Naxos

Today we took a prop plane out to the Greek island of Naxos. It was a little heartbreaking to pass rows and rows of grounded airbuses to get to a prop plane, but it’s best to have the right tool for the job.

We were welcomed to our apartment with delicious Greek pastries. We can see the temple of Apollo from our window and listen to the waves lapping inside our apartment.

Villa Artemis

terrace

We ended up altering our original plans for our trip to Greece a fair amount because of COVID-19. We had originally scheduled to take the train from Aachen to Frankfurt on Monday, spend the night there, and then fly out of Frankfurt Tuesday morning. After Frankfurt got classified as a risk area, we no longer had any desire to hang out in downtown Frankfurt, so instead we just got up at 4 a.m. on Tuesday and drove 2.5 hours to the airport. Clare was nice enough to drive.

Our itinerary in Greece also changed. We had booked a flight from Athens to Naxos on Tuesday afternoon, which was cancelled, which meant that we had to stay one night in Athens and take the flight on Wednesday morning. We decided not to stay directly in Athens, but closer to the airport, and ended up in a gigantic villa (for a ridiculously cheap price). The kids really loved it (even though there was no wifi). Luckily we had brought a little bit of food with us, because it was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Clare tried to find a grocery store while the kids and I went swimming, but didn’t have any luck. So we had a dinner of plain noodles with oil, salt, pepper, and oregano. Spencer added peanut butter to his, and discovered that it was quite tasty, so we also followed suit.

Welcome to Pula

View from the balcony in Pula, Croatia

For the most part our trip has gone really well in spite of Corona measures. Perhaps the worst part is border crossings. Today we waited over 90 minutes to cross from Slovenia to Croatia. It was incredibly hot in the car, as you can see by the sweat dripping down Spencer’s face. Fortunately I read some of Surely you’re joking Mr. Feynman for entertainment.

Spencer sweating while waiting in line at the border

Lake Bled, Slovenia

The Fedibbletys at Lake Bled, Slovenia

On Tuesday, we wondered south from Austria and we all encountered a new to us country: Slovenia. Beautifully clean and bio diverse.

Radstadt, Austria

Our first country outside Germany was Austria. We stayed in the Salzburg countryside and went hiking on a trail called Wild Waters and then to Therme Amanda (no pictures of that).

Vulfpeck in Paris

Spencer outside l’Olympia in Paris, ready to see Vulfpeck

We went to Paris this past weekend. It was Spencer’s idea to go to see Paris to see vulfpeck. We decided that it would be a treat for the kids putting up with moving across an ocean and mostly being good about it. Meg loves Paris and jumped at the idea. Meg and Clare spent much of the day at the Louvre and shopping. Spencer and I climbed the arc de triomphe , took a nap and then went to the concert. I got some nice videos of the concert. One thing I found amazing was how people were singing along to bass solos.

https://youtu.be/l1PGDfR7CYo

https://youtu.be/JYSGj4URnSc

 

Rob on top of the Arc de Triomphe, with the Eiffel Tower in the background

Rob and Spencer by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Spencer at the Arc de Triomphe with the Champs-Élysées in the background

Spencer at the Arc de Triomphe with the Eiffel Tower in the background

Spencer getting ready for Vulfpeck to start

More fun in Trenton

Fun on Whitmore Lake