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Oct 11, 2011 - Καλώς ήλθατε στην Ελλάδα "Welcome to Greece"

Hey and welcome to Greece I just got off the airplane in Athens and my host family was waiting for me with a big sign saying "MAGDALA" or Madeline in Greek. Greece is more than what most people think it has more than just crumbling monuments and crumbly cheese. It has changed into a vibrant modern European country. As well as being a cradle for the ancient civilizations and culture. Here are some common phrases that you'll need to know and will here: Hi! Yia (sou/sas), Good morning! KalimEra, Good evening! KalispEra, Welcome! KhErete, How...

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Oct 7, 2011 - Hydra

I have come down with a nasty head cold just as the the tour is winding down, so haven't done a lot the last 2 days. We are on the island of Hydra, a nice car-free island just 2 hours from Athens by boat. They use donkeys here to carry everything from groceries to the kitchen sink (I actually did see a donkey with a sink strapped to it's back). It could also be called the island of cats, as I have never seen so many cats in one place. There's a regular cat population explosion here. Since I've been feeling under the weather, I didn't do...

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Greece & Turkey 2011

Oct 7, 2011 - Athens

Athens:  After a day at sea, at which our top speed was 9 knots or around 10 mph..we landed in Athens.  The country is experiencing problems, not unlike the US..but it cannot print money and there are many factors that Greece may not be able to overcome.  Their advise to us- whatever Athens experiences -we will experience. On the lighter side, Athens was not nearly in as bad condition as I had anticipated.  True, the garbage had not been picked up and anything that had not moved in a week or more was "tagged.". The glow of the 2004 Olympics...

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Sep 29, 2011 - Santorini to Athens

Big day today. Time to say farewell to Greece and hello to Turkey. If we enjoy Turkey half as much as we enjoyed our time in Greece, particularly the islands, we are in for a great time. We woke early and Pete went to source our morning coffee while I wrote up some more journal. We packed up and went out for some breakfast, another drink and another walk before coming back in time for our lift to the airport. Goodbye Pension Petros! The airport is quite small so we checked in and waited in the upstairs departure lounge along with lots of...

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Sep 27, 2011 - Athens

Well, I spent a fantastic 2 weeks in the Greek islands, but now it's time to go to work. I arrived in Athens on Sunday, checked into my hotel and immediately hoofed it up to the Acropolis to see the one and only Parthenon. It's another one of those sites I've wanted to see ever since I was a tiny human, and it didn't disappoint. I had goosebumps walking through those ancient ruins, which thousands upon thousands of others had walked before me. It was just before sunset and the lighting was incredible. The tour began today, and so far, it...

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Greece & Turkey 2011

Sep 27, 2011 - Athens

Tuesday 27th September 2011 Weather:-24degrees/cool breezes Athens, Greece The port of Piraeus (Athens) was our stop today and we had a nice cool day for it. We had invested in an excursion today as we were not in port for very long, we were here only for 7 hours and the Acropolis is above Athens which is 10 km SE of the port. We were very lucky that we did not try to go there ourselves today AS THE WHOLE CITY WAS IN GRIDLOCK. With all the austerity measures that are trying to be enforced around here in Greece the whole of the public...

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Sep 20, 2011 - Aegina to Hydra

I woke up about 2.30am and spent a lot of hours talking to myself, sending emails and reading before anyone else arose. We headed out of port about 9.00am, heading for Hydra. No swims on the way today however Dave said there would be some good swimming spots (no beaches so you jump in from the rocks) when we arrived in Hydra. We sailed for about 3 hours before arriving and tying up. Tying up is an experience in itself. Pete is anchorman, David does the lines at the stern (we come into the dock stern first), Pete drops the anchor and then we...

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Sep 19, 2011 - Athens to Aegina

After waking early we headed off to the supermarket for our big shop before setting off on our journey. The shop opened at 8.30 and we wanted to be in and out as soon as possible so we could be off by 10.00am. What a supermarket, there was six floors so we wandered around and made sure we had our essentials....loo paper, beer, some food. We must have been a sight staggering down the road with all our goodies. Our reward when we got back to the boat was a cold beer. Our Canadian friends are pretty keen on their beer so this could be an...

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Sep 18, 2011 - Meeting our fellow sailors

Last day in Athens today. Can't say we will be too unhappy to move on. We had our last breakfast (no fruit or pastries when we got there today), packed our bags and left them at the hotel while we went into the city for the big Changing of the Guards ceremony. Arrived in plenty of time and found a good spot. Well, it didn't quite work out that way. The short person had a bit of trouble. I filmed the band coming down the road with all the soldiers and then couldn't get anywhere near the ceremony. It was very colorful and a bit more involved...

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Sep 17, 2011 - Walking tour in Athens

17th September When we arrived at the restaurant this morning, all was in darkness although we were just after 7am. The food was out so we decided to start anyway and sit in the dark. A couple of staff were sitting in the adjoining lounge area and left us sitting in the dark for about 15 minutes. Strange! As it turned out, the pastries weren't there,,,they were delivered while we were at the table. Then, off to the tram again. We are getting good at this except today we had trouble finding a machine that worked. I also teas owed that we...

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Sep 16, 2011 - Finding our way around Athens

Our first real day in Athens. We were at breakfast at 7.00am....we hate to miss out. Our first Greek breakfast.I had beautiful Greek yoghurt, fruit and baklava (just in case I didn't get the opportunity again). We set off to catch the tram into Athens. That was an experience in itself. We got to the station and you need to buy a ticket from the machine before you board. A lady told us what we needed to do but we didn't have the right money and the note section wasn't working. We eventually worked it out and off we went. We arrived at...

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Sep 15, 2011 - East Finchley to Athens

Our hosts arranged for a car to take us to the train station so we could catch the Gatwick Express to the airport. We had to be there pretty early and the logistics of catching public transport wouldn't work for us. It was a different view of London seeing it in darkness and slowly waking while we were on the journey. Victoria Station was a hive of activity and we jumped board our train for the 45 minute journey. Checked in without any drama and grabbed some breakfast before it was time to board. We are flying EasyJet so had to wait for a...

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