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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Rhodes November 29th 2006

I finally bought my ticket to Rhodes!!! Even though I used to go there every summer, I haven't been in about 10 years. I got a decent deal from Orbitz.com so I'm pretty happy about that. In the 10 years that I didn't go to Greece, I travelled all over the USA with a couple of drum and bugle corps. I'll be flying from Tampa, Fl to Rhodes, Greece on May 29th and returning on June 27th. Email me if you're going to be there!!... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Naxos November 4th 2006

We flew into Athens on Oct 30 to some misfortune. It was cold and rainy and we found ourselves at the luggage claim belt a bit longer than expected. The belt was empty and Ryan's bag didn't appear. So while we were already tight on time, we had to put in a claim and then run to the metro, which we just made. They actually had to reopen the doors for us. It was about a half hour ride to the Port of Piraeus where we scrambled through the rain to purchase our tickets and find the ferry. It wasn't hard to miss...it was basically a small cruise ship. After taking ferries in Nicaragua and Honduras we had some misconceived expectations....much to our delight. It was a gorgeous ferry with restaurants, tvs, dvd/movie rentals cushy seats, ... read more
Our Greek Halloween
Halloween Costume
"Bed Bugs"

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini November 4th 2006

Well Val and i felt fresh and alive after two weeks in Greece!! We deffinately indulged in the Gyros and Baklava...mmmmm!!So after an intense 2 days (overnight train, then overnight ferrie) of travelling from Rome to Athens, we were relieved that it was just another 8 hour ferrie to the island of Sanotrini!!! Trust me when i say it was worth the journey to the destination!! Just as i imagined it would be...narrow streets, beautiful white, blinding white even, were the houses, all propped up on the hills giving a spectacular view of the ocean all around!! Yes one might be close to paradise!! We even got to negotiate a luxiouious room seeing as it was low season...still sunny enough for me! We set off exploring the island with the quad that we rented! What a ... read more
Mykonos
Acropolis
stonehenge

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Paros October 26th 2006

This morning - bright and early - we boarded ship and set sail on the Aegean. I wasn't sure what to expect, other than magnificance.... The leader of our little expedition was a man named Peter Nicolaides (professional diver, oceanographer-biologist, off-shore engineer). He runs a school here called The Aegean Diving College and is one of the most intellegent, humble, fascinating individuals I've ever met. Yes, he's worked with Jaques Cousteau. Wow. Anyhoo... after Peter's lecture on the small islands just off the coast of Paros and the wonders beneath the sea (which, by the way, you can see from the boat - the water here is crystal clear... if you dropped a penny of the boat into 10 ft of water or more you could see it from the boat! - I'm getting away from ... read more
Peter

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Naxos October 17th 2006

On their way from Santorini to Turkey the mumbling travellers Nad and Ped found themselves cooling their heels on the Greek island of Naxos awaiting a connecting ferry to Samos and eventually the port town of Kusadaci in Turkey. The weather turned bad and a 2 night stop-over turned into an unforseen rainy and windy 8 nighter after the sea became too rough for the wussy-pussy-scardy cat captains to sail their monster ferry across. The very understanding couple took their time taking in the sights of their hotel room and the 14 inch colour tv while catching up on some much needed washing and the cooking a few homely meals. A classic case of turning a negative into a positive was the end result. And the weather got better too!... read more
Naxos
Naxos
Naxos

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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini October 15th 2006

We arrived in Santorini at 10pm and we couldnt see much but we knew we were going up hill in the bus. The road up was a zigzag pattern and a little scary because there wasnt much on the side. We dropped off some people at one place and drove a little further until the driver said this is as far as we go the rest is on foot. We thought he was joking but he wasnt. We had to find our way down a maze of stairs to our hotel. It was right on the edge of the cliff. We couldnt wait to wake up and see what it was like. Well, it was amazing! Words or even pictures cant truly capture what it is like. Our hotel was excellent. It had a patio area ... read more
View of harbour
Hotel Patio
Wayne enjoying the view

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 11th 2006

Ela! This is the Greece we had been waiting to see! Tiny narrow paved streets with white and blue houses and windmills lining the beach! Its so different to anywhere we have been and its hard to describe but you can reach out and touch the houses on both sides of the street. They are all white with blue windows and they are so close together its like walking through a maze. You never walk down the same street twice. Our hotel was so nice with a pool lined with sunbeds and even a hammock. Its a pity the weather was not good for swimming althought there were people determined to get a holiday tan still laying by it each day. Our first night was crazy. We met up with all of our new friends after ... read more
Us very drunk
The famous five
The famous pelican incident

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Paros October 8th 2006

So it's been awhile since I've reported here. I've now been on the island for a week and I think I'm suited to this environment very well. Athens was beautiful, as far as ancient art and food, but dirty and crowded and tourist-y. We left at the crack of dawn.... No, before the crack of dawn. The De La Soul show was the night before so I had zero sleep. (I danced on stage with De La and sang back up on "Me, Myself, and I" - it was the best night). The ferry ride was hell because I was exhausted, but heaven because of the sun rising over the sea and the live Greek music pouring from the musicians at the front of the boat. I slept sporadically. When we arrived, it was so dramatic. ... read more
Krios
the horses
On the Ferry

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini October 5th 2006

We began our trip to Santorini by leaving Olympia at 7am on the train. Our train took us from Olympia to Corinth then we transferred to a train to Athens. This ended up taking about six hours in total. We then went out to the docks at Piraeus to buy ferry tickets to Santorini. Our ferry was to leave at 5:30pm and we could board at four. So we hung out for a couple of hours and waited to board. I must admit the idea of taking the ferry scared me quite a bit at first (they are so unnaturally large) but once we got started I thought it was pretty cool. We arrived in Santorini at 4:00am, with no place to stay and no idea of what to do. There were a lot of hotel ... read more
Kyle on the ferry
First view of Fira
this is a donkey -- I hope you could figure that out on your own

Europe » Greece » South Aegean October 3rd 2006

Annette: Like Christopher, I have been delegated to write about our Greek Odyssey with the boys. Everybody who’s anybody knows that Greece has always been like the Holy Grail to me. Finally, with Ed, Matt and Paul in tow we set out on this journey of self discovery! After a semi teary goodbye to Christopher, we set out for the train ride to Luton airport which was pretty uneventful. That all changed when we arrived and our Easyjet flight had been replaced with Air Finland. The plane looked like something left over from WWII, with broken seats and threadbare carpet! Not very reassuring! And upon looking out the window, we discovered we could see not one, but HEAPS of other planes zooming by far too close for comfort! Now I’m not religious by any means, but ... read more
Dinner in Athens
Ferry to Paros
Hairy Greek Man




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