Monday, May 25, 2009

Check your GPS before Athens!

Rewind again to our Greece adventure from several weeks ago... After all the fun in Santorini and Crete with the Proctors, they packed up and headed back to Brussels. Kirk and I planned a few more days in Athens. Actually we didn't really stay put in Athens, but day-tripped while home basing from there. One thing we learned the hard way was how critical a GPS is in Greece and especially in the city of Athens. We didn't find out until we got there that our GPS mysteriously leaves Greece off the maps! Oops.

Kirk tried mightily to navigate us across Athens each day. His internal radar is usually a dead ringer. But for some reason Athens masked all directional sense. We spent hours each day lost in downtown Athens as we tried to get out of town - even with a paper map. The streets were worse than Atlanta the way they would twist and turn and change names - and the Greek street names were impossible to read, speak, and find. Definitely frustrating at the time, but in hindsight it is a memorable, essential part of our trip. We made it to everywhere we wanted to go and the time together in the car discovering the idiosyncrasies of driving in the capital of Greece are imprinted on our life.

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