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Jun 17, 2018 - Athens

Athens Airport was the main target for the day but on the way we investigated the Korinthia Canal which was brilliant. Being able to 'walk the plank' over it was a great way to appreciate its size. In ancient times ropes and logs were used to haul boats the 8 klms from one water's edge to the other before the canal was built. The time had arrived to drop our special friends at their airport hotel to prepare for their flight home. The nine days sharing the travels through part of Greece went all too quickly but it had been fun exploring the...

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May 8, 2018 - Athens at last!

After a grueling bus and train ride from Budapest, crossing many borders and varying geography, I have arrived in Athens. I found a lovely room in a small hotel overlooking a square in the Plaka , the old town centre of Athens. It has a beautiful curving wooden balcony that extends out in the square where old men sit on benches surveying the bustling life going on around them. The Plaka fairly pulsates with activity, between the bars and restaurants, the shops and markets, no one stands still for long. Yet, for all its life, Athens is so...

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Feb 7, 2018 - Greek field notes

Greece is still suffering the effects of its national debt crisis. Unemployment is 20+%. Many shops are empty. Athens has its share of beggars and people sleeping on sidewalks. Graffiti is epidemic, and most of it is merely ugly. There are plenty of well dressed people. BMWs and Mercedes are everywhere. Income inequality is in plain sight. We feel safe. We practice street smarts at all times, just to make sure. Greek T.V. has lots of music videos, along with near nightly analysis of Survivor Greece. We look for news or programs in English...

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Second Time Around

Jan 29, 2018 - Sun, monuments, and other pleasantries

We seem to have left behind the wind and rain. We are enjoying sunshine and warm afternoons. We have our Dutch friends Jan and Henriette to thank. We have joined them for the remainder of our Greek tour. We specifically asked them to arrange the weather. Mo first met Jan in grad school in Seattle. We have visited one another in the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, and U.S. over the years and have found them to be excellent hosts and travel companions. The historic core of Athens in easily walked. Good thing. Traffic anywhere else in the city is...

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Second Time Around

Oct 22, 2017 - Athens, Greece

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years. A center for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely because of its cultural and political impact on the European continent, and in particular the Romans. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial,...

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Sep 16, 2017 - Athens

I’m not sure what I was expecting to find in Athens because we hear so much about Greece being broke and civil unrest but it was well-developed, but it was not very clean and extensive graffiti everywhere we looked. Our destination is the Acropolis…THE preeminent monument in Europe with history and culture in abundance. By going early in the morning (and booking a private tour for 16), we had two advantages going for us: first, we should beat the heat, and second, we should hopefully beat the hordes of tourists that would be arriving en...

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Aug 26, 2017 - Athens 3

I didn't mention that Athens is both surrounded by hills and hilly. The rock the Acropolis is on stands above all. Today that became more apparent than ever. We went to the Monastriraki area.....definitely the tourist mecca. Off an open square lie streets of flea market stuff....jewellery, tablecloths, t-shirts, leather goods. You name it, it's here. Also just off the square is Hadrian's Library with some columns still standing although not much else. Just down the street to the right is the Roman Agora. Most of it is in ruins although...

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Aug 25, 2017 - The Acropolis

This a.m. we were up early and took the metro to the Acropolis stop. Dire warnings preceeded this....lots of pickpockets...its unsafe...but it is the easiest way to get there...soooo...we took it. We found the metro very clean with security police in evidence at all the stations we passed. At 8.45a it was not crowded. No one came near us. So no problems. We went into the Acropolis through the entrance by the museum...we wete lucky there too. The line was short...and we got moved to a line with 2 people ahead. From here it was all...

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Aug 24, 2017 - Delphi to Athens

What a drive! From Delphi we wound around the mountain, fantastic views in all directions! Then to make life even more interesting we started to climb via hairpin curves almost to the top of the mountain.....and found a red-tile roofed city just clinging to the mountain side. Its name was Arahova. It seemed a busy little city with big restaurants....maybe they host bus tours on their way to Delphi. We stopped across from Arahova to look back the way we had come. Hazy mountain valleys, albeit, a thin haze, the small city and its total...

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Jun 12, 2017 - More ancient sites

Tuesday 6 June Left Athens at midday after completing some provisioning. Headed for Aegina – attempted anchoring on the south west side but the holding was absolutely awful – we just couldn’t dig the anchor in. So headed for the mainland and anchored off Epidavros. Very nice spot and good holding. Wednesday 7 June Went ashore in the afternoon and found a lovely little taverna and had a beer and grilled squid all for 10 Euro’s – unexpectedly cheap - we found Athens extremely expensive especially with the horrible exchange rate. Thursday 8...

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Our Summer 2017

Jun 9, 2017 - moving futher east - yipee!

Wednesday 31 May Pretty much a day of staying on aboard completing chores / maintenance /provisioning etc. Thursday 1 June Left the quayside early with a three other boats heading for the canal. There was abit of strong westerly blowing but we were all determined to go through, specially Twins a Belgian registered yacht. Anyway the canal was amazing (shame Gen didn’t see as much as me as we didn’t take down the bimini. Got through formalities pretty quickly and it cost just shy of 200 Euros (we’re 12.45m LOA) for the 35 minute...

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Our Summer 2017

Jun 8, 2017 - Our last day in Santorini

Through the night we were woken by thunder and lightning, so we were not expecting a lot from our last day. After we packed and had left our bags at reception, we took the shuttle up to Fia. We then caught the bus to Pygros which is the highest town of the island (not far from the Monastery and the mountain side we climbed). The day was cloudy with threatening rain and we had only just found a place for brunch when the skies opened and it poured. Our food was delightful so we took our time and the rain had cleared by the time we...

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