All the way to the top

Trip Start Feb 10, 2006
Trip End Mar 07, 2006

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Friday, March 3, 2006


We have decided to stick around Nafplio today. We started out with a very hearty breakfast at the one restaurant that we were able to find open. It was called Popeye's. They had a very hearty breakfast with coffee. We were the only ones in the place. The owner was very nice and we had to communicate through pantomime because we didn't have a common language, wait I take that back. Our common language was food. We did okay in that department.

We found out that Paulie had a princess moment last night. He had been loving the 4 star hotels that were part of the package but when he laid down in the bed at our little pension and started to whine. "I can feel the springs, I can feel the springs" The Princess and the pea got over it after a few moments and fell in love with our pension like the rest of us. It brought us a few good laughs though.

The town of Nafplio is at the base of a huge mountain with the Palimidi Castle on top of it. There are a set of stairs going up the side of the mountain. There are well over a thousand steps to the top. Luckily there is also a road to the top. We took the van. 

I felt like an adventurer. The castle was relatively empty. We explored every inch of the castle even going into one of the cisterns to check out what set below. A few of us had to fight our fear of heights and we were so proud of Paulie who managed to make it across a wooden bridge that set across a ravine full of cactus. 

We found the strangest thing. It was a trail of caterpillars head to tail all in a rope covering about a yard of space. I could imagine what they would be doing in a few weeks. The area around the Palimidi is covered in little flowers starting to bloom. Whole fields of flowers. Almost every Greek meal includes some sort of honey and you can taste the wildflowers in the honey. 

The best part of exploring the Palimidi was the nature that surrounded us. The structure of the ancient buildings was slowly being taken back by nature.

We did run into a very noisy school group in the main section of the castle. They were pretty wound up but moved on quickly enough. Even the sweet little lady in the chapel popped her head out to yell at the noisy teens. She was all of 4 feet tall but intimidating enough to shut up 30 unruly teens.

After leaving the castle we decided to take a drive around the area. It led us to the water. We found a little beach that during the summer must be a busseling mecca of vacationing Greeks. In the cool breeze of spring we were the only ones. The vendors were all closed and locked and even the restaurant on the beach was closed. 

Paulie insisted on putting his feet in the ocean. If he was going to go to the other side of the world then he wanted to be able to say he had put his feet in the ocean. Heather and I shucked of our shoes and socks and joined him. The rocky beach was nothing like the soft sands of Florida. The water was shockingly cold. Our feet were turning blue but we were determined to get pictures of us standing in the Aegean sea.

As we drove away from the beach we had to stop to let a goat herder and his flock cross. All of it added to the ambiance of being in the Peloponnese.

After getting back into town we decided to check out the local grocery store for odds and ends to keep in the room. We got eggs and bacon for our morning breakfasts and picked up some chips for evening snacks. The great thing about grocery stores overseas is finding products that you don't have in the U.S. or ones that are slightly different than those in the U.S. We found some lays potato chips that were oregano. Yum Yum. The other bag of chips in our shopping cart were ketchup. They tasted just like french fries with ketchup. We also refreshed our Fanta and Rum supplies.

It was fun trying to figure out what was in the packages based on the pictures. Some you just had to guess about. I found some cans of honey that I thought that I would bring back for little gifts for my family. I was hoping that it was going to be as wonderful and floral as the honey that we had with yogurt or fruit at the end of all of our Greek meals. 

After a pre party up in our room we went out on the town. The places down by the Bourtzi are the coolest hang outs. They serve mostly coffee drinks. The comfy sofa lounges sit under umbrellas and out door heaters. The view is amazing, the sound of the water lapping up on shore, the bourtzi lit up by night, our specialty coffees. Mine was an Irish Coffee. Cory's had ice cream in it. No surprise there!

We made it back to the Pension unscathed but curious. There were all sorts of weird architectural nooks in this building. For instance our bathroom has a window that looks out onto a staircase that leads to the roof. The door to the roof is in the bedroom but it is padlocked. It is a little creepy and every time I pass it I feel like someone is watching me. I don't know if I believe in ghosts but this place feels a little haunted.

Right before our trip Cory had told me about a dream he had. We were on vacation and he found a hidden compartment in the hotel that we were staying in. Inside it was a Russian newspaper. In the dream he could read russian and it told about a couple of russian spys that had hid the newspaper. After finding it the KGB started chasing us trying to kill us.

Now this is where the creepy part comes in. Tonight, not in a dream, I was in the bathroom and I found this hinged door behind the comode... You won't believe this. In this little compartment behind the comode was an old Russian Newspaper. I don't know what it said but it freaked us both out a little.

In Jeremiah and Paulies room there was a door up near the ceiling almost 10 feet off of the floor. Curiousity got to us and Cory got up on Jeremiahs shoulders to check it out. We were disappointed to only find extra glasses and dishes for the rooms.

Maybe tomorrow we will find even more mysteries to be revealed in this sleepy little town.
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