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Ah…Greece! And Robin Gianna

GreekDocCoverHi guys.  I’m thrilled to welcome my good friend, Robin Gianna, back to the lair.  I normally try to put the authors photo right at the top of the blog, but I messed up.  However, as Robin is a frequent guest, and her photo is in the photo at the bottom of the blog about Delphi, I hope you’ll forgive me.  Besides, isn’t that a gorgeous cover!  Love that it incorporates blue as you can see from Robin’s photos – it’s appropriate. :-P  With that, here’s Robin…)

Hello, All! Thanks for having me back at the Romance Bandits!

My husband likes to say that “It’s not a good road trip unless something goes wrong.” I find many flaws with this reasoning, since it seems to be just asking the universe for problems, doesn’t it?

I was inspired to set my June release, Her Greek Doctor’s Proposal, in Delphi after we spent two weeks in Greece last summer. It was a truly incredible and wonderful trip but, yes, a few things went wrong!

The biggest, most awful problem happened at the start of the trip. My passport was to expire two months afterAthens[2] our travels, and I pondered renewing it, then dismissed the idea because I didn’t want to worry about it getting to me in time, and didn’t want to pay the fee to expedite it. What a bad decision! Turns out, a passport has to be valid 3 – 6 months past a traveler’s return date. I’ve since found lots of people knew this, but plenty, like me, did not. So we were ready to board the plane in Philadelphia, and I was told I couldn’t go. The family went on without me, while I was stuck for the entire weekend in Philly until I could get an emergency passport the following Monday. That’s’s a photo of Athens to the right, but I missed that part of the trip. BOO!

I met up with them in Santorini (pic on the left), also missing two days there. It was spectacular, but the weather in early JuneSantorini[1] wasn’t the best.

Then we flew back to Athens, rented a car and took off on a huge road trip! Here’s the map of the route we took (to the right), which, while not without challenges, was an incredible way to see the country.Map-Greece[1]

The biggest challenge? The horrible rental car! It was a rattle-trap of a Fiat wagon (there were 6 of us), and on our very first stop in Nafplio, it decided to not go in reverse – kind of a problem! :-) The rental company called some local mechanics to come look at it, and there were literally twigs and a bird’s nest inside the engine! The mechanics were outraged on our behalf, practically shouting at the owner in Greek on my hubby’s cell phone – thank heavens he speaks some Greek, or it would have been tough going, because they spoke very little English. But Nafplio was Nafpliofabulous – here’s a pic on the left of my silly boys on the Palamidi Fortress high above the city.

Several stops later, we arrived at Monamvasia (see the pic on the Monamvasiaright). Another incredible place, and I wish I could go on about the history, but this blog would end up ten pages long :-) Here we’re at the top of the town looking down. Later that day? More car problems, as oil poured out of the engine. While my husband spent hours with a mechanic, the rest of us enjoyed a wonderful dinner SpriteWineunder the stars. But the mechanic fixed up the car which ran the rest of the trip AND he gave my husband a Sprite bottle full of home-made wine which was really good! :-) Here, hubby’s enjoying the last of it later in the trip.

On to Zakynthos, which is an island in the Ionian Sea (pic on theSulpherBeach right). Just gorgeous! Here’s a pic of a beach we chose, with my boys leaping from the rocks. One little problem? It turned out to be fed by Zakinthosa sulphur spring, and it smelled like rotten eggs :-) Even after I later washed out the swimsuits, I couldn’t quite get the stink out.

Nothing went wrong at Delphi, but I’m showing a couple pics, sinceRobin-Delphi my new release is set there! Here I am amidst the amazing history. And here’s the Charioteer of Delphi in the museum Charioteer2there, which is mentioned in the story since my heroine is an archaeologist.

Thanks for letting me share a little about our trip! How about you? Do you have a story to share about a travel adventure that went wrong somewhere along the line? Or just a favorite trip to share? I’d love to hear about it!

Someone leaving a comment will win a copy of Her Greek Doctor’s Proposal and a tote bag.

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