The City of Lights

We went to Paris by rail, leaving from Bordeaux. The high speed train blew into the Paris station traveling at 175 mph, with the countryside whizzing by us. And that was the last time we experienced speed in any manner. The streets were gridlocked, the sidewalks...

French Quarter

After we completed the Greek portion of our adventure, we arrived in one of the vast wine regions of France. Our home for five days was was a magnificent chateau that was well over 150 years old. Rumor has it that the palatial estate was originally built by Marie...

Observations – Greece

Driving in Greece  In order to get a Greek Drivers License (for those who actually drive with one) you must do two things, spend a year driving in Bangkok to learn how to overlook every driving rule, as they are only suggestions. You’re then required to attend the New...

The Wizard

When we left Athens, we told the taxi driver to take us to Marina Zea in Piraeus. From the map the marina looked huge and capable of docking scores of boats. My concern about finding the right dock was allayed by the fact that we were looking for a 110 ft. yacht,...

The Greek Islands

My visual image of these famous islands was a collection of about 50 lush, green mountains rising out of the sea with dense villages in large clusters, bathed in warm sunshine and gentle breezes. In reality, it turned out to be the opposite. Literally, thousands of...

Dining and Drinking in Athens

Athens is a city of 5 million souls, and it seems that there is one restaurant for every four of them. Traveling around the city we encountered thousands of typical Greek restaurants, serving gyro, souvlaki, kabobs, and all the other standard Greek fare. In fact, they...

Acropolis Museum

Right below the Acropolis sits the magnificent Acropolis Museum. The structure is built with glass floors so you can see the ongoing excavation beneath the building. The museum’s four stories house hundreds of artifacts and sculptures salvaged from the multiple...

National Archeological Museum

      The city of Athens is itself a museum of history and antiquity. And within that city are some amazing museums. Today’s visit was a monumental event. Partly because it is one of World’s greatest museums of archeology, but more so because of the bomb threat...

Athens in a Word – RUINT

Athens is the city of ruins. Rich in history that goes back thousands of years, there are hundreds of excavation and restoration sites all over the city. From the famous Acropolis to monuments, residences and temples, there is one on just about every street. And none...

Get Outta Town

After an uneventful flight from Tampa, we are sitting in Newark Airport with five hours to kill. So we start with lunch and then wander around the terminal. It turns out all the restaurants and bars in this terminal are owned by the same company and all use...