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May 18, 2006 - Tasting Tear Gas in Athens

It was ironic that after almost eight years living in the Middle East (admittedly in the extremely safe United Arab Emirates) we felt the first sting of tear gas in Europe! But we're getting ahead of ourselves... An hour before picking up a hire car in Thessaloniki to head off around Greece our phones started ringing. Bad news. Lara's mother had been in a serious accident and we needed to get to Perth - one of the most far-flung capitals on this earth - ASAP. While being a travel writer allows you to visit some of the best places around the...

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May 15, 2006 - Athens

We only had a day in Athens & we had a 6am flight the next day so we decided to spend the night at the airport. It was our last day with Ben & Meria today as they were staying on 5 days with Meria's friend & we were going onto the Islands. B&M stayed in the city and the rest of us went to the Acropolis. It was hot & dusty but it was amazing. We had seen several ancient ruins by now but this was immediately impressive. It's a shame that the majority of it is under construction/restoration as photos are tainted by cranes & scaffolding but it...

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May 7, 2006 - Greece (Athens)

This ıs long overdue. I've been overseas for 8 or 9 days and this is the first chance Ive had to spend any amount of time at an internet cafe. Alright. So we arrived in Athens on the 4th of May after way too much travelling. The we, referring to my family, who I am travelling wıth for two and a half weeks before going on my own. For the first three nights, we stayed in Athens and ate wonderful authentıc Greek cuisıne at nice little area of the city called the Plaka. Our hotel was just one block from the Acropolis and about a 2 minute walk...

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Mark's Eurotrip 2006

Apr 26, 2006 - First full day in Athens

Today we chose to walk around, get familiar with Athens and rest. We are here for two more days and need a break after yesterdays wild adventure into a city of over 5 million people that is over 6000 years old. Athens is much different from the other smaller towns we visited in Greece...we are in the big city now...LOL The streets are very clean in the area where we are staying, but crowded, narrow and you must always be alert of the oncoming vespa. We have been very lucky with the weather and pollution. The temps have been in the low...

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Apr 24, 2006 - From Finikounda to Athens...HELP!!!

We are now safe a sound in Athens...LOL Our trip from Finikounda was a very fun but stressful experience. Jay decided to take the wheel for this leg of the trip and was afraid to let me in the drivers seat of the car except to pull it from one parking space to another...very funny...LOL The trip from Finikounda to Athens took about 5 hours of white knuckled hairpin turns, far drop offs into the Mediternean and the realization that a two lane highway in Greece is actually capable of handling 6 lanes of cars...I wish I had a picture of this....

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Apr 17, 2006 - Frappes and Spanokopita

Okay, so its Spring Break and it feels very surreal that at this precise moment I am sitting in Athens at the internet cafe across from the archaeological museum that I always used to go to last summer. Ahhhh! So it feels really wierd to have left Egypt too. They don't speak Arabic here!!!! I really don't know what to do. Last week, I was desperate to get out of the Mid East and today when I left I was wishing that I was laying on the beach in Sharm El Sheikh instead of country hopping.... Oh well, I am getting into the travel thing though...

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A Cairenian Semester

Apr 15, 2006 - Posting from Piraeus, Greece for Athens

Saturday, April 15, 2006 Piraeus, Greece - Port for Athens I had the last complimentary Ensemble Travel tour in Athens. There were only 13 of us on this huge tour bus so we spread out. Our tour guide, Jemma, was one of the good guides. She told us a lot but didn't overwhelm with lots of details like some of the other guides. First we drove around the coast line of the Aegean Sea from the Port of Piraeus. The last time I was here, more that 30 years ago, this was undeveloped coast line. Now the suburbs and resorts have spread into this area...

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Norma's World Cruise

Apr 14, 2006 - Athens - departure point

I met a nice Scottish woman in the airport and we had a couple drinks together. She married a Crete about 15 or 20 years ago and was going home to try to settle out her aunt's finances...she recently died and the government took 40% of her estate (death tax). She was going back to fight to get more money. She was pretty funny...talked about her present job as a child minder and a sheep farmer. She also talked about the rampant drugs in Athens and her 3 month volunteer work sorting apples in Israel. She was quite a hoot and had a pretty...

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Apr 12, 2006 - Athens

We arrived in Athens on 5th April, following a good break in Brighton with my brother-in-law and his partner. We stayed in Athens a couple of nights and then headed off to Mycenae, where we stopped four nights, then came back to Athens for a further two nights. We are off to our favourite island, Tilos, tomorrow. I will give more details about Athens in the next but one post. This is just to keep the map straight, and to link to the Itinerary, for those of you paying attention....

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Apr 12, 2006 - And back to Athens

In Athens we've stayed at the Hotel Cecil. We've "done" the Acropolis, which was worth it for the views at the top, but not worth it for the archaeology. We've been to the National Archaeological Museum and seen all the finds from Mycenae. We hit it at the same time as about 10,000 school children, so it was a bit frenzied. We also spent some time with the sculpture, including my favourite of all time, a bronze statue of Zeus, Picture of statue So now we're getting ready for the ferry trip tomorrow. We may get in another museum tomorrow....

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Apr 10, 2006 - Athens...or Athina!

You gotta love the consistency of people not giving a crap in bus stations. Athens was a little better than average I'd say as I found a woman who told me where, and how much, to buy a bus ticket for to get into downtown Athens from the Athens Bus Terminal. See, one thing about travelling by yourself without a set tour...you're on your own! It's like this...try to imagine that you book, say, a trip to Baltimore or Austin or Raleigh. You opt to take a bus. The bus arrives in the bus station (and you know that in each of these cities the bus...

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Apr 5, 2006 - I will not say, "Do not weep," for not all tears are an evil

The time has come for another farewell, three more farewells actually. One to Kristy and Zoe, our joy partners for the last few days; secondly, this one more painful than the first (no offense ladies) to mamma; and lastly, the most ripping one of all, to Santorini. What a mythical place. It was a place filled with Atlantian mysticism, a utopian flavour that bombards your senses and natural beauty rivalled by no other single place I have visited during my short travels in this world, it will be sorely missed. I would love to describe it more...

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I AM SPARTUCUS

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