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Sep 5, 2010 - Sleep when I die

Fresh off 2 hours of sleep, I strode into Heathrow and got my check in on. The flight to Athens was awesome if you like having a kid scream falsetto for 3 hours and 14 minutes without so much as a breath, but I will give it to British Airways for getting us in 20 minutes early. I made a seamless link up with my newest travel cohort, Dan (friend and fellow member of the Source), and then we successfully navigated our way to the hostel. Walking the streets, it looked as if someone had gone up to each of the homeless people sleeping and...

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Aug 31, 2010 - Athens/Santorini

Our day started off by meeting our tour guide at the Syntagma (means Constitution) metro station. His name was Angelos and he was an Athens native. Angelos informed us that the population of Athens is about 5.2 million people and the total population of Greece is 11 million. The Athens metro system was built in conjunction with the 2004 Olympic games. The metro is very clean and modern and many ancient ruins were found during the excavation. The first stop was the House of Parliament where we watched the changing of the guard. It was...

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Greece and Spain

Aug 29, 2010 - Athina

We got to Athens around 5:30 or so after a short layover in London where we met up with the Biggers. We arrived at our hotel around 6:30 last night. It’s a very nice place in a convenient part of town. Only about a 10 minute walk to the metro. I think we were all surprised at how “non-busy” the city is. It’s nothing like Rome or Paris. We started the evening at the Galaxy Bar on the top floor of our hotel. It has great views of the Akropoli. Anyway, we had some local Greek beer and some vino then decided to make our way to the Plaka area of...

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Greece and Spain

Aug 27, 2010 - Acroplis

Today we climbed the acropolis to see the parthenon Then we went to the acropolis museum it was really cool because when they were building the museum they found a small neighborhood so in the museum on the first floor there was glass so you could see the tiny neighborhood

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Aug 26, 2010 - Athens, Greece

Today was definitely the low point of our travels. Lisa and I had decided to take a taxi into Athens to explore on our own. We had been warned the drivers could be shady and ours did not disappoint. The price he quoted seemed high but he claimed it was a set price. We couldn’t be sure because someone had taped over the rate chart. When we handed him the 25 euros at the end he pulled a sleight of hand trick and insisted we had given him two 5’s instead of a 20 and a 5. We refused to give him anymore and wandered in the other direction. We...

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Mediterranean Cruise

Aug 18, 2010 - A Day at Sea

Wednesday, August 18 - A day at Sea - Today we are experiencing our only day at sea on board The Azamara Quest. It’s supposed to be a relaxing day, however, there are so many activities and things to do on board, that its not turning out to be so relaxing. So far, we have had breakfast, played trivia, gone to the bridge to meet with the Captain and to see how the ship is sailed. Then we played bingo for the prize of being moved to an owner’s suite on the ship. I was one number away from winning, when some other ‘bitch’ got her number first...

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Aug 15, 2010 - Athens and ship boarding

Sunday, August 15 - Athens/Cruise Ship - Today we board the ship for our Azamara Cruise. It’s Sunday and it’s the catholic holiday - ‘the Assumption of Mary Day’ . The city is pretty deserted and Rick and I are in search of a cappuccino and his new favorite breakfast treat ‘sausage pie’, but we find nothing open. Well almost nothing. We did find one café open in Kolonaki Square that was just barely open. We sat down and had to wait for the espresso machine to warm up. They didn’t have their croissants ready yet, which was disappointing for...

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Aug 14, 2010 - Day 2 in Athens

Aug 14, Saturday – the day started early. We had to WALK 20 minutes to Syntagma Square where we met up with our tour guide for a WALKing tour at 9:30. There we saw the changing of the guard in front of the Parliament Building across from Syntagma (means “constitution”) Square. Next, we walked through the National Garden (beautiful and huge), the Olympian Temple of Zeus (finished by Emperor Hadrian of Rome in 2nd Century AD) and finally to the Acropolis, stopping every 5 minutes on the way to hear about what we will see up there. The...

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Aug 14, 2010 - Athens Day 3

Saturday, August 14 - Athens - We are so tired of the heat that we decided to go early to the Plaka and walk through the Anafiotka area. This area of the Plaka was built by people from the tiny Cycladic island of Anafi, who came to Athens looking for work after Greece gained its independence from the Ottomans. Nestled under the walls of the Acropolis, the big city seems miles away from this tiny village-like environment of narrow pathways of whitewashed cottages. We wandered through until we found our way to the top and wound our way down...

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Aug 13, 2010 - Athens Day 2

Friday, August 13 - Athens - Today we had arranged with our taxi driver to take us on a tour of the major sites. As it turns out, this was an excellent idea so that we could ride in air conditioned comfort in between the hot excursions into the major attractions of this ancient city. We started at the Acropolis, which was hot and full of tourists. Then on to the Theater of Dionysus, the new Acropolis Museum. The temple of Zeus, Hadrians Arch and lastly the National Archaeological Museum. The museums were great because they were air...

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Aug 13, 2010 - Beautiful Athina-Aug 13

August 13, Friday – We left Crete this morning, a little sad. We won’t likely be back but I’d like to return someday. There are things I’d still like to see and things I’d do again. Our flight to Athens was short and sweet. We took a taxi to our hotel and were delighted with the place – it is called the Royal Olympic Hotel and I just picked it out on the internet. WooHoo! We can see the Acropolis quite well from here and are just across the street from the Temple of Olympian Zeus. I took a nap as soon as our room was ready. When I awoke,...

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Aug 12, 2010 - Athens

Arrival in Athens . . . Thursday, August 12 Our arrival in Athens. After the 9 and a half hour Air France flight from Seattle to Paris and after the hell-ish correspondence through the Paris Airport, we made it to Athens right on time. The new Athens Airport is very clean and user friendly. Our driver ‘John’, was waiting for us outside the baggage area and sped us along to his taxi. We arrived at the St. George Lycabettus Hotel in no time. Since this is August and it was also a major holiday for Catholics, the city was pretty empty, so we...

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