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May 6, 2011 - More Athens Adventures

THURSDAY: This morning it is rainy here in Athens. We have arranged to meet our tour guide here in the hotel at breakfast. (Breakfast was a pleasant surprise with a nice assortment of eggs, lovely Greek yogurt, meats, tomatoes, and other delights). We are on our own, but our tour guide is going to show us the ropes before she turns us loose. We go to the Kiosk near the hotel and buy trolly bus tickets (and umbrellas for the rain). She teaches us how to navigate around and return to the hotel on the trolly bus, which is a bus powered by an...

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May 5, 2011 - Athens our Departure city

We will depart from the port tomorrow aboard the Azamara Quest, May 6. We are staying at the Crowne Plaza hotel downtown. It is supposed to have a spectacular view of one of the worlds most famous landmarks, can you guess which one? Bon Voyage! News Flash! Just landed in Athens after a 9hr flight. We made the top of the list out of JFK and even got to sit together in Business Class, even if it was the last row. We took our time through immigration and the airport, Shirley decided we could take the Metro to our hotel. An hour and a half...

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Apr 30, 2011 - Greek Island cruise/Venice Italy

Kelley and I went on a 7 day Greek Island Cruise from Venice! It was supposed to be a 50th birthday extravaganza....which it was, if we could only remember the details!! :) We had a fabulous time visiting the islands, "working" the casino, and laughing until we cried! Kelley and I are truly wonderful "traveling buddies," as we both enjoy the culture, food, and language of different countries. After the cruise, we stayed a few nights in Venice, meeting up with Nancy (from St. Augustine) and visited Murano and Burano! Our little "Home Away"...

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Apr 28, 2011 - Around Athens

Wednesday 27 April, Day of rest!! This is our do nothing day. We are up at 8am for breakfast. It is supposed to be in the bar, but the bar is still locked. We go to reception, they unlock the bar and Tony is shown where everything is and we are left to fend for ourselves. Breakfast is two slices of bread, jam, orange juice and one coffee or tea, and they have the cheek to charge EUR4.50 ($8) for THAT!!! It is included in our room rate, and is better than nothing We are asked to make just one breakfast each, and to tell reception when...

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Apr 26, 2011 - Bosphorus cruise and Athens

We are up early to pack and have breakfast, then leave for a cruise on the Bosphorus Straight. We are all buggered, but the boat trip was good for most. Cynthea and a couple of others didn’t feel too flash on the boat, and we are hoping it is seasickness! We got to see some impressive palaces and fortresses. At one part of the channel the current is very strong, and we see the boat in front of us is struggling to make headway against the current, and realise we are doing the same. There are hundreds, make that thousands!, of jelly fish in...

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Apr 22, 2011 - Piraeus return and to the airport

Suitcases had to be outside of our doors last night. So this morning was an early rise - breakfast started at 5:45AM anyway - we went up at around 6:30AM. By 7AM we were finished and ready - so we then got ready to sit in a lounge. But they docked on time - or early - and all our luggage was off loaded by about 7:15AM. Then we got off the ship ourselves - met our driver and headed to the airport. Our flight was not until 12noon and they did not open up the area for us to check our luggage until 9AM - and we were there at 8:15AM - after a 45...

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Apr 20, 2011 - Athens

Yay for a hotel with a gym. Shaun and I hit the gym at 5.40 am - nice to actually exercise properly! Bags packed - weight redistributed and now waiting for transfer to the airport! Arrived at Rome International Airport 3 hours before our flight only to be told that we were scattered over the plane & Garry and Loreen were on standby. Ah I don’t think so – we’ve got a transfer fully booked and paid for at the other end – the Alitalia lady was great and managed to get two more tickets for the plane. Once we were on, I ended up swapping with a...

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We're off AGAIN 2011

Apr 15, 2011 - Athens to Piraeus to the Louis Cristal

This will be short - since our internet service is very sketchy right now. We're on the ship with no or little internet - or at least we can get the Internet probably via satellite - but at 25 cents per minute - so will see what we can do. Am going to re-type the blog since we cannot upload documents - but the pictures will have to wait until we can get to an internet cafe - SORRY but just not possible here in Turkey... This morning we planned a late breakfast - 8:30AM at the hotel buffet. Then we decided to pack our suitcases because...

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Apr 13, 2011 - Athens & the Acropolis

After another wonderful tour of the archaeological sites of the Peloponnese and monasteries at Meteora we are back in Athens, Today we did the mundane things like washing to prepare for the next phase of our trip which is the visit to the Greek isles. But first we had to catch up with Mark and Nat which we are both excited about. So doing the washing was all the more boring and seemed to take a lot longer than usual. Finally whilst the last load was drying Mark & Nat arrived with Bev at the Laundromat. The bloke there must have wondered...

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Apr 13, 2011 - Athens - Acropolis & Plaka

It’s now Wednesday and we have almost adjusted to the time change. We got up early – 7:30AM (which was just after midnight on NY time) and went to breakfast shortly thereafter downstairs in the hotel. It was a good selection of scramble eggs or a plain omelet, sausage & bacon, baked tomato, fresh croissants, cereal, cut up fruit, cheeses, ham, turkey, breads, whole oranges & kiwifruit, grapefruit juice, tea – and the highlight of freshly squeezed orange juice! They actually have a machine that drops the whole oranges into a hopper and...

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Apr 12, 2011 - Meteora

Woke to the sound of an early morning wake up call, (7am, but I am on holidays), shut that off and then get woken again 4 minutes later by my mobile phone alarm. Guessed it was time to get up. We are now pretty much into the routine of this tour. Get up at 7am, get ready, pack bags and put them outside the door by 7.45, go and have breakfast, brush teeth, get carry on stuff and head to the bus pickup at 8:30am. Like a well oiled (virgin of course) machine. This morning we headed off to the Monasteries on the top of huge rock outcrops. I...

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Apr 12, 2011 - Athens - arrival day

Well it’s Tuesday and we arrived in Athens this morning after a rather bumpy flight – guess the pilot just could not find a smooth altitude! We went over some of what looked like the Alps – at least they were very high mountains with snow on top – but there were also many many clouds. We landed just before 10AM and the sun was brilliant – but it was a chilling 12C. We gathered our luggage, exchanged a bit of money, met the guides from Century Holidays and were off to the hotel – Royal Olympic - in downtown Athens. The airport is practically...

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