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Ancient wonders – and a vivid imagination

Ancient wonders – and a vivid imagination

A WEEK on board NCL’s Norwegian Jade sailing out of Venice included visits to Dubrovnic, Athens and Olympia via Katakolon

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Five minutes after leaving the dock, and we were already catching some splendid views of Venice
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St Mark’s Square, Venice: a magnet for tourists

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One of the many captivating bridges seen from the Grand Canal, Venice

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A tranquil scene at Dubrovnic harbour

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A bird’s-eye view of Dubrovnik old town and its harbour

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Entering Dubrovnic

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Leaving Dubrovnik

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Entry to Piraeus Harbour at dawn, seven miles southwest of the centre of Athens

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Ceremonial Guards on the approach to Syntagma Square, Athens

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Ceremonial Guards go through their impressive ritual in Syntagma Square, Athens

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Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens

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The Parthenon, one of a number of temples build on the Acropolis (high city) in Athens

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Reach for the sky: One of the many staggering views of the Parthenon

DSC_3244The official ‘birthplace’ of the Olympic Games is at Olympia, which we visited via coach from Katakolon on the western coast of the Peloponnese Peninsula

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Olympia’s ruins are impressive, from the original Olympic Stadium to the remains of some of the buildings where athletes trained and temples where they made offerings

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Time to soak up the rays on board NCL’s Norwegian Jade 

All images © Michael Cowton

About The Author

Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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