Trip Start Feb 10, 2006
21Trip End Mar 07, 2006
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We came to the conclusion that we would stay here in Nafplio. They will be having a carnival parade and party so why not?
After breakfast we did a little shopping on the streets near our pension. Cory and I met the nicest man in one of the stores. We bought a few things for family and he ended up giving us a couple of key rings. It is funny. Cory and I have found that people have been very generous with us. I assume that most people are nice but it seems that our little efforts of trying to speak the language and learning about our hosts in this country really makes an impression. Not everyone with us has gotten that same reception.
After changing we went into the center of town to enjoy the carnival festivities and eat. We found a restaurant out on the main square. We were a little bull dozed. The waiter came out and asked if we liked Lamb or beef. I thought it was directed to me and I answered Lamb but he didn't ask anyone else at the table. I had just ordered.
He took it upon himself to order our whole meal for us. It was really busy so I totally understand and I am sure that he brought us the best that he had. It was all delicious. Unfortunately not everyone in our group rolls with the punches. There were three in our party that started grumbling. Two were picky eaters and one just likes to bitch. She managed to bitch about how greasy the lamb was while she shoveled it down her throat. I wasn't going to let them ruin it for me. Cory and I had a fabulous lunch. I loved all the food and the wine that we had with the meal.
After eating we went out to explore the other festivities and find a good place to watch the parade. We found a stand where they were making Greek donuts. They were mixing the batter frying the donuts and then dipping them in sugar. Not only did we have to stop to watch we had to try some. Whether it is a fair in Southeast Missouri or a carnival in Nafplion Greece there is nothing better than the fried foods. The donuts were no exception.
We laughed at the lack of political correctness. I love it. Here in the states you wouldn't dare do some of the things that they did. They had one entire band that were dressed in sombreros and another that were in black face and afro wigs. The ACLU would have shut down the parade before it ever started. It was all in good fun and viewing it from the perspective of someone that had to just imagine the statement that they were making since we didn't get to understand the explanation made it even funnier. I could just see the liability lawyer salivating when the kids would run up to the floats and jump right up on them. Again something that you wouldn't see here in the states. Makes you really wonder sometime who stuck the stick up our butts.
There were a couple of guys that kept shooting confetti and streamers out of a canon. All of it was so cool. There were moments that I just had to pinch myself. To think that here I was in Greece during carnival. What a really cool experience.
After the parade we went back to the hotel to have a little Ouzo and Fanta and Rum. It gave us a pretty good buzz to go out and hit the party going on in town.
Of course we had to take our daily dietary supplement...Gelato. Unlike the other nights tonight the shop is so crowded that we moved through like cattle through a shoot. Seems that Carnival brings everyone to Nafplio. They still recognized us in the Gelato shop. How could they forget half Kilo boy?
Little quiet Nafplio was kickin' They had a live band and stage. People were dancing and celebrating. We ended the night dancing, watching women do traditional Greek dancing, and eating little donuts. It was a fun evening and something that really added to the trip.