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Nafplion – ‘The City of Stairs’

Beautiful Nafplion!

The hotel is beautiful.  The only difficult thing about the hotel is to eat breakfast from the room; one has to climb 3 flights of stairs.  Yep, no elevators! I love Greece! It should be dually noted, no sarcasm.  I really do love stairs.  There is something romantic about staircases.  There is also something lazy surrounding elevators, especially when one is fully capable.  Yes, I do have a thing against laziness.  By the time I am ready to go I have walked up and down 3 flights of stairs twice.   I am so getting my workouts in, with little problem.

In every city, a small group or couple of students is required to present. Today was my day with ‘Sargent’.  We presented on all of Nafplion.  Nafplion is Greece’s first capitol. ‘Sargent’ and I knocked the presentation out of the park with handouts, Greek mythology stories, and the history of the fortresses surrounding Nafplion.  Nafplion is a city with great history to Greece.  It was nice to see all the buildings I was doing a report on.  After reading about all the takeovers and long history of the fortresses, it felt great to be there.  Seeing the iconic images was great!

The View from the Expensive Hotel

After the presentation we took a short walk to the nicest hotel in Nafplion.  We drank expensive coffee from the patio.  Their most expensive room is about 24,000 a night.  What exactly does one get for 24,000 a night?? I don’t know, but I’m guessing its not worth it. A quick lunch for gyros, and a small group of us went shopping.  I found my one treasure in Greece!  I bought a watch.  It cost me about $100, but it’s the only watch I will ever need.  I did fall in love!  The other girls are buying dresses, shirts, or shoes.  None of those really call my name.  I am happy with my one little treasure.  The rest of the things I am getting are small gifts for friends and family.  Not going to get anything else.  Honey, spices, and wine are on my list.

Nafplion Water by Night

When shopping was all said and done, it was time for a nap. The nap felt great and refreshing.  The group met up at the hotel terrace at 6:00 pm for a walk to the beach.  The closest sandy beach is over an hour walk away.  We walked and talked about school, architecture, and cultures.  I was able to snap off a couple pictures.  At the beach we all laid out, swam, had underwater photo shoots, and a race out into the water.  We finished off the day with authentic pizza in the main plaza, Sintagma Square.  It had small children playing soccer as our entertainment.  My favorite!

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Perriann Hodges

I am not an author. To be quite honest, I always hated English class. I write so I may share my experiences and remember the man I met on a bus who treated me to dinner with his family, paying and booking a hotel only to find out its out of business, fake crying in the Athens airport to get a ticket home, or remember the strangers who looked out for me on a bus. Some live, experience, and are fulfilled by what’s in their backyards. I find there is something truly exhilarating about cramming as many possessions into a bag as possible, only to complain you brought too many. This is my life out of a suitcase, hope you enjoy.

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