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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 28th 2020

28 May – Today we took the flight from Dubrovnik to Athens one and a half-hour later we were getting into the blue line metro to go to Syntagma station. Changed to the red line heading to Anthoupoli and got off at Larissa Station, the central train station in Greece. I had booked an apartment in central Athens so that we could use public transport. Incidentally, we never travel by cabs anywhere unless absolutely necessary. I feel public transport gives you an authentic feel of a place and that is what we travel for! Most countries have safe and clean public transport and I haven’t had a bad experience ever in my 15 years of travel. Touch wood!So here we are in Athens – a dream destination ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Sounio May 24th 2020

The way home was very long. That was partly also my own fault. When I booked the flights home (half a year ago), I thought it was a brilliant idea to add 3 more days of Athens to my trip. The cheapest flights I found were: Bali to Singapore (where I had to wait for 10 hours until my next flight), Singapore to Athens and from Athens to Eindhoven. That last flight was going either the next day or in 3 days from my arrival. Like I said, it was a brilliant idea back then. I was still convinced that I would have lots of time with my dad and the rest of my family once I arrived, so I wasn't too worried about it. My host (Orestis) didn't live very close to the city, but ... read more
Right next to the sea
View from the temple
Walking along the coast

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 June 7th 2019

Greece - The Antiquities . We've called this Travelblog 'Greece: The Antiquities' for two reasons. One, we're describing our journey through the ancient Greek icons. And, two, after the heat and the go,go,go, we feel quite antiquated. We'll let you choose the 'source' for the description. As always, if you want to see the picture in a larger size, just click on it. Day 1 - Friday 7 June; Arrival After departing Istanbul early, we arrived in Athens and made our way via metro to Monastiraki a central suburb close to the sites of antiquities. Compared to our experience of other airports and public transport on this particular trip, Athens is light years in arrears. On a different note, the Athenian graffiti offers more colour than the (quite scruffy) city proper. Having secured an apartment for ... read more
Monastiraki Mosque
2500 BC
12th Century BC

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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