Behold! One of my most absolute favorite things about Greece: The Gyros Pita. As I like to affectionately call them, the 2 Euro Gyro (with the word "gyro" sounding very much like "euro" in the Greek accent), these handheld pita rolls are ubiquitous on the streets of Greece and can be picked up just about anywhere to-go for around two Euro. Sometimes they're E2.50 and I gasp in horror before quickly shelling over the extra fifty cents to lay claim to my precious little package of tastiness. Let me tell you, they're totally worth it.
Extra tzatziki please!
Most Greek restaurants have a little side window or counter to which you can walk up and order your gyros pita to go. These guys were churning out bushels of the wraps filled with pork or chicken, tomato, onion, parsley and my absolute favorite, tzatziki. That's another thing about Greece that I loved. They take their food very seriously and only the freshest ingredients are used. The result is, well, amazing.
|Temple of Zeus|
Now back to columns, columns and more columns! This is ancient Greece we're talking about here, after all. You'd be disappointed if these posts had been column-stingy. These particular columns are what's left of the Temple of Zeus. You can see the Acropolis to the left in the background.
Very interesting to see a column toppled over, effectively "deconstructed." After visiting the temple of Zeus, I spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the city.
Passed uniquely adorned Greek guards, called Evzones, on my way to the botanical gardens. Check out those knee garters and pompom shoes!
Inside the botanical gardens was a sort of "zoo". I say "zoo" because the cages were filled with typical farm type animals, such as one cage full of rabbits. People were crowding around slipping handfuls of greenery torn from nearby plants through the bars to the happily nibbling bunnies.
The animals were neither exotic nor terribly exciting, but then again, I'm not sure what animals you'd expect to find in the middle of a public park. The reactions of the people were almost more entertaining. I just hope, for the sake of the goats and bunnies, that the bushes around the pens weren't poisonous!
Back to where our boat is just one of many in a sea of white boats in the harbor.
Once underway, this was as close as I ever got to Poros Harbor, this is the view from the deck.
More views from the water.
Next the boat moved to Sounio, with the Temple of Poseidon perched high above.
To give you an idea, this is what it looked like out our pantry window. Not too shabby for an "office" view, is it?
Sunset over the harbor.
And just in case you've ever wondered what it's like to be a guest aboard a megayacht, here's a glimpse. You get your own private beach resort set up wherever you want, just for you! Just pick a beach. (I've even heard stories of crew hauling sand to BUILD a beach.)
The crew tenders to shore and brings tables and chairs and umbrellas and barbecue grills and food and drinks and and and... Whatever your little heart desires. We set it all up so you can just enjoy a day playing on your own private beach, complete with very attentive service. All you have to do is drag yourself out of the water to sit down to be fed an amazing meal. Or, I'm sure we'd even bring your food out to you in the water if you couldn't be bothered to leave your floaty toy.
Must be nice, eh?
Back to our cruising....
And I know it's not Greece, but this is the view from the boat when we sailed around to Turkey. Perfect segue to my next post on.... you guessed it, Turkey!