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Apr 8, 2006 - Sofia - Thessaloniki

Today we caught the bus into Greece. Please note - it takes at least 2 hours to cross the border. Arrived at 5 and backpacked our way to the hotel. Greece maps are alot easier to read than Bulgarian maps! We'll add some photos for the last few days when we find a net cafe that allows us to.

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Apr 3, 2006 - A Big Fat Greek Party

Let me begin by saying I'm sorry for writing long journal entries so frequently... I guess at this point I am writing for myself (to keep track of this trip) as well as for my mom.... she likes to read these things! For anyone else who is keeping track of my travels, I have a couple revelations. #1 - I am not tough... in fact I'm a wuss and #2 - I'm possibly a little crazy because I honestly think I'm tough and then when situations like traveling alone arise, I realize how wussy I really am and how crazy I must be for attempting these...

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Dec 10, 2005 - M: Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is where the Balkans start. We couldn't believe that we were still in Greece, land of the Acropolis, sun-drenched islands and azure-blue waters. It felt so much like Romania. But after we left the train-station area and ventured into the city's center we were greeted by the pretty waterfront and literally hundreds of Byzantine churches, all surrounded by modern blocks of flats. The young city dwellers are just as hip and fashion-conscious as their Athens counterparts. We also found a vibrant food market and were again tempted...

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Skipping Stones

Oct 20, 2005 - A last minute decision in Tessaloniki

As we left Meteora to head towards Tessaloniki, we really had no concrete idea of where to go. We've been playing with the idea of going to Turkey, but Turkey was not in our original plans since it required us to get a visa and it was located much farther east than we wanted to be. Our original idea was to head north towards Bulgaria. Luckily for us, we met a young 21 year old Mexican tourist on the train to Tessaloniki. Victor, couldn't stop singing the praises of Istanbul. In Spanish he kept telling us it was definitely worth the pain to...

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Oct 19, 2005 - Meteora Monastaries

Man has made some rather incredible things, and many times you can only wonder how in the world they ever made such a thing. That's how we felt when we first set eyes on the monastaries of Meteora. Seemingly carved out of the rocks themselves, the monastaries sit atop of spires reaching towards the sky. We are sure they felt closer to God living behind those walls. We can't help but be inspired as we walked from room to room. We must say, however, the art of those of the Greek Orthodox is rather dark. Much of the artwork painted on the...

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Aug 28, 2005 - GREECE - METEORA

stayed last night in Meteora, cool campsite at the foot of huge cliffs. Went and saw some monastries that built on top of these cliffs, (pics coming shortly, forgot to bring camera to cafe) but as you will see by the photos god knows how they built such buildings on these huge bıg rocks. love guy

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Aug 3, 2005 - kalambaka - meteora

after vısıtıng delphı we contınued up to meteora, all on the same day. we get off the bus and are wanderıng around lookıng 4 accomo when thıs guy on a scooter asks us ıf we r lookıng 4 a place to stay, cos ıf we r then he has somethıng avaılable. so havıng found some nıce cheap accomo and getın a good nıtes sleep we set out to walk to the monastrıes. to get to them we had to fırst of all walk 1/2hr to the other vıılage (there were buses up to the top but we decıded to walk) then we followed the road around to the fırst of the mons. we...

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Aug 3, 2005 - thessalonıkı

or salonıka as we found out the greeks call ıt. wasnt the most ınterestıng place we had been to but ıt had a very dıfferent feel to the other greek cıtys. u could really see the turkısh ınfluence here, domed churches/mosques a bazaar rıte by our hotel, and oddly not tourısty. the day we arrıved we went to the archaeologly museum whıch was suppose to be real good, only ıt wasnt, cos they were ın the process of movın buıldıngs so only had 1 room open. ıt was good tho, ıt contaıned gold and treasures from the macedonıan tombs of kıng phılıp...

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Jul 17, 2005 - Meteora, Greece

Sunday, July 17. Kastraki and Meteora, Greece. To maximize our time, upon arrival in Athens on Saturday, we immediately caught a bus to Kalambaka, the gateway town to Meteora, which is famous for its clifftop monasteries. Jeff inadvertently got us to the bus station for Kalamata, a town in the opposite direction that we wanted to go. Fortunately, the correct bus station was a 10 minute taxi ride away. We stayed in Kastraki, a smaller town 2 km from Kalamata and a better base for exploring Meteora. From our accommodations, we walked up the...

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Jul 13, 2005 - Thessaloniki....too far from Athens

Really, really early this morning I and the rest of the NYU crew arrived back in Athens after are 3 day excursion to Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece. The city is located in the north-east part of Greece which means that it was influenced more by the Ottomans, or atleast had more Ottoman remains than Athens. Also Thessaloniki has some really big and beautiful Byzantine churches that were different than anything I have ever seen. I hopped on the bus with everyone else for a LONG bus ride to Thessaloniki - stopping about 6...

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The Global Kazzy

Jul 8, 2005 - Thessaloniki, Greece

We have arrived from the Meteoras this morning and will be on the overnight train to BUdapest (via Sophia and Bucharest) - 36 hours on the train... The Meteoras were amazing, quite similar to Cappadocia in Turkey, but on a much larger scale. The nearby city, Kalambaka (can't help thinking of clam-bake) is nothing much to write about, we even stayed in Kastraki, just up the road. As we got off the train from Athens, there were two other backpackers, who turned out to be Hungarian... we decided to cab it together to Kastraki. They were...

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M and Z's Grand Tour

Apr 23, 2005 - Kalambaka

The scenery at Kalambaka was amazing. Many surrounding boulders came straight out of the ground and there were six seperate monestaries set high up on them, all built in the 14th century. I got the chance to go into three of them and to see all six. This definately makes my top 5 list so far..

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