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Jan 27, 2011 - Meteora - Jan 27

January 27, 2011 Today we left Korinos nice and early and embarked on a three hour drive to Meteora. There was no highway driving involved and we were cutting straight through the mountains and across country. We got some amazing views of Mt Olympus as we left Korinos and as we would up and down the hills and valleys we saw lots of other snow-covered peaks, too. The drive was long and windy through the mountains but the scenery and small villages we passed through were great. About 2 hours into the drive I realised I’d forgotten my...

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Jan 24, 2011 - Thessaloniki - Jan 22-24

January 22, 2011 We had a really early start this morning but at least this time we went for the taxi option rather than the long walk to the train station! We’d had a good 3 days with Dave and Sabine and it was a shame to be leaving so soon. We were worried about getting over the Greek border with Elizabeth’s visa having expired so our “Plan B” was to return to Skopje but both Dave and I commented that we hoped we didn’t see each other quite that soon! At the train station we were offered a taxi to Greece for a mere €100! We passed and...

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Nov 3, 2010 - A visit to the Oracle

We negotiated the exit from Athens without incident thanks to the excellent directions we have in the road book. Stuart, who writes it, seems to have an infinite source of information. I suspect that there is a huge amount of hard work involved. We were followed by Martin since he has a new navigator and she needed a day to get the hang of the road book and the maps. The land near Athens was not much cultivated but, as the kilometres ticked over, the soil became less stony and we saw cotton and vines. Our route took us up into the mountains...

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Rallye Med 2010

Jul 6, 2010 - Meteora Felsenkloester - Meteora Rock Monasteries

Fruehmorgens gings weiter nach Griechenland, ein paar Jahrzehnte vorwaerts, in die wunderschoene Bergregion um Kalambaka mit seinen 6 von ehemals 23 Meteora-Kloestern. Bei durchschnittlich 40 Grad und in angemessener langer Kleidung... wanderten wir die schroffen Canyons zu den jeweiligen Felsenkloestern aus byzantinischer Zeit hoch. Teils eine rechte Tortur, aber immer lohnenswert. 6 sind heute noch bewohnt, bieten Museen, Kapellen, Ausstellungen, grandiose Aussichten und Arbeitsplaetze fuer Moenche zur Honiggewinnung, dem Oreganoanbau,...

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Jun 28, 2010 - Sarti

We have friends, Eric and Jen who are currently cycling through the mountains of Northern India and Nepal, heading towards southeast Asia. Compared to their journey, we are travelling in five star luxury. That said, we still felt a break was needed from the "rigors" of travel, so we headed to the beach. And very few places do beaches as well as Greece. We had heard Sarti was touristy, but we didn't care! As long as there was a beach, we were ready for touristy. Plus, it's not quite high season yet so the flocks of Czech, Slovak, Hungarian...

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Jun 22, 2010 - Thessaloniki

Greece's second largest city is a small version of it's largest - Athens. Now we'd love to write glowing things about Thessaloniki, but it's not a glowing kind of place. We did manage to find some delectable Greek food and find a place to watch the USA-Algeria and England-Slovenia match's simultaneously. To our surprise, all the Greek's at the cafe, which weren't that many, were for the US as well. Now the Greek's weren't as happy as us when they departed as Greece had lost the night before, but there were a lot of smiles and handshakes...

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Apr 14, 2010 - Good bye Thessaloniki

We headed to the White Tower with the hope we wouldn't get wet on the way. It rained most of the night and was very gray and cold as we headed out. The White Tower was once a prison and has recently become an extension of the Byzantine Museum we saw on Monday. We were given English audio guides as the entire museum is only in Greek. Each of the 5 floors contains pictures and videos from different periods of Thessaloniki's history. This city, as well as most of the country, has certainly been through a lot of violent periods. It seems today...

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Apr 12, 2010 - Byzantine Museum

We headed out this morning with raincoats in tow as the sky looked very gray. Fortunately we planned to go to the Byzantine Museum so rain won't make a difference. It took us awhile to find the museum but thanks to some very nice people we finally made it. The museum is a very contemporary building housing ancient jewelry, coins, pottery, icons, tombs, clerical garments, parts of a town, sewing supplies, cooking utensils and Bibles. It is quite an impressive display. How these items have survived all these years is beyond our imagination....

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Apr 11, 2010 - Galerius' Palace, Rotunda, Galerius Arch

We had a beautiful day to venture to the east side of our area to view the amazing Rotunda, Galerius's Arch and Galerius's Palace. The palace at one time encompassed 3 city blocks, extending from the arch to the sea. It is amazing to see the mosaic work on the floors. Again we are amazed by the fine workmanship with such rough tools. On our way home from the palace we came upon a wonderful outdoor restaurant where we dined on chicken in pomegranate sauce and souvlaki in lemon sauce. We were also served chocolate mousse with black cherries...

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Apr 10, 2010 - Look out Thessaloniki here we come!

Today was "moving day" as we bid farewell to Kavala and made our way to Thessaloniki by bus. Well, actually busses since halfway to our new abode the bus broke down. It was no big deal to us, but there were a couple people who were catching a plane in Thessaloniki, and they were none too happy. It was one of those times when we were glad we didn't have a good grasp of the language! Our new bus arrived in about 1/2 hour, and we were soon reloaded and on our way. Both of us were impressed by the incredible number of sizeable grape orchards...

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May 20, 2009 - Meteora, Greece

These photos were taken at a place called Meteora (pronounced met-e- ora). It is the most holiest place of all of Greece. And amidst the tops of precipices are 6 monasteries which when seen are magnificent. The mountains are very peaceful and serene and even though I am non religious I still realise God in this existence and it was a great experience for me to travel to Meteora. I really enjoyed myself. Also the monasteries are the place where the finale to the James Bond film 'For Your Eyes Only' starring Roger Moore.

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Europe 2009

May 19, 2009 - Thessaloniki

I arrived late to Thessaloniki on Monday the 18th of May, 2009. When I arrived to the airport of Thessaloniki, I was randomly pulled into a room by an undercover cop for a drug search. I don't consume drugs so it didn't phase me too much but after over 24 hours of flying already I wasn't too happy about it occuring. On the 19th of May, I went walking around the city of Saloniki and I went to 'The White Tower' which was established in the 1500's and has played a major role in the history of Thessaloniki, which is the capital of Macedonia. So...

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Europe 2009

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