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Sep 10, 2019 - Theory of Relativity

Today was planned as a shopping day in Hora. On waking, we watched a multi million dollar motor cruiser glide into the bay and dock. After breakfast we drove to the main car park and walked down the steps to the bottom of the Platia. After posting some cards we spent a bit of time looking at tee shirts and other bits and pieces of a tourist variety, then made our way down where we saw Andreas- he said he would give us fresh figs down at the church, and said he would have more tonight. We then walked below the Platia and on down to a shop...

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Sep 9, 2019 - Family

Today was a family connection day. We left at 10 and drove to Hora, parking in the large car park and walking down the steps into the square (Platia). We decided to try and find cousin Andreas first but he wasn’t in the square. Next J asked at the Council chambers whether cousin Kostas was there- the lady made a call then said “follow me” and we tripped out into the Platia. She pointed over the other side and said “he is in a meeting down there “. So we headed for the coffee shops where he was. In the mean time, an Aussie voice called out...

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Sep 8, 2019 - Piranhas from Piraeus

At 6 we went for a swim. The water was calm and warm. Numerous times we were nipped by small fish that swam around us. Especially on places where we had scratches or insect bites. They must sense blood!! On the way back an elderly Greek gentleman checked K and S out, although they were oblivious! We went to tea at Kapari where we enjoyed a variety of appetisers and salads, plus a bottle of Kytherian Rose. Keftedes, taramasalata, quinoa salad, Mediterranean salad, avocados and prawns, fried cheese with pomegranate. K flirted with the waiter...

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Sep 8, 2019 - Sunday morning coming down

Sunday - very quiet when we awoke. J saw a large motor yacht slip its moorings and sneak away. Then the sound of a champagne cork followed by chorus’ of Happy Birthday and 3 cheers. A car arrived out the front and a man with shotgun and ammunition belt entered a flat. J &C breakfasted on cereal, yoghurt ( thick enough to patch a plaster wall) and fruit, including a Kytherian melon ( beautiful citrus smell, green flesh) and milk. Btw, the fat content is 3.5% which is less than at home, but seems so much creamier. We met at 10:30, talked...

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Sep 7, 2019 - Follow your art

Today we left Agia Pelagia and relocated to Kapsali in the south. We arose a little earlier as we had a plan to meet Sydney friends K2& V in Mylopotamos where they had offered to show us around. Great idea as they come every year and know the island backwards ( this causes some problems when driving!) We farewelled the 2 maids and got some photos. Then farewelled Telis - always a friendly smiling face which makes all the difference. J promised him a good review! First hurdle - both cars started! Then we hit the road intending to get fuel...

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Sep 6, 2019 - Telis drives a Terios

The day started badly and for a while went down the toilet, if I can use that analogy. Firstly J was up in the early morning with diarrhoea- maybe caused by something he ate. So toast and tea for breakfast for him. Next S’s car was completely dead, so Panagiotis sent his man to jump start it. After a 15 minute drive to charge the battery they left it. J was resting so we decided to give the morning away and hopefully do some things in the afternoon. So about 1 we all headed out to S’s car - you guessed it - completely dead. Another phone...

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Sep 5, 2019 - Frozen

J froze last night, C was comfortablle! Last night we ate at Akrogiali restaurant on the beach below our hotel. Not bad, although J nearly tossed the menu after the waitress kept apologising - no grilled octopus, no vlita (greens). The substitute occy in wine was ok but a tad too rich and salty. Others had crab salad, saganaki, fries, meltzanosalata (look it up!) and some rose (glasses here are big - 300 ml) For those interested, J didn’t take any pain med yesterday and seemed to get by ok. Despite having the front door mat slip out from...

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Sep 5, 2019 - Someone got a knocker today

Today we decided on a visit to Karavas. When J&C arrived for breakfast there was a strange lady with K&S. Irene who used to teach with S in Sydney. Turns out she is connected to us (way back) and knows our American cousin Vikki well. Small world again! First of all we headed out on the road to Karavas - past a lot of quite new hotels and resorts, and up a wide but windy road. It is a short drive and as we entered Karavas we spied the bakery we had heard about. It’s a big bakery, specialising in rusks- a traditional Greek staple. Except that...

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Sep 4, 2019 - Technological issues

We had a fitful sleep due to the aircon problem. We did some washing the night before and it was half dry in the morning and much of it dry after breakfast. J&C figured K&S would like a relaxed start following their long flight - however when they arrived for breakfast at 9, K&S had already finished. So they spent some time talking with the 2 maids ( one Bulgarian, one Albanian). Breakfast was ok - and we had the room to ourselves as everyone else was gone (swimming?) J drove and we went for some exploration - Firstly to the “wailing tree”...

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Sep 3, 2019 - Voyage to Kythera

We woke to another clear sunny and hot day. Our view was over the harbour and across to a number of islands off the coast. A Ferris was in port and ready to depart. We got ready and headed down for breakfast. Again a sumptuous feast! J was pleased at the selection of spoon sweets. The coffee was hot which made a change from the lukewarm coffee at the previous place. As is quite common, checkout is an early 12 midday! So we went out for a walk around the harbour. At 9:30 it was already quite hot. Some people were fishing off the rocks, some...

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Aug 30, 2019 - The Birkenstock Connection

We had a relaxed breakfast - it was as good as always plus a bit. The same rich yoghurt, fruit, cereal, cold meats and cheese, and bread and cake. Plus they now have Bougatsa , Katia first, and halva. The Manager is insistent that we have breakfast before we leave for the train on Saturday - they will open for us at 6, and the taxi is booked for 6:20! We will have to have something! J&C did the washing and J rigged up the clothesline between the balcony rail and heath pump support bracket. Then we went out for a walk around the flea...

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Aug 29, 2019 - ATHENS arrival

We arrived early and chatted in line to some travellers from Melbourne en route to Kefalonia. The bags appeared on the carousel and we headed for the exit. But no Nikos! We waited until the crowds thinned out, then J tried ringing on his phone, and was shocked to find that it actually worked and Nikos answered. “Five minutes!” He said. Sure enough he appeared and we had an interesting and chatty drive into Athens. We asked him to arrange a taxi for Saturday to take us to the train ( he obviously wasn’t keen to come in early just for a 1 km...

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