Ponant ship Le Bougainville
Le Bougainville anchored off the Greek island Hydra
The harbor in Valleta, Malta, the start of our cruise.
Homes in Valleta often have elaborate, enclosed balconies.
Detail of the balcony decoration.
Enclosed balconies in Valleta.
Colorful doors in Valleta.
Valleta streets were lined with small cafes.
Street musician. One does not often see an oboist on the street.
Parliament building in Valleta. Locals know it by several names, one being the "cheese grater."
Parliament building in Valleta.
At ease by the parliament building.
Steps to the parliament building.
Rampila, an excellent restaurant tucked into the city walls in Valleta.
The Triton Fountain, just outside the city walls.
Evening departure from Valleta. Calm seas and balmy temperatures.
Dining on the ship.
Next port, Syracuse, in Siciliy. Exploring trhe Roman amphitheater.
The Greek theater.
It was built in the 5th century BC and rebuilt in the 3rd century. It seats 16,000 and is still used for an annual presentation of classical theater.
Mt. Etna, near Taormina, Sicily.
Fortunate to be there at sunrise on a clear day and see minor eruptions.
Mt. Etna from Taormina.
Mt. Etna from the harbor at Taormina.
Church in the village of Taormina.
The Greek theater in Taormina has a clear view of Mt. Etna.
The harbor at Taormina. Our ship in anchored near a breakwater. Mt. Etna to the right.
Leaving Taormina and Sicily for Greece.
The stadium in Olympia, where the olympic games originated.
Columns that were once part of a housing for athletes in Olympia.