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Jun 15, 2016 - Back to Athens briefly

We were on the 7:20 am fast ferry back to Athens and arrived there about 9:30. Hilda from the Phaedra hotel had arranged for a taxi to pick us up and take us to the airport. We had lots of time so our cabbie took us on a little sight see of some of the nicer areas of Athens along the water. Still a big city.

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Jun 14, 2016 - Hydra

Hydra, Idra, Ydra…… Pronounced “eedra” by Greeks So long Athens! We’ll be back….to catch a plane that is, probably not for any other purpose. ‘Twas a a good visit, perfect location next to the Plaka, the “happening” zone but otherwise not a very nice place. We checked out of Athens Gate and proceeded via taxi to Piraeus the port city next to Athens. The number of ferries traversing this harbour is amazing! It is a non stop succession of ferries of every description coming and going but unfortunately there is no actual terminal facility for...

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Jun 12, 2016 - Athens Day Two

We had breakfast up top so it was a great way to start the day. We were on our way by 9:30 to tackle the Acropolis. I thought that the hike up to Acropolis site could be a bit daunting but it turned out to be just fine. A little bit of puffing but not bad and we were there in 15 minutes or so. Getting around the site requires some caution as it is largely rocky and uneven, the large volumes of people add to the challenge of getting around. There is an elevator for the wheelchair bound which looked to me like a construction elevator set up...

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Jun 11, 2016 - Athens

We need to start from last night. We were all ready to go for dinner early and pack up by 10 pm when the captain came on the loud speaker just before 6 when we were on our way for a pre-dinner drink to tell us that there have been multiple days of country-wide strikes in Greece, and that tomorrow's strike would be for dock workers in the port. Thus, there would be no one on shore to take care of our bags, and Celebrity staff were unable to assist due to labour agreements. Thus they were asking passengers to take care of disembarking their...

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May 6, 2016 - Athens, Greece

Hello from Athens! Weather has been marginal but scenery makes up for it. Took in the Acropolis museum and walked up the hill to take pictures. Experienced a traditional Greek breakfast and lunch which were both delicious. Surprisingly I have not done much shopping as we have been running from one tour to the next. The ship is not full as the staff Are training and becoming familiar with some of the new systems. Overall things have been pretty good but not that restful.... We are seeing the news reports about the Fort Mac fires - looks very...

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Mar 30, 2016 - Fly to Athens, Greece

3/29-30 In airport - turned out Mare had gotten a different plane ticket (Edihad) even though Bon was right there in Delhi at Ajay when she booked it! She's not much for details - doesn't want to bother she says. So Bon & I had to wait in Athens airport 2 hours until past 4 p.m. for Mare's plane to arrive. It all worked out well though it was rush hour on the metro to the Albatrans office in downtown Athens. Our plan was to locate the bus office and buy tickets to Tirana for 8 a.m. tomorrow, then get a room nearby the bus office. The hotel...

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Oct 4, 2015 - Piraeus

We boarded the Hellenic Seaways Catamaran in Hydra for the two hour trip to Athen's main port of Piraeus. Unlike our trip getting into Hydra, this catamaran, although the same size, was quite full due to the popularity of the Athens to Hydra route. We disembarked at Piraeus, which is a vast port with almost a dozen large docks serving many Greek islands in various island chains as well as international ports. Everything from smaller boats to huge cruise ships, all in one great big bathtub of a port. Our ferry to Mykonos, the slow ferry Blue...

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Oct 3, 2015 - Hydra

Thursday, October 1 Today we are headed to the Island of Hydra, in the Saronic Islands just off the mainland. Despina's husband walked from his office to help us with our luggage and drove dropped us off with our rental at the bus station. As we waited, we noticed quite a few people making the long climb up the Palamidi Fortress, as this was the nicest day in Nafplio to date. We found out, fortunately not too late, that we had to catch our bus around the corner instead of in front of the bus station - our first bit of stress for the long...

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Sep 28, 2015 - Athens

September 25, 2015 Our trip to Greece started very early in the morning of September 24th with. A 4:30 am wake up to catch our 8 am flight to Montreal. During our 4 hour layover in La Belle Province, we enjoyed a nice meal at a "micro brasserie" and a fabulous gelato with REAL maple sugar chunks, which we remembered from our layover at Dorval a few years ago. Our 8 or 9 hour flight to Athens passed fairly quickly even though we did not manage much sleep. We arrived in Athens about 10:30 am and caught the airport bus to Syntagma...

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Sep 23, 2015 - Exploring the Concrete Jungle of Athens

Nice home prepared breakfast in our 3 bedroom apartment with a view to the Parthenon and Acropolis across the concrete jungle of roofs, antennaes, water systems, airconditioning units etc. etc. As daughter Meg so eloquently put it: They came, they saw, they concreted. Were very comfortable overnight and keen to get going today. We walked down to Syntagma Square which is the main square in Athens in front of the Presidential Palace. Here we met our guide Maria who conducts free walking tours around the city. She explained the significance of...

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Sep 19, 2015 - Golly says yieasas to Athina

We arose about 8:30 - no hurry as checkout is at 12. The packing looks good - the sausage bag with miscellaneous clothes, shoes etc that we won't use. J's bag with declarable items and gifts. C's nearly empty! Over to the airport for breakfast. We had yogurt and strawberries ( the yoghurt was so thick, J nearly broke his plastic spoon!), Danishes, and (wait for it........), Freddo Cappucinos ( our last until J works out how to make them!) Then a further attempt at online check-in but no luck. J purchased a CD of Greek music, but C couldn't...

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Sep 18, 2015 - Here we are in Athens

It is hot here. But not humid so that's good. We must tell you about the unusual occurrence in Belgrade Airport. It concerns a passenger of Female appearance - bleached blonde, tall, 150mm stilettos, black leather pants with see through panels from ankle to waist, lips like a pink inflatable boat, Tatts all down the arms, and other bodily endowments that are too revealing for this blog! Anyway she (it?) decided that she was in the wrong queue and went elsewhere. We were eagerly anticipating all the alarms to go off when she went through...

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