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Sep 11, 2015 - No More Magnets

After 1 ¾ hours we were back on the boat heading to Poros while lunch was served to the first seating (we were 2nd seating). After about an hour we arrived in Poros a small island where we had 45 minutes to again look at magnets. We chose to venture up the hill to the clock tower! Back on board for our buffet lunch. We were excited to see pizza. Too bad it was absolutely terrible. We enjoyed the salad, everything else was bad.

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Sep 11, 2015 - Verne Kitty

Josie luggage has arrived at the hotel! We left to meet our transfer ride to the boat to take us to Hydra, Poros and Aegina. While we are waiting we met another couple from Sydney area who are staying at the hotel that is in the building right next to us. Pat and Ilene are on their second day in Athens and will be leaving tomorrow with a tour group. We left on the boat at 8:30 and would be arriving at Hydra at 11:30. We didn’t bring any reading material as we didn’t know we would be on the boat that long. It was an “Are we there yet?” trip....

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Sep 6, 2015 - Greece is so HOT it's Becoming Greasy and I think the luggage has been found!

Morning walking tour of Athens. Only other member of our group are 2 women from Melbourne, Australia…they didn’t sound Aussie. I believe the originated in India. So hot and humid! Weather said it would be 103 when we got back to the hotel it was 99! We started out at the Parliament building where we could have our photo taken with one of the 2 guards guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. But only 1 at a time so Heather and I couldn’t be together and you were just to stand not make any gestures. The guards are dressed in traditional...

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Sep 5, 2015 - Lost in Space

We made it to Athens! It was touch and go for a while. We arrived in Atlanta to an email that the arrival time in Amsterdam had been changed to half hour later and we would probably not make our connection to Athens and they were working on getting us on the best flight. We happened to be on the only direct flight from Amsterdam to Athens, all others went to Paris and then Athens and we wouldn’t arrive until almost midnight. The gate keepers said that we could still land on time and nothing could be done until we arrived in Amsterdam…been...

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Aug 18, 2015 - The family tree has suddenly sprouted

2nd last day on Kythera 𯘓 Firstly we went to Hora to meet local historian and ex high school teacher Eleni Harou. She had researched J's grandfathers family and had the family tree back to the year dot. She had also written a brief family outline. She told us where the original family lived, and the name of the family church. This was of course immense help to J and he now has pretty much what he has been trying to find. Of course photos would be good to have if they exist and can be found. We were given cold water and Rosedes ( almond and...

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Aug 17, 2015 - Following Tom

Today was to be a following up relatives day. We awoke to find the Club Med 2 moored in Kapsali Bay. This is a small cruise liner with 5 masts - yes it is a sailboat. French I believe, and probably fairly exclusive and expensive. Buses appeared, and passengers were ferried ashore for the day. Let's hope we don't come round a corner and have a bus heading for us! J went down to the mini mart about 8 to get some fruit, yoghurt, and milk. The place was nearly deserted. No one on the beach. Shopkeepers and cafe owners sweeping leaves form their...

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Aug 16, 2015 - Door slammed in our faces

We arose at 8 and decided we had better get cracking so we wouldn't cause the housemaid any delays. Last night we met up with cousin Andreas at Kapsali - he recommended a place about 250 m up the road, and suggested he could take me there on his bike, then return for C. The look on her face said it all. J rushed and got the car keys and we trundled up to Molos Restaurant. It has lovely views down over Kapsali and the menu looked great. After a bit of haggling , we caved in to A. It was his pleasure and duty to take us for a meal as we had...

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Aug 16, 2015 - Coffee at Sirokali

Had a swim at 6:45 - a bit cooler today as there was a reasonable breeze blowing. On our way back, who should be sitting at a cafe smoking but cousin Andreas. He suggested coffee, and we said we would come back when showered and changed. Which we did. We had tea at our favourite cafe at Kapsali - Fava, Potatoes, salad, and an interesting chees dish with peppers and maybe chilli. A had eaten, but he had a drink, and we persuaded him to share some food, which he did. We then retired for Greek coffee and Cappucino. We heard many tales about...

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Aug 15, 2015 - I'm just ventilating my arms!

A quiet day today. J decided that he would seek a medical opinion about his feet, as the situation had been going on too long. The toe problem seems resolved (albeit at the expense of Mythos beer , tomatoes and red meat!), but swollen feet are a pain in the neck! So we headed off to Potamos. Not before we were hurried out of our room by the housekeeper. She knocked on the door and C indicated J was resting and could she come back in 30 minutes. "No, I have to do it now" she said. Sounds rude, but they are not. Just very direct. Waiters say...

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Aug 14, 2015 - Get out of the #£+$&@ way!

Today we called on the Bishop of Kythera! Well actually we went to the office to make enquiries about J's Propappouss (great grandfather) , George the priest. They have collected relevant details and passed them on to the local historian. We are to ring on Monday to see what she has found. It was very overcast and very humid, and with no aircon in the office we were streaming. We decided to do a trip up north to Potamos for lunch and a look around. It was very busy, all the tavernas and cafes busy, cars everywhere ( utter chaos) and shops...

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Aug 14, 2015 - Obviously no rooms to let

We swam at 6 for an hour and then relaxed until the hunger pangs came. We opted for crepes and fries, plus a smoothie and a soda. Then we staggered home to update the blog and have a read. And that couple were back on the beach tonight! Accommodation must be hard to come by!!

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Aug 13, 2015 - πάει και να πάρει ένα δωμάτιο

When we woke there were dark clouds on the horizon and it was very humid. We decided to visit the Kastro, to seek info on one of J's ancestors. We parked in the car park and started down to the centre of Hora. Rather than go down the steps to the top of the Platia, we thought we would go a bit further along the lane way and then go down into the town. An old Greek codger had different ideas. Telling us we couldn't go that way and need to go down the steps. He gabbled and gesticulated, and said "look, down there", and when C didn't look...

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