A Lazy Day by the Aegean
Trip Start Oct 05, 2010
17Trip End Oct 20, 2010
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Firstly, Happy Birthday to my dear friend Karen Hass! I hope it is a great one.
As I noted last night, the weary travelers needed a break, so we elected to opt out of our tour of ancient Athens this morning, especially after we arrived late yesterday and saw the spectacular view from our hotel balcony - the Aegean Sea! So . . . today's photos are mostly all about us because we stayed around the hotel all day. As it turns out there was striking in Athens today, and they closed the Acropolis anyway. We will definitely try to see some great spots in Athens on our way back through from the islands. We got into our swimsuits and ventured down to the beach area. Tad and Trish were brave enough to get in, and I snapped some photos. It was quite overcast, however, and we made it back to the hotel just in time before it started pouring. My friend Antigone, who was born here, told me it's ALWAYS sunny in Greece this time of year. Not! But it soon cleared for some delightful photo ops of the shore line.
Tonight we are dining at a world-famous restaurant of Matsuhisa Nabu and are enjoying a 7-course meal as I type. The menu:
Appetizer: Tuna Tartare with caviar and soy sauce and then a Japanese berry for palette cleansing. Delish.
Appetizer: Fresh oyster from the shores of Scotland Chilean style
Main Course 1: Seared tuna, salmon w/chef's special sauce, king crab, and assorted vegetable salad drizzled with sake vinegar.
Main Course 2: Carmelized Black cod drizzled with a sweet sauce. Yum!
All complemented by a Greek Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Avantis, Evia, Greece.
Main Course 3: Beef w/shitake mushrooms, ouzo sauce, broccoli, asparagas, noodles,, etc. This ain't no hamburger helper!! And we were all amazingly adept at eating w/chopsticks.
About this time, our friend Julie Blair sent us photos that reminded us all why we are here . . . cafeteria food from her school. Looked positively prison-esque.
Course 785: Miso soup
Course 1000: Sushi (we all left the sardines . . . blech)
LAST COURSE, Thank God!: Some delicious milky cookie-like thang in a tiny coffee cup. We are officially miserable. Glad we wrote the blog while dining, cuz we'll all be paws up in a few . . .
Jay, we're thinking about you as you go back to work today . . . wish you were here, and we're all marveling at how compatible we all are as traveling companions.. :o)
We so appreciate those who are responding to our blog. Lisa, Tad says you know him too well! All you said is true, and we are glad you are enjoying the photos.
We are having a ball . . . good friends, great food and wine, and wonderful sightseeing. We are truly blessed.
Tomorrow, we have a 9am flight to Crete, so it will be an early evening. Tad says we will be blown away by the Minoan ruins there.