This week’s photos come from Italy’s city of Verona, Ancient Olympia in Greece, and Santorini. Those pink and red locks are on the gate at what is marked as Juliet’s home in Verona, Italy. Verona is near Venice, and is, of course, the setting of Shakespeare’s story, but apparently a lot of what we see now is made up (someone told me that they only added the balcony to her window overlooking the courtyard to appease the visitors who were expecting a scene like the play), though the Romeo and Juliet’s story is based on an old Italian tale. Lovers come and put a lock on the gate to symbolize their everlasting love. The second photo doesn’t look like much but it’s actually the original site of the Ancient Olympic games in Katakolon (Olympia), Greece. That’s the stadium where they competed… no seats except for the judges and the high priestess. The last 2 photos are from the island of Santorini. Cruise ships anchor near Santorini and then ferry in to the bottom of the island… and then you have to somehow get up the 800-1000 steps to get to the top where the resort town of Fira is located. There are 3 options: cable car, walk a winding path, or donkey. I took the donkey and it was quite the experience. My donkey wanted to bite the others and also often decided to stop for 5 minutes at a time. There was no steering him or urging him forward, only when one of the donkey masters came behind him and started yelling did he decide to move. Still, it was fun, and then when you get to the top there’s that view!
Walking down was not as much fun, but was a necessity because somehow the island had lost power that day and so the cable car was out of service… soo, adventures in donkey dodging as we powered our way back down to the ship!
All photos taken by me, with my Nokia Lumia 822 Windows Phone 8. Edited with Nokia Creative Studio.