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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
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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
Rooftop
Parthenon

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka September 30th 2016

Apologies for taking so long to write this. It is now Tuesday night (actually, now Thursday night), the first part of my flights home left Athens at 4.20pm on Thursday, after a wait of around four hours at Dubai we left at about 2am Friday morning, landing at Kuala Lumpar at about 1pm and landing at Melbourne at 1am Saturday (local times used). Having an awesome daughter who insisted on picking me up from the airport regardless of the time of my landing, I decided to book a room at the Parkroyal at Tullamarine Airport (with super comfy beds). Last Thursday turned out quite interesting. Another Greek breaky of ham and cheese on buttered bread, this time with full confidence (all the awkward peering under lids to inspect the contends having been done the morning before). ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka July 23rd 2016

Day 182 Monday 18th July 2016 – Athens Our hotel does not offer a laundry service but gave us directions to a laundromat which was roughly in the direction of our destination today the National Archaeological Museum. We decided not to take our dirty clothes for a walk just in case we could not find it or it was too expensive, we eventually found it and it was cheap, great we will air our dirty laundry tomorrow. Next door to the Laundromat is a Refugee service centre and there was a queue of about twenty men going into it, and this has been the only sign of the refugees in this city that we have seen. We actually expected to see lots of refugees on the streets here begging but we have only seen ... read more
Georgios Averof
National Archaeological Museum
National Archaeological Museum

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka July 20th 2016

Day 178 Thursday 14th July 2016 – Larnaca to Athens We have a 1.00pm flight today so it is a nice easy start to the day, we had breakfast in the apartment and then packed and got a taxi at 10.30am to the airport. As we arrived we saw three dogs entering the airport and at first glance we thought sniffer dogs then looked at the people with them and they were tourist. It turned out they were dogs from the Nicosia Dog Shelter going to new homes, they were being put into cages in the terminal for their flights, first time we have seen dogs lining up for a flight. This is a quick flight to Athens only 1.5 hours making sure we got stamped in, we have been to Athens twice before ... read more
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Acropolis
Temple Of Olympian Zeus

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka June 14th 2016

I see I have been slacking again on the blog front - sorry about that! Sunday I finally got to ride a Greek train, and it was a great trip. I was in a six-seat compartment - very old-fashioned, but a brand new carriage. The trip was long because the train really slowed down when it was winding its way through a couple of ranges of hills. I didn't mind at all because the scenery was fantastic. At one point we were passing through deeply-eroded limestone with plunging gorges and cross-capped pinnacles. Yesterday was taken up by practical matters, primarily getting the third rabies jab. True to form this proved to involve travelling to two widely-separated places and spending a lot of time waiting. Anyway, it's done. Number 4 will happen in Germany and it will ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka May 13th 2016

The flight from Copenhagen went smoothly - I was surprised there was no passport control on arrival. The wonders of the EU! I was driven to the hotel by a very chatty young Greek who told me of his adventures visiting Istanbul. Several good tips. The group met in the bar - there are 14 of us including the leader - and we boarded an enormous bus to drive out to Cape Sounion, the southernmost tip of Attica. There is a temple to Poseidon on the hilltop. Scenic as all get out. We stopped at a seafood restaurant on the way back. Huge quantities of fried calamari, shrimp and small fish, then a grilled whole fish. Back to the hotel, and I went straight to bed.... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka December 18th 2015

After missing our 0430 flight to Athens, which we were one hour early for (don't ask, I'm still furious and awaiting a refund) we arrived in Athens in the late afternoon. We quickly got our rental car and were off to drive northwest into the mountains to visit Delphi and Thermopylae. Dennis wanted to visit Greece during this trip to see some historical sites, mainly Sparta and Thermopylae. I think the only reason he agreed to this trip was that I humored him for a 3 day Greek tour to see what he wanted to see. I had briefly visited Athens 20 years ago on Mediterranean cruise with my Mom and grandparents, and looked forward to returning both here and Istanbul. We drove for about 3 hours and arrived in the town of Delfoi after dark ... read more
Leonidas statue at Sparta

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka August 3rd 2015

Dag 10 - Athene Om half negen staan we allemaal weer klaar in de lobby, gereed voor nog een dagje Athene. We stappen na een kort ritje in een enorm drukke metro, uit in Plaka, en vinden daar snel weer een gezellig stekkie om te ontbijten. Na het ontbijt lopen we via de boog van Adrianus (niet te verwarren met onze frauduleuze Adrianos van gisteren!) naar de tempel van Zeus. Een enorme tempel waarvan nog een aantal zuilen statig overeind staan en tevens diverse gedeeltes nog goed zichtbaar zijn. Na het bezichtigen van deze tempel lopen we naar het Kallimarmaro stadion en bezichtigen deze vanaf het plein ervoor. Het rondje dat Kevin er hard gelopen heeft, besluiten we maar over te slaan in deze enorme hitte😉. Vervolgens besluiten we de bus te nemen naar de voet ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka April 23rd 2015

We got into Athens late on Easter Sunday. We were a little worried that nothing would be opened on Monday but luckily there was a lot to do, just with limited hours. The weather was beautiful as we walked from our hotel to the Panathenaic Stadium. The city was the same as I remembered - grey, dirty, and graffitied, but the big marble stadium looked beautiful as we approached. The entrance included an audio guide so we grabbed one and started off on our Olympic tour. We walked the perimeter before heading into the Athlete's tunnel towards the hall filled with Olympic torches and posters of many of the past Olympic competitions. A quick mini race on the track and hike up to the top of the stairs and we were on our way to the ... read more
Athlete's entrance to the stadium
Changing of the guards
Parthenon




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