16.08.2009 - 18.08.2009 30 °C
Good morning! It is a fine and beautiful day in Navplion, Greece - our first stop in Greece. I am sure it is rude to start with the weather report but it is 10 AM and already probably about 28 degrees. So we can expect a scorcher again today. We got our Canadian newspaper this morning and read that the low was going to be 4 degrees - ouch! You must all be pretty cranky! Well, in a week we will be back in Calgary being misearble with all of you! The difference will be that we will be the ones with the tan! Sorry to have to rub that in.
Well, it has been an interesting transition from Italy to Greece. The Italians are, dare I say, emotional. Lots of loud talking (shouting), hand waving and car horns honking. While I have only been in Navplion for an hour it seems much more laid back and civilized. This is a charming little place. It looks like it has promise for some good shopping too - mostly silver jewellry - my favorite!
We travelled to Sicily the day before yesterday and had a nice time walking around the town of Taormina. Lots of locals to mingle with. Sadly the weather didn't co-operate and we only saw the outline of Mt. Etna from the Greek Theater in town. Oh well, I did buy a postcard.
We spent our only day at sea relaxing and taking in some of the activities on board the ship. Personally, there are just too many people for my liking on a ship day. It is much better when they are all in port!
Marty has left me this morning in his quest to climb to Palamidi Castle which is perched on the side of a mountain. Standing between him and his quest is 999 stiars up the sheer side of the mountain. I decided that this wasn't exactly my idea of fun so I did what any smart person would - gave him the camera and said I would meet up with him sometime this afternoon.......I can't wait to see the photos......
We have really enjoyed the verandah of our cabin, retreating there to enjoy the views and our own stock of local wine. This morning we got up to watch our entry into the port and watch the sunrise. For all of you students and grads out there - upsell this feature. It has been the best extra money we spent so far!!!! More on that in Sales class in January.
My time is almost up and the shops are now open so I will close off with a friendly OPA and wish you all a happy day - please turn up the furnace for our arrival......