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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens August 7th 2011

We got woken up at 10 to head out of the hostel. Only to find that great, the owner of our hostel had charged us for the 2nd reservation from last night without taking to us about it so we were unable to refund it and have now paid double! Grrrr very annoying! And now they are full for the 15th so we cant get a booking for that night! Meh we'll figure something out! So we got directions and headed to our hotel for tonight where our group meets later on today. On the way we stopped for beakie at a cute lil cafe and I had the best omelette and El had a nice toasted sandwich. We got given free metro tickets from these guys at our hostel which was amazing cos we needed ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Glyfada August 6th 2011

Steve thought he set the alarm for 7am but apparently not! Thankfully Rachel woke up and realized it was late. She called in to us “did you guys mean to still be sleeping at 9:30?” Damn, that would be a big no! We leapt out of bed (well sort of) and gathered up the last few things. We packed up the car and locked up the house. Rachel and I went around Mikrokastro and took photos; the morning was a little misty and atmospheric after the previous night's rain and made for some good photos. While Rachel and I were driving around taking photos we saw some sheep and their shepherd and some big herding dogs. Meanwhile Steve went to his Thea Dina’s and together they went to Stergios grave where Steve left the candle from ... read more
Mikrokastro view 1
Mikrokastro view 2
Mikrokastro view 3

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens August 3rd 2011

Our flight to Athens was great... a little turbulance which I am not a fan of BUT Aegean air is awesome. It was only a two hour flight but we had a full meal and beverage service, so by the time we were done eating our lunch we had arrived in Athens. It was also awesome to fly over Italy during the day. I could see both coastlines of Italy at the same time from the sky it was pretty cool. Our time in Athens was very short but memorable. We arrived in Athens at around 4 pm but with delays in travel and no taxis we didn't arrive in our hotel till around 630pm. We probably could have rushed to the Acropolis but when we arrived at our hotel and saw that it had a ... read more
Mojito time
Woah, is that the Acropolis?
Sunset

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 22nd 2011

Up by Noon! Oh boy not a good trend!! We decided to have an easy day since we were going to visit with the Marias tonight and still had to pack so we could be downstairs for our transfer to the ferry by 5:30am in the morning. But Steve did get up around 8:30am to run the dirty laundry over to the Laundromat so we could get it back by 5pm. When we left the hotel we walked to Psirri to get some bougatsa and crepes for breakfast. On the way back Rachel made an appointment to get a pedicure at 4:30 since she thought the spa one she got at home was so awful. We also tried to find the custom hat maker that I saw on Matt Barrett’s website, but she had gone out ... read more
Typical Greece Convenience Store
Church in the middle of Ernou Street
Casualty of the 'riots'

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 21st 2011

So much for an early start before it got too hot out, slept in again – Damn! First up today was Hadrian’s Library. It was really hot out again so we took it slow and walked around the ruins taking loads of photos. Hadrian’s Library was built by Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 132 on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens. The most important monuments of the site are: - Quatrefoil Building. The building with the four apses, dated to the 5th century A.D., an Early Christian church - Church of Megale Panaghia. The first church was a three-aisled basilica, built in the 7th century A.D. on the ruins of the quatrefoil building which had been destroyed in the 6th century A.D. The basilica was in its turn destroyed in the 11th century A.D. ... read more
Monastiraki Square
Hadrian's Library
Hadrian's Library

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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Alimos July 21st 2011

There has been a lot of unrest in Greece since the beginning of time. Other countries have often occupied Greece and many things have been done against Greece. The Nazis stole all of the Jewish gold and artwork and Germany has never recompensed them. Many of their temples and old buildings have been destroyed either by occupation from another country or by an earthquake. Some ruins are still being discovered. We saw a group of American archeological students excavating an area about which has information has not yet been released. In Athens there are no single house dwellings. Everyone lives in an apartment. All of the apartment buildings are alike as many were destroyed or decrepit after time. Athens has a big problem with illegal immigrants, due to a United Nations Policy, Athens may not turn ... read more
Miles and Miles of City
Vassilios our tour guide
The Parthenon

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 20th 2011

Well we meant to get up early to head out, but slept until 11am when Papous called and woke us up! Damn!! Sooo then we missed breakfast too! Argh. We first walked over to Monastiraki Square and bought hats, well Rachel and I did because the sun was blistering hot. We then headed out by Metro to Syntagma Square to the Vodaphone store for some minutes for my European unlocked cell phone. I knew it would come in handy again. Then we walked across the square to the Parliament building and watched the Evzones changing of the guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Rachel and I posed with the Evzone on the left, but Steve passed on the opportunity. We also got some video of the ceremonial changing of position which was ... read more
Transport
Syntagma Square
Evzone

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 19th 2011

Today I made 2 trips to 2 different destinations which are in contrast to each other. One is the Cape Sounion where located the remains of Poseidon Temple. The other is Athens Olympic Sports Complex. I as if went from the ancient Greece of 440 BC to a new, modern, spectacular Athens of the year 2004. And that was a amazing experience. Cape Suonion is located 69 kilometres south of Athens, at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula in Greece. It was a very crucial spot to protect the area of Athens. The temple of Poseidon was constructed in approx. 440 BC, over the ruins of a temple dating from the Archaic Period. It is perched above the sea at a height of almost 60 m. The total number of original columns was 42: 16 ... read more
The Olympic Stadium "Spiros Louis"
Poseidon Temple
Olympic Complex gate

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 19th 2011

I am in Athens at the port trying to get back into town but the metro is not working. I walk 500m down the road to catch a bus - I can’t buy a ticket. I catch the bus anyway to get to a tram, which will go around the world but nevertheless I will not be waiting with the thousands of tourists trying to catch the only bus to the centre from the port. The next day I need to get to the airport from Monistiraki. I couldn’t buy a ticket on the tram and the Metro was no different. I could only pay the 8 euro fare with coins. All machines couldn’t accept notes and there was no one stationed at the ticket booths. Why am I telling you this? Well just a few ... read more
3 - Greek Protests still didn
2 - Syntagma
4 - passionate protester

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 19th 2011

We waited a really long time for our luggage to appear on the baggage carousel and I was beginning to think it hadn’t made the connection in Zurich but eventually all the bags showed up. Rachel and I stayed with the luggage and Steve went and found Dimitri from Fantasy Travel at the other end of the baggage claim area. Dimitri led us outside to an awesome Mercedes mini bus! And we were the only passengers – cool!! The mini bus was especially cool since there was a taxi strike going on in Greece. Dimitri filled us in on all our travel arrangements for the Athens and islands portions of our trip on the ride from the airport to the Hotel Attalos on Athinas Street in the Monastiraki area of Athens. We had vouchers for each ... read more
Thissio
Thissio
Apolis - Anna & Michelle




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