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Old 10-08-2015, 09:59 PM   #967
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Old 10-09-2015, 01:29 AM   #968
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I was actually still asleep when my 5am wake up call came. Got myself ready and pulled my belonging together for the great departure, after 8 nights in this room.

Left for the sweet girls that clean my room the two cowls I have crocheted this trip, avoids me packing them and leaves a little of me behind to hopefully warm their necks on chilly mornings in Greece. They speak no English, but understand gestures well and keep everything tidy and spotless. I like.

Picked up cheese and something filled pastry for my breakfast at the corner bakery and wound my way thru the irregular streets of central Athens to the Omonia Metra station..... without even needing to consult my Pocket Earth.

Making sure I got onto the right trains required questioning of the natives, tho, who are always so unwaveringly accommodating.......they not only tell you where to wait, but gesture when it is time, make sure you get off at the right stop and direct you to your next train. Always with a smile and doing just a bit more than is required. The kind and friendly Greek people have made it very easy to be here by myself.

Once through TSA....the crochet hooks, tiny scissors and cuticle trimmers always require a second look.....I settle down with my last coffee in Greece and indulge in this chocolate something. I don't know what it is, but it is delicious, and I deserve it.

I will arrive in Chicago late evening on Friday, spend the night near the airport and take the train on home on Saturday. So much better that being up all night.


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Enjoy, Maggie!!
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Old 10-09-2015, 02:13 AM   #970
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Old 10-09-2015, 02:17 AM   #971
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Waiting at the airport.

Listening to others speak of their GI distress, etc., I am proud to say there has not been an illness or injury. No falls, trips, etc.

Lots of beautiful balconies here.
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Old 10-09-2015, 02:24 AM   #972
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My Chickie Baby is off in Springfield, Mo for a women's conference thru Saturday night..... can't hardly stand it!!!

My heart goes out to you, Maggie!!!!

Enjoy your time, Maggie, and remember the good times with Doug!!!
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Welcome home Maggie. Sounds like a great trip and many smiles...
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Donkeys for rent.
Poor Donkeys .. Hans and I came close to getting thumped in Spain ..
We demonstrated to owner his animals were suffering in heat
he waved his arms about for us to go away but we ignored him
patted and gave them a drink .. then he turned really nasty and came at us with a stick ..
decided to vote with our feet and never go back ..
don't like bullfighting either ..
and theres one near my sisters house .. Poor Donkeys ..
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I was actually still asleep when my 5am wake up call came. Got myself ready and pulled my belonging together for the great departure, after 8 nights in this room.

Left for the sweet girls that clean my room the two cowls I have crocheted this trip, avoids me packing them and leaves a little of me behind to hopefully warm their necks on chilly mornings in Greece. They speak no English, but understand gestures well and keep everything tidy and spotless. I like.

Picked up cheese and something filled pastry for my breakfast at the corner bakery and wound my way thru the irregular streets of central Athens to the Omonia Metra station..... without even needing to consult my Pocket Earth.

Making sure I got onto the right trains required questioning of the natives, tho, who are always so unwaveringly accommodating.......they not only tell you where to wait, but gesture when it is time, make sure you get off at the right stop and direct you to your next train. Always with a smile and doing just a bit more than is required. The kind and friendly Greek people have made it very easy to be here by myself.
Once through TSA....the crochet hooks, tiny scissors and cuticle trimmers always require a second look.....I settle down with my last coffee in Greece and indulge in this chocolate something. I don't know what it is, but it is delicious, and I deserve it.
I will arrive in Chicago late evening on Friday, spend the night near the airport and take the train on home on Saturday. So much better that being up all night.

Maggie
Blimey .. over already ..
What an adventure ! .. you'll be feeding off memories for a very long time ..
Coffee n cake looks yummy ..
pilots do an excellent job .. heres hoping you'll enjoy the flight ..
I rather like Airports .. time whizzes by ..
Safe Travels ..
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Yeah!!! that was great fun!!! thanks for taking us along.... I can now add Greece to my imaginary travel list.... hugs and love and welcome home... Lily will be soooo glad to see you!!!
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Safe travels home Maggie, thx for posting during your trip it was fun to read along. My favorite pics were the harbor of the little village on a hill with the sailboat and the balconies.
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Maggie,
Thanks for the "shared trip"! One of those I wish for, now have experienced through your eyes. Almost makes us think we were there! (I could not have eaten the little fish with eyes, either)! Don't want to see my. Food look back at me!

Your photos were so pretty. Enjoyed each and every one, especially the one of you at the end. You're a very lovely lady. No wonder Doug fell in love with you! I'm sure he is proud of your strength and determination. I admire you for it. Our circumstances...good and bad...mold who we become...only if we embrace it! I appreciate knowing of women "who rise to the occasion and conquer life!" You are one of those!

Welcome home! Give Lily an extra hug from me! Evelyn.
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Thanks, everyone.

At the Philadelphia airport, waiting for my flight to Chicago.

I am tired, but all is well.



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