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Jul 19, 2005 - A Cretan Weekend

Hey everyone! Finally I got my pics put on a cd, so finally I can post them online! Exciting stuff. Well, it's Tuesday evening here in Athens and I am feeling refreshed after a weekend away from the hubbub of the city and the hubbub of constantly being with 37 other girls! Last Thursday night I took the overnight ferry from Athens to Rethymno, Crete - a 10 hour ride. I shared a cabin on the way with a Greek grandmother and her little grandaughter, who I think was confused with my inability to communicate. Around 6am in the morning when the...

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Jul 12, 2005 - Athens is Damn Hot !!!

OH my god, it feels like i'm back in South Africa here, man oh man, its 32 Degrees and no wind at All ! Well at least we finnaly found a beach about a 15 min walk from where we're staying... dont be fooled we were in the water of our pics for a good Chunk of yesterday... it was so warm it wasnt refreshing at all, it was just like taking a bath.. but the further you swam out the colder it got, we almost swam to a big big boat that was just anchor'd down just about 200 meters out. We also swam to that island you see in the pics, got three...

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Jul 11, 2005 - Athens & Patras

11th July Monday. Again the heat - today is meant to be 36. We shall see. Early breakfast and ready to disembark at 9 am. At 9.15 we board our coach and already the thermometer is 34. We return to our Athens hotel to collect those of us who did not do the island tour and commence a tour of the Parthenon and Athens. Off we set for the Acropolis. Acro - means summit, polis means city. The Parthenon is situated on the summit of the city (the Acropolis). Here again the heat is unbearable - in fact hotter than yesterday if possible. All of us...

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Jul 10, 2005 - athens at last

after a 6 hour ferry ride and a 3 hour bus ride we arrived in athens. lucky for us a taxi driver approached us and offered to take us to our hotel for a good price. it was pasted midnight and we were in ni miod to trmp across the city and find our way. our hotel is one of the better ones with a view of the acropolis. we quickly fell asleep looking forward to our next day. yesterday we had breakfast in the hotel (a piece of bread and tea!) then we were off to see the ruins. first we wandered through an incredible strip of stores. unlike the...

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Jul 7, 2005 - Ferry to Patras and onto Athens

Sunny and warm. Late breakfast this morning and and a lazy morning on the ferry. We disembarked at 1.30 p.m. On to Athens by coach with a short stop at Corinthe for lunch. This is where the canal joins the Ionian Sea with the Aegean Sea. The canal is 24 metres wide. We were fortunate to see a cargo ship going through. The Corinthian columns that we know come from here. We passed olive groves, and cotton. One third of the population are primary producers. As we came closer to Athens we noted many houses that appear unfinished but were told...

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Jul 6, 2005 - Day 52-53 Cesme to Athens

Ferries and Trains to a nice airport hotel. A relaxing day around Cesme and then a short trip to Chios Followed by a long overnight ferry back to Pireaus. We were very excited to be leaving and starting a new part of our journey, we will never forget our time in Turkey or the people we met. Leaving Cesme you really get a feeling of the country we will miss, beautiful scenery, nice beaches, and ruins everywhere. History just everywhere, and of course my favorite joke from Turkey What is the difference between Yogurt and Americans. Yogurt...

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Jun 24, 2005 - Athens Arrival

Wow, it really is suprising me how much Athens reminds me of New York. I know it sounds crazy, but I think it's because Athens doesn't have that charming, quaint look that other European cities I have been to have. Also, I think it's because I have gotten dripped on by air conditioner junk about 10 times walking today and that reminds me of New York. I was prepared for the worst though because I have been told that Athens is crowded, dirty, and not all that nice. It's not really that bad - just doesnt have the European charm, or atleast I...

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Jun 22, 2005 - Athina

Everyone talks such smack about Athens, but it ain't THAT bad. Granted, I'd rather live in Toledo, but its not nearly as bad as everyone says. In fact, I had a pleasant enough time, which is the upside of lower-than-a-rattler's belly expectations. It helped that I stumbled into Music Day, a very cool, free music festival around the corner from my hotel. Spent both nights there, but the music was markedly better the first night with a couple of funky French bands setting the tone. On my one full day there, I did the requisite schlep up the...

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Jun 21, 2005 - Athens (Pireaus) Greece

Athens or Piraeus (the port) was our port of call for today. The alarm went off at 6:00am as we were to dock and be able to leave at 7:00am. We got a late piece of toast or a very light breakfast. We were to meet Barbara at Guest Relations at 7:20am. We waited till 7:30am and when they did not show, went to the gangway. The departure was late and we did not leave until about 7:45am. We left through the terminal and went to where the cabs were located. We looked for our driver, he was not there. We waited and tried to formulate a plan for...

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Jun 15, 2005 - Zagreb to Athens

After a wonderful time in Croatia, we left the Zagreb airport for Athens, stopping in Milan for a brief layover. We reached Athens at about 8PM, and spent a couple hours navigating the bus/metro system to get to our hotel. It was late, and the hotel had no good recommendations for food, so we caved for the first time and went to that famous American restaurant..... McDonald's! We tried to be local, though, and had the MacPitas.... a very poor attempt at Greek fast food.

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Jun 12, 2005 - Greek Gods Didn't Shine On Us - Too Much Time with Budda

Wow! That is the understatement of the year when trying to describe the beauty of Greece. We have finally returned to the first world and are just about dead from the sticker shock. We've had it sooo good for so long in terms of the prices that we've been paying that even though Greece is affordable by US standards, it feels like we're shopping on Rodeo Drive when we go to the grocery store. Enough complaining. In an effort to try and catch up with the website a bit, I'll just include all of our destinations up through Athens (thus not...

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Jun 11, 2005 - Athens Playboys

Finally managed to get ourselves united with the better half her in Athens sometime around 1am. In the course of 2 days we saw the like of 3000 years of history and still had time to throw a few beers back. The language barrier is a little more than expected, and unfortunely our 6 week tutorial of the Greek alaphbet during pledging was not quite comprehensive enough, the lack of vowels and presence of Delta Omega Tau without a vowel is tough to get your hands around - its all greek to us. Despite our already high expectations, the nightlife...

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