(with sister Ann), 1981.
Glyfada actually, but only a short bus ride from
the centre of Athens. Greece has the history of Europe at it's
feet and Athens is, of course, the centre of it all. Two holidays
(with two different women!). Like all of Greece, that we have
visited, fabulous. The people, the sites, the food, the music.
In 1977 Ann and I went on a day cruise to a few Greek
Islands (Aegina, Poros and Hydra). The first two photos below
are, almost certainly, on this trip. In 1981 Edna and I went on
a mini cruise to Ephesus and a few
more Greek Islands. Both trips were Magic!
Edna and I also visited Piraeus (the Port for Athens)
on the 2003 Adonia and the 2012
Saga Ruby cruises. We did have a look around Piraeus in 2003
and there are quite a few nice shops and we went into a couple
of very ornate Greek Orthodox Churches. Stayed on board in 2012!
On the Saga Pearl II in 2014 we
visited again and, this time, we bought tickets for an open top
bus trip to Athens (no stops) combined with a mini road train
tour (we love those) of Piraeus. Cost about £8 each and
was great! To see the Parthenon again as well as a few other sites
of Athens AND a mini train for 8 quid. Come on! You couldn't beat
Visited again on the 2015 Gallipoli
Cruise and stayed overnight. As we'd never made the trip along
the coast to Cape Sounion before, we decided to do the evening
trip which promised a fine sunset (weather permitting) as well
as an ancient Temple. All very impressive, the Temple stood (as
the name of the place suggested) on a Cape and we had a good wander
around. The weather was kind and we saw a lovely sunset
on the way back to the ship. Back on board (after a late, quick
dinner) there was Greek dancing from a group who'd come on board.
Pretty good although we're not very keen on them getting people
to join in and, generally, making fools of themselves (we're very
staid). So to bed, whacked. We heard that one of our quiz team
(Mike) had had a heart attack and had been taken to the local
hospital to have a stent fitted and would be there for a week.
What must his wife, Lynda, be feeling? Mind you, he was lucky
that it happened here and not at sea or at some remoter place.
The outcome could have been a lot worse.