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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 7th 2017

It was one of those sad moments when we realised we had to leave another little piece of heaven. At 7.40 we paid up and set off in the direction of Delphi. Our plan was to get through before the morning traffic made it impossible to navigate through. Even at this early hour cars were stopping in the middle of the street to drop people off and the buses were making their way to the Sanctuary. However despite the double parking today it would be possible to get parking even for Suzy. As we travelled higher into the mountain the scenery changed. More limestone karst with fewer wild flowers. More shrubs with the lilacs in full bloom. We were heading for a little known monument on the side of the road at Lefktra (modern Thives) Sadly ... read more
Monument in the middle of nowhere
Hadrians Arch
The new stadium

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 3rd 2017

We met up with 4 of the group who will stay with us on Spetses Island. The air BnB we'd rented was centrally located in the Plaka area of the city just below the Acropolis. We were able to see plenty and find restaurants and shops on foot. On Thursday, April 27, we met the guide we had hired to give us a walking tour of the area. Stelios, an archeologist, spoke excellent English and was very knowlegeable about ancient and modern history. For my first time in Greece, this was a great introduction. I look forward to seeing more at the end of our stay.On Friday April 28 we made our way to Spetses Island by train, then catamaran ferry. The villa we have rented for a month is just near the ferry port in ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens March 29th 2017

Athens reputation as rude, crummy, and “get out of there” is agreed upon by the everyone in the world. Nonetheless, I made a stop in the historic town and went on a date. The woman was as miserable as the city. I sat in a café admiring the coffee press when Daphne came sauntering through the patio door. The most interesting conversation topic was the cats; felines are crucial to understanding this city because the stray cat population of Athens in some neighborhoods may exceed the citizen count. Humorously, the cat culture is similar to the Greek citizens who also stroll the streets alone, ignore each other, and lick their own economic wounds. Daphne, as a true Athenian, has adopted 9 cats concurrently living in her tiny apartment. It’s apparently popular to feed and/or house stray ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens February 18th 2017

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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens February 18th 2017

Geo: 37.9792, 23.7166I am slowly catching up on my blog posts. It is after the fact but better late than never I suppose. I flew from Rome to Athens on Feb. 12 and met up with Brenda. We spent just a few days in Athens before heading to Egypt but it was a great taste of the city and left me wanting more. A few days in Athens has been a real pleasure. The current city is not that old, unlike Rome, because it was almost completely abandoned during the Middle Ages and over centuries of invaders and wars most of the ancient buildings were destroyed, ruins were looted etc. The result is a relatively modern city with most of the homes and buildings built from the mid 1800's on. The sites of ruins are scattered ... read more
Erechtheion
Caryatids
Close up of a maiden

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens October 5th 2016

Day 13 - Tue. Oct. 4 - Athens Today’s schedule included a trip up to the Acropolis in the morning and a visit to the Acropolis Museum in the afternoon, both of which are a short walking distance from our hotel. That is not to say that either destination is an easy walk because in both cases it was up rather steep hills. By the time we left the hotel on our first outing the temperature and humidity had climbed to a point that made the hike difficult and once we were actually adjacent to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, which is near the main entrance on the right hand side when facing the Acropolis, Brooke decided that due to the aforementioned humidity and temperature she would sit down and pass on this archaeological visit, since ... read more
Interior of Odeon
Stoa of Attalos
Temple of Hephaestus

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens October 5th 2016

Day 14 - Wed. Oct. 5 - Athens Today is our last full day in Athens and we spent part of it on a Hop On - Hop Off buss exploring the city. Unfortunately the traffic in this city, especially during midday, is exceedingly congested. The route we selected to follow was timed at 90 minutes but in reality it took twice that. Even though the travelling was slow the bus saved us a great deal of walking and we were able to see many of the historic sites of the city in a relatively short period of time. Our first stop was at the Panathenaic Stadium, which was refurbished in 1896 for the first modern Olympics. The stadium is in the form of a large oval and seats 60,000 individuals. In its original format a ... read more
Panathinaikon Stadium
Winner's Podium
Honour Guard

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens October 4th 2016

Day 12 - Mon. Oct. 3 - Budapest to Athens Today is a travel day so much of it was spent repacking suitcases, cleaning out the frig in the apartment, doing the morning’s dishes, etc. We accomplished all our chores and set out once again for a fabulous Hungarian lunch. George, our landlord, had arranged for a van type taxi to pick us up at 3 pm for the 45-minute ride out to the airport for our 5:40 flight. Since flights within Europe are considered “domestic” you only need a minimum of an hour to check-in and clear security before boarding your plane; we made it in lots of time. The agent at the Aegean Airlines desk was very efficient, weighed our luggage, which we had pre-paid with the fare, put tags on our carry-on luggage, ... read more
Parthenon

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens October 4th 2016

The ship is docked at Pireus, the port of Athens, Greece. It is another spectacular day; nothing but blue skies. We are on a bus heading for Athens with our guide Joanne. Her English sounds Australian; turns out her language teachers were all Ozzies. Our first stop in Athens is the site of the first modern Olympic Games back in 1896. The facility was completely rebuilt for the 2004 games. Trying to entice visitors to have a photo taken with them are soldiers in Ancient Greek battle dress and goddesses in traditional white Greek dresses. Back on the bus. As we drive along, the Acropolis, and specifically the Parthenon, is visible perched high on the rocky craig in the centre of Athens. In fact, no matter where you go in Athens, you can likely still see ... read more
Looking up to the Propylaea, entrance to the Acropolis
Amphitheatre
Entering the Acropolis

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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