Bon Giorno!

Trip Start Oct 09, 2008
Trip End Nov 01, 2008

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Hotel Maryelen

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Bon Giorno!
We are now in Rome and today is laundry day. While Cathy is doing the laundry I can add to our blog because there is internet access even at the laundromat. I tell you internet access is everywhere! It costs 21 euros, about $28 dollars for 3 loads wash and dry. Sorry about being slow in adding the pictures but we are still trying to figure out how to add many without taking 5 minutes or so to upload one picture.

We arrived in Athens, Greece on Monday Oct 13th at the St. Thomas Bed and Breakfast run by a charming English lady and her husband. The B+B is about 30 min by metro from the center of Athens. She picked us up from the airport and took us to her B+B where we unpacked and then she took us to a Greek restaurant that she likes for some sea/fish food She knows the owner and he spoke excellent English. He brought to our table some appetizer platters for us to chose from and explained the items. Cathy and I chose crab salad and some kind of fish strips that tasted to me like some kind of fish like jerky. For the entrees Cathy had some huge shrimp and had fried calamari. Boy was the food delicious! For dessert he brought out three items, for each of us. One item was sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon, second was "spoon sweet" which was some kind of cake laced with liquer and the third was some kind of crunchy sweet block. He told us the the dessert was "on the restaruant" which means "on the house". There was more food but it would take too long for me to describe. The whole meal cost a total of 36 euros for the both of us!

The next day Cathy and I went into Athens and rode around on the "Happy Train" that took us all around the city to get an overview. It cost 12 euros for the both of us. After that we did some shopping and went back to our B+B.

The next day we took a taxi from the B+B and went to the airport to fly to Corfu which is an island off the coast of Greece. Cathy had already arranged for a taxi driver who takes you all around the island all day to show you the sights the tourists like and the sites he likes. Because one of the James Bond movies, "For Your Eyes Only" was filmed mostly on that island he took us to those sites as well! He pointed out the tourist traps and took us to where the "real" food was and he certainly knows where to eat! We stopped at a monastery that was run by only 5 women and one of them let us take some photos and insisted on giving us some water and some olives. I tell you I hate olives but these olives did not taste like any olives I ever tasted before! You have not tasted olives until you've tasted real olives from Greece! Americans are truly so spoiled!

After that we went to the town of Corfu where the streets are narrow and made of cobblestones.

I'll add some more later.

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