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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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Greek Odyssey 2015

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 - 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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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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Greece is the Word

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 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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Aug 18, 2015 - The family tree has suddenly sprouted

2nd last day on Kythera 𯘓 Firstly we went to Hora to meet local historian and ex high school teacher Eleni Harou. She had researched J's grandfathers family and had the family tree back to the year dot. She had also written a brief family outline. She told us where the original family lived, and the name of the family church. This was of course immense help to J and he now has pretty much what he has been trying to find. Of course photos would be good to have if they exist and can be found. We were given cold water and Rosedes ( almond and...

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Aug 17, 2015 - Following Tom

Today was to be a following up relatives day. We awoke to find the Club Med 2 moored in Kapsali Bay. This is a small cruise liner with 5 masts - yes it is a sailboat. French I believe, and probably fairly exclusive and expensive. Buses appeared, and passengers were ferried ashore for the day. Let's hope we don't come round a corner and have a bus heading for us! J went down to the mini mart about 8 to get some fruit, yoghurt, and milk. The place was nearly deserted. No one on the beach. Shopkeepers and cafe owners sweeping leaves form their...

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Aug 16, 2015 - Door slammed in our faces

We arose at 8 and decided we had better get cracking so we wouldn't cause the housemaid any delays. Last night we met up with cousin Andreas at Kapsali - he recommended a place about 250 m up the road, and suggested he could take me there on his bike, then return for C. The look on her face said it all. J rushed and got the car keys and we trundled up to Molos Restaurant. It has lovely views down over Kapsali and the menu looked great. After a bit of haggling , we caved in to A. It was his pleasure and duty to take us for a meal as we had...

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