Dinner with Local Greek Family – OAT Travel Sailing, Naxos and Meteora

OAT group with host family Naxos Island: Grytten Image
OAT toasting  group with host family Naxos Island: Grytten Image

One of the highpoints of our trip to Greece was meeting with and having dinner with a host family. First came the toasting with that potent Raki – a ritual to begin the feast. The host Family also just happens to own a restaurant, space enough — for our 23 other ship mates on this adventure.

It wasn’t long before a few tables were moved and the dancing was on … Soppah!!!

Dancing with host family - Naxos : Grytten Image
Dancing with host family – Naxos : Grytten Image
Playgaound Equipment donated by Oat - Naxos Island: Bob Grytten Image
Playgaound Equipment donated by Oat – Naxos Island: Bob Grytten Image

A quick walk down the road gave me a peek at the playground equipment Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) had donated to the school – part of an ongoing support of local cultures they visit.

Originally a travel arm of the American Association of Retired Persons  (AARP), today they specialize in Small Group Travel with cultural interaction.  On our trip, we spend a week on the mainland and a week at sea island hopping.

93. Parthenon at night tn
93. Parthenon at night tn
Meteotra rock formations sprout ancient moneataries atop. Baskets are lowered to pick up the monks and pulled to the top. Bob Grytten image.
Meteora rock formations sprout ancient monasteries atop. Baskets are lowered to pick up the monks and then pulled to the top. Bob Grytten image.

Meteora featured Monasteries atop ancient rock formations.

Gang of new friends aboard our vehicle of travel in Greece with Overseas Adventure Travel - one of our few non-independent trips
Gang of new friends  of in Greece with Overseas Adventure Travel – one of our few non-independent trips

…and a week on the Sailing Vessel Panorama, sailing the Cyclades.

The tour leader Elisabeth was top notch,  provided the flavor of Greece Mythology, travel points and spirit of her people.

Elisabeth, Come to Santorini… Bob Grytten Images
Elisabeth, Come to Santorini… Bob Grytten Images
The Captain headed for the shelter of a Ermoupoli, on the island of Syros – a safe port. From there OAT under Elisabeth’s direction, readjusted the schedule to include everything. We would take this trip again.
 Ships Capt and passager Bob Grytten image
Panorama Ship Capt and passenger -Bob Grytten image

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