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Sep 15, 2020 - Something cool.

Tuesday 25 left Poros and headed for Sounion and anchored under the Temple of Poseidon. Arrived in the evening just before sunset. After arriving we removed the last lettering of the boats name and then conducted the “Denaming” ceremony: The official ceremony, in which you address Poseidon himself, calls for good champagne, and good friends as witnesses. Once you’re gathered together on the bow of the boat, recite the following: Oh mighty and great ruler of the seas and oceans, to whom all ships and we who venture upon your vast domain are...

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Sep 15, 2020 - Hydra

Thursday 20th anchored off Eriminoni where we stayed a couple of nights. Been here before but wanted to the ferry to Hydra for the day, which we did on the Friday. The “Flying Dolphins” took just 20 minutes – which left us a few hours to explore Hydra. Were expecting to see great chaos in the harbour (as has been reported by many who have taken their boats there) but there was plenty of space on the quayside. Robbed of the spectacle. Saturday 22 – Tuesday 25 we anchored in our favourite little cove near Poros. Got some chores completed...

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Apr 27, 2020 - Athens at last!

After a grueling bus and train ride from Budapest, crossing many borders and varying geography, I have arrived in Athens. I found a lovely room in a small hotel overlooking a square in the Plaka , the old town centre of Athens. It has a beautiful curving wooden balcony that extends out in the square where old men sit on benches surveying the bustling life going on around them. The Plaka fairly pulsates with activity, between the bars and restaurants, the shops and markets, no one stands still for long. Yet, for all its life, Athens is so...

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Nov 18, 2019 - It's a wrap!

Back on dry land Lois writing We are adding some photos here that we weren't able to post last week; now that we're home, it's a lot easier to access our files. Our Road Scholar tour ended on Friday morning November 15, when we had our last breakfast on the boat, and then were transported by bus to the Athens airport. Most of the group was flying out that day, and many of them had plans to stay overnight somewhere in the States after they landed. There are no direct flights to the US from Athens, so everyone would be changing planes in...

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Nov 15, 2019 - Last day on board the ship

John writing now Today the weather was perfect, 60 – 70 degrees with bright sunshine and no wind. We boarded our bus at 8:30 AM for the 30 minute drive to Epidavros to see a large ancient theater, and the first place where organized “health care” took place. Basically you came here, slept in a dorm, and waited for the gods to tell you in a dream how to be cured. There were no statistics on the cure rate. The restored theater seated 15,000 people, and the acoustics are still incredible. In the rest of the complex, all that is left are...

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Nov 7, 2019 - Group activities in Athens

Lois writing Our guide for this Road Scholar program is named Athina, and she is very knowledgeable, organized and funny. For example, she told us that when someone from Greece doesn't understand something from a different language or culture, they will say, "It's Chinese to me!" She has also warned us to be careful, since although she wants us to enjoy the sights of this area, she would prefer it if we do not get to visit the hospital or the jail. We had a huge plated dinner last night (Wed. Nov. 6), and once again, John & I were glad that...

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Nov 6, 2019 - Our first look at Athens

John writing We arrived in Athens in the late afternoon on Tuesday November 5, and by the time we got a taxi into town, checked into the hotel and unpacked, it was dark and time for supper. Our room has a balcony, and from there we have a view of the Parthenon. We got advice from the people at the front desk of the hotel, and walked about 15 minutes to an area with a choice of restaurants. We chose a humble traditional restaurant and ordered some Greek dishes. I didn't care much for mine, but Lois liked it more than her meal, so we traded....

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Sep 15, 2019 - Not a good look

Windy all night, but when we woke 2 ferries had gone and another was loading. Then it took off with some difficulty. It seemed awfully close to a rock breakwater as it struggled to get the anchor up. Finally it did and away it went. Soon another arrived and the captains know their stuff. It did a U turn and backed in. The rear gangway was down and we witnessed the Greek swarm as people disembarked. 15 mins later it was loaded and away again. We breakfasted in the dining room - plenty of choice but J and C didn’t overdo it you will be...

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Sep 14, 2019 - Boom! She did it again

We checked out at 10. Farewelled Yiannis and drove up to Hora to look for Elisabeth, and Andreas to say farewell. Hardly anyone about - a few men sitting with coffees and fags, gossiping. J went to go into the Council office to get some free publications - locked. Chink! (Sound of a penny dropping) public holiday - religious day of the cross so many people were in church. The bishop was here too. We walked around and found a particular souvenir shop being run by a young lady - J asked her if her name was Stathis and it was. She was Eleni...

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Sep 14, 2019 - Leaving on a jet plane

Not quite a jet plane, but leaving we are. It was windy last night, but still warm. C woke early for an inspection of the plumbing. When she looked out the window there was a man with a pan, broom and torch sweeping the courtyard below! J thought this was a little over the top, given the wind. And in fact they do have jet planes here. Charter flights from the Netherlands and Switzerland come regularly. And this means a few large tour buses which don’t really fit with the road system here. More later........

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Sep 13, 2019 - Just help yourself in Carvounades

We were all woken last night by a power outage. How you might ask? Well, J couldn’t breath when his cpap machine stopped, and being a hotel, the room has an emergency lighting system so as soon as the power went off, a bright light went on. So we were all wide awake and took quite a while to get back to sleep. About 7:30 , J turned the TV on and scanned the stations eventually finding Antenna - and there was his 2nd cousin Panagiotis as one of the 2 anchors on the morning show. After breakfast, J rang George and Stella from Carvounades. We...

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Sep 13, 2019 - Nearly last hurrah

After a restful siesta we drove to Livadi to meet K2 and V for some touring. V took us first up through upper Strapodi and then via a narrow, rough road to the top of a mountain to the Church of Saint Akindini. Here we had spectacular views of Kapsali, Xitra, Hora and the castle, and many other coastal and inland panoramas in the south east of Kythera. It was windy but worth it. J probably wouldn’t have been game to drive up there. K and S would have had kittens if they had still been here! Next we went down on a slightly better road...

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