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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens June 1st 2013

1 June Arrived at the port at Piraeus and left the boat about 7. After a coffee and snack at the train station, caught the train into the city, not sure where our hotel was, so got off at Omonia and asked a police officer! Was a couple of stops in the other direction, President Hotel. Nice hotel and a room on the 18th floor with a view over Athens. Good value as a bit out of the centre. Too early to check in, so left our bags and caught a bus to the National Archeology museum. Free internet in the foyer! Spent a few hours there, there was a huge collection of sculptures and artefacts from around Greece. Also an interesting special exhibit on the Wreck of the Akothira. Back to the hotel for a ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 24th 2013

Today we made our way back to Athens. We took a 5 hr bus ride to our new hotel. We stopped at the bus terminal and then caught a wild taxi ride back to the hotel. We didn't realize it but our taxi driver already had a passenger in the car but by the time we figured out what had happened our bags were already in the taxi. I won't talk about it too much but in the end we got ripped off. We met with our contiki group today and there are only 13 of us! Apparently it is normal for this kind our tour. Tomorrow we board the cruise ship and head towards Mykonos.... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 24th 2013

I'm not sure why but I've missed a day at some point (should be up to day 22). Anyway today we disembarked the cruise ship in Athens. This morning we all said goodbye and went our different ways. Some of us were staying in Athens for a bit longer so this morning I went sightseeing with a few others. We saw Zeus's temple, visited the museum and saw the Parthenon at the Acropolis and then took a horse and cart back to the city (yes, we did, through all the traffic and everything, everyone gave way to the horse!). It was amazing and the museum was great! I'm now in Lufthansa's business class room. Unfortunately they have no showers at the airport so I'll be feeling sticky and gross for about 36hrs. I've managed to go ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 17th 2013

Today we got up really early for our flight to Athens, Greece. When we arrived at the airport we found out that the air traffic controllers in Greece were going on strike at the time we were supposed to land so our flight was delayed by 2hrs. We landed in Athens but missed our train to Kalambaka and the next one was at midnight, so we decided to stay in Athens for the night and try again in the morning. We made our way to the hotel by train which was a bit tricky taking two suitcases. So far we are amazed at how nice the people are here in Athens. They have helped us with getting our luggage up and down the stairs and stopping and helping us when we looked lost (kind of lucky ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 8th 2013

Athens on my birthday! It will be hard to ever top this birthday! We rise early and have breakfast in the Windjammer buffet. It is busy but not overwhelming. We find plenty of healthy foods to take us through to lunch. Take some coffee to go at the Café Promenade, then to the Ice Rink to wait for our tour. Yes the Ice Rink is cold and especially in the early morning! We took a ship tour, "Taste of Greece". There are several times to leave and about 4 bus loads of people. We are fortunate to be on an early tour. We finally head to the parking area, load on the bus and we are off. Then our bus winds through the country side into town and up to the Parthenon, a temple on the ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 2nd 2013

If you're looking for nightlife and partying, this is not the ship for you. For that very reason, it was perfect for me. I traveled solo this trip, and after a few things were worked out with staff, it was the most pleasurable cruise I've ever been on. A 30 minute ride to Pireaus, and within 20 minuted of arrival I was onboard unpacking in my Deluxe Verandah Suite. Almost 400 square feet, it was almost too much for little old me. On the verandah, there were two straw chairs and a table/foot stool, two additional chairs and a small cocktail table. I invited guests for a drink and sunset each night, until we discovered Pub Trivia in the Crow's Nest a few days into the cruise. After unpacking, I wandered around and realized, this ship ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 1st 2013

On the road again... I appologize to everyone for my lack of updating lately. I suppose staying in one place for 8 weeks made me think I had not much to write about. Now I am sitting in a tiny flat in Athens eating a Greek salad (yes, I thought it fitting to order one, regardless if I was craving it or not) and realizing all the stories I haven't told about Australia yet. What an interesting country!! First off, I used to say Australia was like Canada but with an accent (I would say this before actually being in the country). Silly me. Yes, it is comparable but you can't really compare apples to oranges (well, you can, but that is just dumb). So, let me start with the city of Melbourne....my future home. Not ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens April 11th 2013

Our morning started with a two-hour Greek lesson. For me (arriving a bit late for the 8:00 start), it was mostly review. I had learned the alphabet, numbers 1 – 10, and basic greetings by posting them on my fridge (copied from internet sites). A bonus in the live lesson was learning the Easter greetings. Befuddled by strange words, we drove in the bus through well-kept streets to the Parthenon/Acropolis site. One brief stop was at the stadium of the modern Olympics (1896), brought up to date for the 2006 Olympics as the site of Archery and the end of the Marathon. The all-marble construction looked timeless, plus sore on the bum! From the drop-off for the Acropolis there is a wide, obviously new pedestrian walkway to the base of the hill and the ticket office. ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens April 7th 2013

Our Greek history lesson this morning was quickly paced and delivered with humourous interludes by an American professor who has lived in Greece for forty years. It tied together a number of themes for me, particularly the historic periods and how they changed from one to the next. The focus was on the Cycladic islands, a term new to me. Then we went to the Cycladic Museum, a private collection of fine pieces that pre-dated written history. Our guide talked for about forty minutes, pointing out that because there is no record, all “information” is speculative. Most of the pieces were white marble, some very delicately carved. In our following free time, we looked at some of the other collections, including Ancient Greek (Hellenistic) pottery and a room of artifacts from Cyprus. In another linked building ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens April 1st 2013

I’m writing in the Titania Hotel in Athens after a nap, a shower and rearranging my luggage. The flights on Lufthansa were uneventful, although the quality of the transatlantic flight was noticeably better than the “interior” flight from Frankfurt to Athens. The most charming part of the trip was meeting (in the Frankfurt waiting lounge) a Greek woman who had transplanted herself to North America, but now ten years retired, spends four to five months a year (in summer apparently) in a home she has in the Peloponnese. (She showed me the location on my inadequate Google map.) I think she just likes talking - but she was quite taken when she learned I was from Calgary. As a young nurse in the early 1960s, she worked in High Prairie and Edmonton, and visited Jasper, Banff ... read more
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