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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 13th 2017

July 13 Thursday Early wake up to get to Delphi early. The room was warm all night but with the fan I was comfortable. Others complained about their room being too warm too. Breakfast was a great buffet. They even had spinach pie again! Yummy. I tried a dessert called Bougatsa. It was flaky, cut into squares and filled with a warm vanilla flavored creme. It was soooo good. We boarded the bus and head off at 7:30 am. On they way to Delphi we passed mostly small villages of one room shacks with metal scrap for roofs and cotton farms. We made a rest stop in Thermopylae. I picked up a cream pastry thinking it would be like the one I had this morning. Unfortunately it was not anything like it. I also tried my ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica May 26th 2017

It's challenging to summarize a whole month on this lovely island into a brief blog, but here are the highlights for me: 1. Staying at Spiti Charlie - lovely Venetian style villa, built 1860. 10 of us shared the 6-bedroom house during the month of May. 2. Great weather: not too hot, but lots of sun3. Day trip around the perimeter of the island aboard the Isabella, lovely wooden sailboat belonging to the owner. We stopped a couple of times to swim.4. Coffee, lunches, and dinners at local restaurants. Great seafood; fresh vegetables and fruits.5. Local markets6. Happy hour on our patio, overlooking the sea7. Watching sunrises from our patio-- 6 am onwards8. Great dinner parties inside and outside9. Playing ukuleles (3 of us) in the pergola, on the patio, inside by the fireplace, as well ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 26th 2017

We have begun our journey back to the states. We have a 4 hour layover in Munich before our direct flight back to Denver. We are both very excited to return home to all our friends and family and mostly Lola. We have missed her so very much however, I am a little worried she is going to be mad at us for being gone for so long! Our last night on the boat was very bitter sweet and reminded us of saying goodbye at summer camp. After arriving the next morning in Athens, we headed to the Acropolis museum with our new friends Pablo and Sophia. They had a few hours before their flight, so they could join us on our history experience for the morning. After that, we hiked up to the Parthenon which ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 26th 2017

Geo: 37.9792, 23.7166We awake to grey skies and rain in Piraeus. Not what we had expected. The captains announcement the evening before had said clear skies and 75 degrees. Anyway we showered and headed to the Oceanview cafe for breakfast. Reflection is docked at the far end of the passenger port. Piraeus seems to be dived into two ports. One for passenger vessels such as ferrys, jetcats, hydrofoils and cruise liners and then the cargo/tanker port in the distance. Whilst eating breakfast we spot a large plume of black smoke rise up in the distance in the vicinity of the cargo port. We see little fire boats race out and start dousing it with water. It is too far to make out exactly what 'it' is but the smoke soon subsides.Reflection is docked much further out ... read more
Artist near Acropolis
Acropolis

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 26th 2017

Geo: 37.9792, 23.7166We awake to grey skies and rain in Piraeus. Not what we had expected. The captains announcement the evening before had said clear skies and 75 degrees. Anyway we showered and headed to the Oceanview cafe for breakfast. Reflection is docked at the far end of the passenger port. Piraeus seems to be dived into two ports. One for passenger vessels such as ferrys, jetcats, hydrofoils and cruise liners and then the cargo/tanker port in the distance. Whilst eating breakfast we spot a large plume of black smoke rise up in the distance in the vicinity of the cargo port. We see little fire boats race out and start dousing it with water. It is too far to make out exactly what 'it' is but the smoke soon subsides.Reflection is docked much further out ... read more
Artist near Acropolis
Acropolis

Europe » Greece » Attica May 13th 2017

Geo: 36.4168, 25.4335 Beautiful view out our window this morning, all the white houses clinging to to the top of the cliffs look like snow. We were a bit disappointed (read really really annoyed) as our original excursion, which was a self driven 4 x4 tour was cancelled due to the fact Andrea, Garry and ourselves were the only ones on it, Andrea and Garry's second choice of volcano climbing was also cancelled, the joys of being on a cruise with older people! We spoke to the lady on the excursion desk who said rule of thumb the longer the cruise the older the clientele......no way are we doing anything longer than this for a few years!! If avoiding other people's little darlings......she said avoid cruises with all the bells and whistles.......climbing walls, water parks etc ... read more
A few wines in the sunshine
What a view!
Wee bit windy!

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 » Athens May 8th 2017

We didn’t sleep well. The bed was comfortable but the noise rumbled on all night . We worried about Suzy. Would she be there when we got back? We are so used to sleeping in her it felt odd to be parted from her. Glenn was feeling ill too. All through the holiday he had had a tickling cough and the threat of something coming on. Today he started with a chesty cough. Our breakfast was thrown in. We ate various breads, croissants, cheese and ham, yoghurt and jams with copious cups of coffee. A full cooked breakfast , the so called American breakfast included fruit , eggs and bacon . The bread was fantastic slathered with thick butter washed down with wild cherry cordial. I find it odd people watching when they pick up their ... read more
The Parthenon in its scaffolding shell
Up on the Acropolis
Part of the Parthenon

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 8th 2017

After our trip up the Acropolis we picked up our tickets for the hop on hop off bus. It took us up the graffiti covered streets around areas we had seen the night before . Our stop was going to be the Archaelogical museum. In big cities there are usually more than one museum. In London we have missed the V & A, the National History Museum. In Athens there is the National Art Gallery, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Byzantine Museum, the Benaki to name but a few. There are only so many you can do in a short time. You get museumed out if there ever was such a word . We also had to put in a side trip to the Naval Museum at Flitmos Beach and had paid extra for the ... read more
In the sculpture room
Mycenaen Gold Mask
Kouros

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




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