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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Rhodes July 16th 2007

(Long blog; lots of pics; enjoy what you will) Arrived about 10 AM. Found a good place to sleep on the ferry, that was nice. Deviating from my original plan, cut a day out of Kos, so I'm early to Rhodes & got a hostel in Old Town. Very hot! But otherwise, Rhodes is cool. Old Town is a fortified (walled-in) city. It's pretty big, elaborate labrynth of cobblestone streets, some wider, sometimes opening to bigger squares, some incrediblely narrow. To enter Old Town, you cross (what may have been a moat?) bridges to enter through "gates" which are arched short tunnels (the shade is great!). It's incredible how some of these people's houses seem to be built into the walls. It's really bizzare how you walk down these narrow streets & just see some ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Rhodes July 15th 2007

We walked into Rhodes today and spent some hours exploring the old town after dipping our feet ceremoniously in the Mediterranean. Greece appealed. The people are friendly and speak English, the shops are good, prices of food are more reasonable than we have previously experienced, the weather is hot and glorious, and it is beautiful. How could you go wrong? It was really interesting to walk through and experience this whole thriving community that live on and amongst ruins dating to the 4th century B.C. We also toured the Palace of the Grand Masters, an odd and fascinating collection of British, French, Roman and Byzantine art and history. -Erica ... read more
First dip in the Mediterranian
Inside the Palace
Palace of the Grand Masters

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Kos July 14th 2007

Yesterday was Friday the 13th! My day in Kos, you could write the script now, walked about & checked the tourist district & the beach, got some food... Saw Fracture at an outdoor movie theater (Greek subtitles); it was a good movie, wıth Anthony Hopkins. And, get ready Sarah, stopped for the late night sweet crepe, peanut butter & Nutello (which is a chocolate spread widely popular in Europe). Eventually went to my room for the nıght whıch turned out to be awful. Not so much the shower this time, but it was stifleing warm & mosquitos buzzing about. Needless to say, İ tossed, turned & cursed, put ınsect repellant on & Benedryl, all wıth slıght dozıng. That lasted for about 4 hrs (130-530); İ couldnt take ıt any longer, showered, left & found a ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Rhodes July 13th 2007

How time flies when you're having fun!! Can't believe I'm nearly half way through my time here. I definately know I'm in Rhodes now as I carry a torch with me at night - there are so many power cuts in the old town, have experienced about 4 in the past couple of weeks. Thankfully most of them are when you are in your bed, 1 time was when I had just ordered a drink and a snack, thankfully it happened after the snack had been cooked so I didn't have to wait a further 40 mins to eat!! Also you know you are in Greece when the government staff places close down early on certain days of the week to conserve energy from using all the air con machines!! They go on strike quite a ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos July 12th 2007

Untitled Monday-Thursday Arrive in Mykonos before 7... in the morning. We got up at 3:45am in Athens to catch a taxi to the airport for the 20 minute hop across the Aegean Sea. Just to let you know, we saved more than a few bucks for our pain and suffering. MYKONOS GOT WIND. Plenty of wind. But it helps keep things cool, most of the time. Mykonos is the kind of place best seen up close. From a distance it looks like a bunch of white rocks, which are the white-washed houses, on top of a pile of brown rocks, the island. It's as barren as a desert with hardly any green to be seen. Fortunately, we stayed at a beautiful hotel which irrigated the trees and flowers around it. We had an outstanding view ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 12th 2007

Untitled Thursday, (Friday we went on an All Day Tour- that's on the next blog), Saturday, Sunday, Monday If you ever travel to Greece and only have time to see one island, make it Santorini. It has the most spectacular vistas I've ever seen. The island was born from the eruptions of a volcano, leaving behind what they call the caldera, the outer edges of the crater. We traveled from Mykonos to Santorini on a high-speed hydrofoil which took about 3 hours, less than half the time of a regular ferry. And it rides just like a plane. All the ferries arrive at the new port at the bottom of a cliff. After gettting off we then took a taxi to Perissa on the other side of the island. The ride to the top up ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 12th 2007

Finally with the whole family Europe » Greece » Santorini By Dave090 July 12th 2007 David Weinstein Well after a long full day in Athens, Debra and I took the ferry to the Greek isles and have met up with our parents and Jeremy (my brother). The Greek isles are very beautiful. We are having a great time all being together. As always, there is not much time to type. We saw so many things in Athens though. The Acropolis was wonderful but crowded. All the other runes and museums were excellent. Santorini is also very nice. The food is great, and the weather amazing. This afternoon we are taking a boat to the volcano center and to swim in hot springs. It should be grea... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Milos July 11th 2007

Ajd...notre dernier jour en Grece! On est sur notre derniere ile....Milos, lile de la fameuse Venus. On a ete moins longtemps sur cette ile la...juste deux jours...mais cetait une des plus belles....On a fait un tour de bateau dune journee autour de lile...ou ils nous emmenaient dans des plages pas acessibles par la route...des anciens repaires de pirates et des trucs comme ca et on a fait un peu de plongee. ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Paros July 11th 2007

Greetings from Paros everyone. We left behind the big city feeling of Athens (we enjoyed our time but we were ready to move on) for the “real Greek” feeling of the islands. “This is what I thought Greece was going to be like” (to quote more than one Connor child). Up at 5am, walking 5 blocks heavy laden with packs (one on front and one on the back - the kids received more than their share of smiles from bleary eyed Greek business commuters and yes Carol B we have to take lessons from you on packing lighter!!), we made our way by Metro to the port of Pireaus. Unlike B.C. ferries, there are 8 or 10 large ferries simply backed onto a slab of concrete serving as a port with a cars and passengers ... read more
Sunset in Naoussa
Surfs up
Decadence

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos July 11th 2007

Unfortunately this hotel does not pick you up at the port. (Ironically, it is by far the most expensive accomodation of my trip. Just one night here & then to Paradise Beach; they couldn't accomodate me there both nights). So I had to navigate the public bus, not too bad. Got dropped off in Mykonos Town, but then had to figure out the other bus to Psarou Beach; that was a bit of a challenge as Mykonos Town, by the waterfront, has a labrynth of streets; actually specifically designed that way to confuse marauding pirates. Of course, the heat of the day doesn't help. Anyway, got dropped off near the hotel & with some more pointing in the right direction, I got there 830 PM! A room with air conditioning! But again, the shower was ... read more
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