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Jim_Iain – Edge Live Post – B2B – Greek Islands and West Bound TransAtlantic

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16 hours ago, zitsky said:

 

The smoke?  So Eden is outside or open air?  It's part of the smoking area or near one?

There is a smoking outside the Eden area but I am sure the OP was referring the the "Canned" Smoke that they blow into the theater to  give an eerie effect.  I believe most theaters use C02 but haven't seen it yet.     I've have heard of others that were bothered by it. 

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Saturday was Mykonos.    I was awaken early with really heavy thruster vibrations.  After about an hour I figured we were tendering instead of docking.    Our room is so quiet we have never heard any announcements the entire cruise so far.   When I got up around 9 I confirmed my thought.  

 

The winds were really strong yesterday and temperatures around 70.   We had a 1:00 PM tour scheduled so did not go ashore until we had a bit of lunch.    Tenders were being provided by the port and worked really well.

 

We met our guide, Erwin at the little church with a blue roof directly in front of our tender point.    We stayed in contact by Whatsapp as it wasn't clear which of the tender ports we would be using.  

 

First we took a walking tour for 45 minutes of Downtown Mykonos.    The town is picture perfect and beautifully maintained.


 

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After visiting town we took off in Erwin’s Jeep for a tour of the island.  
 

It was interesting to learn that the official population of the island is only 7,800 people.   The population swells during the summer.  Ours was the final cruise of the season and many shops were starting to shut down. 
 

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Ervin is a professional soccer player during the season and does tours during the summer.   He comes from line of home builders and told us of how restrictive they are.   All homes must be either white or natural stone color only.   Originally all structures were required to have blue trim.   For centuries the people were prevented from flying their blue and white flags so the celebrated their heritage by painting their homes white with blue trim.   In recent years they have revised regulations to require white painting or natural stone and bright trim of any color. 
 

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After a quick tour of a church.  Ervin showed us a traditional restaurant.  Evidently they are being forced out of business due to more upscale places. 
 

 

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We set our clocks back last night for European DST.  I screwed it up.   I manually changed our time on our iPhones and was surprised when Arsen knocked on the door with breakfast.   I guess IPhone automatically set the time back another hour. 

 

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Arrived Nauplion early today.  Crystal blue skies and mirror smooth seas.   I have to go back to the room to put on shorts.  It’s going to be about  85 today. 

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2 hours ago, Jim_Iain said:

From what I can see they only the the Edenet show on some nights.   Not sure if that is new.

I think that started on the TA last spring or around that time. Someone onboard reported that it was 4 nights of Edenists on their TA, I believe, with other performers on other nights. I was happy to hear that since the venue is such a nice venue for mellow music. They also cut the show down to 45 minutes, instead of 2+ hours. The show is interesting and fun to watch, but we would rather have variety.

 

We spend a lot of time before and after dinner listening to music in Ensemble Lounge on S Class - this isn't as small and cozy, but we like to hang out on 6 at the rail in Eden and look down on the performers on 5, with the wake in the background. Plenty of space to spread out, nice chairs, cocktail tables, a little quieter up there and great bar service.

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Mykonos photos were outstanding. 

That was one of our favorite ports. The colors of the water there are incredible.

Love the  doors and architecture;  and the people we met there were interesting and  for the most part happy souls!

 

Looking forward to this next port,,.never been there!  You picked a great itinerary,

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Really enjoyed the port today.  It was a first for us.  Town was active and really bustling.   Finally realized it is Sunday and many Greek were in town.  

This is another tender port and Celebrity were using the Magic Carpet and the new tenders.   What a difference. 
 

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55 minutes ago, parrothead33 said:

Loving your report Jim.  Your pictures are beautiful and particularly enjoying all the different doors.


LOL - I think you noticed that I love the colors and structure of doors.  

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19 minutes ago, Jim_Iain said:


LOL - I think you noticed that I love the colors and structure of doors.  

THE DOORS!  Love them. I too take way too many pictures of doors. Maybe it is a metaphor for the mystery of a passage into another world. Very Cool. Thanks for the journey. 

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4 hours ago, vtcruising said:

I think that started on the TA last spring or around that time. Someone onboard reported that it was 4 nights of Edenists on their TA, I believe, with other performers on other nights. I was happy to hear that since the venue is such a nice venue for mellow music. They also cut the show down to 45 minutes, instead of 2+ hours. The show is interesting and fun to watch, but we would rather have variety.

 

 

The new show was on our April 7th cruise a couple of times at 10:15.  It is quite good.

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41 minutes ago, VitaminSea53 said:

THE DOORS!  Love them. I too take way too many pictures of doors. Maybe it is a metaphor for the mystery of a passage into another world. Very Cool. Thanks for the journey. 

You would love Dublin, Ireland.   We lived there for 3 years and it is amazing.    There are books published of picture of all the colored doors.

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We decided to just enjoy this beautiful village today.   I wanted to hike up to the castle but got nixed.   Oh well.  
 

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4 hours ago, Jim_Iain said:


LOL - I think you noticed that I love the colors and structure of doors.  

 

I love doors as well.  And door knockers!  Was just looking at my pictures of Mdina the other day.  Many, many doors and door knockers.  And I have many Dublin doors as well!  Even a series of magnets of them.

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Awesome write-up and photos!  I'm very much looking forward to my first sailing on the Edge next year, and your posts really show the flavor of it.  🙂  Thanks for sharing!

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I'm enjoying your review of the sunny Greek Islands on what is a rainy, gloomy 48 degree Maine Sunday. Your review and your wonderful pictures are certainly a bright spot on this typical Autumn New England day. Thanks guys for sharing. 

 

Lorrie

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I enjoyed your post from Mykonos - we were there on our cruise and really didn't like it.  Probably because we didn't book any tour with ship or private and there were 5 or so ships in port.  Way too crowded.  If I'm there again, I'll try to find your tour guide.

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Just found your new post.  I followed your Summit B2B Bermuda/New England in June (right after we got off the Summit) and am really excited to follow your Westbound TA since we hope to take that TA in a year or two.  We're deciding whether to leave from Rome on the Silhouette type ship or Barcelona on the Infinity (Summit sister ship).  We really love the Summit (we deserted the QM2 for the Summit).

 

Too bad Captain Kate and her cat Bug Naked won't be traveling with you on the TA. 

 

Thanks again for your posts, pictures, etc.

 

Bon voyage!!

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