We walked the six blocks from our house to the waterfront today. We had taken books, thinking we might sit in the late afternoon sunshine and read them, but then were too lazy even to do that. We just took a seat at a little outdoor spot where they served a hot chocolate (for me) and an espresso (for Demetrios) and we watched the freighters coming in and out of the harbor.
A flock of pigeons landed near us, so Demetrios tossed them some of the dry cat food I always carry in my purse, and it was gone in an Augenblick – the blink of an eye. We especially enjoyed one pure white bird with black eyes and a yellow beak. He had fluffy feathers all the way down his legs to his ankles and looked like somebody’s lost fancy racing pigeon.
After a while we got up and walked along the promenade about a third of the way to the White Tower, then turned back and walked home through the city streets, for a change of pace.
Came home and read, lying down! Demetrios is reading The Israel Lobby, a most enlightening book, from the passages he has read me aloud! It’s an eye opener every American ought to read. We are such an ill-informed nation! I’m reading The Life in Christ of St. Nicholas Cabasilas.
We turned the TV on for the first time since we got here. After the news, guess what showed? Zorro! With Greek subtitles. Anybody remember that, from about 1959? We watched it just for fun. Now, as an adult, I can see that the theme is, “Those nasty, mean, stupid Spanish v. the reasonable, sane, good, oppressed Americans in Spanish California, championed by Zorro, the single good Spaniard.” Sigh…
I cooked us a little dinner, first cooking I’ve done since we arrived here, which we ate on our balcony. We watched a woman in the park below introduce her new puppy to some of the neighborhood children. It appears to be a Beagle, but with all-white head and ears; the brown and black are only on its saddle.
Here is a picture (from the Internet) of the White Tower.
Anmerican to Greek: “What form of government does Greece have?”
Greek: “An hereditary democracy.”
American: “Oh, same as we!”
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