S: Greece, September 2010
BC: Dear Children, We sailed from Kea to Athens. Will be home in a few days. Sam and Jim are party poopers. Now, she can not even laugh and Jim has the fever. We just won't let them wreck our last night together. We are off to dinner, drinks and fun. We'll leave their sorry asses in the room. | Good bye Greece.... We love you
FC: Greece September 2010
1: Gene, Kay, Shelly, Tony, Jim, Ellie, Sam and Phil | Hilton, Athens | Athens, Greece September 2010
3: Anyone that was anyone had this view from their room at the Hilton, Athens. I won't mention any names! We all had it from the bar, "Galaxy" where we spent many hours and $$$$'s | View of the Parthenon | September 2 2010 | To: Our Children
4: in Athens, Greece | We all had a jet lag but we wanted to party. Started with cocktail at the Galaxy Bar, then moved to the dining room | To: Our Kids
5: September 2 2010
6: We had, we think, a wonderful dinner at the Galaxy Grill
7: This is the night we discovered Ouzo | September 3 2010
8: Your mother (Kay) was missing in in-action. She swears it was the ice cubes from the night before! Yes, we believe her story!!!!
9: To: The Jurren Children | September 3 2010 | and many Ruins
10: Athens | Dear Jurren Kids, Your mother is going to live, she is feeling better | Yeah, Kay is feeling better
11: September 3, 2010
12: Phil and Gene tried to hold up their end of things! | We spent the day as tourists visiting the Parthenon, Acropolis, Roman Agora Museum, Temple of Zeus, Olympieion - Hadrian's Gate and a whole lot more! Athens has a lot of old stuff, we didn't help in averaging the age of things. | To: All our Kids
13: Ancients visiting Ancients | This is the day we became Butty Butties | September 3 2010
14: Is it time for Ouzo yet?
15: A fun time was had by all. | September 3 2010
17: It was sunny and hot and we were getting hungry and thirsty again. | To: The nearest bartender | September 3 2010
18: Yes, Jim and Phil think they are Greek Gods and Shelly is surely a Goddess!
19: Silly girls | September 3 2010
20: See how we blended in with all the ancient ruins. I think we were stoned on sunshine! | To: Our Children USA
21: Ancient Athens, Greece and the talking heads | September 4 2010
23: Dear Children, Finally, it was time for dining, drinking and shopping at Plaka. This shopping area is in the center of Athens with lots of great shops and restaurants. Yes, we are buying gifts. | To: Our Children | September 4 2010
25: Dear Kids, Upon receiving this card please make us an appointment with Weight Watchers. We are all eating again and Kay had Musaka at every meal! She loves it! | To: Our Kids | September 4 2010
26: Plaka Taverna
27: September 4 2010
28: Each couple took a separate taxi because of all the luggage. Jim and Ellie brought a mattress top, smart! Real smart. | We boarded the "Margarita" on Saturday, September 4th. She is a 64' sailing jewel on the Aegean Sea! | Coast Guard
29: This is an experience of a lifetime ...Wish you were here | We formed a line to unload the luggage | Modest quarters and hard beds | To: Family and Friends | This was our First Mate, Sharon, that we all fell in love with | September 4 2010
30: Dear Girlfriend, We have good news from Greece, we have a hunk for a captain, Stephen is his name. When are you coming? | The 64' sailboat, Margarita
31: We all relaxed with snacks and drinks after unpacking | To: All Our Girlfriends | September 4 2010
32: This was the first time we met the rest from our flotilla. I know we made a great first impression!
33: It's time to turn in.... We know what happened in the Galaxy | September 5 2010
34: To: Our Friends and Kids | Our flotilla sailed early to Aghia Marina Bay on Aegina Island then to Poros Island.
35: September 5 2010
36: We went ashore on Aegina Island and split up.....Gene, Shelly and Tony hiked to the Afai's Temple (490 BC). Jim, Ellie, Kay, Phil and I had a village to conquer. Kay was on a quest for the Island's famous pistachio nuts. I came up with an idea for comfort, we bought two water rafts to put under our skinny mattress, my hips were screaming, Kay thought it was a great idea and bought some also. Phil wanted ours blown-up, because he didn't want to have to blow them up. Kay purchased theirs flat and those lasted longer in the end. | New Villages to Conquer!
37: September 5 2010
39: After shopping, hiking and lunch, off we sailed to a crystal clear bay for a swim. We all jumped in the sparkling blue water and were refreshed. After our swim it was on to Poros Island. The rest of the flotilla arrived and we enjoyed cocktails. After drinks and laughs we climbed to the clock tower for the sunset, photo ops, and dinner at Garden Taverna, a charming family owned restaurant with fabulous food. After dining we strolled through one of the most beautiful towns in Greece and enjoyed the laughter of the people, stopped for a little dessert and marveled at the picturesque harbor. It was an enchanting evening to treasure forever. You know what Gene and Kay were doing while the rest of us were all tucked in for the night? Blow, blow, blowing up their rafts. They looked a little deflated in the morning. | September 6 2010
40: Sailing in the Greek Islands | We forged on early in the a.m. on a perfect day, hooray! Stopped off the little Island of Spathi for a swim and lunch on our way to the famous Island of Hydra. Tony, Jim and I were the only ones that went swimming, what's up with that? The others missed out big time! After tying up in a slip that looked like a fifteen-footer would not fit into, we all relaxed, docking is unbelievable in Greece. We docked around noon and by two we had boats rafted up to us, the harbor was full. While sitting around talking trash and having cocktails Jim said something about cesarean woman meaning Siciliana women. Well....do you think he will live that down... no way?
41: September 6 2010
42: After picking on Jim relentlessly we strolled the enchanting streets of this historic and quaint village. Dined at another wonderful Greek restaurant. After dinner we gathered at a bar for after dinner drinks, music and dance. Once again a magical evening.
43: I was held up that night! | September 7 2010
44: The Island of Hydra Big night of the Pirate Party Lots of shopping and makeup to do
45: September 7 2010
47: September 7 2010 | Think, I'll be keeping Phil!
49: Hey Mates we have been asked to leave the Island! Good bye Hydra. | September 8 2010
50: Gene tried to knock some sense into his head...it didn't work!
51: We set sail at O dark thirty to Kleftikos Anchorage off of Milos...It was a long hard day. A Big B.B.Q. planned! | We had an emergency... needed ice in the worst way... Ellie and Kay saved the day! | September 8 2010
52: We all took our turn at the helm on this long day at sea.
53: September 8 2010
55: We stopped for a mid day swim to be refreshed... The water was a perfect temperature... Yes, children, we can all still swim and float. | September 8 2010 | To: Our Children
56: We were waiting aboard for Steven and Sharon to return from shore with our BBQ meal... We had nothing else to do but drink... A lot of things happened this night... All the girls became Lesbatarians... Gene wanted to be one to.... We had to tell him he is a boy! We never did get our BBQ that night, but we raided the cupboards
57: Shelly and Kay were fine, they were laughing at hands... That's normal....right? | September 9 2010
59: Dear Kids, Another picture perfect day. We explored the geological gem of Milos on our way to Madrakia. We swam, kayaked and canoed. Did not think we could do all those things, Huh! | September 9 2010
60: After arriving in Madrakia we grabbed snacks, drinks and rented cars. Then off we went on our next adventure of hikes and sites.
61: September 9 2010
62: We rented cars and explored Papafraga, a huge grotto, Madrakia, a charming little fishing village, and then onto Sarakiniko. | To: Our Children
63: September 9 2010
64: The hike down to Karakiniko was a breeze
65: A small charming little fishing village | Some of the guys in our flotilla were crazy! | September 9 2010
66: Yes Geneo, we know you were not looking....We can see it on your face! | Gene, Gene, Gene, Kay wants you....
67: Greeting Kids, It was a nice little hike down the white cliffs of Sarakiniko and a long way back! This is where they filmed the bar scene in Star Wars! | We had to keep an eye on Geneo... Were in the hell is Kay? | To: Our Kids | September 10 2010
69: September 10th was a great day on the water on our way to Ios.
71: The Lesbatarians were out of control, silly the entire day! | Sam, don't do it! | September 10 2010
72: Dear Kids, Your mothers have gone completely crazy! They may not let them back into the U.S. Help Us, Dads | To: Our Kids
73: September 10 2010
75: All the girls had massages and this was the day that Kay joined us in becoming a massage slut! WE ROCK! | September 10 2010
76: Dear Coast Guard, Please be on the look out for a 64' sailboat that is sinking lower in the water with each passing day. Entirely due to the great food and drink of your country! | To: The Greek Coast Guard
77: September 11 2010
78: We all gathered at a sidewalk cafe for a snack and waited for the ferry to Santorini | ALERT Tony and Sam have volunteered to maneuver the narrow, hilly roads of your island in tiny little stick-shift cars. | To: the Santorini Police
79: September 11 2010 | Before checking into the Rimida Villas we had to stop for lunch
81: Dear Friends, We arrived at our hotel, Rimida Villas in Santorini, after lunch at Restaurant Anemomilos. Each room was unique but equally as charming as the next. The views were spectacular, pool warm and the service was special. What can we say? Santorini is amazing! | To: Our Florida Friends | September 12 2010
83: September 12 2010
85: September 12 2010 | Explored the Island, had lunch and Jim ran into his long lost Greek brother!
87: September 13 2010
89: September 13 2010 | We are leaving Santorini, stopping at a winery for boat supplies. That is all we need! Is this a problem? | Dear: AA
90: September 14 2030 | We had cocktails on the Margarita, strolled through the unique little town of Paros and had another wonderful dinning experience. | Dear: Children
91: September 14 2030 | Jim, Ellie, Tony and Shelly explored "Anti Paros", oldest cave in Europe, and lunched at a sidewalk cafe' | Dear: Children
92: Phil, "Sam", Gene and Kay headed for the harbor town of Naoussa and had lunch at one of the charming outside cafes. | To: Our Kids
93: September 14 2010
94: Dear Kids, Your fathers became Greek fisherman today. They look pretty handsome really. Had a delicious meal at Porto Ormos Taverna. We may not be returning, having entirely too much fun. Take good care. Your X parents
95: September 15 2010
97: J.B., Jon and Liz, I wanted to come home today instead of going to Serifos. The high winds made the sea's turbulent with 20' waves and these people I am with were all laughing and having a great time while your sweet mother was dying. I flew across the cabin and broke, cracked or bruised my ribs. In the evening they ate pizza and had the nerve to celebrate Jim's birthday. After they ate the pizza they had a cake. What the hell is wrong with them? I was blowing lunch with bad bad ribs. Your dying mother | September 16 2010
99: Dear Children: Sam decided to stay. Even with the bruise from her breast to her waist she had a smile, at times, on the sail to Kea. Now Jim is feeling ill with a cold that he has been fighting for two weeks. But, we enjoyed the sunset and a meal. | September 17 2010