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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens March 25th 2008

Animal update: goats ripping the leaves from branches and sheep nibbling grass from alongside the road, and did I mention lots of stray cats? I figured out there are so many stray dogs and cats here because the Greeks considering spaying and neutering to be cruel, more so than, say, starvation and poisoned food. Quite a different outlook than at home... I spent the last two days in a lovely little town in the Peloponnese named Nafplio. A former capital of Greece and an important port since the Bronze age, it is surrounded by three fortresses, only one of which I visited. I have to say that it is a truly beautiful part of the country, overrun in every direction this time of year with yellow, white, red and purple wildflowers. The first day I explored ... read more
Palamidi Fortress II
Nafplio III
Nafplio IV

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens March 23rd 2008

Well it's been a whirlwind past couple of days, with many hours spent on the bus. I also have further updates on the animal life here in Athens. Not only are there bats, but on Friday morning as I wandered out of the hostel one of the stray dogs got up, looked at me and proceeded to walk me to the metro station, which I hadn't been to before. I suppose they do serve some civic purpose! Unfortunately I didn't have a snack to give him. Then, as I got off the metro and went to find the National Archaeological Museum I passed this crazy parade of at least a dozen little fuzzy caterpillars, again, pointing me in the right direction. Maybe the other animals also like to see the sights? The National Archaeological Museum was ... read more
Horse and young rider
Embarrased Aphrodite

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens March 20th 2008

Some first impressions. So far the hostel is working out pretty well. It's not too much top write home about but it's on a nice residential street filled with orange trees and communal dogs. The drivers are batty, with motorcycles threatening to run you over at every turn, and cars that can't find parking simply park on the sidewalk. Despite the concrete jungle angle, there's actually a lot of (nonhuman) life in this city. Loads of birds and wildflowers wherever a bit of green space has gone unattended. Some beautiful red poppies in particular. I spent today walking everyone as the metro strike is still on. First thing this morning was the Acropolis, which my guidebook lists as "the most important ancient monument in the Western world" - although I'm not too sure about that myself. ... read more
Theatre of Dionysos
The Erechteion

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens March 20th 2008

Well, I've touched down and am now typing from my hostel in Athens. The flights went ok, if you like that sort of thing. The food and drinks were good and we didn't crash, so I call that a success. I had a few anxious moments...but we won't go into that now. After getting in at two in the morning I had a little nap at the airport - rated as one of the best airports for sleeping, by the way - and then took the bus to central Athens and walked the rest of the way to my hostel. There is a strike going on here, and the metro isn't running, but this sites seem pretty concentrated near the area I'm staying so I'm not too concerned. After sitting all those hours on the plane ... read more

There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror. - Orson Welles Well, I'll soon be off. My British Airways flight leaves tonight around 8:30 and I should arrive at Heathrow (London) in the early afternoon. After customs and some time to grab lunch and learn some essential Greek, I'll take an early evening flight and arrive the next day in Athens. I am excited, but not about the flights, which anyone who knows me should understand. My plan is to sleep as much as possible, and when I wake up I'll be there! I do hope there's some free champagne, however... I still need to pack but otherwise I'm ready to go, boarding pass and all. I'll send out another notice when I touch down in Greece. Kaló taxídi! ... read more

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.  Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.  -Mark Twain Hello all, and welcome to my first and only travel blog. I hope that you haven't had too much trouble finding it, and I would recommend that you spend some time looking around the site to see how it works. You'll find you can subscribe, leave comments to my posts and send messages to me privately. Commentary is encouraged! You should note, however, that this blog is public and so anyone may read your comments - type wisely. A few things first. To those whom I've invited to this blog, I have ... read more

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