Sunday, October 21st, 2007 Corinth Canal & Epidaurus...our first day on the road!
Up early and down to the lobby by 8 am; our grandson Brian arrived by 8:30 with his luggage and we all had breakfast together at our hotel. The hotel said no charge for the extra breakfast and when we checked for the bill they had not charged me for any of the Internet time. So even with the early mix-up on the reservations; we were extremely pleased with the Acropolis View Hotel. If there was any complaint it would be for the ducting system that allowed the voices to carry from the room next door; and since they were speaking Greek we couldn’t even understand them! That’s no fun….
We left all of our luggage in the lobby and headed out for the Metro to go to
Walked from the Metro Station to the Budget Car Rental office and picked up our mini compact vehicle: a 2008 Hyundai. Nearly new and in very good condition and most importantly it fit all three of us and our luggage. Had a bit of trouble getting from the agency to our hotel to pick up luggage; the police had closed the main street because of an annual city-wide bicycle ride. The riders were of all ages and many family groups; they closed sections of the streets in the city for about half an hour each to allow the riders to safely tour the city. Great plan; just not on this day for us. But we managed to return to the hotel after several dead ends that required backing down narrow streets. Brian signed online at the hotel to check on his Ferry ride for Monday before we left town.
By 11:30 am we were packed and headed out of
From Corinth we headed south on the local roads to reach our second destination of Epidaurus and the third century Roman Theatre that is still in use today. Very impressive and with amazing acoustics; it seats up to 14,000 people and they said a coin dropped in the center can be heard in every seat! Yes, we all climbed to the top for the views and then explored the small Museum on the site.
Back to the car; by the way the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day after a very stormy night. Brian explored the city of
Many of our friends and family were concerned about the many fires that
Stopped for an early dinner as we continued south and arrived in Tolo at the Frini Hotel about 5 pm. The sky is getting darker by the hour and I’m sure we’re going to have another stormy night. Nice little hotel in a beach city; we walked less than a block to the shore and enjoyed the sights and smells of the water. Julie recommended this place and it’s very nice; off the beaten path but we see lots of tour buses arriving so it must be a popular place for the tour companies.
Brian and I headed out to the main street; there’s really only one street…and found the ice cream stand for our dessert. Jim found Formula One racing on television and was a happy camper staying in his room. After walking until we both ate our dessert and reached the edge of town we headed back towards the hotel and then stopped for a beer before going home. Jim said “that’s one he’ll remember…having a beer with his grandma!” Just as we returned the clouds broke and torrents of rain plummeted down sending the few tourists back to the hotels and leaving us with a quiet evening for peaceful sleeping. This was critical as our room overlooked the main street!