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GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN—AT ANY AGE!

 

High rent district at Zea Marina, Piraeus

High rent district at Zea Marina, Piraeus

Carol’s Mom, who turns 84 in July, and her Aunt Mary Ellen, a spry 70 “something” arrived for their annual visit on May 25th.  Last year this time they joined us in Naples and we cruised to Capri and the Amalfi Coast.  As they left Destiny we said “next year Greece” and they both nodded in the affirmative.

 After a grueling trip home from Italy that included an unplanned overnight in Venice, we were concerned that they may be fed up with international travel.  But shortly after she returned to the US Mom realized her passport was due to expire and promptly renewed it—they were still looking forward to Greece.

 Their arrival in Athens went without a hitch and we spent the time they were with us cruising the Sarconic islands between Athens and the eastern coast of Peloponnisos.

 Zea Marina in Piraeus, a suburb of Athens, was where we awaited their arrival.  Shortly after they were on board we had some excitement when a large schooner was placed in the slip next to us—there was a lot of fending off before it was secured.  Mary Ellen and Cyndi from Glass Slipper were right on top of things.

Zea Marina is surrounded by apt. bldgs.

Zea Marina is surrounded by apt. bldgs.

Watch your fingers, girls!

Watch your fingers, girls!

 After one night in the marina to let them settle in, we headed for the island of Aigina, about 20 mi. to the east.  Aigina had been one our favorite harbors and we knew they would enjoy it.  A horse and buggy ride through the town was fun for them as well as touring the archeological site near the town. 

Horse & buggy ride through Aigina

Horse & buggy ride through Aigina

Jolie liked the buggy ride

Jolie liked the buggy ride

We hoped the horse read English

We hoped the horse read English

 

Archeological Site at Aigina

Archeological Site at Aigina

Aigina Fish Market--swordfish for dinner!

Aigina Fish Market--swordfish for dinner!

From Aigina we motored to Poros where we were stern to at the main quay.  Where Kent did boat work. 

Kent cleans hull in Poros

Kent cleans hull in Poros

We “girls” took a hydrofoil to the nearby island of Hydra (or Ihdra as it is called by the Greeks).  Unfortnunately, Aunt Mary Ellen sprained her ankle the same morning and our trip to Hydra was cut short as we got her back to Destiny  to ice and wrap her ankle.  She was a trooper, however, and didn’t let a swollen foot deter her from enjoying her trip.

Hydrofoil to Hydra

Hydrofoil to Hydra

Mary Ellen gets Chased by Mule

Mary Ellen gets Chased by Mule

Horses and donkeys instead of cars in Hydra

Horses and donkeys instead of cars in Hydra

 

Mom relaxes in Hydra

Mom relaxes in Hydra

The "girls" watch sunset in Poros

The "girls" watch sunset in Poros

Poros Sunset

Poros Sunset

 After two nights in Poros, we headed back north and around the Methana Peninsula to the small harbor of Vahti.  Deciding that the harbor was very small and not that interesting we continued on to Palaia Epidhavros on the east shore of Peloponnisos where we anchored for the night.   

Tiny chapels are everywhere

Tiny chapels are everywhere

In Palais Epidhavros we saw the Schooner from Zea

In Palais Epidhavros we saw the Schooner from Zea

The next stop further north on the mainland coast was a large protected bay at Korfos, which had been our first stop after transiting the Corinth Canal a couple weeks ago.  At Korfos we moored stern to at “George’s Restaurant” and enjoyed fish that evening that we had watched George clean earlier in the day.  Korfos is a small fishing village cum tourist haven with charming tavernas and cafes and not much else. 

George cleans fish for dinner

George cleans fish for dinner

Mom boards in Korfos

Mom "walks the plank" in Korfos

Dinner at George's

Dinner at George's

After a second stop at Aigina, completing our circular route, we arrived back at Zea Marina in Piraeus the day before their scheduled departure.  By this time, Mary Ellen’s ankle was much improved and we decided that their trip to Athens would not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis.  So, off we went by cab to see the ancient site. 

Long way up to Parthenon

Long way up to Parthenon

When we arrived at the base of the Acropolis, it seemed even higher than I recalled from prior visits, but the “girls” put one foot in front of the other and up we went.  I only hope that I can still climb the Acropolis when I am 84—who knows they may even finish the restoration by then?  Both agreed it was well worth the terrifying cab rides and the climb.

The Parthenon 2010

The Parthenon 2010

Amphitheater

Amphitheater

Goddesses

Goddesses

Made it to the top

Made it to the top

Mom & Carol at Acropolis

Mom & Carol at Acropolis

Mom at the Acropolis

Mom at the Acropolis

The next day everyone was up early as Mom and Mary Ellen prepared to depart.  Then a final check of the status of their flight indicated that their flight was delayed for six hours–the joys of international travel. . .but it gave us the chance for lunch at the Zea.

Lunch at Zea Marina

Lunch at Zea Marina

So we are not sure where Destiny will be this time next year, but hopefully Mom and Mary Ellen will join us again.  The “girls” just want to have FUN!!!

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  1. Sharilyn ‘Hill’ Burdett
    June 6th, 2010 at 14:27 | #1

    Carol, it has been a long time since Logsdon Subdivision. I saw you on face book and love your website. Your mom looks great. This year is our 45th class reunion. Some of us girls/women get together once a month for dinner and chatting. Your name was brought up at the last get together and now I will give them your website so they can see your accomplishments and adventures.

    Take Care, Shari (Hill) Burdett

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