Blogs from Attica, Greece, Europe - page 15


Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens August 12th 2013

An apology; especially to Bruce and Glenda but also to everyone. After publishing I see lots of typos that I haven't picked up and I abhor that sort of thing in others so a big slap on the hand for me. I blame the iPad in part (seriously I do) as I'm still finding my way around the keyboard. I'm sticking to that anyway. Rob Neil would also be turning in his grave if he was in it. So, Athens Day 2: There's not really a lot to say as the historic sights are so well documented and photographed that you'd do better looking them up on Google. We caught the bus to the Acropolis and joined thousands of others walking the hill and snapping away on their digitals. it was hot and dusty but the ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens August 9th 2013

The flight from Copenhagen was painless. 3 hours with a few bumps along the way and a strong wind landing. Copenhagen airport was easy to get around in, spacious and reasonably user friendly. Flying in over Athens our impressions were "brown, dusty, terracotta, dry, flattish". There's not much to say about this place that hasn't been said before much better. But I can start with our taxi driver from the airport. He was of the "Bro School" of driving - two fingers on the wheel, elbow on the window sill, 140 k's an hour, radio blaring and unfortunately, a big fat gut. As I was in the front seat I was mildly worried as we in'ed and out'ed our way through the traffic into the stew of the city's roading system and chaotic traffic. Motorbikes and ... read more
Gavin and his old mate
Need tripod!
Night scene 2

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens August 9th 2013

By the time we got to our hotel after the train journey it was around 9.30pm. The trip was quick and smooth, the countryside flat and farm like. The sea between Sweden and Denmark has been bridged by a com inked road/rail structure. It must be pretty shallow because only a couple of k's onto the bridge there was a large boat on it's side in the sea with no people around it and no sign of emergency. We were able to walk to the hotel, the Copenhagen Crown and settle in. Clean and comfortable rooms but .... No aircon. We realised how much we needed it that night. But, after dropping our bags we reconnoitred the surrounding area looking for a bar to have a wine at. Easily found - Gavin has a nose for ... read more
Fredericksburg Park
The sea everywhere
Cyclist's paradise

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens August 6th 2013

Off to Pireaus/Athens today. Lazy morning packing up and then down to the Konaki Cafe for breakfast. Another awesome omelet, cappuccino and greek yoghurt with fruit around 9:45am. Finished the blog for Sifnos and then about 10:15 our taxi driver arrived!! WHAT??? we said 11. He comes up and ask if he can come back between 11:15 & 11:30 as he had another fare. We assured him that we were fine with that and he took off. Maria came and collected the key and we said our goodbyes. After a bit Popi came out with a bag full of rolls & bread. She told us it was for our trip…so we wouldn't be hungry. One loaf had orange and vanilla in it and the rolls had anise. Trev isn't a fan of licorice so we shall ... read more
Kamares Ferry Dock
Athens Port
Athens Apartment

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 26th 2013

Piraeus was one of the highlights for us,but saying that everyplace we have been to has its own magic The Acropolis and the PHARTHENON for us was awesome,it was again a hot day and with thousands of people we climbed to see it all and it was worth it Tomorrow is our last port we leave Corfu tonight and go to Croatia, ,Dubrovnik And then return to Venice Love S&K... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 22nd 2013

- I think this has to be one of the smoothest trip we have hassles with the baggage...we even had time to rest eat and do a bit of duty free shopping...We landed in Athens...and again everyone started clapping....Athens airport has changed so much since the first time I was all new...later I learned that the airport was new built for the Olympics....the old airport is now abandoned their trying to sell it but no one is buying....we met our cab driver who met us with water and a video of the acropolis....Seems that Athens cleaned up a lot for the Olympics....Our hotel was made around the 70s but it was comfortable, clean and staff were friendly... Day 1 - early start as we hired a private tour taxi , our guide name was ... read more
Temple of Zeus
the arch of Hadrian
The tortoise

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens June 26th 2013

Heading to Athens airport for our flght to Rome. We made it to Rome and have a view of the top of the Vatican from our room. Aaron ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Vassilikos June 25th 2013

Athens 22 to 25 June 2013 After a 5 hour ferry trip on the fast Sea Jet from Santorini, we arrived in Rafina (the smaller port of Athens) to find our Camper safe and sound. We paid 96 euros for 8 days of parking fees and in another hour we arrived at Camping Athens where we stayed for 3 nights. Athens has been populated for 7000 years so it’s a city of mixed standards. Unfortunately there is graffiti everywhere. The traffic is frantic on work days but we also experienced better traffic on Sunday and the public holiday on Monday. All 3 days we were in Athens it was 35-38 degrees and ‘cooled’ down to 23 at night. It’s reasonably dry heat. We hung our wet clothes out at night and they were bone-dry in the ... read more
Acropolis and Parthenon at night (5)
Acropolis and Parthenon at night (6)
Acropolis and Parthenon at night (7)

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens June 25th 2013

We met our tour group near the Syntagma Square (the central square of the city). Becausee 4 cruise ships just came into port & it was going to be hot, our guide decided to start with the Acropolis - hoping to beat the crowds. Big mistake! There we so many people on the Acropolis that they closed the entrance 10 minutes after we got our tickets! It was UNBELIEVABLY HOT & CROWDED! I think I lost 10 lbs. just by sweating! Despite the heat, the ruins of the Acropolis & Parthenon are impressive & the view is spectacular! Then we saw the Temple of Zeus & the Panthenian Stadium (the site of the 1st Modern Olympic Games in 1896. It is not a big as I expected. We learned that it holds more people than you ... read more

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