Hellenic heritage

A glimpse of my Greek family:

Athens

Parthenon

In Athens, we met up with my family and visited some of my Greek relatives.

We had a great time stumbling around ancient ruins, including, amazingly, in the metro, hearing about the ‘missing marbles’ that Greece is hoping to get back from English museums, and eating some delicious Greek food. Veronique even got a Greek nickname – Vanaki – which means affectionately: ‘little van.’

And we had a fabulous time with my Greek relatives with whom we ate some delicious home-cooked meals, did lots of laughing and even some Greek dancing!

A few glimpses HERE – click on the View with PicLens option to see a slideshow version.

5 days til running water

We are moving down the Greek coast with a destination in mind.

We’re meeting up with my family in Athens, Greece where we’ll be sleeping in proper beds, and have luxuries such as showers, toilets, a fridge. These things have come up in conversation a surprising number of times recently…

It’s well worth an official countdown.

5 DAYS LEFT and counting…

Of course, it will be great to see my family too.

GREECE

We’ve crossed another border.

We’re now in GREECE, or Ellas – if you’re Greek, or Yunanistan – if you’re Turkish (I’d love to know the origin of that name… You can imagine our confusion and surprise as we started following signs out of Turkey and Yunanistan seemed to also be in the direction we were headed…)

Home of the ancient philosophers, cheap white wine (Retsina), the Greek alphabet, souvlaki, gyros and Greek salad. So far we’re doing quite well on our checklist of things Greek to experience.

We’re halted in Alexandropoulis at the moment and are again amazed by the enthusiastic cafe culture and late night outdoor dining. The restaurants seem most full around 9:30 pm.

This means that our travel country count is now 11. We’ve been on the road 7 months and have traveled in our van Veronique 11,200 miles….

CONGRATULATIONS to Gaye, Tricia, Iain and Dick for their guesses in our HOW FAR? contest.

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