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Sep 10, 2016 - How do you squeeze a couple of millennia in a couple of days?

This is a mash-up entry. As the title suggests, its a whirlwind of our short time in Athens. You'll find pictures of downtown, Monastiraki Square, the National Gardens, the parliament and the changing of the guards. Yes, that's me in the way...oops! The Acropolis, views of the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the museum which is built over the ancient city of Athens archeological site...very impressive, the National Gardens and their zoo, where every Athenian under the age of six seems to be on a Sunday afternoon, and shots of the metro where...

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Sep 8, 2016 - Athens...and now the real fun begins

Hi All: up early this morning, well relatively 7am...pack and off to the airport. I have to say that airport efficiency gets better every year. From check-out desk at our hotel in South Kensington to being well ensconced in the BA lounge at Heathrow with coffee, biscotti and newspaper in hand in under an hour. Our only hold up was a young boy of about 5 or six years old kept setting off the metal detector. After a pat down and a full body scan, they discovered his favourite toy car stuffed in his undies! Ah airport stories. Now several...

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Aug 15, 2016 - Greece

We left Dubai at 10am today , flying over Dubai you could see just how they have built their country on sand - they are reclaiming more & more land and have lots of plans to build more fantastic buildings . The flight to Athens was good (4hrs) that's pretty good . I loved that they flew quite low and you could see the ground- I got a photo of the Suez Canal , gosh it seems weird to think that we have passed all those countries . Our hotel is nice, the staff are really friendly and helpful . Athens is nothing like Dubai , old buildings ,...

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Aug 15, 2016 - Athens

Arrived in Athens to a nice temperature , such a vast difference between countries. Very dry here , we had a fast ride into Athens by cab but arrived safely at our hotel . Very helpful staff . Went for a wander but it was a public holiday so not much open , found the metro but probably won't need it now as we only have today and will take a guided tour . It's 2.30 am , we were woken by the worst singing I've ever heard ( maybe Greek karaoke) Loud music , anyway it's all quiet now . It was great on the plane from Dubai as they flew quite low...

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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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