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RobertGraves's Port Reviews of Kusadasi, Katakolon (Olympia), Santorini
Ryndam cruise in September 2013
Ryndam
Member Name: RobertGraves
Cruise Date: September 2013
Embarkation: Athens (Piraeus)
Destination: Europe - Greek Isles
Member Review: RobertGraves's Ryndam Review
Kusadasi
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+

Kusadasi (the ‘island of the bird’) owes its importance to nearby Ephesus. Interestingly, Efesus is presented as a Roman city, based on its ruins from this period, but ask any student of Ancient History in an American or a British University and they will tell you that Ephesus was built by Greeks and was already flourishing centuries before the might of Rome entered the historical stage here; it scorned the Latin language and retained thoroughly its Greek character. So its inclusion in this particular quintessentially Greek cruise itinerary (‘Homeric Quest’) was perfectly justified. Of special interest also is the house where, according to the Catholic religion, Virgin Mary lived and died.
Contrary to the other ports, bargaining in Kusadasi was absolutely required when shopping. An officer of the ship jokingly forewarned us in a friendly talk: when a local asks $10, you must counter-propose him $1, and the bargain starts from this point!



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Katakolon (Olympia)
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+

Katakolon is the port to ancient Olympia, a must-see as the birthplace of the Olympic Games, more than seven centuries before Jesus was born. Katakolon itself is a surprisingly picturesque little port, where you can have a meal or a drink just two or three feet from the sea - at low prices.


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Santorini
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+

Santorini has been acclaimed the most beautiful island in the world by ‘Travel+Leisure’. Here history meets a unique landscape in a dramatic way. Birthplace of the Cycladic civilization, the first European one along with the Minoan in Crete, the island was torn to pieces by the eruption of its volcano 1,650 years B.C.. The result is that, after climbing to the top of the steep coast by means of a cable car or a donkey, you can have lunch or drink enjoying a tremendous panoramic view of the sea-flooded caldera.



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