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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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Greek Odyssey 2015

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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Sep 11, 2015 - Verne Kitty

Josie luggage has arrived at the hotel! We left to meet our transfer ride to the boat to take us to Hydra, Poros and Aegina. While we are waiting we met another couple from Sydney area who are staying at the hotel that is in the building right next to us. Pat and Ilene are on their second day in Athens and will be leaving tomorrow with a tour group. We left on the boat at 8:30 and would be arriving at Hydra at 11:30. We didn’t bring any reading material as we didn’t know we would be on the boat that long. It was an “Are we there yet?” trip....

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Greece is the Word

Sep 11, 2015 - No More Magnets

After 1 ¾ hours we were back on the boat heading to Poros while lunch was served to the first seating (we were 2nd seating). After about an hour we arrived in Poros a small island where we had 45 minutes to again look at magnets. We chose to venture up the hill to the clock tower! Back on board for our buffet lunch. We were excited to see pizza. Too bad it was absolutely terrible. We enjoyed the salad, everything else was bad.

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Sep 11, 2015 - Swimming in the Aegean Sea

Sailed off the Aegina where we will have 2 hours. Nothing is near the port so we had 3 options to choose from: 1. Tour the ruins and church. No, we have seen enough old rocks. 2. Panorama bus tour for photos and a stop at the local fish market to sample some seafood. No, we have had enough bus riding and Heather hates food from the sea. 3. Beach for swimming. YES! Got on the tender and went to the beach for 1 hour. Once you got past the stones and algae in the first 100 feet the bottom was soft sand. The water was comfortable and very...

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Sep 6, 2015 - Greece is so HOT it's Becoming Greasy and I think the luggage has been found!

Morning walking tour of Athens. Only other member of our group are 2 women from Melbourne, Australia…they didn’t sound Aussie. I believe the originated in India. So hot and humid! Weather said it would be 103 when we got back to the hotel it was 99! We started out at the Parliament building where we could have our photo taken with one of the 2 guards guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. But only 1 at a time so Heather and I couldn’t be together and you were just to stand not make any gestures. The guards are dressed in traditional...

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Sep 5, 2015 - Lost in Space

We made it to Athens! It was touch and go for a while. We arrived in Atlanta to an email that the arrival time in Amsterdam had been changed to half hour later and we would probably not make our connection to Athens and they were working on getting us on the best flight. We happened to be on the only direct flight from Amsterdam to Athens, all others went to Paris and then Athens and we wouldn’t arrive until almost midnight. The gate keepers said that we could still land on time and nothing could be done until we arrived in Amsterdam…been...

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