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Nov 18, 2014 - Greece November 2014 - part 13

well you couldn’t have asked for a better welcome. The ancient sites all close around 3pm so we made Argos in record time (in comparison to our previous week). As we pulled up in front of the hotel, we were trying to decide if we could park in the ‘angel space’ that was out in front’ - suspicious characters we were..and seeing as we had a plane to catch the next day we didn’t need any warrants outstanding for parking fines. Anyway, Keita leapt out of the car to check with the reception and all seemed fine – I did get her to check twice!!!...

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Sep 21, 2008 - Athens

Okay so we had to get up at the crack of dawn and stgger on tho the bus for the race down to Brindisi to get the overm=night ferry to Greece at 5pm. We made good time to Pompei where we were supposed to have a 45 minute guided tour, but the tour guide overan by 20 minutes, This meant that we had to sprint to the where Jay had parked up and get going as soon as we could. We usually had a 45 minute service stop but due to time we only got 20 minutes and the other contiki group got there 10 minutes after us so there were 100 of us trying to...

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Sep 10, 2008 - Florence to Rome

All roads lead to Rome where our included sightseeing tour is the perfect introduction to the Eternal City. Do as the Romans do and stroll past the Trevi Fountain, the amazing Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Take the time to discover Roman cuisine in a trattoria for a delicious meal with some local wine. (B)

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Aug 2, 2008 - Athens!

Athens. It's a furnace in the summer, which is what makes it so powerful an experience. A sun of dazzling brightness beats down on oceans of white marble, the miracle stone which does not heat. Athenians flee for the sea in August, so the streets are calm in the evening. During the day, in the main areas of Syntagma and Omonia, droves of gawking tourists risk annihilation by wandering across streets on green lights as dozens of scooters, mopeds, motorcycles and taxis whiz by. They stop only reluctantly, and then only because the vehicle in...

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May 27, 2008 - Hydra

Hydra Finally at 3:00pm on Tuesday we leave Lavrion for Hydra. After the fuel pump was replaced, the accelerator cable stopped working! Hydra is 40 nautical miles from Lavrion and we made good time and entered port at around 8pm. Inside the harbour all the yachts are lined up against the sea wall and we had to raft up to the other boats on each side of us. You can see what I mean from the photos. It is very picturesque with no vehicles on the island apart from some trucks. Ulrica and I walked through the town in the early morning watching...

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May 24, 2008 - Olympic Marina and Lavrion

Lavrion, Greece Jennifer has wintered at Olympic Marina, two kilometers south of Lavrion. It was about a two hour bus ride from Athens that cost AU$7.00. The bus driver dumped me outside the marina and I hoisted my pack and set off to find Lars. Lars had just got Jennifer back in the water and my first task on finding the boat was to help him bleed the engine! We are still trying to start the engine as I write this the next day! We have our fingers crossed. After working on the engine we took a cab into Lavrion for dinner and to walk along...

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May 21, 2008 - Athens

was not really fussed with athens. it's busier, noiser and dirtier than rome. climbed the acropolis though and that was cool. looking forward to going home. it's funny the way there was not just one farewell for the group. 8 people left us in rome, some left us after the first night in athens, some like myself stayed on for a secound night in athens before flying home, and a few others went on to myknos.

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May 21, 2008 - Athens, Greece

Athens has surprised me! It is a wonderful, vibrant city. Safe, clean and friendly. I luckily picked a hotel at the base of the Parthenon just down a little side street with birds chirping outside my window. A little balcony to sit on and sip a beer. Also very quiet. At the airport I met a very interesting American woman, Lindsay and we met for dinner on my last night in Plaka, the old part of the city where we both are staying. She had with her an old 3D slide machine of her aunts with some of her slides from Greece taken 50 years ago and...

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Apr 12, 2008 - Athens

Our two days in the rather hectic city of Athens were good and our hotel room balcony had a good view of the Acropolis. We were happy clams. We spent quite a bit of time enjoying the masterpieces in the National Archaeological Museum - great to see these classics again. But the New Acropolis Museum is not yet open - a disappointment. I had thought the Elgin Marbles should be returned from the British Museum, until we visited the Acropolis. The Greek government is simply not putting in enough money into repair of their historical monuments....

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Dec 15, 2007 - Christmas in Syntagma

Hi everyone, Just a quick entry about Christmas in Greece. Christmas here is getting pretty consumerist and, while it by no means rivals US Christmas, it does compete somewhat. In the main square of Athens on December 13th there was Christmas tree lighting and performances by a band and a children's singing group. It was like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting of Greece. In the square there is a big Christmas tree with children's rides and other decorated trees and buidings. On the main streets of the city center, the street...

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Nov 26, 2007 - Athens

I hate arriving anywhere around midnight but Athens was fine, the metro was still running and the streets seemed safe enough so I got to my hostel with no hassle. It was right next to the acropolis so I went for a late night wander to have a look before turning in for the night. If the Olympics (2004 not the original ones) have done anything for Athens, it's to make it one of the most expensive cities in Europe. I couldn't believe some of the prices here, a Big Mac meal is more expensive here than at home and I needed a bank loan for a...

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Oct 2, 2007 - Athens

As we were heading for Athens, the 6 of us decided to all go to the same hostel, the Zeus Hotel, because Vanessa had a reservation there. We ended up getting our beds for 11 Euros a night - what a deal. It was an OK place, well centered in town, a free computer with internet and they gave us lots of information at the front desk. The first day there, Frankki and I headed by bus for Delphi. We got a cab to the bus station, and the driver was so informative on the area and he told us all about Delphi, which he loves. It was a three hour bus...

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