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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 16th 2018

Day 22 - Below and Above Ground We were able to get our airport transfer to swing by the caves on the way to the airport so we planned to leave Athens after lunch. We filled our morning with one more set of ruins and a bit of shopping. The Temple of Hephaestus was part of an area called the Ancient Agora. This area shows evidence of habitation as early as 2000 BC. The temple was one of the most complete temples found in Athens. It makes sense that the Greek god of the forge and engineering had a pretty sturdy temple. It also helps that it was turned into a church at one point. The area below the temple was a big meeting place for locals and was where citizens could go to view decrees ... read more
Impressive Columns
The Symmetry

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka July 15th 2018

Day 21 - The Acropolis and Filopappou Hill (and points in between) Our plan was to get to the gates of the Acropolis early to avoid the worst of both the heat and the crowds. We also entered from the eastern gate, the one not used by all the tour companies. This took us past many of the sites lower on the hill such as the Theatre of Dionysus, several temples, caves that had been turned into churches, the work sites of various craftsmen, and a roman era theater that is still used today. We finally made it to the gates of the Acropolis and walked up the marble steps to the summit. We were able to see the Parthenon, the temple to Athena Nike, and many other smaller temples on the summit. The whole area ... read more
Special Seats
Expanded by romans

Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi July 14th 2018

Day 20 - Delphi We decided to only take one tour outside of Athens on this trip. Delphi is one of the more important historic sites outside of Athens. We booked a tour with George’s Taxi for a full day private ride and tour to Delphi. The driver, Stratos, drove us to the sites, gave us a bit of history and tips for the locations, booked us lunch, and even let us sleep on the way back. The price was very reasonable and over all we think it was the best way to do the trip. It was about a 2 hour drive to Delphi so we started out at 7:25 AM. Stratos had a 30 min video to watch on the way that gave us a bit of background on the site. It was very ... read more
Storage for the (small) offerings
I spy a roman at Delphi

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka July 12th 2018

Days 18 and 19 - Athens Bound One of the big side trips this summer is an extended weekend trip to Athens. We spent Thursday morning packing and closing up the flat for our late afternoon flight. While London has been hot, Athens is even hotter so we were able to pack light, taking only a couple of small carry-ons for the three of us. We got into the Athens airport after 10 PM, got a ride to the house were were staying at and checked in. It was midnight local time so we headed to bed, planning to sleep in a bit before exploring the city the next day. Friday was our first full day and we started with a greek breakfast and then a walking tour to see what we could find. Athens started ... read more
Bridge Selfie

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool July 10th 2018

Days 16 and 17 - A magical, mysterious, trip to Liverpool and the other International Wilsons One outing Anne was really looking forward to this summer was a day trip to Liverpool. Michelle agreed to go but wasn’t all that interested and Tony suggested we go while he was in the office. So, Anne booked two tickets “to ride” and a magical mystery tour for her and Michelle. They left early out of Euston Station and Tony walked them safely to Waterloo before going back to meet some friends. The International Wilsons who were coming in from Argentina (just as Anne and Michelle left). Tony has known Dave since college, and our families remain close. Tony offered our flat as a place to freshen up and have some real breakfast while they waited for their flat ... read more
Allons y!
Liverpool...colder than London
Meanwhile, back in London

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent July 7th 2018

Days 13, 14 and 15 - A Driving Tour of (part of) Kent When planning our summer, everyone had some ideas of what they wanted to do. One area that appealed to everyone was the Southeast area of England. Tony put together a general list of places to visit and we set off by train on Saturday to Ashford to rent a car. Much easier than renting in London and trying to drive out. Our first stop was the sound mirrors near New Romney. They were used during WWI to track aircraft flying over the channel from France. They were the preceding technology to RADAR and were pretty successful while they were being used. The access to the site is only open two days a year and we happened to be able to catch one. The ... read more
Madonna Inn?
Dry Moat

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark July 4th 2018

Wednesday was a quiet 4th of July here in London. Anne and Michelle spent it doing laundry, relaxing, catching up on some video editing, and grocery shopping. Dinner in the flat followed by a nice evening walk and some strawberry shortcake made it a great day. Thursday, Anne and Michelle took the train to Brighton to shop in the second hand stores and check out the seaside. The ride was not long and they found some pretty neat stores as well as a pretty cool toy museum. Michelle bought a few pairs of flowy pants and they spent some time at the Brighton Pier amusement park. They wandered up the beach and through the historic shops on the Lanes. They took the second to last train back to London, which ended up being quite crowded, and ... read more
Big Ben in a Box
Under London Romans

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 2nd 2018

Days 8 and 9 - Disneyland and Paris, the office and Football Anne and Michelle had an early train so Tony arranged an Uber to the station and went along to see them off before heading into the office. The train ride was only 2.5 hours to Paris and then another 1 hour out to Disneyland. Everything went pretty smoothly on the way there and they were in the park about an hour after opening. There are two parks at Disneyland Paris; Disneyland and Disney Studios. Disney Studios is similar to California Adventure in that it has shorter hours and seems to focus on the newer Disney franchises. Some of the rides are duplicates of other parks (Rockin Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Flying Carpets) but they have some unique rides including Crush’s Coaster and Ratatouille: ... read more
We made it!
The only Mickey Bars we saw
Lunch Time

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 30th 2018

Day 6 and 7 - Potter and Friends Today we revisited the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios. We first went 4 years ago but had a somewhat rushed trip. This time we were able to get our fill and see some new additions to the tour since we were last here. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter films and enjoy getting a look behind the scenes (and have a decent attention span) we highly recommend this tour. There are enough tidbits and details to make you want to watch the series all over again. Pro Tip 1: Get tickets early… insanely early… they are booked 2-3 months in advance. Pro Tip 2: Get early tickets (as in early in the day). We opted for 10:30, and spent 3.5 hours, and still had time ... read more
Age Limit
Open wide
So small

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark June 29th 2018

Day 5 - An Animal Zoo and a People Zoo Last night was Anne’s turn for a sleepless night. So, while Tony got up and headed into work “early”, Michelle and Anne had a later start. It’s worth pointing out that “early” today meant leaving the flat at 0930. Tony has decided that he will leave the flat at 0700 from now on. This morning, he was sitting in stopped traffic for 20 minutes out of his 50 minute bus commute. Michelle and Anne decided today was a great day to visit the zoo. The London Zoo has a long history and it was interesting to see the layers in the different exhibits and enclosures. It can be found in Regent's Park and is bordered by Regent’s Canal. It is the Home of the reptile house ... read more
Naughty Monkeys
Water Taxi
I'm on a boat!

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