July – August 2012

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Intro

Originally planned as a simple island-hopping trip in the Mediterranean — this journey morphed into something much bigger!  With the islands still the anchor, I planned it to coincide with my cousin’s wedding in Jordan at the beginning, and the 2012 London Games at the end!  I even tacked on a few other mini-trips along the way like a dip into Africa, a road-trip through southern France and Spain, and even a day-trip to Cologne during a Frankfurt layover!

That’s 3 continents and 16 countries in one trip!  And thanks to connecting flights, I soon realized that I was also managing to hit all the most famous ancient cities in one trip — Athens, Constantinople (Istanbul).. (or Constantinople?), Rome, and Carthage!  Noticing all of a sudden that every other city I was planning to visit was also part of the Roman Empire at some point, I gave this epic journey its name!

After my cousin’s beautiful wedding in Amman, it was time to start the island-hoppin’!  On the itinerary:  Cyprus, Crete, Santoriniamazing Sicily (where I almost wish I could have spent all three weeks!), Malta, Sardinia, Corsica, Mallorca, and finally, Ibiza — where I enjoyed the world-famous beaches during the day and the even more world-famous DJs at night!

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Frankfurt, GermanyJuly 11, 2012July 12, 2012
    2Cologne, GermanyJuly 12, 2012July 12, 2012
    3Frankfurt, GermanyJuly 12, 2012July 12, 2012
    4Amman, JordanJuly 12, 2012July 16, 2012
    5Larnaca, CyprusJuly 16, 2012July 16, 2012
    6Nicosia, CyprusJuly 16, 2012July 16, 2012
    7Nicosia, TRNCJuly 16, 2012July 16, 2012
    8Larnaca, CyprusJuly 16, 2012July 17, 2012
    9Athens, GreeceJuly 17, 2012July 17, 2012
    10Heraklion, CreteJuly 17, 2012July 18, 2012
    11Santorini, GreeceJuly 18, 2012July 18, 2012
    12Athens, GreeceJuly 18, 2012July 18, 2012
    13Istanbul, TurkeyJuly 18, 2012July 19, 2012
    14Tunis, TunisiaJuly 19, 2012July 19, 2012
    15Carthage, TunisiaJuly 19, 2012July 19, 2012
    16Sidi Bou Said, TunisiaJuly 19, 2012July 19, 2012
    17La Goulette, TunisiaJuly 19, 2012July 20, 2012
    18Palermo, SicilyJuly 20, 2012July 20, 2012
    19Monreale, SicilyJuly 20, 2012July 20, 2012
    20Enna, SicilyJuly 20, 2012July 20, 2012
    21Catania, SicilyJuly 20, 2012July 20, 2012
    22Valletta, MaltaJuly 20, 2012July 21, 2012
    23Mosta, MaltaJuly 21, 2012July 21, 2012
    24Sliema, MaltaJuly 21, 2012July 21, 2012
    25Valletta, MaltaJuly 21, 2012July 22, 2012
    26Pozzallo, SicilyJuly 22, 2012July 22, 2012
    27Modica, SicilyJuly 22, 2012July 22, 2012
    28Ragusa, SicilyJuly 22, 2012July 22, 2012
    29Caltagirone, SicilyJuly 22, 2012July 22, 2012
    30Piazza Armerina, SicilyJuly 22, 2012July 22, 2012
    31Agrigento, SicilyJuly 22, 2012July 23, 2012
    32Palermo, SicilyJuly 23, 2012July 23, 2012
    33Rome, ItalyJuly 23, 2012July 23, 2012
    34Cagliari, SardiniaJuly 23, 2012July 24, 2012
    35Barumini, SardiniaJuly 24, 2012July 24, 2012
    36Oristano, SardiniaJuly 24, 2012July 24, 2012
    37Bosa, SardiniaJuly 24, 2012July 24, 2012
    38Nuoro, SardiniaJuly 24, 2012July 24, 2012
    39Olbia, SardiniaJuly 24, 2012July 25, 2012
    40Santa Teresa Gallura, SardiniaJuly 25, 2012July 25, 2012
    41Bonifacio, CorsicaJuly 25, 2012July 25, 2012
    42Sartène, CorsicaJuly 25, 2012July 25, 2012
    43Ajaccio, CorsicaJuly 25, 2012July 26, 2012
    44Marseille, FranceJuly 26, 2012July 26, 2012
    45Martigues, FranceJuly 26, 2012July 26, 2012
    46Montpellier, FranceJuly 26, 2012July 26, 2012
    47Narbonne, FranceJuly 26, 2012July 26, 2012
    48Perpignan, FranceJuly 26, 2012July 26, 2012
    49Figueres, SpainJuly 26, 2012July 26, 2012
    50Barcelona, SpainJuly 26, 2012July 27, 2012
    51Palma de Mallorca, Balearic IslandsJuly 27, 2012July 27, 2012
    52Ibiza, Balearic IslandsJuly 27, 2012July 27, 2012
    53Sant Antoni, Balearic IslandsJuly 27, 2012July 28, 2012
    54Ibiza, Balearic IslandsJuly 28, 2012July 29, 2012
    55Valencia, SpainJuly 29, 2012July 29, 2012
    56London, EnglandJuly 29, 2012August 1, 2012

    Featured Image

    London Eye, London, England

    At the end of this amazing trip through the Mediterranean’s islands and coastal cities, I spent a few days “unwinding” in one of my favorite cities, at the 2012 Olympic Games. Here I’m enjoying the sweeping views from the London Eye in between events.

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