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May 28, 2017 - Winding down

Well our trip is winding down. Jan, Lorraine and Rick left for Athens and home. The merchants and the cats of Nafplio went into mourning when they saw Lorraine leave. She tried her best to single-handedly turn around the Greek economy. She was also convinced that the cats all needed her to feed them even though none of them are particularly skinny. There are cats all over that don't seem to be pets but people put out food for them on the street corners. Ann and Lindsay are going to Meteora then on home. That will leave just Ellen and her...

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May 26, 2017 - Quiet days "at home"

Sigh. Well, here it is Friday, May 26th. Rick, Jan and I will be leaving Nafplio on Sunday to head for Athens, spend the night, and then catch a 6 am flight to Amsterdam and onward to home. What happened to "we've got lots of time!"? I'm almost in full fret about 1) I need more time here, and 2) schlepping my luggage to Athens! Barb left this morning amid lots of "we'll miss you" and "safe travels." Ann and Lindsey have taken off for a cruise to the island of Hydra and will be back tonight; Ellen and her friend will be here tomorrow, we...

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May 24, 2017 - Wading through Greece

Chas and I have spent 20 days in Greece, enjoying sun and warm, while learning about the ancient history, legends and foods. We started on a Rick Steve's 14 day tour, that is their most active., walking and hill climbing daily. We enjoyed all of it and the people in our group and the tour guides and driver. They took us to Acropolis and museum in Athens, Delphi ruins in the high mountains, a cog railway ride in a canyon on the north of the Pelopenese , staying in small towns of Lagkadia, Kardamyli, Monemvasia, Mystras, Nafplio and the...

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May 18, 2017 - It's raining, it's pouring....

Woke up this morning to rain, warm rain, but rain. Good excuse to putter. Napflio is charming. Once you climb the 65 stairs to the house you enter a courtyard with a view of the harbor over the tiled roofs of the hillside houses. The courtyard is comfortable with an orange and lemon tree and flowers all around. I have a room upstairs with a bed that I need to climb a ladder on to. Kind of the Princess and the pea scenario. Very comfortable with the exception of the 5:30 am dog barking. Why me? Lorraine and I walked down to the center of...

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May 14, 2017 - Just Hanging Out

Sunday, a day of rest and lots of beautiful church bells going off at strange times! We did accomplish the purchasing of tickets for our adventure to the islands of Hydra and Spetses on Tuesday. There were 7 of us getting tickets and the young man had quite a time getting organized - I thought part of it may be that it was close to closing time for the day, but we definitely seemed to be a challenge! Through out, he was lovely and patient. I can't remember if we've already shared this, but many, many of the folks in Napflio speak very good...

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May 12, 2017 - Newbies to Nafplio

Rick, Jan and I had a day at the house and around Nafplio today. Peggy took off to return the car to Athens and meet Jim, Bridget and Lauren and bring them back to the house. Our shopping walk was fun - Rick spotted an ouzeria and we loved the young couple who own it. His family is one of the oldest in Nafplio and they have been distilling ouzo and other spirits since the 1860s. They were so proud of the family history and the many artifacts in their "mini museum" in the shop - we loved talking with them and plan to go back for a class and...

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May 11, 2017 - Ancient and less ancient sites

Today was our last day with the car, so we tried to cram as many adventures in as possible. First on the list was Mycenae. So old it was mind boggling. Frederick Schlieman dug there as did numerous Greek archaeologists. Most of the prize artifacts are at the Athens museum (and other foreign sites around the world). But Mycenae has a nice representative sampling. And to be where it all happened was amazing. Peggy, Rick and Lorraine climbed to the top in the midday sun. I was lazy and stayed at the lower elevation. Next we wandered around...

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May 7, 2017 - Around the house

Another grand day in Nafplio. Our pictures this time reflect shots in and right around the house so you all can feel like you're here with us. This was a fairly quiet day, a lot of relaxing and reading in the courtyard. We began the day with a GREAT potato/sausage/onion fry up that Rick created. We ended the day at another excellent restaurant--more Greek salad, fried cheese, eggplant roll, and more....Rick had octopus and it was surprisingly tender. There was a 3-band festival going on in the closest town square to our house and we can...

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May 6, 2017 - Damn the stairs

Saturday in Nafplio and we are finally relaxed. I've not ventured out today but am planning on exploring more this evening. Rick and Peggy went grocery shopping this morning and Lorraine looked around Old Town this afternoon. I am still recovering from all the steps. I’ve previously talked about the steep stairs to our wonderful apartment in Rome and the multitude of steps up to the top of Sant’Angelo. Little did I realize this was only preparing me for the steep, huge amount of steps angling straight up to our lovely house in Nafplio. In...

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Jul 13, 2016 - Nafplion, Greece

Yesterday we flew from Rome to Athens and hopped on a bus to Nafplion, Greece. This was the first capital of Greece. It is on the water and is just as cute as can be! Our hotel is up MANY MANY flights of stairs! When we first arrived, we went to the address that was given for our hotel. It looked a bit sketchy and wasn't what I thought I booked. There was an elderly man there who spoke no English. After several rounds of hand gestures, we realized he wanted us to sit down. I still wasn't really sure if we were in the right place or what was...

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Oct 1, 2015 - Nafplio and the Peloponnese

Monday, September Today we bade farewell to Athens and, after a quick taxi ride to the bus station (there are two, so you must be careful to pick the right one) and slight confusion as to where to buy tickets since all bus systems operate independently, we started the 2.5 hour trip to Nafplio on the coast of the Pelopennese peninsula. The peninsula is actually separated from Attica, where Athens is situated, by the Corinth Canal, a cavernous narrow trench constructed relatively recently to allow a shortcut for ocean-going vessels. We were...

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Sep 19, 2015 - Corinth, Epidaurus and Mycenae

Woke very early this morning as we needed to get down to breakfast and finish before 8.15 when the car was being delivered to the hotel for us. Great spread of the usual eggs, bacon, breads, fruits and cereals available for us so we can fill up with a good hearty breakfast which will last us through to this evening maybe with a coffee or some beverage at one of our stops Weather quite muggy and promises to be a warm one. Made our way out of Piraeus quite easily with the help of GPS and made our way along the very good freeway towards...

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