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Europe » Greece » Attica » Piraeus May 12th 2017

Geo: 37.9479, 23.6414 As we did the Acropolis the last time we visited Athens we had decided we would try and find something different to do this time round. The most appealing excursion was entitled Ancient Corinth and a Canal crossing. Stephen was really looking forward to seeing Corinth so we were expecting a pretty good day. Unfortunately had a few issues in leaving the room and nearly missed the excursion altogether as we arrived in the theatre for the usual morning bun fight in getting the tours all organised - were asked as we went in what tour were we on, then got told that's already been called handed our tour stickers and we were on our way. Oops! Not a massive group doing this tour and no kids...hooray! Had a nice sleep through the ... read more
When all around you have lost their heads!
Ruins of Corinth
Our Canal crossing boat

Europe » Greece » Attica » Piraeus October 7th 2016

Day 15 - Thurs. Oct. 6 - Athens & Piraeus Today we transferred from the hotel in Athens to our floating hotel, the ms Prinsendam, which was docked in the port city of Piraeus. This city has served as the port for Athens for 2,500 years. It is a very busy place with ferries of all shapes and sizes constantly coming and going. Cruise ships regularly make this a port of call and at least two other cruise ships were in port when we arrived. We were picked up at 11:15 am by the van that we had arranged last night. The driver told me that the 10 km trip from Athens usually takes 20 minutes, depending on traffic. As we discovered previously the late morning/early afternoon time slot, the very one that we were using, ... read more
Docked ferry
Outbound ferry
Inbound ferry

Europe » Greece » Attica » Piraeus September 14th 2016

After having breakfast at the hotel, I packed up and headed off for another look around the Port of Piraeus. Having had more sleep, I was a little more focussed on crossing roads in a safe manner….. that is truly a challenge here in Greece. While packing up, I watched the Greek morning show…. Wow, I have never seen a weather report quite like it….. very animated and energetic you could say. In this adventure, I found a lot of the shops hidden in narrow roads almost by mistake. I also took time to sit and watch the world from Greece’s oldest port. In an absolutely hectic and seemingly random city, the luxury yachts had a certain order about them. The hotel bus took me and some fellow cruisers to the ship, which I have to ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Piraeus September 13th 2016

Day 2, part 2 – Athens, Piraeus Athens airport was easy…. I excitedly got my first passport stamp, EVER! After I went through customs, (actually after I and the rest of the passengers from the flight casually strolled past the two customs guys that waved the entire group through) I walked through the doors, saw a guy who had my name printed on a sheet of a4, he had a trolley and was parked straight out the front. I don’t know how one manages that, but quite frankly, I am still confused about the road rules…… are there any? He drove me the 40kms to Piraeus, past the sad former airport that got superseded when the Olympics came to town. Past the Olympic stadium…. Past lots of empty shops and half built modern apartment buildings. Athens ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Piraeus June 14th 2016

We split up today. Kevin stayed Round Piraeus and I took a Hop on Hop Off bus tour of Athens. It was good to have a look around having last been in Athens in 1979. It was disappointing to see graffiti everywhere and the scaffolding around the Parthenon. So glad that I saw it all those years ago. I got off and had a walk around the markets. Bought some delicious pistachios and then went into the fish market. Pleased to note that it did not smell. Fresh produce everywhere. The displays by the vendors were interesting with the fish bent in the middle and displayed "like soldiers" as one of the vendors explained to me. Aftr a walk around the surroundings streets I got back on the bus and eventually the boat. Piraeus. Kevin headed ... read more
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Acropolis and Parthenon

Europe » Greece » Attica » Piraeus June 5th 2014

The boat arrived at Pireaus and you know how we feel about this part of town so I stayed aboard and sat in the sun and swam in the pool, while Pam left the ship for a few hours to find a cafe with Wifi and work.... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Piraeus May 22nd 2014

Off to Mykonos and we are both very excited, we found the ferry no problem and it was very well organised, you took your luggage to the guy loading it and he stuffed it onto a pallet, Pam’s went into a special box as she told him it was fragile. Following the stream of other passengers we headed to the upper deck and found a table by the window to base ourselves from, being a 6 hour trip we wanted a good seat. The vibe on the boat was just great with everyone off to one or other of the islands, our trip takes in Syros first, then Tinos and finally Mykonos. It was mayhem at the stops as the ferry which I must mention is huge, 4 passenger levels, at least two car and freight ... read more
First Stop Syros
Syros
Syros

Europe » Greece » Attica » Piraeus May 7th 2014

Geo: 37.9474, 23.6371GÜN 07 GÜNLERDEN ÇARŞAMBA Pire'ye sabah 06:00 da vardık ..Güzel uyumuşum …Yanaşmaya yakın araca bindim ve sorunsuz karaya çıktık .Her taraf kapalı… Bu nedenle doğrudan otele gidelim dedik.GÜN KM:0 KUMULATIF KM: 554ORT HIZ:MAX HIZ:SÜRÜŞ SAAT :YOL HARCAMASI E:242YAKIT E/Lt ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Piraeus June 12th 2013

The hire car has clearly had enough of us and on the steep climb out of Porto Germeno it refused to get out of second gear. This, along with the fact that I seemed to have accidentally ticked the "use narrow potholed roads where often bits are missing" button on the sat nav made for an interesting first half hour. The roads were pretty much deserted until suddenly, just a few miles from Athens the traffic built to terrifying proportions again. We managed to return our hire car (why do these things take so long?) Piraeus was as chaotic as last Thursday. We had about 4 hours before our ferry sailed and so killed time in the shelters on the port. These are used by vagrants to sleep, drink, shout and fall over. What with this ... read more
Carol near an Edge
The rather hard benches
The sun sets

Europe » Greece » Attica » Piraeus May 6th 2013

Monday May 6th, 2013. Piraeus, Attica, Greece The Greek people have always been connected with the sea ever since they first occupied the land they called Hellas. The geography dictates the indelible land-marine link. Mainland Greece, comprised of the Southern Balkan Peninsula and the Peloponnese is the centre of the Greek nation. All Western nations can trace some of their cultural heritage back to ancient Greece and the Hellenic influence has touched nearly every human society on earth. The port of Piraeus was once an island and has served as the main Greek harbour since at least 500 BC. Cargo, commercial and passenger vessels from around the globe share the docks. Pireus is Greece's third most populous city. The protective 'Long Wall' which guarded the route between the port and Athens was begun in 478 BC. ... read more
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Zea Marina
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