 23rd and Mother Theresa
at a wax museum.

The sarcophagus of Napoleon.

Enrique had never been to Disneyland so we spent a day there.  It  was a lenthy train ride there and it was packed on the return but well worth it.  I say that Disneyland is really for adults and we proved it that day.  The Space Mountain Mission 2 is known as the fastest one of all the Disney parks and we were almost unable to walk after tackling it.

The castle is the centerpiece of the park.

Yes, someone is VERY happy.

This could be Main Street USA :)

Enrique cools off under a constant rainshower.

A balloon ride above the park.

Walt Disney Studios Park.

Yes, we saw Mickey, Minnie and Donald Duck.

The park closing is worth the wait.

Finally I got to see the Palace of Versailles.  It was built by the Sun King, Louis XIV, and is opulent beyond believing.  The Hall of Mirrors is dazzling and the huge paintings of the French battles reveal an ego larger than Donald Trump's.   

   The palace is immense.

The Hall of Mirrors.

Chandelier, chandelier, chandlier.

The Queen's sitting room.

Corridors filled with paintings of Napoleon.

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