03.02.2013 - 03.02.2013 20 °C
We are enjoying the warm embrace of Nafplio. Even though the locals are sporting down parkas, wool jackets and sweaters we are in shirt sleeves and contemplating putting on shorts. We walked the waterfront of Nafplio this morning. Old Nafplio is on a small peninsula that is occupied on one side by a substantial hill topped with a fortress. Running along the edge of the peninsula is a wonderful walkway along the rocky seashore. It looks to be a favourite Sunday morning walking promenade for the locals with many are wearing their Sunday best perhaps having attended church prior to going for their stroll. Many of these same people later made their way into the old town for a meal and then stopped with their kids at the playground.
There is a fairly strong breeze today which brought with it some substantial wave action along the walkway. When we neared the public beach, which consists mostly of rocky shoreline and a small section of gravel beach bordered by cement sidewalks and cabanas, we were surprised to see several swimmers bobbing in the waves. They all seemed to be local seniors which lent credence to our hopes that the sea was still quite warm this time of year. We made plans to come back in a couple of hours and try out the water ourselves.
We have noticed that the Greeks love their dogs. Many are walking them in our neighbourhood and we see many others in backyards. All over the town there are strays as well. Most of these seem to be loved as well. In fact we saw one very professional-looking poster mourning the passing of one these vagabond citizens. Unfortunately the circumstances of this dog's passing are considered supicious. You can check out the poster in our photo gallery. In addition to this startling poster we came across a large display of pictures and notices that appeared to be about the economic crisis. The pictures show the Greek Prime Minister in Nazi garb along with the German Chancellor and other Eurozone leaders who support economic restraint. It was pretty unsettling stuff. The Nazi theme pops up elsewhere in stencilled grafitti that appears throughout the town showing one cartoon character trying to stamp out Nazism and another stencil showing Hitler in the form of a rat.
After our walk we felt we couldn’t improve on the meal success of yesterday and returned to the same giros eatery that we frequented the day before. We were not disappointed. It is wonderful to have great food at a good price. We fed the whole family for 14 Euros.
Hannah had spied an Italian-run gelateria the day before that had a very high rating on Trip Advisor (a website we often use) so we did some legwork after lunchand located our dessert for the day. The owners are a boisterous duo who made quite a production out of welcoming people into their store and getting customers matched with just the right dessert. Such people make you curious about their life stories and bring admiration regarding their linguistic abilities. What motivated two Italians from Rome to move to Greece to start a business that also required them to learn to speak and read Greek as well as English? There are fascinating immigration stories just waiting to be told wherever you go in the world.
On the way home to our apartment, we stopped by one of the few corner stores open on a Sunday. We needed to buy some bottled water. Yesterday our limited understanding of Greek failed us and we inadvertently bought carbonated water and can’t handle making do with the remainder until Monday. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to just buy a single one-liter bottle in grocery stores so had to settle for the six liter minimum (drink up everyone!).
Abby, who is feeling much better today, opted to stay at the apartment while the rest of us donned swimsuits and headed back to the beach. Alas, we had left our outing too long and wind and wave action had increased substantially. Several people were still sunning themselves on the shore but no one was daring to venture in. If the weather holds we will try again tomorrow. Our consolation was being able to watch the waves for a while and then return our apartment and sit on our two balconies and soak up some rays while reading.
A nice dinner of fish, warm pita and tzatziki, and Greek Salad made from ingredients we had bought at the Saturday vegetable market was a great way to end the day. A nice little touch to the meal was a complimentary bottle of wine from our hosts who deposited in our apartment while we were out walking this morning. It turns out Greece is just the right way to continue the travelling high we experienced from visiting Malta.