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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens September 28th 2016

Athens - Psiri Well, yesterday I left Hotel Wilson, that quirky 3rd floor hotel set just back a bit from the Promenade and pebbly beach of Nice. A kind man carried my big bag all the way down to street level. When he found out I was Australian, he confessed his love for Koalas, he told me to him, they were the best animal in the world! Where was he when I was checking in? So up the main thoroughfare towards the station again, (when I say up, it’s not really up hill, it just gives you that impression because there are a couple of bridges going over the road). The day before, in a fit of trying to be organised, I bought a train ticket ‘to the airport’ for €1.80. I say ‘to the airport’ ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens September 13th 2016

Town and around on an Athens city tour and a trip up to the Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus and the temple of Poseidon. Then back to the Corinth canal for lunch but different from the other day. Athens is so big it's mind boggling. It is such a shame it is in such a mess. Perhaps it's a leftover from the the immigrants, don't know. We watched a movie on the way back to Patras and the ship. It was hilarious because it was about a tour guide in Greece and we understood a lot of the language difficulties And recognised where it was filmed. Back on a better faster ship for the trip back to Italy, quicker voyage than the first one. Nice cabins. Drinkies again on the ship, in bed at midnight. ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens September 12th 2016

Day trip out to three islands on the Aegean Sea. Nice relaxing day out. We stopped first at Poros, nice little island for a bit of shopping. Next we stopped at Hydra, they have only donkeys and mules for transport. We had a nice refreshing dip in the sea. There is more salt in the med than our sea so you are way more buoyant. The last Island we stopped at was Aegina, where we hopped on a horse and cart and took a ride around. (I did have a wee mishap on the boat when we did a rock n roll on the carpet in bare feet. My little toe is not looking too good, however, the audience really enjoyed the performance) Came back around 7.30 and went to find a laundromat and dinner.... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens September 1st 2016

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
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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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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 May 26th 2016

Today marks the official end of our vacation as we are going home. It has been a good trip and we’ve had a lot of fun, but we are ready to come home again. We had practically everything packed last night so we didn’t have a lot of those tasks left to perform this morning. The trick was getting it into suitcases so they did not exceed 50 pounds each. Anyway, we left a 4:30 wake-up call with the hotel and had a 5:00 cab arriving to take us to the airport. With 8 time zones involved, that means we got up at 8:30 Monday night. We quickly got dressed and finished loading the last things in the suitcases, weighing the bag after each item to see if we could still add something else. When our ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 23rd 2016

On Monday we had a long day touring Delphi and we had a busy evening preparing to depart the next morning, so there wasn’t time to properly describe that interesting day. Now we can give you an update about what we saw and what we did. We had booked both our Greece tours over the internet a few months before the cruise. We had used the Viator web site because we have dealt with them before and have been happy. Here in Greece the delivery company is actually called “Chatours”, but they are essentially a local branch and they performed to the same standards. Our tour was scheduled to pick us up at our hotel at 7:50. That had been one of several mandatory criteria we had for selecting a hotel in the first place. Anyway, ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 22nd 2016

Today was one of the major activities of this vacation. We spent the day exploring some of the primary historical places in the Athens area. The weather wasn’t as good as we’ve had the previous several days, but it wasn’t bad either. We started with an early wake-up call and then went down to the hotel’s dining room for breakfast. We thought the booking had included breakfast but we weren’t certain. Turns out it was pre-paid in our room rate. We had bacon (English style) and eggs (scrambled), with juice, tea, pastries, and cheeses. There were some other choices too but we stuck to things which seemed pretty much like at home. Anyway, we headed to the lobby with full stomachs and we waited for our tour excursion to come pick us up – happened about ... read more
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