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Apr 10, 2009 - Mykonos-Athens-Thessaloniki

After breakfast I returned the car to the car hire place and walked back to the villa. Our ferry connection back to Piraeus Port leaves at 12:30 and Sharon the owner has offered to drive us down. There are two ports at Mykonos known as the old port and the new port (very original). Most of the ferries leave from the old port, but I had read about people running frantically between the ports as they realize their boat was going to the other port. Lucky I checked as our boat was leaving from the new port. We arrived back to Pireaus Port at...

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Jan 28, 2009 - Farmer's Strike, Tractors Everywhere

1/28/09 Despite its occasional turbulence, there is something truly magical about Greece. Its history, architecture, landscape, islands, food, wine, and joie de vie grab visitors and refuse to let go. From Sofia, we traveled south by train instead of bus to avoid striking farmers. For weeks the farmers have been gathering at key points and blocking the roads with their tractors. On the local news we had seen a line of trucks miles long waiting to cross the border, and we watched that same line from the train and cheered that we had avoided...

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Nov 26, 2007 - Thessaloniki

I'd swear that it warmed up 5 degrees as we passed through Greek formalities. The train took off into the Greek countryside and continued accelerating, wow, speed. I hadn't really thought about it but trains in most of Eastern Europe trundle and click clack their way from destination to destination, now I felt like I was in danger of actually getting somewhere, I got the GPS out - 85mph - on welded tracks. In just over an hour we rolled into Thessoloniki but had moved through a timezone so I was still 2 hours late, the train I'd wanted to...

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Mar 20, 2007 - Meteora, Greece

Aside from the white washed villages of the Greek Islands and the Acropolis in Athens, another of the most recognizable sights of Greece is Meteora in Northern Greece with its 15th Century monasteries built on rock pillars high above the plains. Both of us had Meteora at the top of our list of must-see sights in Greece - and it was a long drive out of our way - so approached the area with a bit of trepidation wondering if it would be as spectacular as we anticipated it would be. No worries about it not meeting our expectations! The massive...

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Nov 9, 2006 - Salonical

In commemoration of bad song month, and because I really feel like beating on the heads of these shouting, acne-infested, snot-nosed punks who swarm about me here in downtown Thessaloniki,I offer: One month to go before I'm leavin on a jet plane don't know when I'll be back again (big crescendo to convince suspicious female) OH GIRL, I hate to go... Sofia got uncomfortable, so I left that town Yeah, I left that town I left old Sofia and you know I'm Harlem bound (insert piano solo here) Presumably Haarlem, Netherlands...the bluesmen were...

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Oct 19, 2006 - Kalambaka

So, I checked out and left my bags at the hostel and ran up to the tourist office. They were so helpful and actually spoke english! I got directions to the bus station and a timetable and a handy little guide to meteora. I also booked a ferry ticket from Corfu to Bari in Italy for Oct 24th. I leave at 10:30pm and get there the next morning at 7:30am. Yeah! The weather in Athens is quite chilly and cloudy and windy. Went back to grab my bags and managed to take the public bus to the bus station and got on a bus headed to Trikali with 2...

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Jun 6, 2006 - The Oracle

Delphi wow, well, what can i say. I'll let the pictures do most of the talking. The only comment I can add is that going to Delphi was for sure worth the day away from Athens ANNNDDDDD, that I am quite, quite certain that if the Oracle had not chosen that for her spot, some other spiritual entity would. It has a majestic feel to the surrounding area that you can't help but notice as you walk around. Its up in the mountains and the views are just spectacular. I tried to find the crossroads where Oedipus met his fate by running into his...

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May 29, 2006 - Athens to Kistraki

Anxious to leave the urban sprall of Athens, we took a bus north to Trikala. From Trikala we rode to the towns of Kalambaka and Kastraki to see Meteora. Meteora is a rock forest of jutting pinacles, cliffs and caves that were once sediments of an island sea. Vertical techtonic movements, weathering and erosion have created rock conglomerates that are amazing visually and for climbing. We thought of all of our climber-friends who would love to holiday there. In the 11th century hermit monks hid away in caves, then later built monasteries...

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May 29, 2006 - Meteora to Zagoria Villages & Vikos Gorge

As we raced to Meteora we knew we were cutting it fine. We desperately wanted to catch the sunset as it painted the amazing pinnacles with light. We arrived around 6pm, having told the hotel in the confirmation email we'd be arriving late. Now you might think travel writers don't have problems with bookings - you just tell them who you are and they start vacuuming the red carpet. Well, sorry, we do travel anonymously. We don't want special treatment. We want to make a balanced judgement, so we want to experience it just as every traveller...

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May 21, 2006 - Sites and Sounds of Thessaloniki

My journey over to Thessaloniki was actually quite a long one; around 12 hrs with a plane change in Frankfurt. But, now that I'm here, the fatigue of air travel seem to be quickly melting away as I get acclimated to the sites and sounds of an energetic seaside metropolis . Thessaloniki is an ecletic Byzantine city in Northern Greece, brimming with open-air cafes , urban boutiques, and traditional ouzeries with a life-is-a-party buzz that seems to linger in the air. It's also quite a destination spot for Greeks and other Europeans- there...

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May 17, 2006 - Seeking Authenticity in Saloniki

Thessaloniki is our favourite Greek city. There's no competition. Athens may have the Acropolis, but we prefer nearly everything else about Saloniki. Its refined architecture - everything from Byzantine churches, Art Deco apartment buildings and sleek modernist office blocks - gives it an elegance and character that the jumble of Athens just doesn't have. The main shopping street and myriad side streets that dart here and there offer up everything from funky little design-your-own-t-shirt shops to grungy record stores. Add the world-famous...

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May 11, 2006 - Crossing Borders: Bulgaria to Greece by Bus

After six weeks traversing Eastern Europe by bus, train and aeroplane (all with the usual delays and conflicting travel information mixed firmly with several languages that we know little more than 'hello' in), we were hankering for Greece. Travelling teaches you tolerance and patience, but after six weeks of sour faces, sometimes stodgy food, and overhyped destinations, our patience was wearing thin. Late-season Bansko, Bulgaria, had been the biggest disappointment of the trip - a winter wonderland transformed into a dusty construction...

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