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Spring into Ireland Experience

Overnights in Galway | Killarney | Kinsale | Dublin

March 26 - April 3, 2022

8 days, 7 nights including deluxe hotels, luxury transport, tours, daily breakfast, farmhouse lunch, three dinners, musical entertainment night in Dublin, and airfare from New York JFK

Visit Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Bantry,Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, Guinness Storehouse & experience the buzz of
Dublin’s finest pubs, restaurants & shopping!

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All-inclusive package just $3,265including land & air!

To reserve your seat, download and fill out the registration form (one per passenger)
scan and e-mail it with a clear color copy of your passport information page to Tracy@01destinations.com
or mail to Destinations Ireland, P.O. Box 2362, Kingston NY 12402.

Questions? Contact Carol Ricken
Email: Carol@ulsterchamber.org  | Cell: (845)417-7143

Greece - A Land of Gods and Heros

Jet Lag

The Olive Jar
By Carol Olsen LaMonda
November 20, 2021

Good morning, or is it night?  I am writing this column in the dark (Is it morning or night?) when I woke up, wide awake at 2:30 am Shokan time.  I had gotten seven hours of sleep since I fell asleep at 7:30 pm right after Jeopardy.

On Tuesday, or Wednesday Greek time, I traveled home from an eleven-day vacation with the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce.  The journey home took thirty hours from Santorini to Athens to New York when you counted the three-hour wait for our luggage because the cargo cart got stuck in the belly of the plane. Then throw in a six hour difference in time and an hour lost to the universe for Daylight Savings’ Time.

Time is relative, but at the moment, I have to consult a clock and a calendar to place myself in time and space.  However, it was all worth it.

We toured Athens where we saw the Olympic Stadium, climbed up to the Temple of Athena on the Acropolis, saw the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Parliament building, visited the Museum of Athens, sat in the oldest theater in Greece, and shopped. In Delphi we again climbed the site of the Oracle and the Treasury of Athens and visited that museum. In Corinth we visited yet another museum and wandered through the ruins of the original agora. We had a lovely lunch alongside the Corinth Canal, a waterway that crosses the narrow isthmus of Corinth to link the Gulf of Corinth to the Saronic Gulf of the Aegean Sea. As such, the canal separates the Greek mainland from the Peloponnese, turning it into an island. The Canal is only 25 meters wide and insane people bungie jump it or try to jump it on motorcycles!

We were treated to a sumptuous buffet three times each day of Greek dishes like Moussaka, Pastichio, Seafood, Stuffed Grape Leaves and the iconic Greek salads with Feta and Oregano. We visited an Olive Oil Farm and Factory and tasted three wines at the famous Santorini Wine Factory.

Another day was the site of Olympus and my roommate and I decided to not endure yet another six hour bus ride. Instead we sat at our home base, Kinetta Beach Resort, and swam in the Aegean Sea which was just steps from our patio and open beach bar. The beach was not sandy but made of little smooth pebbles, and the water, which was lukewarm and crystal clear, is so salty that it is impossible to sink.  Floating there looking at the Greek Islands in the distance was pure heaven.

At Santorini we toured the entire volcanic island, climbed a castle, climbed a monastery  shopped, and ate at two restaurants that have me salivating in their memory. I even tried the grilled octopus.  When in Rome...or Greece I should say.

So a little jet lag will be forgotten soon; they say one day recovery for each hour of time difference, but the memories of the trip will stay with me forever. Climb stone stairs, eat, shop, swim, visit museum….repeat each day.

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