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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 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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Jul 31, 2010 - Athens

Athens was hot. Like, really hot. And after a plane ride with the most difficult and annoying airline I've ever flown on, ironically named 'Easy Jet', where we were supposed to board at one gate (it's important to line up because easy jet flights don't have assigned seating because they think it's easier when really it's just stupid and chaotic) and then got told we weren't boarding there and had to briskly walk (other people ran) to the other end of the freaking airport to line up (again), wait in a little tunnel for half an hour, get on a...

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Jul 26, 2010 - Athens

These past 3 days in Athens, Greece has been HOT! (from a weather perspective). I don’t think there has been one single moment of me not sweating. Nonetheless, I had the opportunity to explore this ancient city and enjoy its many exciting attractions. Our first day in Athens kicked off with a Penthouse pool party located on the top roof of our hotel. You can see the entire city of Athens from this view. It was beautiful. The pool party was a great way to cool off from the sun. It was very refreshing. I figured that it was must that I try...

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Jul 25, 2010 - Varna to Athens

So, it’s been a while, TripJournal my friend. Much water, under many bridges, since we parted in Varna. I have something approaching a tan, now, that’s one accomplishment. After twelve days in old Thrace, there was another night with a blissful vegetarian meal in Sofia and then a plane to Athens, where I cooped up in aptly named Hotel Evripides for four days getting ready for the next CATT session to come. The CATT experience has to be the subject of a separate entry, so I'll note that now it's done and I'm back at the Evripides, it's going...

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Jul 12, 2010 - Looking back and heading home!

While packing up we look back on another great trip, even while the last few days of heat having us longing for the cooler climate of the PNW! (in Athens - 97 today, 101 tomorrow, 104 on Wednesday!) A few musings, observations and thoughts from our trip: BEST BREAKFAST - the inn in Rhodes; simple, but filling - even learned to really like Greek yogurt with honey! BEST FOOD DISCOVERY - honey and yogurt and mezes (kind of Turkish tapas) BEST DESSERT - semolina cheese (sounds weird, but fantastic) and the honey balls that seem to explode in...

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Jul 11, 2010 - Summer in Athens

In case you were wondering, July in Athens can be HOT!! But before discussing meteorology, a few musings from our trip: Prior to arriving in Athens we wrapped up our time in Rhodes by winding down. The town of Lindos on the east coast has world-class beaches and an acropolis with an old castle and temple on top (relatively common in this part of the world - not that we take them for granted!). The views were stunning and after a bit of hiking and shopping we ventured further north to the area called Kalithea. Here is an old spa, built by...

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Jun 29, 2010 - Athens

Hello All! I apologize for just now catching everyone up, on our last tour through Greece. I found myself very busy the last three days of vacation trying to get in all the history that we could while we were there. On the islands, our days were filled with leisure activities that consisted of only one thing..relaxing. By the time the night came while in Athens, we were all so beat we could barely keep our eyes open! We arrived home (Texas) late Friday evening but I have found it difficult to write the last entry because it is the final...

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Jun 29, 2010 - Quik Update more to come....

We are packing to leave Venice today. We have been in Italy for seven days. We arrived in Firenze(Florence) at 10:30 pm afer an eventful day. We had flown from Athens to Rome in the morning after an eventful taxi drive. We had two drivers who apparently had not worked together before, one was a young man named Jon, the other was an elderly gentleman named, Jon. Young Jon kept finding faster ways to get to the airport, but then he would go back to tell the elderly gentleman about the route and the elderly gentleman would yell at him. So here...

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Greece/Italy 2010

Jun 23, 2010 - Last Day in Greece

We originally chose to visit Greece first, because we thought we would like Italy better, but at this point I would be hard pressed to believe I could enjoy many countries more than I have enjoyed Greece. Beautiful country, lovely people, very safe I fear I won't like Italy half as much. Let me begin by saying that the Greek police force reminds one of the physiques imagined of the Greek gods. How might you ask would I know? Well first, as much as I have enjoyed all the people I have met here, I had begun to believe that the ancient Greek...

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Greece/Italy 2010

Jun 5, 2010 - mixed weather in Athens

Had a great flight with Royal Jordanian and were met at the airport and taken to hotel. Nice and central. Yesterday we has a city tour to the new Acropolis Museum which is magnificent and, of course, to the Acropolis itself. Today we woke to showers with a day trip to Delphi to look forward to in the wet. However when we got there after a 3 hour drive it was fine. We spent some time walking round the ruins and the went to the museum where all the treasures are held. WOW!!!!! Had a typical Greek Lunch. Then on the way back we had a bit of a...

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Apr 19, 2010 - Our last day in Greece

Rhodes was a bit hazy today. There is a chance of rain today and tomorrow. We left at the right time. Ikuo, our host while in Rhodes, served us our breakfast at our favorite table. Shortly the 2 French guys came out and we had a wonderful conversation with them. After farewells to our new friends, we loaded up and headed down the hill. We took a minute to take a picture of Kostas at his restaurant. He was very pleased. Our journey from Rhodes to Athens went very smoothly. We arrived at the bus stop just as the bus for the airport pulled up,...

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