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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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Jul 15, 2013 - Swim in the Agean Sea

Today we drove south to Cape Sounio and the Temple of Poseodon where the ancient Greeks worshiped the God of the Sea. After seeing the temple, we went to the Aegeon Hotel which is just below the temple. We swam in the Clear blue refreshing waters of the Agean Sea all afternoon. Very relaxing day after the hustle, bustle and heat of,the Acropolis sights. I could have spent the rest of the group on and stayed there for the entire rest of the trip. Tonight Marlee and I found dinner in a local restaurant and Marlee had her feet cleaned by a...

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Jul 14, 2013 - Parthenon

This morning we hiked up to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon and other antiquities. The area is a much bigger area than I thought. We spent the whole morning walking the site and learning the stories of the Greek Gods and the history of, the place. Our guide is very knowledgable as she has been a guide for many years. There are only 8 people on this trip....4 girls ...all the same age, two grandmas and two grandpas. It is hot and humid here. Same latitude as LA ...then why is it hotter? We have eaten in several different restaurants and...

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Jul 5, 2013 - Greek Isles and Turkey

Months ago I signed up for the State Department’s email notice system for the countries we were planning to visit in case we needed to avoid an area. Today I received an email telling us to avoid Egypt, two weeks after we left – glad we went when we did, eh? We arrived at Athens as scheduled, but were disappointed with our baggage handling. Somewhere between Sicily and Athens, two small Swiss knives and another knife with a four inch blade that I always carry (when not flying, of course) did not complete the trip. They were all packed in...

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Jun 16, 2013 - I'm Back

So it as been a while hasn't it? To me it feels like I've been in Greece for like 3 weeks when in reality it's only been one. But the wifi is on right now in our building so I'm going to just have to run with it and hope my connection doesn't quit mid-post. If it becomes a problem I'm going to simply type my post out in an email and send it to mom so she can post it. I'm also going to send her pictures to post as well unless some miracle happens and I can start posting them from here. So let's get down to business. I told you guys about my...

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Jun 15, 2013 - Leaving Greece

Flying over the Sporades islands on our way to Athens, and then the amazing olive orchards mixed with vineyard, it is real......time to leave Greece. I can't believe how emotional I am. But it is no wonder really, this is an amazing place. Unlike any other I have been to. The feeling is the same as other trips here years ago, I am just better equipped to recognize it and put it in to words. Greece opens its ancient, strong arms to welcome everyone. There is a soulfulness here that reaches in to your core and holds on tight. It is...

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Jun 10, 2013 - Day 3 Athens

Well the photos speak for themselves We were suppose to get up at 6:30 and take a public bus 31/2 hours to the port to get a ferry to Skiathos, however we ditched the ferry tix and bought plane tix and were able to enjoy Athens for a whole morning , Very wise choice as you can see!!!

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Jun 9, 2013 - Day 2 Athens, finally we meet friends!!

Lots of swimming today. Also went to Acropolis museum which is amazing. They actually built it over some ruins and have a see through floor so you are walking over them looking down. Kinda freaked me out but Leslie loved it. Great film with the history and computer generated depictions of how destruction has proceeded over time and then the restoration. Leslie leaned over and whispered,"wow mom it's amazing how special this is" . A proud mommy moment for sure, she is really into history, taking it all it, taking lots of photos and asking...

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Jun 8, 2013 - Day 1 Athens

Our first day in Athens got to our hotel around 6:30 pm. Royal Olympic Hotel was beyond my expectations!!! The people here are so very nice! The location is obviously great, one block to the Plaka ( old town) and lots of touristy shopping, and also the Acropolis museum, and 5 minute walk to acropolis. There is something so soulful and romantic about this city, you can feel it in your bones. Why oh why has it taken me 20 years to get back here?? After dinner walked the Plaka and on food shop had wine tasting and the winemaker was there for...

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