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

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Thursday, March 2, 2006

I booked a Pension in Nafplio using the Internet .  The place that I booked was called Pension Acronafplia in the center of the old town in Nafplio . We arrived in Nafplio and realized immediately that it is more of a walking town than a driving town. We have a small map with the address of the check in of our Pension. The Pension owner has 3 different buildings in town. The check in is down one of the narrow streets of the town. 

We decide to park the van and walk. The man that owns the pension leads us down the street about a block to our pension. The Pension is in a building that was built in the 1800's. I love accommodation with character! The owner opens the big wooden door to a wooden staircase. He has three keys. The first room is on the second floor. The girls take that one. At the top of the stairs are the other two rooms. We each take one. We really didn't care what room we were in.

It turned out that Cory and I got the big room. I guess this was karma's way of paying us for planning everything and booking everything for everyone. It was a bedroom, bathroom, living area and a kitchen. We weren't expecting to get a kitchen but we are excited about it. 

The view from our room is breathtaking. We had the view of the Palimidi on top of the mountain and a little church right outside the door of our pension. It is so beautiful. The rooms are clean but older as are the bathrooms. I don't mind older, I would rather have something that has the flavor of the country than stay in a Holiday Inn or some other "typical" hotel. I am a little anxious to see how some of our group adjusts.

The girls have already insisted on a cot because they say they can't sleep in the same bed. A little place like this doesn't have a lot of resources available to them so I feel bad about the inconvenience to the owner. He was working alone today. 


We went back to get the van. To get the van down the tiny cobblestone street we had to fold in the rear view mirrors. There were times that we all simultaneously sucked in just trying to will the van to be thinner. Cory did a fantastic job! We made it to the tiny square in front of the Pension and unloaded the van.

We decided to check out this sleepy little town. There is something so quaint about this little town. The 1800 style buildings and the cobble stone streets. There doesn't seem to be a soul around. We wandered down to the water where you can see the Bourtzi Castle out in the bay. There is something alive about the colors here. The blue of the water is almost iridescent. It is a fantastic place to relax at the end of the day. 

We found a little restaurant to eat in. The waiter spoke limited English and when we tried to order he took each of us one by one and showed us to the kitchen. He pointed at the different pots and we chose from those. It was delicious and such a different experience. In the US they wouldn't let you near the kitchen in fear that you would slip, or burn yourself, or drop a hair in the soup bringing on lawsuits against the establishment. How wonderful to be able to enjoy a town without litigation. Ah, the good old days.

We were stuffed but somehow we managed to stop by a Gelato shop. Delicious! They had hot Belgium waffles with scoops of Gelato. There is nothing closer to heaven than this. What a sweet way to end the day.

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