Our last trip to Europe was in June 2010 to Turkey, Greece and France. It was wonderful.
First of all we stayed over in the magical Turkey for three days. The Hagia Sophia is our favourite monument to visit in Istanbul.
Then we explored the monasteries in Monastiraki – breathtakingly beautiful. Strange how some people choose to live, but I always admire guts.
And then off to the Athens, but a bit later about Athens. We visited the Greek islands – Mykonos and Santorini. Oh, according to George Gordon Byron:
The isles of Greece! the isles of Greece
Where burning Sappho loved and sung,
Where grew the arts of war and peace,
Where Delos rose, and Phoebus sprung!
Eternal summer gilds them yet,
But all, except their sun, is set.
We loved the islands, especially the friendly cats of the islands. We were in Mykonos on our anniversary and the owner of our small pension called Maria’s, surprised us with a bunch of roses, fresh linen on the bed strewn with flowers and a bottle of wine. We also visited the restaurant where the main character in Shirley Valentine, our favourite film, was the waitress.
Santorini was awesome – although we got fit climbing the stairs from our apartment to go into the town every day. A few times a day, that is. It was beautiful to see the sun setting, admired by many tourists sipping crisp wine every afternoon. We had our own hotel cat in Santorini, enjoying our food, sleeping on our bed. Bliss.
Then Athens, the ancient city. We explored the Acropolis and its wonderful history. And then, before I continue, I have to explain the difference between Deon and me. He is the realistic, left-brain user, mathematical, logical, etc. type of person. I am the opposite – I believe in angels, I am the musician, unrealistic, non-logical type, etc. person. But, after a late-night meal in the streets of Athens, without having much of the expensive wine, I was busy doing something in the hotel room at about 23:30 while Deon was having coffee on the balcony when he asked me to come out on the balcony to observe something. I went out onto the balcony and he showed me an object hovering in the sky not far away from the towering Acropolis, which was close to our hotel room.
Strangely enough, this object hovered in the air, making jerking movements as it approached the Acropolis. It spun around while it was flying closer, because we could see a light every few seconds, as there was something like a door which appeared every time the object made another turn. Then it just hung over the Acropolis for a few seconds, before suddenly taking off against an amazing speed, moving further and further away and higher up and up in the sky until eventually we could not see it any longer.
We looked at one another in total astonishment. Deon said that never in his life has he seen anything like this before. A helicopter it was not, an aeroplane – no. What else then? We really do not know, not to this day. But we know. If it was I who saw this and told the story – yes, I do believe in angels. But Deon saw this and he is the realistic type as I have said before. What did we see? For us, today we know, everything is possible. Maybe the moon is made of cheese. And Aliens? Maybe they do exist. All we know is that nothing on earth is impossible. Nothing!