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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 - 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 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 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 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 - 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

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