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Apr 30, 2015 - Athens, Greece

We docked in Athens early in the morning and I'm pretty certain the captain of this ship is a drift king when he's not on the clock. The tight spaces he manoeuvres this ship into is absolutely amazing. Opposite our berth just happened to be the HMAS Success, one of our navy supply ships. Found out later that the guys were on 5 days shore leave and ran amok in the city. At a glance Athens looked beautiful but for a country that is complaining it has no money, one would wonder why all the shops were shut. There were 5 cruise ships in and only...

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Apr 30, 2015 - Another day, another museum

Another tour today and we were off for a view of the city from the highest point. We stopped at the viewpoint on Lycabettus Hill and did see a lovely panarama view all the way to the sea. We were a bit disappointed as we did not contine all the way up to the top of the hill to see the small church. The rest of the morning was spent at the National Archaeological Museum. This museum included lots of artifacts from other sights around Greece. It was good to see some of this before we head in that direction on Saturday. Back to central Athens...

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Mamma Mia Tour

Apr 29, 2015 - Mamma Mia Tour arrives in Greece

Late Tuesday afternoon in Greece and the eight of us arrived safely in Athens. Our flights were uneventuful but long. Luftahansa does not have the softest seats! We met Gail in Frankfurt and killed time during our 3 hour lay over before leaving for Athens. We were then met at the airport by a representative of the local travel agency and shortly after 7 we checked into the hotel. Time for a quick unpack and then off for our first meal - Greek Salad and Kebobs with a little wine. Some of us opted for the expensive wine at 2.80 euros while...

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Mamma Mia Tour

Jan 24, 2015 - Athens at last!

After a grueling bus and train ride from Budapest, crossing many borders and varying geography, I have arrived in Athens. I found a lovely room in a small hotel overlooking a square in the Plaka , the old town centre of Athens. It has a beautiful curving wooden balcony that extends out in the square where old men sit on benches surveying the bustling life going on around them. The Plaka fairly pulsates with activity, between the bars and restaurants, the shops and markets, no one stands still for long. Yet, for all its life, Athens is so...

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Dec 1, 2014 - Athens etc.

Mon. 1 Dec. 2014 Weather:-19 Degrees/Cloudy Piraeus, Athens, Greece 7:3014:30 7h The plan was to go touring with Dave, Jan, Margaret, Kevin and a few other Ausies today as Dave had organized a flotilla of taxies that would take us to all the historic sites around Athens for Euro20pp (the Athens and Acropolis tour is Euro 59pp with the ships tour) but at the last minute Herman and I dropped out as we had both had a bad night coughing and had no energy also we wanted to give ourselves every chance to get better for our arrival in Istanbul...

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Med. Melodies Encore

Nov 18, 2014 - Greece November 2014 - part 13

well you couldn’t have asked for a better welcome. The ancient sites all close around 3pm so we made Argos in record time (in comparison to our previous week). As we pulled up in front of the hotel, we were trying to decide if we could park in the ‘angel space’ that was out in front’ - suspicious characters we were..and seeing as we had a plane to catch the next day we didn’t need any warrants outstanding for parking fines. Anyway, Keita leapt out of the car to check with the reception and all seemed fine – I did get her to check twice!!!...

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Nov 10, 2014 - Greece November 2014 - part 3

Part 3 - 9th November This morning we left our hotel and promptly found ourselves on the last 4kms of a marathon – but not just any marathon – it was the Marathon to Athens Marathon which wound its 40+ kms and the finish line was at the Panathenaic Stadium. The main road into downtown Athens was closed off and taped barriers guided the runners between side hedges of human supporters. We reached the junction where the glass runner statue stood proudly and a thumping pounding writhing but well choreographed drum group kept the crowd...

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Nov 5, 2014 - Greece November 2014

I have been back at work for a week now and am attempting to write about all the days of our epic trip around Greece – fondly thought of as a holiday... Looking back through the photos (and yes, I know you are all rolling your eyes as it is going to be a task and a half to actually cut them all down) each and every one of them – multiples included, are causing the delays in writing about it all –each one has more than a sentence of memory attached and all the colours, flavours and fragrances are overwhelming. It all started out as quite a...

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Oct 15, 2014 - Acropolis

This was our second full day in Athens. Everyday brings new learning experiences. Today we undertook the subway and passed with flying colors---well, with just one little, minor glitch. I did not know how to purchase tickets with a bill as opposed to coins. A man helped me but only at the end did I learn he did this for a living. G bailed me out and paid him 50 cents for his aid. We did however get from Monastiraki Square to the Acropolis Museum safely and then from the museum to Syntagma Square where our hotel is located. Silver stars for...

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Greece, here we are!

Oct 14, 2014 - Athens--day one

It's our first full day in Greece. Yesterday was quite honestly a full day of flying or waiting in airports. It did have its up moments--like getting seats in business class and actually having a bed to sleep on! We were treated like royalty--blankets, food, wine (G was given two glasses of wine and one of champange before he turned in for the night), and, most especially, a bed. I have never landed so rested! What did we do our first day here? Greg and I decided to do a prelimenary tour of modern and not so modern Athens. No major sites...

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Greece, here we are!

Oct 5, 2014 - Tour of Athens

Today started early as we were meeting a half day tour bus at another hotel down the street. Breakfast was provided by the hotel and it was quite a good spread, with lots of chocolate and cake - not my preferred breakfast, but yummy none the less. The tour took us to various sights around Athens which included the Parliament buildings and change of guard, the Stadium, the Acropolis museum and the Acropolis site. All very awesome, and it was quite informative to take a tour and listen to all the background information. We met some really...

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Oct 3, 2014 - Off We Go!

We've arrive!! After the busy year we've had I can't believe we're finally here. I left home early on Friday morning and met my sister Stacey in Toronto to take a flight together to Athens. It was hard to relax and sleep because we were so excited. I managed to watch three movies and dozed off a bit. After going through security at about 9:30 am, which was very easy, we met our driver and rep from Fantasy Travel who escorted us to our hotel - Central Hotel in Athens. OMG the traffic and narrow roads are scarey! I'm glad I wasn't driving!...

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