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Feb 27, 2020 - 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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Nov 7, 2019 - Group activities in Athens

Lois writing Our guide for this Road Scholar program is named Athina, and she is very knowledgeable, organized and funny. For example, she told us that when someone from Greece doesn't understand something from a different language or culture, they will say, "It's Chinese to me!" She has also warned us to be careful, since although she wants us to enjoy the sights of this area, she would prefer it if we do not get to visit the hospital or the jail. We had a huge plated dinner last night (Wed. Nov. 6), and once again, John & I were glad that...

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Nov 6, 2019 - Our first look at Athens

John writing We arrived in Athens in the late afternoon on Tuesday November 5, and by the time we got a taxi into town, checked into the hotel and unpacked, it was dark and time for supper. Our room has a balcony, and from there we have a view of the Parthenon. We got advice from the people at the front desk of the hotel, and walked about 15 minutes to an area with a choice of restaurants. We chose a humble traditional restaurant and ordered some Greek dishes. I didn't care much for mine, but Lois liked it more than her meal, so we traded....

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Aug 30, 2019 - The Birkenstock Connection

We had a relaxed breakfast - it was as good as always plus a bit. The same rich yoghurt, fruit, cereal, cold meats and cheese, and bread and cake. Plus they now have Bougatsa , Katia first, and halva. The Manager is insistent that we have breakfast before we leave for the train on Saturday - they will open for us at 6, and the taxi is booked for 6:20! We will have to have something! J&C did the washing and J rigged up the clothesline between the balcony rail and heath pump support bracket. Then we went out for a walk around the flea...

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Aug 29, 2019 - Veal substitute

After settling in, J and C went up to the roof bar to unwind with a prosecco and a large mythos, and a view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon - surprisingly little scaffolding visible. BTW, did you know that the Greek for “pissed” is mythosmenos. We all went down to the Monastiraki square and selected an old favourite Taverna where we were waited on by the same old favourite waiter. A light meal turned into a banquet - C wanted baked lamb with lemon and J wanted soutsoukakia (meatballs in tomato, with rice) . No he was told, the veal is...

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Aug 29, 2019 - ATHENS arrival

We arrived early and chatted in line to some travellers from Melbourne en route to Kefalonia. The bags appeared on the carousel and we headed for the exit. But no Nikos! We waited until the crowds thinned out, then J tried ringing on his phone, and was shocked to find that it actually worked and Nikos answered. “Five minutes!” He said. Sure enough he appeared and we had an interesting and chatty drive into Athens. We asked him to arrange a taxi for Saturday to take us to the train ( he obviously wasn’t keen to come in early just for a 1 km...

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Apr 23, 2019 - Get Me to the Greek on Time

D was quarantined for 24 hours. Don’t ask. He was confined to the our cabin. They called the room to make sure he was inside. The room Stewart sanitized our entire room. His time was up at 9:41 am. Our shore trip to Corinth was leaving at 9:00am. I know what’s only 41 minutes but they are serious about anyone asking for Imodium. His seacard was blocked so until that time he would not be allowed to leave the ship. They give you free water and movies. All I can say is never leave home without it. So we decided to just take the good old Hop...

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Nov 13, 2018 - Kerameikos Ancient Cemetery in Athens

Keramiekos Cemetery is just outside the walls that bordered the ancient city of Athens. Here lay the prominent citizens who were honoured with a burial at public expense. Thus, their tombs and markers were far above the norm. For this reason, many of the relics are now in Athens’ premier archaeology museum. Even so, the small Kerameikos museum houses a handful of beautiful originals. Also, full-scale replicas of the museum pieces are placed in-situ, giving visitors a true sense of the layout and scale of this important historical cemetery....

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Nov 13, 2018 - Athens, Greece

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD It had been a long time coming, and now everything worked out like clockwork. When we told my sister and her husband that we would be visiting Cyprus for the last two weeks of November, after roaming around Europe for six weeks, they jumped at the chance to meet up with us. They have just started their own retirement travels adventures, and spent several weeks in Spain. We decided it might be best to meet up in Athens and fly together to Larnaca. They arrived in Athens a few days earlier so they could see the...

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Nov 12, 2018 - Greece’s National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide. During World War II the museum was closed and the antiquities were sealed in special protective boxes and buried, in order to avoid their destruction and looting. (Source - Wikipedia) It was both exhilarating and exhausting...

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Nov 12, 2018 - A Sprinkling of Egypt in Greece

As a fan of Egyptian religion/mythology I was pleasantly surprise to find a small gallery of Egyptian artifacts in a Greek museum. So, here’s some history that provides context as to why it exists. When Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 332 BC the priests of the Egyptian god Amun “recognized” him to be a son of the god. He founded the city Alexandria in 331 BC, and he made Greek the official language. After him, Greeks ruled over Egypt until the death of the last Queen Cleopatra VII - who was a Greek herself - in 30 BC. She’s the...

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Nov 11, 2018 - The Athenian Agoras - Where Democracy Was Born

Following our Marathon experience and after a delicious lunch of souvlaki and salad we carried on with our history lessons. We first visited the site of the 1st c BC Roman Agora. Built to house Athen’s commercial activities, it was financed by Julius Caesar and then Augustus Caesar. The only significant building still standing on the site is the octagonal Tower of Winds. Also known as the Clock of Kyrrestos, the building is considered to be the first the meteorological station in the world. It features relief figures of the eight wind...

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