Italy and Greece

    Day 1

    Day 1 - Saturday, September 8, 2001

    We got up early and as it was snowing in Monument, we went to pick up the Cropseys.

    We met the whole group at DIA and had a quick light breakfast in the little "French" restaurant at the terminal.

    We flew Delta to...

    Day 2

    Day 2 - Sunday, September 9, 2001

    We arrived at Rome’s airport around 8:30 AM and after we got our luggage we met the people from Trafalgar Tours. We were told that we would have to wait for our guide Michael, who would not be back until 12:30 PM for...

    Day 3

    Day 3 - Monday, September 10, 2001

    It is Monday morning in Rome and the city is alive! We got up very early this morning and at 6:30 had breakfast with 100 other people - it was a mess.

    We were out of the Holiday Inn by 7 AM as...

    Day 4

    Day 4 - Tuesday, September 11, 2001

    Another early morning, got up at 6AM as our luggage had to be out by 6:45 and we had to be at the bus by 7:45. We had our usual continental breakfast of coffee, rolls, hard boiled eggs, croissants, juice, cheeses, and meats....

    Day 5

    Day 5 - Wednesday, September 12, 2001

    We got up at 6:15 and had breakfast at 7. We were out by 7:45 on the way to Venice. It was COLD. Probably in the high 40's. Surprising.

    We took a water taxi and got to St. Marks in the downtown area....

    Day 6

    Day 6 - Thursday, September 13, 2001

    We got up at 6:15 and went down for breakfast at 7:00 PM. Same continental breakfast - rolls, coffee, cereal, hard boiled eggs, etc.

    We left Venice at 8 AM and went down the interior highway until we got to a rest area...

    Day 7

    Day 7 - Friday, September 14, 2001

    We got out of the hotel at 8:30 and took the tour bus to downtown Florence. It is a pretty city. We got dropped off to shop so Gennie and I walked the narrow and little passageways and streets and we saw the...

    Day 8

    Day 8 - Saturday, September 15, 2001

    We got up very early, 6:15, and had breakfast at 7. We know it will be a long day on the bus.

    We started our southern trek at 7:45 and were on our way, past Rome and on to Monte Casino, the location...

    Day 9

    Day 9 - Sunday, September 16, 2001

    We got up at 6:15 and had breakfast of croissants, hard rolls, coffee, cereal, juice. Typical European continental breakfast.

    We took small buses to a shop that made inlaid furniture and were given a tour of the facilities and opportunity to purchase.

    We...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - Monday, September 17, 2001

    With the usual continental breakfast we started the day out with our luggage by the door at 7:30.

    We got on the bus this morning at 8:30 and we had another of the extra excursions. We went to see the Amalfi Coast.

    Some...

    Day 11

    Day 11 - Tuesday, September 18, 2001

    After crossing the Ionian Sea at night, a very smooth trip, we got up at 8 AM and got ready.

    Some travelers slept on deck if they could not afford a room. Others slept in a room that had airline like seats about...

    Day 12

    Day 12 - Wednesday, September 19, 2001

    After another continental breakfast at the hotel In Olympia, we got into the bus for a drive back to Patras and the mainland.

    The temperature is significantly higher than Italy. The humidity is also high. What is surprising in Greece is the lack...

    Day 13

    Day 13 - Thursday, September 20, 2001

    The room at Delphi was very spartan. No real air conditioning alter 11 PM, they expect their guest to open the windows.

    We got up this morning and had another continental breakfast, they did have some eggs, Vienna sausages but I just had...

    Day 14

    Day 14 - Friday, September 21, 2001

    We got up at 8 AM and went down for breakfast around 8:45. Nice continental breakfast and some fresh fruit.

    I complained again about the room being hot.

    We went for a short walk and to check our email. We returned to a...

    Day 15

    Day 15 - Saturday, September 22, 2001

    It is our last day and we were up at 6:15 and ready to go to the Three Island Trip. We had our traditional continental breakfast, they do have eggs and canned fruit but I just like the rolls and croissant.

    I really...

    Day 16

    Day 16 - Sunday, September 23, 2001

    We got up at 6:15 as the bus to the airport would pick us up at 8 AM. We got our luggage out by the door at 7 AM and went down for the continental breakfast even though we were still full from...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

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