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May 18, 2014 - Getting Back To Basics

A week has passed since our departure and we are now fully relaxed and fully engaged with our bikes. We set off last Wednesday morning bikes fully laden over the Hayling Island Bridge, wheeled our bikes onto the train at Havant, wheeled them off at Gatwick and into the Terminal for our flight to Athens. There followed a bit of messing about as we took various bits off the bikes before putting them in large polythene bags for the flight. Once fully sealed and labelled we were informed that the tyres had to be deflated. Whilst a load of...

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May 2, 2014 - Another day, another ancient wonder

Today we were in Athens, home to the Temple of Zeus. We hadn't booked any more over-priced ship excursions after the Pompeii/Sorrento/Capri experience, and with yesterday's success venturing on our own, we decided to go back-to-back. Initially we were going to try & catch the metro up to Athens with our cabin neighbour family from Chch. However, on leaving the port terminal, we got attracted to the very reasonably priced hop-on-hop-off bus. 34 Euros for each family, return trip to exactly where we wanted to go. That was us. First stop. The...

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Apr 22, 2014 - Piraeus Greece

We had been to Piraeus last year and at that time went into Athens for the day as it was an overnight stop before flying to England then back to Canada. This time we decided to explore Piraeus and found to our surprise a very nice town and lovely small harbor filled with yachts and small brightly painted fishing boats. The Archaeological Museum of Piraeus had 5 lovely bronze statues from 4thC BC, discovered in 1959, a selection of Greek and Roman figures, vases, urns and small funeral objects. After a coffee at Starbucks (they had good...

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Mar 12, 2014 - What's for Dinner?

For the longest time I had been searching for a great restaurant to eat at while in Greece. Well, I did some research and found a restaurant called Funky Gourmet. Now, before you judge by the name I really recommend you try this place out. It lives up to the #1 ranking out of over 1000 other restaurant.

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Mar 10, 2014 - My First Night in Greece

Greece to me is very different than the United States. My first night here I checked into a 5 star hotel called Divani Palace Acropolis. This hotel is very nice, and have up-to-date technology. Every thing is very fancy and well put together. The five star rank is very much deserved. The room is extremely big. Dining options at the hotel include 2 restaurants along with a poolside bar and a lounge. There is also wireless and wired high-speed Internet access. This hotel features business amenities including a business center, a conference...

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Oct 28, 2013 - Toronto to Athens

Toronto to Athens – Oct 27 - 28 Grammar and I went to see Peter Grimes in Toronto. It is an opera by Benjamin Britten and it is really weird. Grammar thought it was spectacular, “riveting” she said, but I thought it was confusing when some people were rushing along singing about “old Joe has gone fishing” while others were slowly yelling “pull them in in handfuls and in panfuls…”. I do think that the lighting was wonderful and the music was great when everyone was not singing at the same time.. Grammar and I do not agree on this one. The...

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Oct 3, 2013 - Athens - Ancient Corinth & The Canal

When we think of Greece, mathematics, mythology, philosophy, and the Olympics immediately jump to mind. This area is known as the cradle of western civilization. The country is a peninsula surrounded by many islands and is very mountainous terrain. Our ship docked at the Port of Piraeus, the port for Athens and surrounding areas. Since we had previously done most of the touristy stuff surrounding the Acropolis, we opted for a tour to Ancient Corinth. Our adventure took us along the Saronic Gulf coastal road for our first stop at a bridge...

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Sep 12, 2013 - Acropolis and Plaka

We arrived in the Greek port of Piraeus, the main docking area for the cruise ships. Piraeus is the adjoining to Athens, Greece. Together, the two cities have a combined population of over 5 million people. After breakfast we met in the Liquid Lounge to await departure for our shore excursion. The excursion we had chosen for this port was called Acropolis and Plaka. We soon realized that it was going to be a busy and crowded day ashore as we were told that there were 10 other cruise ships in port that day. You do the math 11 x 3,000...

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Jul 19, 2013 - The Acropolis, Athens

Today we were up early to catch the 522 bus from outside the campground gate at 8am (tickets €1.40 each, one way). The bus took us to the Kifissia Metro Station, where we bought train tickets; €1.50 each valid for 1½ hours. You can also buy €4 tickets that are valid for train travel for 24 hours. We changed lines at Omonia Station and got off at Akropoli. From there it was a short walk to the Acropolis Museum. I had read reviews on Trip Advisor that it was best to visit the Museum before the Acropolis, and although we were tempted to climb...

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Jul 19, 2013 - Mount Olympus

So...we are very spoiled in the U.S. when it comes to Internet service. I meant to post every day but the service has been either very slow,or non- existent. Also, it seems that even now when I have fairly decent service, i cannot download pictures. So, I write. We left Athens three days ago and drove north to Leptokaria. The landscape reminded me vary much of the San Joaquin Valley...lots of olive trees etc. While there we were supposed to hike on Mount Olympus but the morning of the hike it was pouring rain so the actual hike was...

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Jul 18, 2013 - Stylida to Kifissia, Athens

We had some rain during Tuesday night and yesterday was overcast and not as hot as it has been. We decided to stay another night at Camping Interstation and intended to walk into the supermarket in town. However when we discovered it was 3 km away and it looked like rain, we changed our minds. It did rain but later in the afternoon the sun came out and the sea was flat calm, making for a lovely swim. Today we left about mid-day and drove just over 200km on good motorway roads following the coastline for the first part of the way, with our...

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Jul 17, 2013 - Olympia and Athens

Yesterday we were in Olympia. We toured the ancient Olympic site. It was neat to see the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and the Temple of Hera. We saw where the Modern Olympic flame is lit before each Olympic Games. We also toured the stadium. Tim ran the whole length of the stadium pretending he was an Olympian. He even crossed the ancient finish line. Today we are in Athens and toured the Acropolis. We had great views of the city and learned a lot about Ancient Greece. We are on the way to see the Temple of Poseidon this afternoon. In the...

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