A Lazy Day by the Aegean

Trip Start Oct 05, 2010
Trip End Oct 20, 2010

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Lazy Day by the Aegean
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: Edamame
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.
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Lisa on

I want to live right there! Why weren't there more people in the water? It's soooo beautiful! Yes-you all look very relaxed & happy.

Jay on

What is going on here? Where is the structure of this vacation? No tours? No history lessons? Good for you. How did you end up eating Japanese food in Athens? I am relaxed just looking at you all in the photos. It is already back to the tension and acid reflux back here. Horrible traffic and big cars. You know in Florence it was aggressive and wild, but here it is just plain mean on the roads. Some of these suckers are as big as four of those smart cars we saw in Florence. I do hope you three take home some of the life lessons we learned - relax, enjoy the moment, live with less, wash your feet in the bidet now and then. Now on my fourth load of wash. How did I cram all that in to that bag? I imagine you are eating some good goat dishes and lots of fresh cheese on Crete. How was Knossos, Tad? Did you buy the Atlantis angle? I keep thinking of World War 2 and the big battles on Crete. Are the Greek men ogling the girls? If they are ogling Tad then you are on the wrong island. Sure looks odd with Trish sitting alone on the other side of the table from Erin and Tad - wish I was there to balance the photo shot! OK, time for bed. Enjoy your day and take more photos for those of us living through your experience. Ciao! Jay

Jay on

Oh, I forgot to tell you I actually LOST A POUND on this trip. Jumped up and down like a teenage girl seeing Justin Bieber when I saw the scales last night. I am almost positive Tad does not have a clue who Justin Bieber is or the fact that they sell a Justin Bieber Heated Toliet Seat on the web (had to look up how to spell his name). All that walking really does pay off so go to it you three. Get off your duffs (saw more Duff Beer t-shirts on the way home) and get moving!!! There are some profiteroles waiting at Le Fou Frog for us to devour.

Jay on

P.S. I am sure you did not look like tourists on the beach when it was cloudy and ready to rain. No way. No how.



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