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Apr 14, 2012 - Athens (In Transit)

@@@@@@@ It was a stormy day the morning we headed to the airport to catch our flight to Athens. I wasn’t at all concerned and fortunately, it was a domestic flight so we didn’t have to arrive at the airport much more than an hour before we departed. What I wasn’t prepared for was the rough ride we encountered lifting off from Crete. It was white-knuckle time, rocking and rolling through the fierce storm clouds above Iraklio. It seemed to take forever till we were above the clouds and coasting along through blue skies towards Athens. By the...

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Year 6: Pole To Pole

Apr 5, 2012 - Athens, Greece

Our bus tour today is the highlights of Athens. Our first stop is the sacred rock of the Acropolis. It was for many centuries, the most important religious center of the city of Athens. After the 11th century BC, it became the home of the cult of Athena, patron goddess of the city that took her name, and of other gods, and was adorned down to the end of antiquity with majestic temples, brilliant buildings and a vast number of votive monuments. In the middle of the 5th century BC, when Athens was at the height of its power, the ambitious...

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Apr 3, 2012 - Out of Africa

@@@@@@@ We were in surprisingly good form when we reached Athens after a two-hour flight from Cairo. Anil had been right when he had suggested we break up our journey ‘Out of Africa’ by flying J’burg to Cairo and then Cairo to Athens. There were direct flights from J’burg to Munich, but they take about twelve hours and we’re not very good at handling that many hours cooped up in an airplane. We’d pretty much made up our minds to head straight to Crete, in fact we had booked a hotel in Iraklion just before leaving South Africa, being fairly...

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Year 6: Pole To Pole

Mar 24, 2012 - First to Rafina via ferry

Wiki Info Rafina Maria's father very kindly drove us to the ferry dock and Fastferry bound for Rafina. And, as advertized, it pulled out of port right at 7:30am. Blue sky, calm, blue sea...thus far Greece is averaging $68 US/day. First stop, Tinos...next Andros...finally, Rafina. Bus bound for Athens waiting and passengers filled it quickly. Arriving just blocks from Archaeological Museum (see Athens entry for Wiki info), Mari decides it's important to see an exhibit she missed so we wait outside in the shade while she enters for 'just a...

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Mar 16, 2012 - Athens, Greece

Wiki Info Athens Bus ride Albania to Athens, Greece went thru some very beautiful countryside...grapes, olive groves, orange groves, lots of sheep, not so many goats, a few cows, high, snowcapped mountain peaks, and colorful seashores with clear teal colored water. Off bus & short walk to Metro where we took advantage of our age and paid the senior rate of .70 euro to get to Sintagma Sq. Another short walk to The Student & Travellers IYH Hostel (formerly "Inn"). A 4 bed dorm with ensuite bathroom just $16 euro each! Went to nearby cafe and...

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Feb 18, 2012 - My Perfect Birthday

This was quite possibly the best birthday of my life thus far. I was in Athens, Greece enjoying every minute of everyday. I felt like being here was an amazing celebration alone and I was content to spend the day just as I every other day in Athens. Alex, however, had other plans. (Party time). First stop: a roof top bar. We got there at 11:45pm just in time to ring in my new year at midnight, with a cocktail and a breathtaking view. Not a bad start. After that we had a quick bite to eat, and headed home to rest up for next day. 2. In the...

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Feb 17, 2012 - The acropolis & plaka square

Finally!!! I can say it...I have been to the Acropolis. Ancient Greek's city center. In Greece, Acropolis translates to "high city", and let me tell you, it is high. Today was a workout! No one warns you before hand but it is a hike to get to the top! It's like climbing up the side of a rocky mountain: no hand rails to help you make it, and no emergency crew in site to help you if you don't. Once you make to the top however, what you see is breathtaking! The Acropolis overlooks all of Athens....truly one of the most beautiful views I have...

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Feb 15, 2012 - Ahhh GAME DAY: my favorite day of the week.

I have said the above line to Alex before every one of his games, probably since his sophomore year in high school (thats a lot of games). Game day really is my favorite day of the week. I am (one of ) Alex's #1 fan. On game days, I suit up in his jersey, just like he does, and I have probably come closer than I know, to a fight or two due to the things that come out of my mouth during games. Needless to say, I was very excited to see my bro playing as professional. Unfortunately, Alex tweaked his knee before I came to Greece and is taking...

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Feb 14, 2012 - Efaristos Eros (Thank you Cupid)

Finally. I am starting to fall in love with Greece. I woke up a little bummed out today. I haven't been able to see all of the ancient sites I have been dying to go to, due to the political unrest in downtown Athens ( I am hoping this changes by Friday) . After yet another late start to my day, I decided to take my daily walk around Nea Smyrni. I bought some strawberries at the a nearby health food store, recommended by my mom, and did some window shopping at a shoe store where I intend to buy myself a birthday present (new boots!). It was...

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Feb 13, 2012 - Graffiti & cafe racers

I really don't have too much to say today. I woke up late again, but, I am starting to realize that Greece wakes up late too...I guess I'm fitting in here. Because of all the turmoil downtown, I am kind of stuck to one part of Athens right now. So, I did what I have been doing: a lot of walking and people watching. As a matter of fact, I walked Alex to practice today. I have to say the Panionios arena is in a very beautiful neighborhood (5 minutes walking distance from Alex's place). However, the outside of the building would make one...

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Feb 12, 2012 - Nightlife: Greek Bar Hopping

Tonight I got taste of what Greek nightlife is all about. We took a taxi to the downtown area, which is about 15-20 minutes away. First stop, La Lou. The only place I saw that night with a dance floor. Apparently, Greeks are not big on dancing in clubs and I found myself alone on the dance floor several times that evening. I didn't mind. If you have ever been out me then you know I can dance by myself all night with no problem. La Lou has a light dance floor to boot! I loved it! Our next stop was club Rock & Roll. This place was like an...

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Feb 12, 2012 - Lazy Sunday: pizzateca, cafes and RIOTS

I had a wonderful Sunday. After a very late night (early morning) out, I honestly did not wake up until around 1pm (very unlike me). It was raining pretty hard so I figured I would not get to do much site seeing. Around 4 o'clock the rain had stopped so Alex and I decided to go out for pizza. We went to this GREAT place called Pizzateca. We sat outside, people watched and enjoyed a great meal. Afterwards, we walked to a very cozy looking cafe I had been wanting to try. I had a delicious mochacinno, The ambiance at this place is lovely, and...

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