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May 17, 2017 - Hydra and Spetses

Whatta day! An island-hopping adventure to Hydra and Spetses. Kudos to Bridget who somehow got us to the cruise boat in Tolo, a town about 20 minutes south of Nafplio, in two Mercedes taxis, and got us back to Nafplio at the end of the day in a "van" that had morphed into a luxury bus built to carry about 60 people! Boy, did we laugh when we saw it! Our first stop was Hydra for 3 hours. It's a lovely city with very limited automobiles allowed. Rick was disappointed to see any vehicles, but apparently since he was there 35 years ago, they...

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A Group in Greece

May 15, 2017 - Acropolis, Theatre of Dionysus, and 360°

We went to breakfast on the rooftop this morning and it was different to say the least. The coffee and tea were the same, this time (yesterday I ordered a Greek Coffee and it came in as a shot and was full of ground coffee). There were the most amazing tomatoes I have had in my life--and I hate tomatoes. I mixed them with Greek yogurt and granola and had a cup of black tea with honey (which tasted otherworldly). Austin was there with his friend and he watched as I took pictures of the Acropolis and the Temple of Hephaestus. I waved at...

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May 14, 2017 - Landing In Athens

We landed at the Athens International Airport in Athens, Greece today and were greeted by our two guides outside customs, Leo and Pluto who brought us to a bus that was leaving for our hostile. Leo is from Italy but Pluto is from an island of Greece but now lives in Athens. The scene outside the windows of the bus as we made our way to AthenStyle was otherworldly, I haven't seen a Mediterranean environment since my family traveled to Italy when I was seven-years-old and it was all so sublime. There were vineyards and olive trees and even...

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Apr 29, 2017 - the Corinth Canal

We docked in Piraeus, the largest port in Greece and the ship’s power failed right after we woke up. We dressed by the light of the rising sun, thankful that our cabin has a balcony. As we trudged the eight flights of stairs to the buffet, we saw handicapped folks on scooters looking wistfully at the nonfunctioning elevators. The crew had gotten breakfast prepared before the black out and eventually the power blinked and returned. It’s probably good that the Constellation is heading to dry dock after the next cruise. Most tourists cruise...

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Nov 4, 2016 - Ferry to Mykonos

The ferries in the Blue Star fleet in Greece put our local B.C. Ferries to shame. We found good food, many alternative seating options, and smooth sailing. Off season so lots of room with ships only 1/3 full at best. Approximately five hours with two island stops. Off loaded to our first rain storm of the trip which became a thunderstorm by the time we located a taxi and reached our hotel, the Elena. Babu is amazed how all the buildings are painted white, and most look alike. Narrow cobbled and stone labyrinthine lanes lead toward the...

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Nov 3, 2016 - Acropolis

You will note that in my journal index, that the entry titled 'The Rest of Paris' is out of order. I have tried everything I know to put it in the correct spot, but to no avail. Sorry folks, but you have to work around it. For this entry there are no photos as they are all on my iPhone, and I cannot put them together with the ones on my iPad until I return home. I cannot do this journal on my phone wifi because I have no data plan, and I have no Greek SIM card. Some of us are less socially connected or adept as others, and maybe my age is...

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Nov 2, 2016 - Delphi

Things we learned about Greece on our bus trip to Delphi: ~The merchant navy is their number one economic trigger. Tourism is number two. Agriculture is number three. ~There are 11.5 million Greeks, with over 5 million living in Athens. ~The ancient and famous city of Thebes, en route north from Athens to Delphi (which is in the north western section of Greece) has only 24 thousand people. It's potatoes are "the best in Greece". ~Cotton grown past Thebes and before Delphi, is "the best grown in Europe". Now I ask myself, where else in...

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Nov 2, 2016 - Piraeus Greece - Jewel of the Seas

Today we arrived in Athens. We docked at 6 a.m. and were supposed to be cleared by Greek authorities by 6:30 so we could go to shore. We still weren’t cleared by 8:30. Don’t know what the problem was, but the Greeks finally decided they wanted to check the passports of every person onboard. They finally cleared us to leave the ship at 10 a.m. (Later, our Head Waiter told us he’d been sailing 30 years and had never had that happen before.) Since we were told at 8 p.m. last night that our tour to the Corinth Canal today had been cancelled, we...

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Retired at Last!

Nov 1, 2016 - Arrival in Greece

We arrived after midnight with a half hour plane delay, and a half hour luggage delay. We had fortunately pre-ordered a car to meet us at the airport and deliver us to our hotel in the central part of Athens. I mention this because the ride was expensive at the posted government rate of 55 Euros versus possibly taking the train for 5 Euros each. However, it proved to be fortuitous, as other friends were robbed of 700 Euros and their MasterCard while riding the train, and my brother Larry said that his wife had found a hand in her purse...

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Sep 12, 2016 - Embarkation

Every trip has a story or two. Its all very boring if everything goes as expected. Its life's little curve balls that lead us to discovery, and provide novelty, which our brains love, regardless if its good or bad. So we've done our little bit in Athens. Honestly, 2 days is nothing. We've arranged our driver to take us to the port for priority embarkation for noon. Since there is no rush, as the ship doesn't sail until 8pm that night we call for our driver for 11:30. It's 10am and we've breakfast and are packed. Brian decides that we cannot...

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Sep 11, 2016 - Dinner in the Sky

this is the entry where I need to put in "Under Construction". Dinner in the Sky takes place in the heart of Athens in a repurposed gas production complex. It now houses a show stadium, dance club, bars and Dinner in the Sky. Think a revolving restaurant without the building, where a crane elevates you to unfettered 360 degree view of Athens and beyond. As I took all the pics from my iPhone and still need to figure out how to move them from my cloud to this site, you can visit the website in the mean time http://dinnerinthesky.gr/ for those...

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Sep 10, 2016 - How do you squeeze a couple of millennia in a couple of days?

This is a mash-up entry. As the title suggests, its a whirlwind of our short time in Athens. You'll find pictures of downtown, Monastiraki Square, the National Gardens, the parliament and the changing of the guards. Yes, that's me in the way...oops! The Acropolis, views of the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the museum which is built over the ancient city of Athens archeological site...very impressive, the National Gardens and their zoo, where every Athenian under the age of six seems to be on a Sunday afternoon, and shots of the metro where...

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