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Old 10-03-2015, 11:10 AM   #925
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Maggie - hope you enjoy yourself! I am continually impressed by spirit & attitude.

Rome gave me a new respect for those that are bilingual & for those with patience with my questions all in English! I found mist everyone gracious & helpful. Sounds like you are finding the same in Greece. 😃

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Old 10-03-2015, 11:35 AM   #926
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Thanks, folks.

I have Monday and Wednesday of next week to finish up a couple of museums I haven't gotten to yet. It will all be old hat by the time I leave on Friday.

Monday evening is the cooking class. . I might have to eat eggplant with a smile on my face .....one of those foods I detest....but, they eat a lot of it over here, and if it's what we're cooking, I will eat it.


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Old 10-03-2015, 12:48 PM   #927
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you're there!!!! yeah!!! yes, and I love the photo too... love morning sunrise colors... Hugs and love and keep having fun!!!!! we follow!!
Gail .. I love them too ..
I'm drinking from the Pretty Blue Mug you gave me .. i think its a tea thing but I use it for that and coffee x

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Old 10-03-2015, 12:50 PM   #928
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Thanks, folks.

I have Monday and Wednesday of next week to finish up a couple of museums I haven't gotten to yet. It will all be old hat by the time I leave on Friday.
Monday evening is the cooking class. . I might have to eat eggplant with a smile on my face .....one of those foods I detest....but, they eat a lot of it over here, and if it's what we're cooking, I will eat it.
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We call them Aubergines ..
they do soak rather a lot of oil ..
I believe chefs sprinkle on salt to draw out moisture before baking Coffee looks scrummy ... nice picture ..
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Old 10-03-2015, 12:51 PM   #929
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Found skeins of cotton from Italy at a shop that gave them to me for 3 for 100m skeins...that seems like a lot of yardage, if I calculated right.

If you just assume that a meter is a yard, you'll be OK. Actually, it's a little over a yard, but not enough to be worth the math. After all, this is yarn, not rocket science. Close counts.

Sounds like you're having a great trip. Thanks for taking us along.

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1 meter is about 39.39 inches
1 yard is 36 inches. If you call a meter a yard it's close enough for yarn and fabric...


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Old 10-03-2015, 09:50 PM   #931
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Thanks, folks.

I found a metric conversion table which gave me the same....this was actually then a very good price for these skeins of cotton, which are actually 150m each. I wish they were made from cotton grown here, but Italy-purchased-in-Greece will do.

I wonder what they do with the cotton that is grown here. Will have to find out.

Found a shop not far from Monastariki that sells only handmade olive wood items, from Crete, so am going to have to take a look in there for some small and eminently package things I can bring back.

No checked luggage, so no ouzo, olive oil, etc. I haven't tasted ouzo yet, but I believe a glass of it is included with lunch on my day cruise.

I have really been enjoying these figs.


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Thanks, folks.
I found a metric conversion table which gave me the same....this was actually then a very good price for these skeins of cotton, which are actually 150m each. I wish they were made from cotton grown here, but Italy-purchased-in-Greece will do.
I wonder what they do with the cotton that is grown here. Will have to find out.
Found a shop not far from Monastariki that sells only handmade olive wood items, from Crete, so am going to have to take a look in there for some small and eminently package things I can bring back.
No checked luggage, so no ouzo, olive oil, etc. I haven't tasted ouzo yet, but I believe a glass of it is included with lunch on my day cruise.
I have really been enjoying these figs.
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Cant remember what Ouzo is like ..
so long as its not like burning paraffin you'll be fine ..
just swallow without it touching the sides ..
remember it being clear .. you know .. colourless ..
or was it milky white .. dunno ..
Hans likes figs .. I'm not a great fan .. but I like the look ..
At school we were dished up with figgy pudding which was like christmas pud
and I'm not too fond of that either ..
I'll read to see if Muffin can eat them and give him whirl ..
If I knocked back 4 glasses of ouzo i could enjoy the figs ..

Were off to see the Vulcan and the old planes in half hour .. 4 hours early ..
Country lanes will be cram packed ..
Going to a pretty cottage in Old Warden Itself ..
A friend who is rebuilding a Spitfire is taking us in his car ..
its actually walking distance ..
but we need to be in the vehicle to
get in with complimentary tickets ...
7000 sold .. it'll be packed .. Hope Muffin can cope with the noise ..
Never knew cotton was grown in Greece ..
Have fun as Gail says ...

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Day 4. Caught the green line to Monastiriki early this am and watched the city wake up.

It is Sunday, the men and women are dressed in their church clothes, sitting in the cafes early of the morning....the men in one group and women in the other.

Ruins are everywhere....pillars, excavations, and glimpses of the Acropolis from many points in the city.

Found my way to Adrianou street....consulting Pocket Earth more than once ..... and located the Olive Tree shop....the home of items handmade here from native olive wood...where I settled myself onto a stoop across the way to await their opening.... and people watch.

A man came by with a cart selling fresh somethings.....some with sesame seeds, some with sugar. Like a not-too-sweet doughnut. Had one. Yum.

There are what appear to be stray dogs here, that seem to live in public places.....in the squares, two at the rest stop on the day trip the other day. They seem permanent in these places, belonging to no one in particular....curl up and lay down in and amongst throngs of people. People walk by, toss them bits of food. Makes me very sad, I want to feed them all, and it makes me miss Lily even more.

The Olive Tree shop was a delight, and I could have spent a small fortune in there. Everything made in Athens by the owner and an older man who specifically does the beautiful cutting boards of all sizes.

Meals are very inexpensive, even in a restaurant. If you needed to do it really on the cheap, breads filled with various things are available in the bakeries for just a couple of euro...hefty and very meal adequate.

The Monastiriki Flea market sells everything imaginable....from tourist junk to items handcrafted of leather, antiques, copper and brass....and a number of things openly sold that I am glad the grands are not here to ask about. The place was absolutely alive with people by mid morning.

I had decided before I came here that I would look for a ring for myself, in silver, made in Greece. I have looked in several jewelry stores and not seen anything I liked in the slightest.......til today, when I spied a band of roses, at a very reasonable price. and decided that was the one that was meant for me. Waited while they sized it, put it on and wore it out of the store.

At some point, I am going to give the beautiful anniversary ring Doug bought me at 10 years to his daughter, as I feel in my heart he wants her to have it and to wear it......when I am ready to move into another phase of widowhood, the band of roses will replace that on my ring finger.

I'll post a picture of it in a bit. This is of Adrianou street, waiting for the Olive Tree to open up.


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Just had a lovely skype with my daughter, a Sunday ritual for many years.

Ruins in the heart of the city.
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I am going to have a slow morning today, then explore the ruins of Ancient Agora and their museum, before the cooking class this evening.

This is one of the lanes thru the market at Monastiriki....they were all like this, jammed full of people and stuff.

Can't get it small enough to post correctly....this will have to do.

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