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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Rhodes November 21st 2007

As we last left you, we were trying to figure out which of us would drive the island's cliffs while severely impaired. Geri won the reflex contest and I got into the passenger seat with a bump on my head. I don't know why she had to use a brick for the reflex test....anyway, we drove down the Western coast of Rhodes along the ocean on a cliffside drive. We stopped at an ancient ruin city, and unlike anywhere else we have ever seen, were allowed to climb all over it. So we went into a Hellenistic era house, walked down the Hellenistic main street and put our hands all over anything old. We then kept driving to get to a winery that I wanted to tour, but much like everything else here off season, the ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Rhodes November 20th 2007

We arrived safely and I believe are known across the island already due to "someone's" antics. :) Geri's luggage was ransacked by the baggage handlers and she got her Ipod dock stolen. Curiously, they also stole my Splenda. We have narrowed our manhunt down to a baggage handler who likes music and is on a diet. Luckily Geri has travel insurance that should cover it. We learned from the local youth that the bars do not begin to have anything going on until midnight, and people usually go out until 6am, at which time they get ready for work. The bars are only good on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and maybe Sunday, but NOT Monday. We did manage to find some trouble yesterday despite it being Monday. We walked around old town Rhodes, which is ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Rhodes November 16th 2007

Geri and Allison: After one ill fated trip, we are back again! 600 bars run by Aussies, wineries, knights, great food and dancing on the bar!! If you don\'t see Geri in the picture, check the floor.... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini November 15th 2007

Finally, a warm day. Warm enough to work up a sweat outside. It's crazy how much a little warmth can make things easier and better. Greek honey is divine. so was the baklava I had today. Along with the countless gyros. ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini November 12th 2007

Santorini. In November wind and rain threaten take over as weather supream and today, although there were moments of swimming-in-the-sea-warm, now it is raining and pretty windy out. It is still beautiful, though. stark. the land is chisled and coarse and the sea is deap blue and tough. Dogs and cats wander the empty streets built on tourism. Today, Julia and I took a bus down to the black beaches and were followed by packs of dogs. they fought, but two still remained loyal to us until we boarded the bus back to our hostel. 5:47 and it is dark and rainy out... but I am in greece. Greece. ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Naxos November 9th 2007

I am going heavy on the pictures, light on the content this time, folks. Here is the Reader's Digest update: Spent a few days in Santorini, Greece, rented a 4-wheeler and didn't kill ourselves even with Chris at the wheel (or handlebars). It was only a 50 cc and I'm pretty sure my parent's neighbor's 6 year old son has one that powerful. We were CRUSIN' uphill. Came to Naxos and almost didn't get off the ferry. We are talking a BIG ferry and they almost couldn't put the ramp down on the pier due to winds and turbulent seas... Seriously almost didn't let us off. Once they did I think my 40 ound bag was the only thing that kept me from flying off into the harbor. The next day was nice and we sat ... read more
It's All Greek To Me...
The Acropolis
Athens Olympics

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini November 5th 2007

Santorini What an awesome break.... It was not exactly the typical week spent on a Greek island. We arrived on Halloween in the late afternoon. In Santorini, the tourist season winds down at the end of September. October is their shoulder season, and at Halloween the place basically shuts down for the winter. It took us a lot longer than usual to find ourselves a place to stay. We were harrased (as usual) when getting off the boat by the hotel touts, but we didn't get a good vibe from anyone. We eventually picked a guy in town who was a little more persistent than the rest. We followed him down a few alleys to a private house with the upstairs bedrooms converted to hotel rooms. The place was nothing special, but the price was incredible: ... read more
MacGyver was Here
Scooter Jen
Greek Beaches

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Kos October 30th 2007

Second go-round... Back on Kalymnos. Two weeks of climbing, three rest days, swollen fingers, fire in my muscles, and David Sharpe! Beautiful People My new friend Shay Har-noy lives in America, but we ended up crossing paths in Israel. I was telling him how one of the things I love about climbing is all the hot men with their tops off. He exclaimed, "I know! You would think other women would have caught on by now! Even men who are in their forties with kids will still have six-packs." Dave Sharpe drew my attention to the obvious. Women who climb are in good shape, and he is happy to watch them, as I love to admire the men. Step Up As I have previously mentioned, lessons learned in climbing will translate into real life. Sometimes ther ... read more
Dave Climbing
Flo, Dave, Joni and Eva

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 29th 2007

Yesterday, after breakfast and blogging, Eric and I walked down to the village (Hora), and as we approached we noticed there were hundreds of people lined up in two directions at the tiny church on the ferry dock. We soon discovered we had the good fortunate of being "at the right place at the right time" on a Greek holiday celebrating the nation's independence. Apparently, being Sunday, it was also a day for communion service at the tiny church. Ferry boats full of Greeks poured into town and the passengers lined up behind hundreds of others to enter the church. What a difference a day makes! On Saturday, the village was all but empty, and many merchants appeared to be closing for the winter season. Yesterday, every cafe' was filled to capacity with families. Many of ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean October 28th 2007

We remain on the island of Mykonos; today is our last full day here, as we leave tomorrow for Athens. Although the weather has turned cool, this has been a perfect time to be here. The tourist are all but gone, and some of the shops have already closed for the season, so we practically have the island to ourselves! The Porto Mykonos Hotel is idyllic, with it's whitewashed villas, heated pools, expansive balconies, and perfect hillside location. There is even a lovely chapel on the property. Sidewalks twist and turn in every direction, leading guests around the property and down to the village of Mykonos. Every day there are one or more smaller cruiseships coming into port, but they seldom stay overnight, leaving the island peaceful and quiet. Large ferries come in and out each ... read more

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