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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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Aug 31, 2011 - Athens - this place needs a good scrubbing

“There are the guys shooting up in the park and there are the transvestites”, Rita said coolly. “Excellent, that means our hotel is just around the corner”, I replied. We had stayed at this hotel for a night before we went to Lefkadas so we knew what to expect. The hotel was between Omonia Square and Monastiraki Square on Athinas Street just behind City Hall, the good part of town. Athens has deteriorated quite a bit since we were here in 1986. Politely; Athens is noisy, dirty, polluted urban sprawl with characterless concrete...

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Jul 24, 2011 - Athens

There’s a taxi strike throughout Greece which has been going on for five days now. We were so glad to have a private tour booked again today. Paul picked us up at the dock bright and early at 7:30 am. By the end of the day we felt as though we had seen all the highlights of Athens. We started at the Acropolis (the highest point of old Athens). The Acropolis is home to the theatre, the temple of Athena of Nike, the Column of Champions, the Parthenon, Erechtheion, and the point, (I thought it was just where Yanni played (duh )). After the...

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Jul 23, 2011 - greece day 3

This morning we made our way around the city on a bus tour and a walking tour of the partheon. the tempuerture was scorching. 110 degrees. we made the climb up the steps to the patheon, but not a very speedy pace. it was worth the walk. you arrive to the top with spectacular panormaic views of the city, and than there is the partheon always covered in scaffolding. crumbled ruins and tourist everywhere. i have to keep slapping myself in the face and reminding myself how amazing it is that i am visiting all these ancient sites. but at the...

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Jul 23, 2011 - greece day 1

Today began very interestingly. Heather and I woke up early and headed on deck after two pieces of stale toasts and some watered down tang for breakfast. Very disappointing. On deck we found some chairs put our feet up and watched the mountains of Greece drift by through the midst. for he first time i can catch my breath. italy was great but i am ecstatic about the idea of eating all the fresh seafood and greek salad i can get my hands on, oh, and laying on a beach. i am covered in bruises from head to toe from my suitcase bumping into me...

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Jul 23, 2011 - Greece day 2

This morning was suppose to spent on another guided tour of some crumbled ruins in Delphi. We took the bus over to the site but instead of heading in for the tour i headed for the road outside to try and find a ride back into town. Success! Right away I spotted a young women with her daughter gettin into a car. She asked if I spoke English and where Delphi was in a strong polish accent. My answer: I  can show you can we get a ride with you into town? She agreed and I buckled her daughter in and we headed into town. I was thankful for the...

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Jul 23, 2011 - greece day 4

6am wake up call and bus boarding at 7am. we are on our way to the ferry terminal to begin our greek island hopping tour. i think many of us have been looking forward to this day most. we head on deck where a greek band is playing. they pull us up on stage and teach us a greek dance. next they begin playing random american music including sex bomb. my roomies and i jump at the chance to dance at 10am. we begin jumping around spinning each other and just having a blast. after its all over we arrive in hydra where i am approached by a little...

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