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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...Jump to full entry
Feb 11, 2012 - Milate Anglika?
Today I decided to get out and explore Alex's neighborhood, Nea Smyrini, neither one of us is totally sure how this is pronounced. He and Macie walked me to the nearby Starbucks and from there I was on my own. I was little nervous about getting lost since all the street signs are Greek to me (ha ha ha). If I had gotten lost, I wouldn't have had the first clue on what to say to anyone to explain where I was trying to go. So I used landmarks the Panionios Graffiti, and Athena's (the local strip club), to help me out. Athen's traffic is...Jump to full entry
Feb 10, 2012 - Day One: Gia Sas (Hello) From Greece
After 17 hours of flying I am finally here :) ! The first thing noticed is that the Greeks seem to love their cigarettes. As soon I as stepped off the plane there were 3 different vendors selling big cartons of them, duty free ! They also have a number pretty fancy smoking rooms ( they look like big glass boxes) through out the airport, which is pretty modern. Day one was great! Alex picked me up on time, and to my surprise, he actually knows his way around the city pretty well. Our first stop was his condo, where I met his new best friend,...Jump to full entry
Jan 28, 2012 - I arrived safe in Athens!
It was a rough flight from the United States to Athens Greece, but the feeling I felt when I smelled the air, tasted it on my lips... I can't explain how full my heart is, how amazing my family is I was greeted by 36 family members who welcomed me with open arms, they laugh and tell me how greek I look haha and joke how american I am, My cousins...I can't wait to get to know them, I can tell they are hard working by there hands, rough worn hands, makes me reflect on my own, how different our worlds are, will they meet in the middle...Jump to full entry
Nov 10, 2011 - give it back!
Ships visiting Athens dock in Piraeus, a singularly unattractive town about half an hour drive from the center city. Considering there were 10,000 cruisers there today and this number of visitors is typical, it is surprisingly that the town has few stores or services directed toward us. Many ferry boats also arrive there throughout the day and bring residents from the nearby islands who come and shop for the household goods of daily life. That’s mostly what we saw here today before we took a tour into town to see the Acropolis Museum. The...Jump to full entry
Nov 9, 2011 - Day 10 - Athens, Greece
Although it is a bustling modern capital city, Athens still holds the ancient Acropolis and all of its history high enough for everyone to remember. The ship docked in the city of Piraeus, and with a short bus ride, we were in the heart of Athens, a city of about 11 million people. We headed straight for the Parthenon on the Acropolis. The word "Acropolis" means "hill" and the Parthenon is the large building, along with other temple ruins on the Acropolis. It was amazing to see how much of these structures still remain, and restoration work...Jump to full entry
Oct 15, 2011 - LEAVING :(:(:(
Hey everyone I'm packing up all my clothes and gifts that I bought for each of you guys. I had a great time at the wedding ceremony and reception last night. There was one BIG difference between USA weddings and Greek weddings the best man helps the priest alot he has a huge part int he ceremnoy and the attendants aren't up there at the atlar area with the bride and groom. The food OMG was amazing and so much of it like rice, lamb, tomatoes, oil and bread. Desserts were bokulca a flaky cake wit hhoney and nuts, along with friut in honey...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry