I've started to verify and plan my trip to Europe this year which will begin September 4 when I fly to London. From there I will go right away to Caerphilly, Wales to spend a couple of days visiting with my cousins and touring my castle. It's a quick trip due to me having to take advantage of cheap air fares.
Windsor St. Where my Dad used to live.
On Sept. 7 I'll head into London again, early, in time to take in a special exhibit at the British Museum. I'm really excited about seeing EGYPT'S LOST WORLDS, which are artifacts found under the see, some off of Alexandria which was the city founded by Alexander the Great and occupied but the first Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt.
The British Museum
Early the next morning I fly to Corfu, my first stop in the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece. I was only there briefly back in the early '80's so I wanted to spend a few days there as Corfu has an interesting history with lots to see. I've check out the tours and will try and take one of them so I can see as many of the special sites as possible. This will include the palace where Prince Philip was born and the home of the Durrell brothers of literary fame.
I'm staying on Corfu for 3 days then taking the quick ferry over to the tiny island of Paxis where I'll spend two days exploring. There are a couple of interesting museums and a Venetian Kastro on an islet off shore that was reputedly designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
From Paxi I must take a ferry to the mainland and then a bus to Lefkada where I'll head south to the town of Vassiliki (the surf-boarders paradise). Not sure yet if I'll spend a night there. It depends on the ferry service onward to Kefalonia where I will visit the seaside town of Fiscardo, established and named for a famous pirate.
From there I will head by bus to Athens, and will stop there to visit friends for a few days before heading on another island adventure, this time to the islands of Paros and Naxos. I decided to stay two days on Paros as it is another island that I've only visited briefly back in the '90's.
My favorite island is Naxos, so I'll stay there five days in a bed-tent at the Maragas Camping, a campsite and beach that I just love going to. I never get tired of visiting Naxos as it's a big island and lots to see besides having the most fabulous beaches! I can hardly wait to have my dinner at one of my favorite sea-side tavernas there to watch the sunset!
From Naxos I will head south to Crete. I haven't been to Crete since the '80's and wanted to see the Minoan site of Knossos again as well as exploring around Iraklion. I'll be there a couple of days and hope to get up to a mountainside resort owned by a FB friend.
When all my Cretan adventures are over, I head back to Athens and that's where I'll be for the month of October, until the 20th when I head back home. There's lots to see and do in my favorite city besides visiting with my friends. I'll go over to Salamina island for a few days to explore with Christina and probably make a few day trips around If finances enable it, I might even go up to Pelion for a few days as I've been wanting to explore that area for quite some time now.
Some of my Athens friends
Zoe and me
Carola, Christina and Kim
I'll be posting along the way and sharing all my adventures with on-line friends and family. So stay tuned for the next installment!