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Jun 14, 2015 - Our dangerous location

One has to be careful not to drink too much Ouzo when out for dinner or it could become dangerous in more ways than expected. I have photographed our stairs (75 in all) from the bottom to show how we climb out every time we want to leave..but then we have to come down (no railings, uneven surfaces and vastly different stair heights) to get back. It is an adventure!

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Jun 13, 2015 - Athens

ATHENS...Acropolis And Temple Of Poseidon Tour With Lunch Athens, the Acropolis & other ancient sites are on everybody's bucket list which I am trying to fill before the bucket rusts away. The Acropolis sits on a high hill with a commanding view of the city. Millions of people have climbed up to see and the stone surface where you walk is worn smooth. We had an excellent Greek buffet lunch at a fancy hotel. Hunter had trouble finding something to eat as hot wings were not offered. Got him to eat meat balls.....beef??? Goat??? Said it was...

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May 16, 2015 - Back to Athens

The morning brought lots of fog to the island of Santorini - quite amazing. I guess this is what keeps things growing. It almost looked smokey and when we heard and saw a helicopter with a bucket we really wandered what was happening. Turns out the helicopter was delivering supplies to a small isolated hillside village - that is the only way they get their supplies. Breakfast was great especially the wonderful Greek yogurt. It is never going to taste the same at home again. Our waitress each morning has been delightful. She said she would...

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May 12, 2015 - Athens and Home

THE END It was sad to see Liz and Simon off this morning after a hearty breakfast and a dash around the shops for an hour to satisfy Liz's shoe lust. We have had a great time together considering it's not easy to suit the needs of four people all day every day. They fly home with Qatar via Doha where I am sure they will enjoy the flash amenities. We had a private guide for four hours yesterday from 4pm -8pm. As Liz put it " you can shove those bus tours up your ...." and I agree, this is the way to go. Having said that we were overwhelmed...

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May 5, 2015 - High above sea level

The actual town of Kalambaka was burned to the ground during the second World War making it quite a modern town. Meteora means "suspended in the air" and that describes the six remaining monasteries very well. Perched high on sandstone rock formations, some date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Originally there were 24. It is amazing to see how well they blend into their surroundings. Sizes vary considerably with one having only one monk. Two have been converted to nunneries. The art work inside covers all walls and ceilings. Some is...

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May 2, 2015 - Athens and a Ferry to Hydra

HYDRA YDRA 1.5 hours from Athen's port of Piraeus. A small island we saw from a ferry 30+ years ago and finally came to visit.This is our first port of call of 3 Greek Islands we plan to visit. Three nights here have been a joy. There are no vehicles here except a rubbish truck and an ambulance. All porterage of bags is by donkey. We intended to walk to the Hotel Angelica but soon realised that was a hopeless idea-our small wheeled suitcases couldn't cope with the big cobblestones and the uphills started almost immediately from the water's...

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May 1, 2015 - Cruising the islands

Today is the National Labor Day. Much was closed and demonstrations forecasted. We were up early today for our transfer to the port and a one day cruise if 3 small islands in the Saronic Gulf. After an hour we arrived on the small island of Aegina. This island's claim to fame is pistachio nuts and they were delicious. We also sampled some seafood and ouzo! The town is very pretty with lots of cafes and shops right along the water. We did a short tour around the island with a stop at Church of Saint Nektarios. Next stop was the island of...

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Apr 30, 2015 - Another day, another museum

Another tour today and we were off for a view of the city from the highest point. We stopped at the viewpoint on Lycabettus Hill and did see a lovely panarama view all the way to the sea. We were a bit disappointed as we did not contine all the way up to the top of the hill to see the small church. The rest of the morning was spent at the National Archaeological Museum. This museum included lots of artifacts from other sights around Greece. It was good to see some of this before we head in that direction on Saturday. Back to central Athens...

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Apr 30, 2015 - Athens, Greece

We docked in Athens early in the morning and I'm pretty certain the captain of this ship is a drift king when he's not on the clock. The tight spaces he manoeuvres this ship into is absolutely amazing. Opposite our berth just happened to be the HMAS Success, one of our navy supply ships. Found out later that the guys were on 5 days shore leave and ran amok in the city. At a glance Athens looked beautiful but for a country that is complaining it has no money, one would wonder why all the shops were shut. There were 5 cruise ships in and only...

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Apr 29, 2015 - Mamma Mia Tour arrives in Greece

Late Tuesday afternoon in Greece and the eight of us arrived safely in Athens. Our flights were uneventuful but long. Luftahansa does not have the softest seats! We met Gail in Frankfurt and killed time during our 3 hour lay over before leaving for Athens. We were then met at the airport by a representative of the local travel agency and shortly after 7 we checked into the hotel. Time for a quick unpack and then off for our first meal - Greek Salad and Kebobs with a little wine. Some of us opted for the expensive wine at 2.80 euros while...

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Dec 1, 2014 - Athens etc.

Mon. 1 Dec. 2014 Weather:-19 Degrees/Cloudy Piraeus, Athens, Greece 7:3014:30 7h The plan was to go touring with Dave, Jan, Margaret, Kevin and a few other Ausies today as Dave had organized a flotilla of taxies that would take us to all the historic sites around Athens for Euro20pp (the Athens and Acropolis tour is Euro 59pp with the ships tour) but at the last minute Herman and I dropped out as we had both had a bad night coughing and had no energy also we wanted to give ourselves every chance to get better for our arrival in Istanbul...

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Med. Melodies Encore

Nov 18, 2014 - Greece November 2014 - part 13

well you couldn’t have asked for a better welcome. The ancient sites all close around 3pm so we made Argos in record time (in comparison to our previous week). As we pulled up in front of the hotel, we were trying to decide if we could park in the ‘angel space’ that was out in front’ - suspicious characters we were..and seeing as we had a plane to catch the next day we didn’t need any warrants outstanding for parking fines. Anyway, Keita leapt out of the car to check with the reception and all seemed fine – I did get her to check twice!!!...

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