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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka February 21st 2014

So I'm moving into the second phase of this journey with and have finished 5 amazing days in Greece to which I have many recommendations After discovering how good the food the food is in Athens I was even more surprised at the amazing wines the country produced. I used to think I knew wines.... But obviously learn more every day first off the Athens gate hotel is amazing incredible view ... location is perfect and the helpful very helpful ...I also found my favourite wine bar for the end of the night glass...es ... Demitri and his wife (Iyaris) and melie were amazing people. I hope I cross paths with them again one day Then there's the old Italian bastard Antonio who scammed me by pretending to be a lost tourist.. Leading me into a ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka October 29th 2013

Well folks in case you thought I had dropped off the face of the Earth – well no, just went from Turkey to Greece for only a few hours really. Had intended to spend the night on Kos, the 2ndlargest Greek Island not far from Bodrum in Turkey en route to Athens. But the afternoon boat on Sunday was sold out so found a nicer pansyon to spend my final night in, with a sea view no less. Then the 9.15am catamaran on Monday to Kos, where I had almost 12 hours to fill until overnight ferry to Piraeus/Athens at 9.50pm, which I managed. I had a berth in a 3 bed cabin but only 2 of us so quite comfortable – and better than a night sleeping upright as in planes/buses that’s for sure. Now ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens October 23rd 2013

Today was a day of contrasts. Our morning was completely different to our afternoon. Our alarm went off at 6.15am. With a groan we both pull ourselves out of bed. We have to meet in the theatre at 7.45 for our tour but need to shower and breakfast before that. We are promptly rung at 6.30 by David to advise that breakfast was on it's way to our room (a surreptitious way of checking we were up methinks). It was still dark outside as we sit eating scrambled eggs and bacon on our balcony and pull into the port for Athens, Piraeus. After Marseille & Genoa it is the 3rd largest in the Med. Queen Elizabeth and Costa Pacifica follow us in. Navigator of the Seas is already docked. We join our tour group and head ... read more
The Propylaea
The Propylaea
Parthenon

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens October 16th 2013

October 16, 2013 After a fantastic time in Jordan it was now on to our next adventure: Greece...plan here was to hit Athens, grab an overnight tour up to see the monasteries at Meteora, hang a bit more in Athens and then hit the island of Santorini for a few days and just relax... I didn't have any expectations for Greece, never really had much of a desire to go to be honest, it just seemed like a logical choice to twin up with Jordan so figured "what the hell?!"...and I'm really glad we went, the country, scenery, history and especially the people were awesome, was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the whole hang... First things first, we arrived in Athens to a bit of rain (the only rain we saw in three weeks!) ... read more
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Flag at Acropolis...
Funky Bar in Plaka..

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens September 15th 2013

Off to visit Homer. No, not Simpson, but the historic Homer, author of the Odyssey. Our flight was smooth and uneventful if long, 81/2 hrs. We had been assigned two seats in the middle of the middle row but at the last minute I was able to snag a window seat for Joe and then the gods smiled and the aisle seat next to him stayed empty so I was able to move over. A couple of hours before we landed we switched seats and, as we were flying over the Ionian Sea I saw the most glorious sunrise, painting the water like a sea of gold. At the Athens airport we were met by HAL representative who insisted that we had to go to the port to meet our tour, even though the documents I ... read more

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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens September 10th 2013

Athens - Day 3 Tuesday 10th September We started off the day with a visit to the Temple of Zeus. This huge building has 15 of it's original 104 columns and took 750 years to complete. Good old Hadrian finished it off. I know all of this because Glyn read it to me from his guide book, because as per usual, there was no information on hand about it. Next we walked the short distance to the modern Acropolis Museum which has open bits in the floor that looks down into excavations of ancient stuff. There was also a cute tabby kitten opposite it. We had lunch in the museum cafe which was nice enough and not expensive. There was an outdoor area with a good view to the Acropolis. The cafe had free wifi so ... read more
Entrance of Acropolis Museum
Relief from Parthenon
Back streets near Strefi Hill

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens September 9th 2013

Athens - Day 2 Monday 9th September The first cat of the day was spotted on the way to Kerameikos, near some hobos sleeping in a park. It didn't want to say hello. Kerameikos is an ancient cemetery that was bigged up in my guide book and also one of the big six that our tourist tickets got us into. It is amazing to know that this architecture is from the 12th century BC, but then again, you've seen one pile of rubble, you've seen them all really.... But there were remnants of pillars and rooms. We came across one tortoise head-butting another tortoise, he really was quite persistent. I didn't know tortoises could move so quickly and he was pushing the other one around a lot. I thought the other one was dead at first, ... read more
Street of Tombs
Hephaisteion
Greek olives

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens September 8th 2013

Athens - Day 1 Sunday 8th September We arrived at Athens airport at around 3am and took an hour long bus journey into the city centre which dropped us off opposite the Parliament building just as they were changing the guard. The marble pavement was wet - I thought it had been raining, it never occurred to me that it had just been cleaned. We went to a nearby taxi rank and a driver who already had two passengers told us to get in his cab. There wasn't enough room in the boot for everyone's luggage, but the driver had a bungee cord to tie it down half open. We didn't drive far before all the buildings were covered in graffiti - when I say covered I mean from ground level to as high as a ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Poros September 7th 2013

After spending 5 days in Athens wandering around the sights, taking in the 37 degree heat and even exploring the city on Segways we found ourselves aboard a hydrofoil to Poros in order to begin a weeks sailing trip. Half way across the sea Tim turned to me and said, “Where are the passports?” We both looked at each other in horror and realized that our passports were in fact still in the hotel safe back in Athens… Thankfully after a few phone calls the passports were retrieved and we were told we could collect them from the hotel on our return to Athens in a week’s time – phew! Arriving at Poros we wandered along the bay gazing at the boats bobbing up and down to the gentle breeze. We came across a small kiosk ... read more
View over Athens
Ancient Acropolis
Acropolis at night

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens August 27th 2013

Walking into the Vatican I was honestly gob smacked. Now I understood that the church in the Vatican (St Peters Basilica) is obviously very beautiful but actually being there and looking around it was stunning. In fact I would go as far as saying that St Peters Basilica in the Vatican City has to be the most beautiful building I have ever been in. Every surface was just decorated beautifully and what got me the most was after closely inspecting some of the huge beautiful lifelike paintings they were in fact mosaics – made up of tiny pieces of stone – wow. I honestly could have spent the whole day just wandering around the huge church and admiring it. Climbing up 550 stairs around some of the smallest, windiest staircases I have ever walked up (you ... read more
Rome
Outside the Vatican
This is in fact a mosaic...




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