We arrived in Athens at 7am; got up and out by 9am. Jean and I decide not to do the organized tours offered by the ship, but to get a tour bus in town where you can get on and off (like we did in Rome) and take in the city ourselves. We found some tour busses outside the port area, the same kind of bus we saw in Rome; however, this time, the tour bus folks were really crazy – the Red bus peeps were screaming at the Yellow bus peeps – it was like they were trying to get our business as we started talking to the Red bus folks first then went over to the Yellow bus folks…wow…the things they were telling us! There had been riots and demonstrations throughout Athens – so the Red bus peeps were trying to scare us into thinking that the Yellow bus peeps were taking us into war…crazy place huh? Oh well, we ended up going with the Yellow bus folks as the Red bus folks were a little to rude for our taste.
We saw the entire town from the top of a double decker bus…then we spotted a shopping mall. Oh yea, we decided to get off and explore all 10 floors of this mall! The 10th floor they had a restaurant and YES, free WiFi! We’re here for about 2-3 hours just relaxing and having fun looking at all the cool Italian things for sale. We finished the tour and headed back to the ship.
Tonight’s headliner is the “Motown Throw-down and All Soul Revue” with ALL of the artists playing. It was awesome, hearing the sounds from that era was cool but I must mention two memorable moments – seeing Keiko kill it on “What’s Going On” and of course seeing Michael McDonald come out and sing one song. The finale was pretty spectacular as well…EVERYONE was on stage for the closing number – kind of reminded me of the KSBR Birthday Bash closing number…so many stars on the stage at one time!
A few artists that I’ve discovered on this trip so far, who I think are just amazing are Gianni Vancini (his first name is pronounced Johnny) and Greg Manning, Jake Shimabukuro (Ukulele player from Japan) and Patrick Bradley – it’s so wild, that while talking with Patrick, him and his wife live in Aliso Viejo!
After the show we went to dinner. Afterwards, we headed over to the show with Gianni – Gerald Albright’s daughter Selina sang, wow what a voice! Definitely, she is one to watch! When that was over, we headed over to the Toga Party – what a great time! Dancing, singing, eating – it was a real fun time – now it’s bedtime! Tomorrow we’re at sea the whole day so there’s LOTS of things to do, and I need to get up early to do them all!