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Jul 23, 2011 - greece day 1

Today began very interestingly. Heather and I woke up early and headed on deck after two pieces of stale toasts and some watered down tang for breakfast. Very disappointing. On deck we found some chairs put our feet up and watched the mountains of Greece drift by through the midst. for he first time i can catch my breath. italy was great but i am ecstatic about the idea of eating all the fresh seafood and greek salad i can get my hands on, oh, and laying on a beach. i am covered in bruises from head to toe from my suitcase bumping into me...

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Jul 23, 2011 - greece day 3

This morning we made our way around the city on a bus tour and a walking tour of the partheon. the tempuerture was scorching. 110 degrees. we made the climb up the steps to the patheon, but not a very speedy pace. it was worth the walk. you arrive to the top with spectacular panormaic views of the city, and than there is the partheon always covered in scaffolding. crumbled ruins and tourist everywhere. i have to keep slapping myself in the face and reminding myself how amazing it is that i am visiting all these ancient sites. but at the...

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Jul 23, 2011 - greece day 4

6am wake up call and bus boarding at 7am. we are on our way to the ferry terminal to begin our greek island hopping tour. i think many of us have been looking forward to this day most. we head on deck where a greek band is playing. they pull us up on stage and teach us a greek dance. next they begin playing random american music including sex bomb. my roomies and i jump at the chance to dance at 10am. we begin jumping around spinning each other and just having a blast. after its all over we arrive in hydra where i am approached by a little...

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Jul 13, 2011 - Heathrow / Athens - DAN'S BIRTHDAY

Happy 24th Birthday Dan! A 4.30am wake up call and it's off to the airport to catch our flight to Athens. Not having checked in on-line we don't get a seat together on the plane........ We arrive Athens airport to be welcomed with 34 degrees, a nice change fom UK weather! We meet Pete and Tash at the airport and we are off on the packed train for the CBD. 45min on the train, 5min walk to Athens Style Hostel to check-in, put the air-con on in our room and we are out the door to pick up our ferry tickets and explore this very sad looking...

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Jun 18, 2011 - SF meets Zeus?

So today was our only day here in Athens. We took a ridiculously long (5.5 hrs) ferry ride from Santorini to Athens late last night, checked in to our hotel, slept, and got up to spend the day touring around Athens. We leave tomorrow at like 5:30am to fly out to Venice. And, while I originally thought that one day wouldn't be enough time to see all that I wanted, I find myself full to the brim AND fulfilled enough to come back to the hotel at 8pm, sit in the air-conditioned room, and watch Greek Idol (Yes, I already have a favorite. Her...

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Ultimate Euro Trip!

May 31, 2011 - Athens, Oldest Capital of Europe

As excitement mounted, the ship berthed at Kanelos Terminal in the port for Athens, one of the oldest cities of the World, founded more than 3,400 years ago. The Olympic spirit soars in the winds of democracy in this modern capital. Our first impression as we left port was that the bustling city is almost gridlocked with traffic, 5 million people, 5 million cars, and very few parking spaces. However, we didn’t need to deal with that as we were headed for the ancient Acropolis, which dominates the Athenian landscape, perched high on a lofty...

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May 18, 2011 - Attaboy Airport

I have arrived at the Attaturk Airport in Istanbul. I thought about going into the city. Taking a cab, $30 45 minutes, getting a hotel, somewhere around $100, coming back in the morning $30, an hour and a half ride with traffic, and I wondered what I'd get out of it. I can't sleep when I know I have to get up so I'd drop $150 or so to go back into Istanbul. I said forget it I'm staying at the airport overnight. The inside of Attaturk Airport is actually quite nice and from what I hear several of the vendors stay open 24 hours. We'll...

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Western Civilization

May 17, 2011 - Revelations

I had read it several times. I had heard it from people who had been here but today I am here to tell you Athens is boring. 100 years ago Athens was a village of 7000 people clustered around the base of the Acropolis. Today it has 4 million people. Other than the Acropolis, the archeology museum and the agora, which can be done in a day it's like going to wichita. I am sure with enough time you can find something to do in this burg. The kids have a street protest every week to complain about the ennui. I took the over night ship from...

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Western Civilization

May 16, 2011 - Bit of a riot

Monday Another warm day by the look of things. The roomie was up and out early, and is back about 8.30 as we wake up. She is still bitching about the smell, and all we can smell is a bit of citronella, and it wasn’t that bad to us. She buggers off and leaves us in peace, and the cleaner comes by, so we ask Irana if she can smell something bad in the room, and she says it is fine. Banana for breakfast, and then we are off to use the last of our four day pass tickets. We are feeling “more of the same”, but we have paid for the tickets and we...

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May 15, 2011 - Ancient Agora, Olympian of Zeus

It is Sunday, and many shops are closed, including the market and most of the street kiosks. It was another noisy night from the protesters, but there has been little sign of the immigrant community down the street where they flog off their stolen gear. Breakfast is the last of the stale bread with nutella nicked from a hotel we were at a while back. We meet Chris and Megan for a coffee before heading down to the metro station. The road to the town hall is closed off, and there are a few police and protesters about. We head down to the...

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May 14, 2011 - The Acropolis

Saturday We have our fruit for breakfast and leave for the Acropolis before it gets too hot. It was a noisy night last night, we are just down from the town hall and there has been a lot of protesting. Three days ago a local Greek was killed by an illegal immigrant during a street robbery. The local skinheads and radicals walking down the street with baseball bats, they are having a go at the illegal immigrants, and there is a sizeable police presence. It is a big problem here, and it has turned violent. Near where we are staying (close to...

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May 13, 2011 - Friday the 13th, and we are on a boat!

We dozed rather than slept through the night, but had a reasonable night. Tony wasn’t quite asleep when we reached the first port (Sifnos) at midnight, that was quicker than the way over, but on that trip we had a stop. It is noisy as hell, as is the next stop. The two tvs are still going through the night, one had sports, the other infomercials. Just after 5am we are woken with the arrival announcement for Pireaus, everybody out! We take our time getting going, the bloody toilets on our deck are locked but we are allowed to use the ones in...

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