Well here I am in Athens Greece, it has been a very busy couple of weeks!
London, Brancaster Staithe in Norfolk by the North Sea and Reykjavik Iceland to attend the Spirit of Humanity Forum, of which I am a member of the Advisory Board. The Forum is a global network of organizations and individuals committed to effect change in Governance and decision makers based on core human values. This is an amazing forum where such a cross section of people attended, Corporate, Social services, Government, Non-profit all at very senior level (over 200). The event was by invitation only by the planning group from around the World.
This was the second forum and our dream that it becomes ongoing is a lot closer, it was highly successful!! If you are interested visit the web site http://www.sohforum.org (the guest list is on site). The City of Reykjavik was very supportive and has played a major role in this event. The Mayor and President of Iceland both hosted events for delegates. Iceland is as beautiful as ever and is quite expensive to visit, but worth it! And if you go, please make a side trip to Greenland, another special place on the planet.
Next, I went to London for a day and then on the train to Briony and Simon’s by the North Sea. In their beautifully restored home which they have spent the last year doing; there is a very large walled flower garden and separate walled vegetable and herb garden. I felt like I was living in an 18th century movie, very gracious and comfortable. Eddy, the gardener, has worked for 5 families that have owned this home and is over sixty. He started his role here when he was 15. This lovely man was also a relief Butler for the Queen when she was at Sandringham, which happens to be down the road. I enjoyed this Gentleman’s stories! Of course we had to visit local pub! Also Kate and William are moving down the road (I think a summer home).
I left London for Athens with one large suitcase and a carry on. A friend had taken a suitcase back to Toronto for me from Iceland (which was great). I was flying Aegean Airlines and arrived to find out that no free luggage was allowed, you had to pay for all luggage (my travel agent is now dealing with this). It costs about 200 dollars and to top it all off, you had to pay cash. The web site gave totally different information!! And I wasn’t happy. I am on the last leg of this part of my journey and have been healthy and happy. Oh, I also met with couple that own 67 nursing homes in UK and they have agreed to advise me on my latest idea — Betty’s Mountain Top — more on my next blog, when I report on Greece.
One comment on Athens, I am here over the Easter weekend. On Good Friday, the stores were open but every so often bells would ring. They marked the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. It really effected the people walking around (they were in mourning) and on Saturday everyone goes to Church at 11:30pm for 2 hours. After church they go home and start cooking for the family which is usually Lamb on a spit. Fireworks go off at night all over the city, I was with a friend seeing Athens by night, high on hill and it was all very powerful!!!