The Capitol with one of the reflecting pools in the foreground. Everything in the mall looks close together, but when you start to walk you realise how massive it is. It is almost 2km end to end; easily long enough for a runway to land a Boeing 737.
However there is so much to see on the mall; it is surrounded by interesting museums. You could easily spend a week just in the museums. I highly recommend both the aerospace museum, and the museum of American history.
I saw this boat moored in the trees on the beach just outside Nafplio. I’m pretty sure that it hasn’t been out to sea for quite some time. I just have to wonder what happened to in, and how it got into that state? I bet that at some stage it was sitting on a trailer and them somebody took the trailer and stripped the boat of anything useful and drive off, leaving the boat to slowly decay among the trees.
One of the nice things about Gorlitz is that there are very few tourists, and hence very few people trying to separate you from your cash as every opportunity. During our few days there we only saw two groups of buskers. The first group were working the outdoor seating at the restaurants; very typical gypsy-style buskers.
The second group weren’t busing for money; they were playing outside one of the university buildings – I think! At least they were running all their over from the building. They were really good…an loud. In the narrow streets I’m sure the whole town could easily hear them busking!
This coffee vendor at the Gorlitz fresh produce market made the most amazing coffee; and since I suspected he wouldn’t have tea we took our own teabag for Lois, and he was quite happy giving us a cup of hot water so Lois could enjoy her cup of tea while I drank my coffee.
Lois and I were thrilled to discover that the day after we arrived in Gorlitz was market-day, so it was the perfect time to stock up on some food for our few days in Town. It was a typical European market, with plenty of fresh vegetables, and of course cured meats and cheeses from the local producers.
I have mentioned before that one of the things we love about European travel is that markets; you really can do your fresh produce shopping at these markets.
Fresh produce for sale
Everybody in the town goes to market day; it is a very social and festive occasion, and clearly part of the regular social diary.
Fresh produce for sale
Plenty of benches to sit on while enjoying a coffee and freshly baked bread or (later in the day) a beer