June 10th – Friday

Kalimera (good morning) Diary!  It is a new world today!  I slept like a log last night and woke up refreshed.  I explored the hotel (a misnomer for this homey, ancient building) and found everything unlocked in the lobby.  Fridge, cupboard, silver, china, pantry, microwave, coffee maker.  Everything is right there!  Fresh fruit, bread, cookies, butter, cheese crackers . . . . ; We won’t starve here.

We have a room with a balcony overlooking the harbor, and the people here party until 3:00 a.m.  The noise is invasive.  April did not sleep well, but she and I both brought ear plugs.  We agreed to let April try the double bed up the stairs tonight and I’ll sleep in the couch-bed.

We had a delightful lunch at a sidewalk café on the harbor, then a lazy afternoon to recover from our flight.  We went for a sunset drive that turned out to be the “Drive from Hell”.  We kept driving in endless circles, trapped by one-way streets.  After two hours of this torture, I saw some fellows having coffee at a taverna.  I stopped the car as asked them if they could help us find our way back to the harbor parking lot.

One of them was an angel from Egypt named Mahmoud.  He rescued us by getting in the car with us, directing us to our hotel turn by turn.  He refused money and walked back to his buddies.  He wanted us to know that there are many nice people from the Middle East.  He certainly is proof of that!  There was a very funny part of this adventure;  after Mahmoud had been in the car with us for about five minutes, his buddies called his cell phone.  They were worried about him.  Perhaps they thought us two little ladies looked dangerous and may harm him!  Anyway, April and I had a good laugh about it, after we recovered from the frustration of the drive.

Dinner at the Amphora Taverna was lovely.  Then we walked the few steps home.

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