Blogs from Attica, Greece, Europe - page 13


Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Kallithea April 26th 2012

M - Our original plan was to work our way north from Istanbul through Bulgaria, Romania to northern/western europe but: i) the weather further north wasn't looking quite as warm as we had expected and ii) we felt we may not fully appreciate a series of back-to back capital city stops (and frankly we figured we could do that later in life). Hence a change of plans. Head south to Athens (admitedly a capital city) to see the Acropolis (we have always wanted to see it) and then take a less direct route back to France, perhaps even continuing south to do some greek island hoping? Hostel world did us proud again in Athens. A double room within a short walk of the key sites with en suite, a balcony and a view of the Acropolis ... read more
The Acropolis from the top of the Panathenaic Stadium
Kate at the Parthenon
First again in a field of one

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens March 26th 2012

A very smart person once said that what matter the most while traveling is the people you meet, not the things you see. To describe Greece is to evoke enhancing images of azure blue seas, magnificent beaches with crystal clear waters, mountains right with the scent of thyme, picturesque villages and the incomparable, magnificent islands. The question was: how to have a taste of Greece in only two weeks? We could have spent all this time in the Cyclades, but I told myself I will come back and give it a sufficient amount of time. We chose to visit Corfu, Athens, Thessaloniki, Crete and Rhodes. First stop Corfu. Happy to be out the boat. We have been talking about visiting this country for so long. We are waiting for the bus to pick us up and ... read more
view at Corfu

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens March 3rd 2012

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Ekali February 19th 2012

We went to Greece this last weekend! It was a great experience. We started off by taking a commuter train that is included in our metro passes rather than a taxi or bus. It was interesting, they use electric trains everywhere, not just for the metro, and it is astonishing how many tunnels they have built under this city. They use the rails they have built soo much also. Christina is already tired of how many times I have expressed my love of this airport, BUT I will tell you. It is the most amazing airport I have ever been to, it is difficult not to be happy inside of it. It is kind of like DIA in the way that they have a big tent like structure built, but its different in scale, material, and ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens February 2nd 2012

After a wonderful week in Belgium and seeing everybody again, it was time to go back to Athens. I didn’t really feel like leaving so it was good that Sigrid was coming with me! That made me excited to come back again:) Wednesday (30-11-’11) We were both pretty tired so we slept in until 11o’clock. Then we went to the Omonia market, both to show Sigrid what the markets are like in Athens and to use her as my personal carrier :p haha no, we wanted to cook ourselves a lot that week so we would save some money:) After bringing everything back to the apartment and eating some dinner, we went to the Olympic site that was used in 2004. Deserted as always, it was nice to see the beautiful buildings and walk around for ... read more
At dinner
At new year's eve
In the bar at new year's eve


Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens January 4th 2012

Five years ago (almost to the exact day), I was in Paris with five hours between flights. It was meant to be four days, but a series of unfortunate events made me miss two different flights out of Dublin. By the time I made it to the City of Lights, I was already scheduled to leave for Lisbon. It was midnight and -5ºC outside, but it was Paris. I caught the bus into the city and found it sleeping. I hid my backpack in a bush and pranced down the deserted Champs-Élysées, under the Arc de Triomphe and through the frozen gardens of the Louvre. The only other person I saw was a bum who followed me for a few blocks, yelling in French. Cold and a bit scared, I returned to the airport, thankful for ... read more
Western Gate
Greek Convenience

Europe » Greece » Attica » Cape Sounion December 29th 2011

... Temple of Poseidon The temple for the god of the sea and everything in it is situated in a pretty idylic spot. I spent two days trying to get to Poseidon. The first time with an American girl, failed, we ended up spending half the day on local buses going around in circles. As fate would have it, there was a second time a few days later when I was supposed to go there with a crew of 4-5 people I had met. Unfortunately the ordeal of changing my travellers cheque in Athens lasted approximately 3 and a half hours. The last time I will use a travellers cheque while travelling, I hope. So I missed being at the departure point at the time we had organised. I decided to go anyway and finally I ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Vassilikos December 27th 2011

Kah-lee-MEH-rah (good morning), Before I begin to tell you where I have been, let me explain where I am now. My dear friend Hassan is curled up next to the space heater that our host family has provided. He has kindly asked me to toss him a pillow and in my nature I have chosen the kitchiest option our flat could provide - an enormous red, heart shaped "I love you" pillow whose origins we cannot guess. The redness creates a strong contrast to the gray, black and white shades that adorn the rest of our temporary home. Come to think of it, as I have woven myself through the Athenian streets in these past few days, the whole color scheme has been that of a black & white movie. I think the local description for ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Glyfa December 25th 2011

Athens Going to Athens on Christmas Eve was an interesting way to spend Christmas. The flight was suprisingly full and business as usual. I flew with Aegean a Greek airline, which had an interesting and sobering editorial on the crisis currently facing Greece. To be honest I was at the same time a little bit uneasy and fascinated by the trip to Greece. I have a facebook friend who had been posting revolutionary material on facebook over the previous few months and on arriving in Greece I was half expecting to find myself in Armageddon. Maybe there was a cease fire for Christmas, but in any case after hanging out with a Turkish guy for an hour or so and searching for my hostel in the early hours of the morning, I retired safely and soundly ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens December 22nd 2011

Monday (28-11-’11) In the morning I went to Celine’s place to make an assignment about Walt Disney, we worked pretty hard on it throughout the morning so I was glad we finished it in a couple of hours. Afterwards I passed the store to get some food and cleaned the apartment. In the evening ESN organised the eurodinner, they invited all the Erasmus students to come and bring a typical dish from your country. I didn’t know what to make but Elien and Laetitia already made a chocolate cake so I just went with them. When we arrived we were surprised to see that most people really made an effort to cook something. I regretted that I already ate because I wasn’t that hungry anymore. We stuffed ourselves with all the food we could eat, a ... read more
Cave of Perama
Helene, me, Wendy and Lora at the hotel

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