the cruise ship balcony

This summer, we embarked on a special family vacation spending days on a cruise ship sailing the scenic Mediterranean Sea.  We were excited to travel in a new way.  Keeping my camera always close by, I quickly learned that one of my cruise highlights was peeking through my stateroom curtains in the early morning or evening  light just to look and see if their was anything photo worthy. I quickly learned that my cruise ship balcony vantage point was amazing. I'd never have these photos if we'd traveled  by land. The water, clouds, sun and land entertained and mesmerized me so easily.  A journey to never forget. 

Athens, Greece | Family Travel Documentary

Athens. The hottest day off the ship. Like, I'm not sure I can pay attention, hot! Despite the heat and crowds, we had a great day with a knowledgeable and passionate guide, Nema. She treated us to an extraordinary day visiting the ruins, fast passing us in the incredible Acropolis Museum (do not leave this off your Athens list) and a delicious lunch. She was a memorable part of our day. Did I mention heat? Take note of the cloudless, blue skies. Part of me wonders how civilizations survived without air conditioning. 

I want to make special note and quote my husband when he opened the cabin curtains that morning, "Wow! That's not what I expected." He was peering down into a unoccupied parking lot.  Just an industrial hardscape. But.... I saw the beauty in the sunrise.