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Old 10-03-2015, 07:16 AM   #921
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Old 10-03-2015, 07:17 AM   #922
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Old 10-03-2015, 07:20 AM   #923
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Meats/poultry and seafoods are sold like this.
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Old 10-03-2015, 09:21 AM   #924
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Hi, Maggie; Enjoy your trip to Greece. We spent only two days in Greece because it was part of our cruise ship tour. The worst part of our trip was the cramped airplanes, but as you mentioned, the price of the better seats was more than I was willing to pay for. Trying to forget about the cramped airplanes, seeing Greece, Spain, Italy and more was a great experience for us. We had to leave Dusty at home with a pet/house sitter. We are now heading for home in our longest trailer trip ever. Been gone since July first and will be happy to finally get home. [maybe two more weeks] Have a great time and post more great pictures of your trip.

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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, 10:35 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, 11:48 AM   #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!!
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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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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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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, 08:50 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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Thank you, Melanie.


Breakfast provided here at the hotel is starting to get old, at Day 5. The exact same foods, every day, my only complaint. The hotel is very clean, the staff knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Tomorrow morning, however, I shall grab a coffee and eat the little fruit tart I picked up at a bakery on my way back this pm.

Found my way to the post office this morning, about two blocks from my hotel, and purchased a medium box to ship some things home in....at the suggestion of a friend here that this would be easier and better than going thru customs. Keeping the silver pieces with me, tho.

I don't know that I have purchased anything that would be a problem at Customs.....but, you never know. They have the same kind of shipping system here that we do.....make your box up, fill it, ship it. I can do that.

First stop after the Metra to Monastiriki was a morning frappe, getting my bearings, then found my way to the Ancient Agora...the heart of old Athens... and it's museum. Fascinating, complex society and culture so long ago. Someday, ours will be retroactively examined in the same way. We are so simply a speck in the vastness of time.

Lamb Souvlaki beautifully prepared and consumed sitting at an outdoor restaurant for lunch, with an olive tapenade and bread prior. Delicious.

I have eaten in a restaurant every day since I left, alone but for the day trip to Delphi on Thursday. Maybe I will be used to eating out alone by the time I get home.

I have walked and walked and walked and walked these past three days straight, but there is always a shady stoop, seat of some sort, or rock to rest on along the way.....everyone, young and old, just seems to just sit wherever they find a spot, no one cares, and I am doing the same.

The Greek people are so friendly and engaging....yes, tourists are their livelihood, but friendly and smiling is nice, and very much appreciated.

Sitting on a shady step at Monastiriki square yesterday, a Greek woman was standing in front of me and giving the evil eye to a youngish man, clearly under the influence of something, who had sat down next to me and started a "where are you from, what have you done since you've been here" type of conversation....hmmm.

I mean, this was not flirting...which I still recognize....and I could easily have been his mother. I suspected, and think the woman did, too, that he thought he would distract me with his charm and then snatch my bag. She was telling him "don't you dare!", with her eyes. It was sweet.

I immediately moved my bag to the other side of me, kept my hand on it, spoke with him pleasantly for a few moments, then said goodbye and left. Thanks, nice Greek lady, and I appreciate your wicked glare settling on him, but I've got this one. .

Seriously, the people here are lovely, and want their low crime rate to proudly stay that way. But for this man....and who would have not seen he was on something....I haven't had a moment where I have felt threatened....and him only mildly so.

It is warm here, but not hot, and no humidity, which is very conducive to trekking around. My easily overheated self, however, does not care about actual heat, it is exertion at any temp that is the problem.

Indelicately soaked in sweat for the third or fourth time today, and very tired from sleeping marginally last night, I decided to call it a day and skip the cooking class that didn't even gather til 5:30 pm.

Call me a wimp, but I just couldn't fathom cooking and another 4 hours or so up and moving, then having to be up early tomorrow. I'm a wuss, perhaps, but it is okay. Paid for with frequent flier miles, my own comfort and well being calling to me to take care of myself made losing this pretty painless.

The ruins here are stunning and mind boggling, and everywhere you turn....their beauty, detail and absolutely massive size constructed from marble so many centuries ago....with so much of it still standing...is difficult to wrap your mind around.

It has been a humbling year, steeped in the ancients, getting glimpses of lives lived so long ago, and so far apart.


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