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Apr 18, 2005 - Thesoloniki

Back in the Car its 5pm. We have 4 hours to drive 380km. After the first 80km winding up then down a mountain, we stopped for fuel and we had 2 1/2hr to drive 300km, big ask I know but on Greek roads where speed limits dont apply it was worth a shot. We got back to Thesoloniki at 9.05pm work out the average speed I havn't I think it is too scary!! Dropped the car off and headed to the train station to see if we can catch the over night train to Alexandriopoli. It left 15 min after we got there. Perfect timing.

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Apr 16, 2005 - Thesoloniki

We arrived in Thesoloniki at about 2am (apparently we where on the express train). What to do? the plan was to stay in the train station and hire a car at about 7am or 8am. We where both exhausted, and I thought it was better to go to a hotel and waste a day seeing we had cought up by coming here over night. So 800m down the street there was about 6 hotels we chose one and we where out straight away.

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Jan 11, 2005 - Thessaloniki

After a very long train ride yesterday, we were in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece. There was a lot to see but if you ask most people back home, all the sights we saw are unknown. We saw the Arch of Galerius built in 305 AD by Galerius as he was co-emperor of the divided Roman empire. It was built to celebrate the victory over the Persians in AD 297. Next was Ayios Panteleimon which is a 14th century church. It was very nice. We also saw the Rotunda which was also built in AD 306 by Galerius.It was intended to be a Roman...

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My Time in Bosnia

Nov 29, 2004 - Meteora

Setout early for a days hiking around the splendid natural landscape complete with clifftop monestaries. I'm convinced I'm the only non-tour-bus tourist within miles until I bump into Japanese traveller I met on the train the previous day. He and I exchange plesantries and I help him with directions (I have a map), and I continue the rest of my hike without encounter. Monestaries, pinnacles and hiking trails are all top-notch (except perhaps for one misguided hour spent lost in undergrowth after trail dissappeared!). After an exhausting...

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Nils Travels 2004

Nov 27, 2004 - Thessaloniki, Greece

After an "admin" day returning rental to Sofia and busing to Greece, I enjoy my first day of Med weather discovering Greeces' 2nd city - Thessaloniki. The temperature has increased at least 10 points from Bulgaria, and I revel in sitting short-sleeved in the harbourside cafes! Took in a couple musuems (Byzantium and Archealogical). Wait 40 minutes in line for try film-festival tickets only to be told they are soldout and then spend another 40 minutes waiting for my traveller cheques to be cleared. Ultimately decide 'doing things' far too...

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Nils Travels 2004

Nov 26, 2004 - Kalambaka, Greece

The bus ride through northern Greece to Kalambaka wasn't bad. This is the town from which you can visit the Meteora, the monasteries that are perched up on top of pointed peaks of rock. The sun went down and we had a nice full moon that crossed from window to window and side to side as the bus turned back and forth throught the mountains. We got to town in the dark and I could see the outlines of the Meteora in the dark with a small light coming from the window of one of the monasteries. The pinnacles were larger and closer than I had...

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Oct 15, 2004 - final entries from Athens and Thessalonniki, Greece

10-13-04 This damn Lonely Planet guide is really starting to frustrate me. It seems as though they screw everything up. I understand that things change and times differ, but it seems as though everything I use in the book is either no longer in existence, closes earlier than stated, pricier than written, misspelled, you name it! Oh well, it has given some good info too. A word to future travelers though, find a good map, ask around, use the internet, and don't rely heavily on guidebooks. My stay in Greece is coming close to an end. I leave...

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Sep 25, 2004 - 11th Day

Okay, I think last time I put in an entry we were just leaving Athens, and Thank God we did, cause financially it was killing us! Our next location we decided to go to was because of the manager at the Hotel Diskouros. He suggested that we see the Meteora first and then go to Delfi (which was where we first wanted to go). So, we took a taxi and then a bus to Meteora. That took 6 HR's and when we got there we were a little lost. We knew we wanted to stay at the Koka Roka Rooms, but we didn't know what direction to go so we just followed...

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Sep 13, 2004 - Greece (11 countries 3000 miles)

8 SEPT Budapest Stayed in an ETAP hotel (bit like an F1 hotel but with a shower and loo) just outside Budapest. Budapest is a great city with fanastic buildings. We went to a thermal bath in an Art Deco hotel - good fun. 9 SEPT Novi Sad Leaving the EU so needed to get Karen's VAT forms stamped. First customs man wouldn't do it because we didn't have proof of her address in Singapore. So try and try again. Had lunch and went back though the border and then drove to another (smaller) border crossing about 50kms away. Here noone could speak...

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Bridge to Bridge

May 20, 2004 - Delphi/Kalambaka

Started the morning at the Delphi museum which actually really sucked. There were about five things on display so we moved on pretty directly to the site itself. Delphi was the place where ancient Greece had its Oracle. There were priests and priestesses who responded to questions from anyone who brought enough tribute (think Oedipus) and this was considered a sacred place by their society. The Temple of Apollo was where the Oracle was actually housed and the site also included a marketplace, a theater, and a stadium. We spent a few hours...

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Colin's World Tour

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