Archive for May, 2017

Veni, Vidi, Venice III

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Thursday May 18 We did, and he said goodbye, off to see if he could find a hotel in the Lido section of Venice for a night before he took off for Trieste. Obviously, since he had been biking, he was traveling light – just a simple backpack with a change of clothing and a […]

Veni, Vidi, Venice II

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Wednesday May 17 The hotel is across the road from a farm (and the property where it’s located probably been a farm too until recently) so I was woken up by a rooster and serenaded by a couple of other birds and beasts in the morning! It’s another glorious day: blue sky, hot sun, cool […]

Veni, Vidi, Venice I

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Tuesday morning May 16 The last time I saw Venice (sounds like a song title) my beautiful late wife Sylvia and I took the boys (then 11 and 9) to Europe for a month in summer 1976.   I’d just been hired away from GE by International Paper and as part of the deal I insisted […]

Splitting Off

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Late Sunday afternoon May 14 We hit Split, Croatia at about 4PM and off we went for one of the two tours we’d have of the city, since we were staying here a day and a half before making the long haul up to Venice Monday. I had a personal interest in seeing the city: […]

Quickie to Cute Korcula

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Sunday morning May 14 I’d never heard of Korcula, but it’s got to be one of the cutest little places I’ve ever seen. It’s perched on the point of the largest of what’s reputed to be 1000 islands off the coast of Croatia against the usual inland backdrop of steep, heavily forested mountains. How one […]

Dalmatian Delights

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Friday afternoon May 12 Kotor, Montenegro represents both a town I’ve never heard of and a country I’ve never visited – a couple of boxes to check that are the main reason I took this cruise. (I’m still trying to catch my late wife Sylvia who’d been in 83 countries before she died!) Like most […]

Corfu to Kotor

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Thursday morning May 11 Just above the Greek island of Corfu (which the Greeks call Kerkyra) is the Strait of Otranto, a fifty-mile wide narrowing between the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas.   Whoever controls Corfu controls the sea passage between Italy and the Balkans, which explains why it’s been fought over since at least the […]

Ooh La La, Le Lyrial

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Tuesday afternoon May 9 My cab driver to take me to the Atheneum drove up in a Mercedes E-Class. Very comfortable! His was another sad story, though. For 19 years he’d run a very successful flower importing business, buying flowers all over the world and selling them here in Greece. But with the “crisis,“ his […]

Ti Kanis Athens

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Saturday morning May 6 I slept a solid nine hours, not surprising after having been traveling from 3PM when I left the house on Thursday, ‘til 8PM on Friday by the time I got to my hotel in Athens. Subtract seven for the time difference and it’s still 22 hours, right? Both flights (RDU/LHR, LHR/ATH) […]