Monday, September 6, 2004

Eric Turns into a Greek...

...driver, that is. Today we picked up the rental car in Athens that will take us on our land tour of the Greek mainland which includes the city of Nafplion, Ancient Mycenae, Delphi, monasteries at Meteora, and then back to Athens.
Getting back to the original statement, Eric's driving matches that of the Greeks, going in and out of lanes, passing cars with about enough room in between to squeeze a playing card or two...a few times Jazmine had to close her eyes during those passing times.
We have survived so far though; I (Jazmine) don't think I could have driven any better. I am glad he is driving and not I.

We drove from Athens to Nafplio today.
Nafplio, an old town on the southern end of the peninsula, is a wonderful little town, quaint and historical. It reminded us of Cartagena, Colombia, Saint Augustine, or Venice Italy - with narrow streets and many buildings being restored to the original style.
We climbed a couple of Venetian forts and spent some time strolling the cobblestone streets. Our hotel, The Byron Hotel (pictures later), was absolutely beautiful and a bargain to boot.

We decided to plan some of our island visit for next week - Jazmine found a small travel agent in Nafplio and we kept him up and chain-smoking well into the night as we explored about 100 different options for getting to and around the islands. The agent was amazingly friendly, knowledgeable, and English-fluent. His name was Konstantinos at Kasteli Tours (we just want to give him props because he is one of the friendliest people we've met so far and his travel service was a HUGE help since we really didn't know what we were going to do about the islands).

[sorry no pictures today - this computer is on a very slow internet connection (I think it is using carrier pigeon). We'll try to upload some new pictures in a couple of days (we've already taken over 200 so there are plenty to see!)

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