Our European Trip - 2005 travel blog

Christine and Sunrise at Katakolon

Iain & Breakfast on Balconey at Katakolon


Lifeboat Tender being Raised

Dessert Extravaganza on the Rotterdam

Don & Dorothy Smith, Canadian Tablemates on the Rotterdam

Bill & Jean, American Tablemates on Rotterdam

Iain & Christine at the Table on the Rotterdam

Baked Alaska on Rotterdam

We opened the curtains this morning to bright sunshine. We were anchored off Katakolon, a small Greek town 38 Km from Mount Olympus where the original Olympic Games started. We had breakfast on our balcony watching the tenders take passengers to the dockside, then got dressed and went down to take the tender ourselves over to the town. It is a very pleasant seaside town with typical tourist shops. There were beaches on either side of the harbour and we walked from one to the other, browsing the shops on the way and stopping for a cool drink at a cafe.

We returned to the ship before the rush for the tenders started and had a snack at the Neptune Lounge, then watched the last of the bus tours return on the tenders and saw the lifeboats which were used as tenders being brought back up on their derricks.

There was a dessert afternoon with all sorts of sweet items displayed for consumption. We partook, we hope moderately, then returned to our suite. I updated some of the web site and Christine did some of the craft that she had brought with her, while enjoying the sun on the balcony.

We then got ready for dinner. It was a formal night, so we took pictures of our table companions. The meal concluded with Baked Alaska which was brought in in a parade to Strauss's Radetsky March.

We moved on to listen to the string trio, but they were on a break, so we sat for a while in another lounge listening to the pianist. There was a Black & White Ball in the Crow's Nest, so we went up and watched the dancing for a while then had a stroll round the deck and watched the moon glistening on the water before turning in.

Tomorrow we go to Malta which we first visited with Christine's Mum and Dad 35 years ago. It will be interesting to see the changes.

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