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Viking Sea: Katakolon – Low Expectations, High Return

We know from all our previous travels that this is a good day to have a down day. When you tour every day, details begin to blur, and enthusiasm wanes. We’ve lived amidst ancient ruins in Tunis, and Jordan, and while we love them, we don’t want to be trapped in groups of 40, unable to set our own pace.

SunRisesKatakolon

 

We opt not to take a tour, and have a leisurely breakfast in Mamsen’s discussing what, if anything, to do.

For many hours, we are the only ship in port, and then the Aida Bella also berths. They have their sound system on continuously, October-Fest sort of lively German song fill the air. It is hilarious, and we are really glad not to be on that ship.

aidabella2

 

aidabella

We think the design on her bow is hilarious.

There is a little town where we are docked, and we are eager for a walk.

katacolonmorning

There are a lot of shops, most of which we are immune to because we shopped in Corfu. Then we find the Katakolon Museum of Ancient Greek Technology. This museum is small, but packed with very cool things. It has just opened, we are the only visitors, and the young woman at the desk shows us how a lot of the beautifully hand-build models demonstrate the old discoveries and how they were applied. I took this one blurry photo before AdventureMan pointed out the sign that said “No photos.”

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The creator of this museum in a man we would love to meet. We are nerds. We recognize and love talking with other nerds. This man happens to be an engineering nerd who wants the world to understand natural principles and how they have been discovered and applied to make our lives easier. He built the models, he created all the visual explanations.

The high point is a poster showing how each discovery and application is still used in the creation of modern cars.

techapplied

 

That poster was outside, and it was allowed to photograph it.

We walked back toward the ship, found a coffee shop alongside the port and settled in over Greek coffees to watch passers-by.

Nearby was a woman with some earrings I loved, in the “long life” pattern. She gave me a good price. I told her they were for my daughter-in-law, and she drew back, astounded, and told me she didn’t speak English well, so she must have mis-understood me, they must be for my daughter. I explained “no, I really love my daughter-in-law as if she were my own daughter and she gave me another pair of earrings for my mother, and lowered the price. (!) She told me it is the end of the season, these are the last cruise ships, and people are selling off their wares. It was such an unexpected blessing to meet her and talk with her.

longlifejewelry

coffee

 

Late in the day, we leave Katakolon. The ship got under way so quietly, I didn’t even realize we were moving.

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November 18, 2016 - Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Cross Cultural, Cultural, ExPat Life, Travel | , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Yes , Corfu is indeed one of the top locations to visit , it’s verry green compare to the rest of Greece exept fore the Egean Islands…

    Comment by Sven DC | November 18, 2016 | Reply

    • Sven, I liked that they were good at dealing with tourists, but that there was also a healthy local life going on, too🙂

      Comment by intlxpatr | November 18, 2016 | Reply

      • Yes and it seems that the Isle of Icaria is known as one of the 7 Blue zones, best fore healthy living !

        Comment by Sven DC | November 18, 2016

      • 🙂

        Comment by intlxpatr | November 18, 2016

      • Sardinia, Italy – Acciaroli, Italy – Okinawa,Japan – Loma Linda, California – Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rico – Icaria,Greece – Oland,Smaland,Skane – Sweden…

        Comment by Sven DC | November 19, 2016


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