Up at 6am, quick eat, on the bus, on the plane, an next thing you know it is 11pm Athens, 4pm Toronto. Our next flight is 7:30pm with a landing at home of 10pm Halifax time. Yeah!!!!!
Please check www.genosajko.com in a few days for more pictures and videos.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
So we are currently 1.5 hours out of Athens, I have been blogging and adding images since we left 2.5 hours ago. I hope to end this soon, but I fear I don't even have enough time to do what I want and need to do.
On the news, on TV, is the Greek parliamentary elections. Polls just closed. Parliament is across the street from our hotel. I hope this won't present problems for us getting in at 9pm and trying to get to the hotel, out for a quick dinner, and to bet for the flight tomorrow.
Of our 15 day trip, one could call 4 days travel. To from Canada, 1/2 day to Mykonos, 1/2 day to Santorini and a day back to Athens. So it is almost like 2 days a week traveling. Doing it by sail is the better option as I see it. You travel, you see, you swim, and you sleep. No pack/unpack, and no excursions to the water. You are on the water. If we ever return, I think it will be to sail. But there is so much more of the world to see, especially other locals in Europe, so we'll see... Santorini was beautiful, but we were far from the ocean atop that cliff. A swim in the ocean was an excursion.
There may be no blog for the next day or so as wi-fi access may be spotty and/or I may be bushed and thinking watching an episode of the "Dream Season" of Dallas on my iPhone may be a more relaxing and well deserved thing to do.
View from slouched position on patio chairs
View looking up from patio
View looking down to patio
Wayne and I (he is getting too much airtime here), went north from our hotel (first time we ever did) and found many things. The Blue Note restaurant, recommended by a couple of couples at Mykonos town. So this place was earmarked for dinner tonight. The most extensive menu we found to date. We could have eaten here everyday and I would still have no problems selecting from the menu. Nope, no duck Dave, but most everything else.
Took many pictures along the way. We did not climb to the top, a bit treacherous, and with really no easy visible clue as to how to get there. And I had a nightmare last night where I almost fell off a building roof along a cliff-side something into a gorge with a waterfall or something.
On the climb back, Wayne suggested we walk up the left side of the concrete stairs as they were cracked and split down the center. We wouldn't want to have it crack and fall over. It wasn't that bad, Wayne is a bit of a worry wort.
Once we got back up top, it wasn't that tough. Coming down is more effort, requires more balance, more stability, more planning, watching each step because as I said thee are no standards or building codes for stairs - it seems. Wayne agrees. Anyway, the trip down, across, and back up, with stops for pictures, at our fast pace was still just over 40 minutes.
Dinner at the Blue Note, back to our patio for some reminiscing, drinks, cheers - the girls like to do the cheers thing with every drink. Wayne and I limit it to the first and last drink of the trip. The last will happen in Athens tomorrow night.
As I look through my images to select for post, I realize how magical a place this is, the history, the beauty, the scenery, the people. Amazing...