Gythion, Zakinthos, a day at Sea.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Zakinthos, Peloponnese, Greece
Day 108. Gythion, Greece. 54 cloudy with occasional drizzle.
The weather gave us a good excuse to take a day off, so we canceled our tour and had a sort of leisurely morning . We spent a few hours changing out the closet, from hot to cold ( the winter stuff was still the in a suitcase under the bed ) and basically rearranging everything. Around 11am the sun started peaking through, and we took the tender to shore. We walked around this small, but charming town for an hour or so before going to a local sidewalk cafe for a beer. As the tours came back, our cafe filled up, but we had the best waterfront view table. We split the absolutely best Greek salad, and had another beer. As we were returning, it got colder and rainier. Once back DB ran for the steam room at the spa to warm up, while Geo. napped. We went to the Captain's Reception, complete with the 40 yr. old CEO of Regent, who will be on the ship for 4 days. Then some piano bar cocktails, dinner with Ola, penny slots instead of the show ( going to the show would have been more profitable!) and bed! An enjoyable day.

Day 109. Zakinthos, Greece. 50-64. Sunny.
Our tour guide said it snowed here yesterday, however it was a beautiful day here today, with a cool start but warm afternoon . The water was a spectacular, clear azure in the deep and turquoise, by the shore. We went on an early morning tour where we first walked the town square, then drove up the mountain, to a scenic overlook of the town. Next we drove over highlands to a very simple, but impressive ancient Monastery, which we leisurely toured. On our way to the next stop we drove through a village where it's said Mary Magdalene took refuge from a storm on her way from Jerusalem to Rome, and planted an olive tree, which is still alive today!Our final stop was at an olive oil factory, where a family member/owner gave us a tour of the operation and samples and a opportunity to buy some of their excellent products. We were dropped off in town where we ran into Wyndham and Nancy at a local cafe, so we joined them for another fabulous Greek salad and beer. Back at the ship we met with our friend Maggie, poolside, before the Regent Neighborhood Party. After that we met the Fishers at Galileo's for a drink, then all of us off to CR for dinner. No show or penny slots tonight, so no losses!

Day 110. At Sea. 64. Sunny. Seas calm.
Everyone is so thankful for a " day off" today after 8 days straight of excursions, some of them very long days. But, they like to give the weary no rest, so after breakfast on the fantail, followed by a spectacular sail by Mt. Etna, we had the last of 22 lectures by Terry Bishop, as he is getting off in Rome. This lecture was on the history of Monaco. This was followed by a Town Meeting with the Regent CEO. It's amazing how the travelers who are on their 11th world cruise have complaints, whereas us newbies are little pigs in you-know-what! We had lunch poolside with Otto, Lizzie and Clive the piano bar guy. Then just some catching up on personal stuff, before dressing for "Formal Optional" drinks and dinner with Wyndham and Nancy.
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