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April 30, 2014

“Friends” Group to travel to the Dalmatian Coast and Greece

CROSSVILLE — Playwright George Bernard Shaw famously declared “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik.” In his view, it is “the pearl of the Adriatic.” Our Friends Traveling Together group will make their own assessment as we depart on a small ship cruise on Sept. 8, 2015.

Before we arrive in Croatia, however, our initial destination will be Athens, Greece where we will board the M/V Athena. Unique to other cruises we have taken; our ship will have a maximum capacity of only 50 passengers. This 4-star-plus ship was designed with all of the features desired for a comfortable journey. We anticipate this will be the perfect vessel for exploring the Greek Islands and many sites along the Dalmatian coast.

If history excites you, so many fascinating destinations await. We begin with a visit to the Panathenean Stadium originally constructed in 330 BC. From there we head to Delphi and the Temple of Apollo. We’ll see sites built by the Athenians, the Thebans, and the Corinthians. Masterpieces from the Archaic, Classical and Roman periods will all be included in our stops in Athens, Delphi and Corfu. If you’ve dreamed of the Greek Isles, this will be a wonderful trip.

We will also be making stops in Albania and Montenegro which have been inhabited since prehistoric times. In addition to the rich history, however, will be breathtaking views of bays, villages and mountains. Besides what we’ll learn and see, of course, will be the opportunity to sample local cheeses, meats and other delicacies.

And yes, we will arrive in Dubrovnik which is regarded as one of the world’s most exquisite walled cities. One of the highlights while we are there will be a home hosted dinner to meet a local family and discover more about their daily lives. Additional stops in Croatia will include Korcula, Kvar and Split.

Our journey will conclude with our final destination: Slovenia. This is an undiscovered gem with its amazing mountain scenery, pure lakes and rivers and medieval towns and villages. Lake Bled is known for its stunning beauty. What a wonderful way to relax and reflect on our trip.

Want to know more about the Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast and Greece? An information meeting will be held on Sunday, June 22 at 4 p.m. We already have over a dozen travelers so don’t wait too long. Call Molly at 287-0426 or email us at FriendsTravelingTogether@gmail.com to RSVP for our get together, make reservations or just learn more about this exciting trip. We will be happy to provide you with all of the details!

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