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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 - Back to Athens

Tired. Not much sleep for the last night in Santorini (stayed up with Zoe, Kristy, Helen and Aaron playing "sociables" in the hotel room... hard to explain -think of "calvinball" in card form -at one point, as a punishment for not doing the action of 'taking the little man off your cup when you drink' rule, Kristy and Zoe had to act out a scene with Kristy playing a confused tortoise who'd been douced in canine pheramones, and Zoe as an overly eager stray Athens dog.... hilarity ensued). Looks like I'll be recalibrating for the next couple...

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Cognosce te Ipsum

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

Mar 26, 2006 - In Athens!

I am in Greece! And from what I can tell, this trip is going to be great. I was reading in my guidebook that there are traces of people living in Greece 70,000 years ago! That's crazy... Oklahoma wasn't even a state 100 years ago. I can't even fathom this. It's been a long day of traveling. I flew out of London, so that involved taking the train from Leeds. My friend Nadia had a seperate flight, but we met up at the hostel. We are staying right by the Acropolis... I can see it from the window! Nadia got here earlier and presented me with...

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Mar 26, 2006 - On to Athens

How often do you find yourself at an airport, staring at a list of foreign city names, free to choose which city and which country you'd like to fly to? It happened to us a little less than a week ago. The Departures TV screen in Milan was our gameboard, and we played the game of chance with it for a few hours, our fate finally leading us to Athens and Greece, birthplace of civilization and also subject of great study and agony for me during my college years. I can read the letters of the signs, but I only understand a few of the words...

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Mar 24, 2006 - 61 views in a day and no one leaves me a message?!!

Sitting in the Athens international Youth Hostel (the sketchy one, we've been sleeping here and partying every night at the Athens Backpackers... a good deal. Nine euro a night but still all the fun of the good hostel) when in walks Hellen off the ferry. Marco Polo and the gods of chance re-encounters smile on us. Spent the evening walking up and around the acropolis with Aaron, Hellen, and the two Lindsays (west coast Canadian girls on a spacer year after highschool that we shared the room with last night, and were guided by the canine...

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Mar 22, 2006 - Tale of a Mediterranean Sunset

This is the best way i can think of to describe the experience of the sunset our last night on the ferry. Neither the pictures or the narrative can do it justice. As the sun began to kiss the tops of the mountains, the world said it was time to go to bed, "just a little while longer," the sun cried out, "I don't want to go to sleep." "I'm sorry said the world, it's getting late." The sun began to protest, and the fuss it made was so brilliant and beautiful it was if the fires of hell were embraced by the rays of heaven. It filled the sky...

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Mar 22, 2006 - sketchy hostel!

For the first time since I was about four, I'm illiterate again. Never travelled in a country where they use a completely different alphabet. I mean, I look at the menu of the kabab shop and don't know if I'm looking at the equation to figure out the surface area of a sphere (props to anyone who can tell me the equation without googling it), or a note saying taxes aren't included. You don't realise how much of a language you pick up just from signs and so on, but pi sigma sigma delta theta doesn't help whatsoever. Pulled into Athens by bus...

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