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Old 01-29-2007, 09:03 PM   #1
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The Road to Navplion

On winding trails, sans map or plan,
As Jason once pursued the fleece;
Just past my youth, not yet a man,
In a lemon-yellow, Sprinter van,
Roamed we the ancient hills of Greece.

My friend, a winsome English Lass,
Showed me the sunrise o’er Sunion.
Then west, through Athens’ sprawling mass,
Racing time, the miles flew past,
On the endless road t’ward Navplion.

We dined on Feta cheese and bread,
And sipped a spicy local wine.
I dozed until she laughed and said,
As she bounced an olive off my head,
“Come now, lad, we’re wasting time!”

Hand-in-hand we passed an hour,
In the narrow streets of old Korinth.
We purchased beads, and a spray of flowers,
And watched a sudden drenching shower,
From beneath a pastry vendor’s tent.

We chased the day as it ebbed and flowed,
Then, with endless journey nigh complete,
The sun went down with a golden glow,
And with campfire flames a’flickering low,
We lazed upon a white sand beach.

Aye, that was a magic night, my boys,
We counted every star above;
And shared our hopes and dreams, and joys.
I knew, as I listened to her lilting voice,
I’d lost my friend, but found a love.

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Old 02-13-2007, 01:18 PM   #2
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I missed this one John
Not bad at all
I wounder if that was the same girl, that I once knew? always on a week day, but never, on a Sunday ,just on a Monday, or a Tuesday, Wednesday,and Thursdays, even on a Friday, or a Saturday! " but never, never on a Sunday"
I'll bet she's still down on the port, every evening, waiting for the ship to sail back in.

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Old 02-13-2007, 04:31 PM   #3
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Thanks Richard...she was English-Irish, a journalist for a Greek shipping newspaper. We met at a small outdoor taverna in Glyfada, a suburb of Athens where I had an apartment. She came to the States when I did, went to school and received her degree, got a job and ended up marrying an ex-pat Scot (seriously!) in the San Francisco Bay area.

And, it was a lemon-yellow Volkswagen van, but don't tell anyone. I revised it a wee bit for publication here...a writer's prerogative.

Hey, wait a minute! YOU ARE AN EX-PAT SCOT!!! Okay, pal, exactly where were you in 1978, huh? HUH??? What was your wife's name again? And don't try to distract me with another snake story!

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Nice poetry, Old Master. Off the subject of poetry but interestingly right on topic for some research I was doing the other night. My DW and I are taking a cruise in April, 2008 which ends in Athens in May. (Hong Kong to Athens, by way of Vietnam, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumput, Goa, Bombay, Aqaba, Luxor, and Cairo -- 35 days, on Oceania's Nautica). We're going to take a pre-cruise tour to Beijing and Xian by plane and train.

We want to spend a few days in Greece after our arrival. We've never been there. I got a wild hair up my butt and decided to check out RV rentals. I found at least one outfit that rents a Sprinter RV conversion (also Fiat Ducato conversions). I mentioned it to my DW, all excited, and she shot me down -- said that our age, and with my health (some pesky heart problems) and our lack of the language, and the possible general unrest in some areas, we would be nuts to go off on our own.

I suppose she's right, although we do very well with our Florida-based Sprinter RV. But, the romance of your poetry raises the yearning to do the same, even at our advanced age, and probably in a campground with hookups rather than on a beach...
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No snake story's today, I'm on a beer run, mustering up a ute convention

No I do not think it was the same girl! Her name was As'asimina long Black hair, with eyes as dark as night, and besides my ship of the night, took me back to olden relatives from back in History to the island of Astypalea.
Where Castles are where I walk in the dead of the night singing Girls, Girls, Girls.
Never to old, never say never, ever. especially after a long summers wine, the seducers of the Gods'.and the rewards to the sweet nectar of the "Knights"

I was flipping back and forth last year to those islands for a little R@R between keeping out of trouble.
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My DW and I are taking a cruise in April, 2008 which ends in Athens in May. (Hong Kong to Athens, by way of Vietnam, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumput, Goa, Bombay, Aqaba, Luxor, and Cairo -- 35 days, on Oceania's Nautica). We're going to take a pre-cruise tour to Beijing and Xian by plane and train.
Looks like a fun trip. Have a safe trip and enjoy yourselves.

Sorry for the hijack John. :D

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Hi Don...I watch a PBS program called "Rick Steves' Europe." (Watching right now, matter of fact...) About a week ago he ran a program about Greece, which brought back some memories.

His visit to Greece was done a couple of years ago, ...2004, maybe. He said nothing at all about any unrest, but maybe he wouldn't, I guess. I wouldn't argue the point with the lovely Mrs. Don, but heck, I'd be surprised if there were not unrest at just about any time. Note: The government was overthrown while I was there. It was about five a.m. in the morning, I had a VW van full of sleeping sailors driving to our ship from our apartments in Glyfada. We turned a corner and stopped immediately...a tank was blocking the street and we had several Greek soldiers (these were not wearing those pretty little tutu's they wear downtown!) pointing guns at us.

They told us martial law had been imposed, and ordered us back home, where we sat for three days, twiddling our thumbs and drinking Amstel beer supplied by our landlord, Bobby Stathopoulos, who owned a taverna in Glyfada. Now that was the way to sit out a war! (But our Commanding Officer wasn't too happy.)

Don, if you go, you just have to get out of Athens some way, some how. Most modern Greeks know at least some English, and they love to try it out on tourists. Their waiters leave something to be desired, though.

My visit was 1973-76.

I second Seek's wish...Good Luck and Good Trip!

John

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Don, just a little input towards the unrest in Greece proper.
A huge influx with illegal immigrants from mostly African states also from the Lebanon's side of the boarders island hopping.
The Euro is now part of the Drachma! I think that's wrong momentary loss of senior memory, therefore the Greek money is less than three times, it's original valve.
And Johns right about the service in Athens etc, give a Greek a chance to rip you off!" they will" it's a national sport. I have found them to be exceptionally rude towards Visitors, but in fairness it's how you present your self! Demand and you will receive hostility, Be polite and not raise your voice for every one else to hear, and they behave in a civil manor, the islands that is the smaller ones, no problems very nice folks.and safe.If for example you did go I'd hire a small mini coach rather than try it on your own, a guide is essential to enjoy the History of Greece.
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We always learn to say some important things in the language of the country we will be visiting. As Altered says, be courteous, try to speak the local language, and take a regular tour out of town.

The entire trip you plan is impressive. It's one we would never do because of my lack of sea legs. I flew military jets and private planes but put me on the water....
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