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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens March 9th 2020

"Welcome to Greece. The land of opportunity, taxes, more taxes and even more taxes". I noted this inscription as one of the more understandable pieces of graffiti on a wall in Plaka. It is fair to say that Greece has generally had a hard time of late. The economy hasn't faired well and there have been lifelines thrown by the EU, but all with strings attached. The strings aren't appreciated by all, who judging by this graffiti feel overburdened by the level of tax. The anti EU graffiti was fairly commonplace and often noted, as we wandered around during our stay. What was surprising was the pro Boris sentiment next door to the tax graffiti. Who would have thought that TFB was even known outside our shores? The elusive one turns out to be much favoured ... read more
Changing of the Guard, Hellenic Parliament, Athens
Olympic Stadium, Athens
Changing of the Guard, Hellenic Parliament, Athens

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens March 5th 2020

There is no getting away from the fact that the big draw in Athens is the Acropolis. It looms over you from most points in the city centre, as a self-advert that says "come up and see me sometime". By day, it glistens in the sunshine. By night, the uplifting lights mark out the form of the main structures. The majority make a bee line for the place on arrival, but as I said in my last blog we opted for the slow approach. A visit or three to the lesser sites will make you appreciate the place a whole lot more. We were up bright and early and out of the hotel by 8 am. Visiting the Acropolis needs planning. The crowds tend to arrive from their cruise ships docked in Piraeus harbour by mid-morning, ... read more
Brettos Distillery, Athens
Parthenon, Athens
Acropolis, Athens

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens March 4th 2020

There was a time when we were growing up, when summer holidays involved heading off to Spain. If it wasn't Spain, it was almost definitely Greece. Whilst the above fact registered with me, it didn't really affect my world. I was much more likely to be spending my summers round the Beechwood Avenue Cricket Academy than either destination. My first ever flight in my mid 20s was to Greece. Corfu, to be precise. Other Greek Islands followed. Kos and then Rhodes. I suspect that the party continues in Falaraki to this day. As a result I have a soft spot for the nation, although it dawns on me as I write, that was 33 years ago. I haven't set foot in Greece since. The Man in the Middle unsuccessfully tried to persuade me to join him ... read more
Hephaestus Temple, Ancient Agora, Athens
Panathenaic Stadium, Athens
Parliament Building, Athens

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka February 23rd 2019

On my last day in Greece, I took a one-day cruise from Athens to Hydra, Poros, and Aegina. After four days of climbing and trekking through temples, I figured a day on the water would be a nice way to end the week. About mid-way to our first stop of Hydra, we were invited to the dining hall for a demonstration and lesson of traditional Greek dancing. I enjoyed watching the volunteers take part in the learning. An Australian woman talked me in to participating – she twisted my rubber arm to do it. It was so much fun even if I was the only one who fell. We arrived into the port in Hydra. Other than motorized vehicles for garbage pick-up, there are no other vehicles on the island. It was a casual spot where ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens February 11th 2019

Cestovna horucka pokracuje aj noc pred odletom. Prakticku cely tyzden poriadne nespim, mam taky divny pocit z tejto cesty. Nieco podobne sa mi tusim este pred ziadnou cestu nestalo. Rano moj odvoz na zel.stanicu zaspal ale vlak stiham v pohode. V galante menim osobak za rychlik. Ten riadne napraskany (je rano a pondelok). Vdaka blbosti ludi sa mi uchadza miesto v kupecku. Boli tu volne 3miesta ale nik z ludi co stali v ulicke si tam nesadol. Fakt nepochopim zmyslanie ludi. V ba na ubohej hlavnej stanici tiez kopa ludi. Listok na mhd kupeny v pohode, 61tka prisla za 15min. Ta tez narvana ale cestou sa to vyprazdnovalo. Pred letiskom hliadkujuci policajti. Kedze som mal este tekute zasoby (nealko dzuse) ranajkovanie pred security. V batohu objavene navyse 2zemle. To ma dost nasralo, bo som sa tesil ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens November 3rd 2018

Today I saw the rest of the sights in Athens that I wanted to return to (after my initial visit here in 2012). I started at the National Archeological Museum where I concentrated on the displays dealing with the ancient Mycenaean civilization. I hope to visit the actual Mycenae site at some point and I was pleased to find a scale model of the hilltop fortress/city at the museum today. After the museum, I headed out to the Plaka section of Athens. It is an area of narrow streets, mostly pedestrianized, where little shops sell everything under the sun. There were big crowds there today, maybe more so because it is a Saturday. I had lunch at an outdoor table with a great Acropolis view. And then I walked up there. It is a substantial uphill ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens November 2nd 2018

I am now in Athens, Greece. I spent much of the day yesterday in airports or airplanes. The flight from Dubai to Athens is over five hours, but I was comfortable in my Emirates business class seat. I checked into the hotel and went out to dinner fairly soon after that. I went to a place near the Acropolis Museum and had Greek vegetarian food that was delicious and inexpensive and I don’t know the names of any of it. Then I spent the rest of the evening in the Acropolis Museum, which is open until 10pm on Fridays. I wasn’t there quite that late but I got to see statuary, metopes, friezes, scale models, and explanatory signs. I found it all quite interesting and, to top it off, the Acropolis itself was lit up and ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens September 20th 2018

What is it that keeps us from falling in love? Is it just our initial judgment of looks? Maybe just a needed haircut or a couple fewer tattoos would have made a difference. Is it just a bad first impression? Perhaps it's just a little too loud or the crowds of people that seem to always be hanging around. Was it just too soon after a previous affair that you weren't quite over? Maybe you just couldn't stop comparing to that recent favored love. Was it just the season? Were you so burnt by the summer heat that you just couldn't motivate yourself to see beyond the obvious exterior characteristics? Perhaps it is was just bad timing. You just weren't ready to start a new relationship. Perhaps it is actually something within your own self. You ... read more
Acropolis- Athens, Greece
Brettos
Roman Agora

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens September 16th 2018

Inca o capitala care s-a lasat asteptata in descoperirea valorilor- Atena. Locul unde se impleteste arheologia. Locul elementelor grecesti si a oratoriei. E de inteles la ce peisaje si clima au. Am ales Hotelul Nestorion, 3 zile, pret 50euro, locatia buna, TV plasma, AC, wifi perfect, parcare in fata hotelului, camera spatioasa, aproape de mijloacele de transport.... read more
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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
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The Symmetry
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