Because we have been to Piraeus more than 1/2 a dozen times, we no longer visit Athens (for the Acropolis) or the Plaka (for the cafes and shopping.) We now look for something new and different. This time, we took a ferry to the island of Aegina (40 minutes away, 25 Euro/rt/pp.) We went over for lunch and shopping and discovered a wonderful and charming little city. This is the only place where I have ever seen a MapsMe.com listing for “Greengrocer in a Boat.” Sure enough, as you walk along the harbor side, you come to a boat selling vegetables! It’s not far from the fish market. Very convenient! We had a tasty lunch at the Maridaki Restaurant: Greek salad, pasta and really fresh fish! Then did some shopping—pistachios (the main product of the island, locally grown and processed) along with a couple bottles of Greek wine (NOT RETSINA!) Returned to the ship. Although still in port the following day, we opted to stay on board.
Today, we awoke at anchor outside the city of Nafplion, Greece. Normally, one would use this opportunity to visit the ancient city of Corinth and take a boat tour along the Corinth Canal. We have done so in the past and enjoyed the excursions immensely. But this time, we decided to take the tender to town and stay there for some sightseeing, shopping and lunch. We had a marvelous day. Nafplion is a charming city.