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...

Vitriol

Vitriol. It’s a very misunderstood word. There are people who mistakenly think it’s a synthetic motor oil. Others conjure up a dietary supplement or performance enhancer that promises a healthier, happier, more energetic life. For the rest of us, it describes the...

Bottle Rocket

For me, the recently held summit in Singapore between Kim and Trump was a bust. I envisioned a completely different scenario and result. And it was nothing like the pundits’ predictions. The Mainstream Media gleefully shouted that Kim would make a mockery of the talks...

Test of Strength

When Sara and I planned this trip with Tom and Maggie Mulvihill, our friends asked how our friendship would survive a month of spending every day together. But we’ve been close for many years, and were sure we could handle each other’s quirks, warts and...