Photo Presentation -Mediterranean Cruise in 84 Days

The LeConte Photographic Society will host Sharon and Brad Cottrell on Saturday, November 16th 2019  at 10:00 a.m. for a photo presentation of their travels to “The Mediterranean in 84 Days”.  Please join us in the Burchfield Room at the King Library in Sevierville, TN for this wonderful and interesting free program that is open to the public.  It may give you some ideas of places you would like to visit one day. 

The Mediterranean: My Love Affair with the Sea and Lands

By Sharon Wright Cottrell

What is your greatest love affair?  The one that was highest on my list is the islands and land around the Mediterranean Sea.  This series of images will demonstrate how easy it was to fall in love with this wonderful place.  Love affairs may come and go but this one will stay with me forever.

In the Summer of 2017 I discovered a comprehensive 85-day cruise to the Mediterranean on the mid-size Oceania Sirena ship leaving from Miami on June 23, 2018 and returning to Miami on September 16, 2018.  The itinerary had 64 port days in 50 unique ports and 22 sea days.  Oceania offered several excursions in every port.  We took 51 ship planned and 10 self-planned excursions in all except 2 ports.  Every day was filled with an exciting place to go.

We visited 13 countries including Albania, Bahamas, Croatia, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Palestine (West Bank), Portugal, and Spain and 20 islands including Lanzarote, Tenerife, Sicily, Sardinia, Cypress, Corsica, Crete, Madeira, Ibiza, Mallorca, Minorca, Capri, Cephalonia, Zakynthos, Mykonos, Santorini, Patmos, Rhodes, Bermuda, and Monemvasia.  This was truly a trip of a lifetime.  I am fascinated with the scenery, history, culture, well preserved architecture, the hilltop villages, the whitewashed buildings, food, and people of the Mediterranean Sea and Lands.  What better way to spend a summer.

Biography of Sharon Wright Cottrell and Brad Cottrell

Sharon started photography about fifteen years ago and has had over 75 winning photos in various photo contests including ten winning photos for the Knox Heritage Art and Architecture Tour.  She has written a book on the Architecture of Knoxville including photos of many Knoxville historic buildings.  In 2012 she won Insight Vacations International Photo Contest with her photo of Santorini which was published in the Insight Vacations 2013 Tour Catalog, in the 2012 AAA Going Places Magazine, and 2011 Inside TVA Newspaper.  In September 2015, she was published in the TVA Retiree Association Newspaper detailing her World Cruise.  In December 2018, she was published in the TVA Retiree Association Newsletter again detailing her 85 day Mediterranean Cruise where the itinerary had 64 port days and visited 50 unique ports.  She enjoys landscape, travel, and architecture photography.  Sharon has twice judged the Camera Club of Oak Ridge yearly salon and the LeConte Photographic Society monthly competition.

 Brad has been a photographer for 50 years.  He has a Photography Certificate from Pellissippi State Community College and enjoys landscape and wildlife photography.  His scenic photos of the Appalachian region have been popular items in art galleries in Gatlinburg and Townsend.

Since retirement their photography has led them to six continents and 50 countries around the world.

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