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Jul 12, 2006 - Welcome to Hell (as)

Five days in Athens. Less than a week since I left Mokra Gora, through Uzice, to Belgrade, and here. I'm disoriented. The scale of this place is bewildering. People crawling over sidewalks like cockroaches day and night, brilliant light, baking heat with no humidity boiling you from the inside. Fitting, then, that the hotel I'm in is called La Mirage. It's in Omonia Square, where all main arteries confusingly meet, right in the middle of everything...junkies, touts, hoards of schoolkids on vacation. Coffee will set you back $4.50 here,...

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Jul 6, 2006 - To Greece

We woke up and made the 2 second drive to the Peugeot return centre at Terminal 3 and returned the car. It was a tough saying goodbye to our Peugeot 207....aka the Sweetness. We put 9521 Km on that car. It was such a great car. We will truley miss it. It was the newest car either one of us has driven. The Peugeot centre gave us a free shuttle to terminal 2, and then to terminal 1 after some initial confusion. We stood in line for nearly 45 minutes just trying to check in our luggage. After we went through security we then boarded our...

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Jun 29, 2006 - Athens

Well we couldn't leave Greece without seeing the Acropolis. With 1 overnight ferry out of the way, we were able to stop in Athens before continuing on our mad 3 overnights in a row up to Austria. And with not really caring to see the rest of the city, our 4 hours in Athens was enough to get in all the good sights in one whirlwind tour.

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Jun 21, 2006 - Athens, home of the Gyros!

Daniel here, I have spent the last couple of days taking in the sights of Athens and munching on the local Greek cuisine, mostly the "Gyros", made exactly how late night kebabs should be, plenty of meat and sauce. After resting up I decided to take on the heat and see the sights. First on the list was the must see Acropolis. Perched high on a hill overlooking the city it is impossible to miss, and I spent a couple of hours marvelling at the buildings (even though it was covered in scaffolding) and trying to imagine how anyone could build...

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Jun 16, 2006 - Athens and the Islands - Greece

Large mountainous islands with unique white buildings and crystal clear water is the picture of the Greek Islands I have had in my mind for so long. I'm sure this picture is a very common one for those who haven't been there...however mine is somewhat uncommon as it's thanks to a number of picture portraits hung up around our dinner table at home. At times I can recall myself looking up at them thinking, "Gee that looks good, might go there one day". Well go there I did and the two Islands of Mykonos and Ios plus the countless visible from...

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Jun 11, 2006 - The end of the road...

Well, we arrived safely in Athens after hitting the pretty harbour of Nafplio on a weekend, when the place buzzes and the best hotels are booked out months in advance. From there we moved on to Delphi and its scenic ruins before finally returning our dead butterfly-decorated rental, having covered almost 5000km!Like any adventure, it's been fun, sometimes frustrating, always fulfilling. We've seen some breathtakingly beautiful sights, far removed from most people's idea of Greece, and judging by the comments, it sounds like we've inspired a...

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Jun 11, 2006 - Athens, Greece

We took the Pink Palace bus to Athens, starting at 9 p.m. and going until 7 am. It was not fun. Nevermind the uncomfortable seats, you need to wake up every hour or so to get on a ferry, and then when it is finally time for the longest stretch of driving the driver decides to play a horrible Sly Stallone movie, that you can't totally watch because the screen loses tracking and the volume jumps a few decibels at every bump in the road. Once the movies over, watch out, its time for the dance music to begin. Anyway we got in early and decided...

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Jun 9, 2006 - Livin' like a Greek

So I made it to Corfu, one of the Greek Islands after a long haul from Rome...staying at the Pink Palace...a crazy hostel well known to most backpackers over here as a bit of a party place...we witnessed the mayhem for ourselves last night with a 4 hour happy hour which led to plenty of ouzo shots and hundreds of plates broken over heads (don't ask) its tradition at the Palace... The two girls in my room happen to be from West and North Van, kinda funny. Today we rented 4 wheelers and cruised around the island checking out a secluded beach...

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Jun 9, 2006 - In Athens

Just got settled in my Hostel in Athens. Its a bit away from the city center, but I guess its only 3nights. I am going to look up Chabad for a free dinner tonight. Plane ride was fine, 2 hours, but now I know what is meant that these old cities were not built around airports. I am thinking of going to Santorini after athens. Not sure yet. Sorry, not much to write today. The Opera last night was Aridane auf naxos. Carlo and I only made it for the second act, it was really a slow opera. Basically about some women who can not resist men, and...

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Jun 4, 2006 - Greece - Aaaah, Athens...

Talk about "waiting to exhale"...arriving in Athens was a huge sigh of relief after months of intense, "on your toes" travel. It felt like the honeymoon that most people tend to enjoy, like taking a vacation from our travels! After suffering the chill of the South African winter, one couldn't help but to relax, strolling on a balmy evening without the constant fear of being mugged. It was amazing to me to witness the drastic change from the Athens I remembered from a trip in 1990. The city was clean and calm, and it was a pleasure to spend...

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Jun 3, 2006 - Goodbye to ExtaSea

ExtaSea is the gorgeous, 51 ft sailing yacht I was on for eight days with four other Australians, who I met as part of the Gap Adventures trip. More to come later about that. I also mis-packed my camera's battery charger in the second bag I had put in storage at the Athens airport. So, after Mykonos, my camera was useless. I am relying on the photos taken by my Australian travel mates, who are all trekking around the world for the next weeks/months. Hope to get those posted when I receive them.

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May 28, 2006 - Athens

After a 9 hour ferry ride we arrived in Athens. Jam-packed and congested more than you can even imagine, the city is built all the way around it's famous Acropolis. Much less impressive in size and detail than what we have already seen of the Roman Empire in Turkey, we did enjoy the view of the city and were able to get some perspective and open space. Sightseeing and dinner in old athens, a walk through the market, a visit to the National Museum and seeing the DaVinci Code were the highlights.

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