Published: June 20th 2012June 20th 2012
I met Dimitri in Amsterdam and it was raining and freezing which was a little shock to the system after being in 30 degree weather in Turkey. Regardless it was so great to see Dimitri!! We only spend two days in Amsterdam but we still manage to experience and enjoy all that this clean and peaceful place has to offer!! We rode bikes around the town which was good fun!!
We then caught a flight to Athens, when we landed people clapped which was cool. Athens is a nice city, but at the moment there economy are suffering a lot - high rate of unemployment and while we were there there was elections and protests which was interesting to see. I love Greeks. The people are so hilarious. I honestly believe the movie MY Big Fat Greek Wedding portrayed the Greeks exactly. I was eating some strawberries and this Greek woman came up to me and said, the Strawberries in Greece are the best, because of the Greek sun and the Greek soil it was so funny. The Acropolis is amazing to see up close and from a distance. We watched the sunset from Lycabettus Hill, gorgeous panoramic view of
In Athens at the Acropolis
Athens and the acropolis. Also when to National Gardens, Temple of Olympian Zeus went to Plaka (the old town) and to the flea markets.
Louise managed to get one week off work so she met Dimitri and I in Athens and then next day we were on a ferrie to MYKONOS. Dimitri's friend Harry who is from Canberra was in Athens and came along with us too!!. Mykonos is amazing, we stayed at a place called Paradise beach which was literally on the beach!! This place had everything you needed, beach, beach cabins, bars, places to eat, markets etc!! Lots of people who don't stay there go to the beach during the day. The water in Greece is really salty but so refreshing and I have rediscovered my love of snorkeling. The boys hired scooters and Louise and I shared a quad bike. Town was about 5 ks from where we were staying and it is really convenient being able to drive around the Island! Initially I was scared but after getting the hang of being on the other side of the road I was fine!! . The streets in town are small, cobbled stoned and white! Have not
The Beach where we stayed
seen anything like it before, very beautiful. Mykonos is such an amazing place, it is so energetic everyone there just wants to have a good time and the people are so friendly! There are so many Australians in Mykonos too, I am thinking of going back there...maybe!!! Dim and Harry are both Greek which was great because they spoke Greek the whole time which made everything alot easier for Lou and I! Though most people there speak English because it is full of tourists. For 5 days we basically were at the beach during the day, went into town occasionally and went out at night!! I didn't want to leave, such a fun place!!
Next destination was Santorini! we were there four about 4 days. The boys went a day earlier then us so when Louise and I arrived at the port from catching a ferrie, the boys were there with a sign and picked us up in a YELLOW car! So much easier driving around everywhere at our own leisure, we left the boys with that responsibilities! Santorini is everything and more what you think it will be like. It is simply beautiful! I have never been to
Quad bikes..in Town in Mykonos
a place like it. Amazing landscapes, beautiful white buildings, windmills, over looking gorgeous water and other islands! Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion a single island! There are two volcanoes which I think one is still active but it is mostly underwater. We went to Oia a part of the Island and watched the sunset! It was the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen, words can not describe how amazing it was. It is a very famous sunset!! Santorini is full of jewelery shops, which caters for last minute engagement rings. All the shops were called Nick the Jeweller, or Nicks Cafe, pretty funny. We also road Donkeys up a hill right at the old port so initially started at the waters edge. It was an experience to say the least. Gorgeous views of the Island but my donkey didn't like me very much! He decided to get us stuck in a bunch of other donkeys and then as the Greek Man called my donkey another donkey decided to whip me with its tail...pretty funny! Really cool experience!! Another day we chilled out at a place called red beach, the sand is black and the
Riding a donkey in Santorini
rocks around the beach are red all because of the volcanoes! Santorini was so stunning and it is a place that I definitely will go back too! Had such an amazing time in Greece, an awesome 2 weeks and met lots of cool people along the way.
Louise had to go back to work, so said our goodbyes! Dimitri and I caught the ferrie back to Athens, but didn't arrived until 12am so we went straight to the airport because we flew to Belgrade at 8am the same day. The most uncomfortable sleep of my life...but we saved a nights accommodation. So Dimitri and I have started our journey to eventually get to Dubrovnik in Croatia. We decided to go through Serbia and Bosnia because it was the cheapest way, and also we get to see two more countries. So flew into Belgrade and spent one day there. All of the countries that used to be apart of Yugoslavia have an interesting history so it is nice seeing and experiencing their culture. Belgrade is a nice place, but we only needed a day there to see everything. Though I had the best up of coffee in my life here!
Sunset from Oia, Santorini
The most beautiful sunset I have ever seen!
They called it Turkish Coffee or Serbian Coffee! It is a short black which a different type is sugar, but with strong coffee that is sludgy at the bottom and at the end you turn your cup upside and someone is meant to read your coffee. Just a wives tale but was still cool to do. The next day we caught a train to Sarajevo in Bosnia. 10 hours on a very slow train in 38 degree heat...wow...not the most comfortable train ride...to make it worse in the last 4 hours this old man came into our cabin and smelted so bad and I am pretty sure he pooed his pants at one stage...I am not even joking....Dimitri and I could not stop laughing then we could not breath because of the deathly fumes this man was producing...yuk!. Oh well we made it. Sarajevo is such a gorgeous place, the old town is great very quaint!!! This place has a significant place in history leading up to WWI. We stood where Franz Ferdanand and his wife Sofia were shot, which people say triggered the start of WWI (obviously along with other reasons) but still pretty cool to experience. The people
Belgrade, Best Coffee
Traditional Serbian (Turkish) Coffee
are really friendly and it quite a lively place! Tomorrow we are off to Croatia and sailing around the Islands until the start of July.
Having such an incredible time :) Love Jen xo
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