That sentence would be my ice breaker but it broke more than ice in Russia. People cracked jokes, broke in laughter specially after I decided to add a new cliche: "...and my dog's name is Vodka by the way."
The city has multiple names Greek Nafplio, Byzantine Nafplio, ancient Nafplia. The ottoman also called it Mora Yenişehir, or Peloponnese's new city. Strategically speaking it has three castles, one uphill called Palamidi, you need to climb 1000 steps to get up there, or simply drive upwards from the other side which I didn't know till it was too late for my mother's misfortune.