Jim and Karen's trip to Greece travel blog

Kavala and the Aquaduct

Old Kavala from below

Narrow street in Old Kavala

We arose this morning at 8:00 but didn’t really get out of the hotel until after 9:30. We had a decent breakfast in the lobby, and Karen wanted to shower. We loaded up the day pack and asked our concierge to get a cab for us and soon we were into downtown Kavala. Unlike the night before in which we found only rude tourists and bars open, today we experienced a very different Kavala. We purposely left the ‘beaten path’ and found ourselves on incredibly steep and narrow streets leading to homes and apartments overlooking the harbor. The sight was breathtaking, and the people were most congenial. We found the famous aqueduct, which was built in the 1400's, and followed it along its winding course through old Kavala. We lunched in a harbor-side café, enjoying a hearth-baked pizza, and decided at the end of our lunch to begin some time of shopping. Kavala had other plans. It seems that this town follows the traditional way of doing business in Greece. At 2:00 p.m. all the shops close so folks can have dinner and a nap. They won’t reopen until 6:00 p.m., but will then remain open until 9:00 p.m. We did find a super market which was open, so we bought Edam cheese there, then luckily found a little bakery where we bought a small round loaf of Feta-filled bread. These will make a fine dinner in the room.

Mom experienced a sore foot today, and while at home it’s just a matter of staying off of it for a bit it could become quite an issue in Greece as our plans require quite a bit of walking each day. Hopefully that problem will resolve itself as we take it easy this afternoon. Another reason we’re playing ‘hermit crab’ is because it’s raining, and while that might be fine for crabs it’s not so wonderful for humans.

Dinner turned out to be a wonderful occasion of eating bread and cheese, and sharing one another's company. After dinner it was time to update the 'blog' and to upload pictures to SmugMug. Weary from today's walking we will both retire fairly early tonight. Tomorrow we will spend the day in Phillipi. We have been told there are places to eat that actually have Greek food. We shall see.

While Kavala doesn't measure up with Naplion in its quaintness,it is a delightful place to visit. We will carry away memories that will grow more meaningful with time. For each day of this journey we give thanks. How wonderful it is to walk where St. Paul walked!

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