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  1. Here's a better view of "The Big Chute Marine Railway" with the carriage at the top. The people stay in their boats for the ride. In this photo, they are in a boat, in a train, and over a road. 😆
  2. No, it's a way to get boats up the hill and over the waterfall - like a lock. The boats float into slings and then the car hauls them up/down the hill on a rail track
  3. Taking our boat over the Big Chute Marine Railway (Muskoka Ontario)
  4. Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed it. You will have a wonderful time! If you are going to Santorini as well, I have found the shopping and souvenirs to be less expensive there. Mykonos can be a bit pricey . Enjoy!
  5. Just got back from a cruise that had both Valetta and Chania. Chania is a pretty port, but I would choose Valetta if I had to pick just one. Malta is incredible!. We did a tour of Mdina and Valetta - an incredible place! Here is my photo blog of Malta : https://maryandnormtravel.blogspot.com/search/label/Malta
  6. Epidaurus is worth a visit, but the old town of Nafplio is stunning. I'm so glad I got to see it. If you explored the town in the morning, you may be able to get to a beach for the afternoon, but don't miss the old town of Nafpio.
  7. If you are going in the summer, a large air-conditioned comfortable coach may be your best bet. Our ship docked in Souda and because of a delay there with engine problems, the ship bussed us all to Heraklion so we did not miss that port. There was lots of grumbling about 5 hours on a bus that day, but it turned out to be a good thing. We saw a lot of Crete that we never would have seen otherwise. The drive was very interesting ....snowcapped mountains, olive groves, beaches, resorts, and lunch in a hillside town. After going to Knossos, made sure you get a visit to the Archaeology museum too. Here are some photos of Chania, the bus ride and Knossos in our photo blog: Photo blog- Chania to Heraklion
  8. If you haven’t seen, Split, it is definitely worth a look -The beautiful waterfront, the ancient Diocletian Palace and wondering the old town. Here is a sample of photos from my blog. Split photo blog
  9. Wow, why did they get a refund at all. I thoroughly get that the Athens to Athens cruise went to all ports. - a full cruise. On the Previous cruise, Malaga to Athens, there was a much shorted day in Chania, and Santorini was missed. The Canadian passengers received $400 CAD. The lies and denials were what ticked most people off. Never a mention of broken engine, or even a new captain. Cruise director Alison, was useless with any kind of communication. Also, the Captain did tell folks that the ship had to be inspected and tested in Chania before it was allowed to depart. Apparently, no one is allowed on the ship when this inspection takes place, so all on-board passengers were sent off the ship. ( majority of passengers were on the bus trip to Heraklion.). The rumour was that the people taken off the ship received a bus trip into town with lunch, $500 US, and a bottle of champagne. This rumour caused a lot of hard feelings— how could being removed from a ship for 2 hrs, be worth more than losing a highlight port? Sounds like lots of inconsistencies !
  10. Just got back from Malta, and in my opinion, you would miss out on a fabulous city if you used it as a beach stop. But I certainly get it with teenagers. If they are into Game of Thrones, the ancient city of Mdina was the filming location for Kings Landing in Season 1 before it moved to Dubrovnik. Maybe go there on way to beach?? Here is the photo blog from our day stop in Malta - Malta - Mdina and Valletta tour. This may help you decide. Good luck
  11. We did the 4.5 hour tour last month and loved it. You just drive by Etna, but if the sky is clear, the views are fantastic. We didn't go to the beach, but I heard that it is very nice and pretty cool. I think Isola Bella beach is at the base of Taormina and is beautiful. I think that might be a good option. Here is the link to my photo blog on our 3 stops in Sicily. The pics of Taormina are at the end - just scroll down. sicily photos
  12. If you are looking for a waterproof camera that takes very good stills, what about an Olympus GT-4 or GT-5? These little cameras will fit in your pocket and are a good option for a point and shoot when you don't want to lug around your DSLR. Videos are good also. By the way have you ever been to Oktoberfest in Munich before? ....be prepared, it's not what you think 🙂 😄
  13. I just came across this today and I think there are some good tips here for all of us who are amateurs. Maybe we can start a list of other tips you have and use. Tips for better landscape photos
  14. This repair really needed to happen and I'm not sure why that ship is still putting along and why it took so long to come to this conclusion. I'm guessing that the Captain probably resigned in the middle of our cruise over this as we secretly had a new captain after our stop in Malta. Anyway, I would say by 2 1/2 months the engine will be repaired or it will be trash. But we will know one way or another.
  15. Yes, we are still being well looked after. Santorini was going to be a highlight for so many, so lots of disgruntled pax. People are very fed up that no one was telling them the real story of the engines. Also, a big surprise - we got a new captain a few days ago (we were wondering who that man was at the helm in Chania :-). Anyway, tomorrow is Athens and the beautiful Grand Bretagne Hotel - a great way to end the cruise.
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