After another couple of hours of driving through still more twisting, winding mountain roads (I watched a couple episodes of The Office on my media player) we had to make another stop. After driving through mostly deserted mountain pastures and a smattering of little old villages, we pulled into a big parking lot with a modern building in the middle. There were signs in English, German and French indicating this was the best place in Greece for souvenirs, so of course we were interested. As soon as the bus doors opened all 50 of us headed for the bathrooms.
After watching a demonstration on rug-making and listening to a sales spiel which resulted in no rug sales, they turned the group loose in the store. Although the place was probably 2000 sq. ft of sales space, I really couldn't find anything I needed or wanted. They had everything Greek you could possibly want: from olive oil to statues to postcards to pottery. Gail got a couple little things for work colleagues and the dogsitter. We (rightly) assumed that their prices were a bit inflated and that we might find better deals elsewhere. Others in our group loaded up on more junk to stuff into their bulging suitcases. These girls apparently found the fur section of the store but nobody had a spare thousand Euro to spare for these necessities.
Day Ten (Monday) July 3rd 2006 It looks like the Greeks know a little something about breakfast. I was one of the first to go down for breakfast this morning. I got up a little earlier than our 7:30 wake-up call because I planned on being at Lidl at 8:00 when they opened. We were expected on the bus at 8:00. Our hotel breakfast had the usual cereals, milk and fruit, but today we had real orange juice, yoghurt, rolls and col ... read more
Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi Greece achieved its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In Worl... ... read more
My wife and I met forty years ago when we both worked for the airlines. We got out of the business when deregulation "ruined" it. Now she takes me with her students on her educational trips abroad.
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