No, I am NOT referring to the brown shoe polish that I occasionally use on my hair! I’m referring to the travel plan that I designed for our Grecian voyage. I wanted to make sure that our (semi) sober captain brought us to all of the neurotic, I mean exotic, islands that were worthy of a stop. Sailing around the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas is serious business, matey. By the way, have you noticed that no one disappears in the Bermuda Triangle anymore? What’s the deal? Maybe the Triangle is full. Hey, did you know that Isosceles was a Greek mathematician? (He was not a square guy, if that’s what you were thinking.)
Stavros is the most common Greek name in use today, but since I overate during my entire stay in Greece, our colleagues re-named me “Starve-ros.” (I was always starving) Last week I mentioned the delightful food tour we took in Athens, but I neglected to mention the names of the chefs. If you dine in or around Athens, you might bump into Sue Vlaki, Philo Dough, Shish Kay Bobbie, or Lou Koumades. (All wonderful folks, as their names imply!)
So, after 3 glorious days in Athens, we stumbled aboard our modest sailing vessel, the Titanic II, and set off for the enchanting village of Nafplio. This stop was quite interesting, and the village is considered to be one of the most romantic places on the Peloponnese coast. I actually hitchhiked into town and had a funny experience. The gent who picked me up told me that he was surprised that I got into his vehicle. After all, he said, he might be a serial killer. I told him that I wasn’t worried. What were the odds of two serial killers being in his car at the same time? (We didn’t chat much after that remark. Not sure why.)
Anyway, if you go to Nafpilo, you must make time to see the Corinth Canal, which is close by. (The canal dates back to 600 B.C. It’s four miles long and 70 feet wide, and was carved out of sheer rock!) Before the canal was built, the ancient Greeks had to sail all the way around the Peloponnese Peninsula, which added about 185 nautical miles to their voyage.
Another wonderful excursion would be a trip to the Epic Theatre of Epidaurus. As the name implies, this is a very old Greek theatre, constructed in the 4th century, and famous for its marvelous acoustics. This marvelous structure held up to 12,000 spectators and is the best-preserved theatre of ancient Greece. (I’m not sure, but I think Epidaurus was the goddess of childbirth.) As you can see, I’m a little rusty on my Greek mythology. I do remember some of the big names… Aphrodite was the goddess of beauty and love. (Hermaphroditus was her rather confused and conflicted brother.) Apollo was the god of music and arts, and the owner of a theatre in Harlem. Hermes was the god of travel, but he contracted some sort of STD. Zeus was the head man, and the author of many highly-acclaimed children’s books. (His most famous work was “The Greek Who Stole Christmas.”)
Do me a “fava,” as they say in Greek kitchens… don’t repeat any of these bad jokes to your children! I have always believed that raising kids is like a walk in the park. (Jurassic Park!) Anyway, I must take my leave, as my bagel is ready and I am very hungry this morning. (I think it was all this talk about food!) I do hope you enjoyed the humor about the Greek gods and goddesses. I was going to tell a few jokes about chemistry, but I never get a reaction. (Come on, you never heard that one before!)
Well, please have a wonderful week. If you would like to see some more photos of Athens, you can scroll down and feast your eyes on some lovely scenes. And speaking of feasts….. Sesame bagel here I come!
Love to all,