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Athens

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  • Day94

    Ab in die Hauptstadt Griechenlands

    December 13, 2018 in Greece ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    Es regnet und regnet und am liebsten würden wir gar nicht aufstehen, sondern einfach den ganzen Tag im Bett bleiben... aber Athen ruft!
    Deshalb haben wir uns nach einem entspannten morgen dann doch auf den Weg gemacht um die Hauptstadt zu erkunden.

    Das Ziel war ein Campingplatz ein bisschen außerhalb damit wir uns den Stadtverkehr auch diesmal sparen können. Dort angekommen stellte sich heraus, dass dieser leider bereits geschlossen hatte, so dass wir entschieden doch nach Athen reinzufahren und in der Nähe der Akropolis zu nächtigen.

    Glücklicherweise hatte sich der Regen beinahe verzogen, so dass wir uns zunächst den Bergpark mit dem Philopappos Monument und dem Gefängnis des Sokrates ansehen konnten. Bis auf ein paar wilde Hunde waren wir hier beinahe alleine. Der Park war wirklich schön angelegt und wir hatten einen tollen Blick auf die Stadt und auf die Akropolis, welche wir als Nächstes aufsuchten.
    Hier wurde schnell klar, dass es sich um die Hauptattraktion Athens handelt, denn auch im Dezember war noch sehr viel los. Doch wieder mal hatten wir Glück außerhalb der Saison vor Ort zu sein, da wir nur die Hälfte bezahlten mussten (dafür war jedoch auch ein Teil eingerüstet). Wir waren sehr beeindruckt von den alten antiken Gebäuden, die bereits 500 v. Chr. erbaut wurden. Das größte Gebäude, der Parthenon, bildet das Zentrum des Weltkulturerbes.
    Von dort oben hat man einen tollen Blick auf einige der antiken Gebäude ringsherum, wie das Odeon des Herodes Atticus, das Dyonisostheater, den Olympieion, den Berg Lykabettus und vieles mehr.

    Wir bummelten noch etwas durch die belebte Stadt bevor wir uns in einem griechischen Restaurant niederließen, dass noch ganz traditionell von einer Familie betrieben wird. Wir waren wirklich begeistert und zum Abschluss gab es sogar noch ein Stück Kuchen und einen Schnaps aufs Haus und ein Wasser für den Weg :D

    Um unseren Bierdurst zu stillen, besuchten wir anschließend eine ansprechende Kneipenstraße und entschieden und für das Beertime in dem man Biersorten aus aller Welt in gemütlicher Atmosphäre genießen konnte. Für Leni gab es dort sogar ganz typischen deutschen Glühwein, der auch als "Glühwein" auf der Karte betitelt wurde.

    Mit etwas bangen, ob unser Freudolin noch im selben Zustand auf dem Parkplatz stehen würde, machten wir uns auf den Rückweg, denn wir hatten bereits von Horrorszenarien mit Camperbussen gelesen. Zum Glück ging aber alles gut und Freudi empfing uns gesund und munter.
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  • Day37

    Athens: Ancient vs Modern

    September 4, 2017 in Greece ⋅

    Athens, one of the oldest cities in the world and the birth place of “democracy”, was next on the menu for our gaycation. After weaving through mountainous terrain for 5½ hours on the train from Thessaloniki, we reached our destination, near the Kerimeikos. Immediately we felt a different vibe in the capital city, compared to the north. While there was a decent amount of graffiti, it was nowhere near as bad as Thessaloniki, which seemed plastered with spray paint. Though the streets certainly aren’t the perfect postcard images that most people conjure up.

    We also immediately noticed the young, cute policemen patrolling the streets. Despite our attempts to get frisked and a pat down from the handsome officers, they didn’t oblige. What was also noticeable was that Greek men either smelt as if they’ve bathed in the scent of the Grecian gods or as if they have never seen soap and water, and in the Athenian summer heat the latter was not pleasing to the olfactory senses.

    Besides the continual struggle to find postcards, stamps and post offices, the other themes of our travels has been finding a (free) toilet in Europe – a basic need that should be afforded to all without a cost - and finding food. It seems that we are always chasing something better as if the oasis in the distance will be more fruitful. There’s only so many gyros and slices of pizza that you can eat.

    The first full day of our Athenian adventure commenced with the ancient monuments of the city. We set out for the Areopagus Hill, exploring the ancient Greek Agora and the surrounds. The Temple of Hephaestus captured our attention first before heading to the Roman Agora and Hadrian’s library. While at the Roman Agora under the scorching Athenian sun, we did the Aussie traditional custom of slip, slop, slap and reapplied our sunscreen, only to be approached by a screaming Greek banshee claiming that the sunscreen was somehow going to ruin the marble. We were applying it to our bodies, not the marble columns. If there’s going to be any damage to the marble it’s going to be from the natural elements and the graffiti artists (and pigeons).

    Our second day continued the ancient theme. This time, the Acropolis was the destination. The amazing structures of the Propylaea, Parthenon, Erectheion and Temple of Athena Nike provided a great backdrop for photos as we overlooked the entire metropolis of Athens. From the top of the Acropolis, we headed to the south slope to the remains of the Odeon of Herod the Atticus and the Theatre of Dionysus. The ancient treasures didn't end there. We still had the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, Aristotle’s Lykeion and the Panathenaic Stadium to explore.

    The following day included some more ancient ruins – it’s pretty hard to avoid in one of the oldest cities in the world, including the ancient cemetery, Kerimeikos. Time was also spent wandering the streets, people watching and getting caught up in the hustle and bustle, mainly due to the visit by French President Macron. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a glimpse of Macron.

    While throughout Eastern Europe we became a connoisseur of beer, in Athens this was been exchanged for ouzo. As they say, when in Rome do as the Roman’s do, except we’re in Athens so it’s do as the Athenians do.

    Next stop: Mykonos.

    See link below for video footage:
    https://youtu.be/LKIxsYALKg4
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  • Day6

    Acropolis, Athens

    June 24, 2016 in Greece ⋅

    Then a walk up the Acropolis to the structures on top ... the Parthenon WOW!!!!! There's also the Erechtheion, the Temple of Nike (yep, that's where they got the name from), the Prohylaea, the Beule Gate and more. All in varying states of ruin and restoration. Views from the top are breath taking 360deg overlooking the city of Athens, where 5m people live.

    Walked down to Plaka (historic old-city centre) which is a bit of a tourist trap, had lunch (beer, calamari, beer, cold nibbles, and beer. Yum.). Then walked back the hotel, only 30 min and through interesting streets and sites, but in nearly 40deg heat, so now we need more beer.
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  • Day3

    Acropolis museum / Plaka / Syntagma

    March 12, 2018 in Greece ⋅

    Got out of Embassy with my new passport at 11:40. caught a taxi for 4 euros to the museum. Young English speaking driver. Caught the tour just in time. Will return to visit the Acropolis on Saturday on our last day. Took a break to have some tasty salads in the museum. Then took some time to wander Thru the Plaka (big tourist area below the Acropolis - lots of shops, cafes, etc - lot of outdoor dining venues) with our tour guide to a small place offering delicious baklava (best I've ever had) and Greek coffee ( not a fan of it). Afterwards Janet and I wandered the area on our own for a few hours finally finding a rooftop terrace restaurant at Public, a huge super electronics/bookstore/restaurant overlooking Syntagma Square where we had a view of the parliament building in the background and the changing of the guard. Had a tasty avocado bruschetta with poached egg on top - tasty. Got chilly so headed down to get a closer look at the guards. (See video). We decided to hoof the one mile back to the hotel. Now we have to get our stuff ready for the motor coach tour. Sure is a relief to have the passport fiasco behind me. Astounding how bad the pickpocket situation is here. . Had another member of our group almost have his pocket picked in the metro today. Some good advice here (and yep, I went to this particular police station) . http://muslimtravelgirl.boardingarea.com/what-to-do-if-you-get-pickpocket-in-athens-greece/. Also, and something I didn’t even think about was contacting Allianz who provided me with travel insurance in helping me out with my situation. Gate1 did the same thing and even took the further step of escorting me to these places personally. It will be interesting to see if Allianz will cover the cost of replacing a stolen passport or any phone calls necessary to cancel cards, etc. That’s probably in the fine print somewhere. I noticed in the link above that the girl suggested cancelling the cards using Skype, which is excellent advice. In my rush to shut mine down, I called the 800 number directly so it will be interesting to see what those calls are going to cost me. There was probably some international phone number I was supposed to call. (I do have Verizon’s $10/day Travel Pass plan, which after reading a bit further should cover those phone calls which is nice and as it turns out, the Travel Pass does cover all these international calls).Read more

  • Day9

    Stanley Hotel to Airport

    March 18, 2018 in Greece ⋅

    Up at 12:30 am for last second packing, shower. Uber (supposedly) to pick us up. Amazing number of people hanging out on street below. No idea why / probably a Saturday night thing

    Uber picked us up at 1:36 on the dot 3.5 euros to get us to Syntagma square to catch the airport bus. Driver was nice but quiet. Wanted to know why we just didn’t take Uber to the airport - told him it was cheaper to ride the bus. He said 29 Euros with Uber - at least 50 with a taxi. (Our cost with Uber and bus is about 15.5 Euros). 6 Euros each for the bus and we are off and running at 2:10 am. Seats in bus are hard as hell so if you don’t like hard or bouncy or multiple stops along the way , then Uber is the better bet.

    Arrived airport at 2:54 , so about a 45 minute ride.

    Boarded at 5:51. Turned our carry on luggage down and made us check it through to CLT. First time that has happened. (Turned out well - didn’t have to hassle with trying to cram it into overhead compartments. Didn’t mind doing this on the return , wouldn’t want to do it on the going part since this is our only suitcase)

    6:08 am departure
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  • Day8

    Dinner at restaurant near our Hotel

    March 17, 2018 in Greece ⋅

    Starting off with a Greek salad (delicious), followed by grilled Breem, mousaka and a tiny cup of yogurt with quince jam ( on the house).

    Going to bed at 9 to grab 3 hrs of sleep before catching an Uber to Syntagma Square where we will catch the bus for 6 euros each to make it to the airport around 3 am or so the plan goes. Now we will see if the Uber driver shows. Flight boards at 5:30 am for München. 5 hr layover there. Ouch!!Read more

  • Day3

    Plaka Area

    May 12, 2015 in Greece ⋅

    Majority of the group decided to do the ME TIME optional, we started by walking through Plaka area and made our way to Abepna where we were spoilt with a three course traditional Greek meal. The food was AMAZING we had plenty of it! While there we got to listen to and watch traditional dances, they even pulled a few of our group up to dance with them.Read more

  • Day5

    Arion Hotel

    May 14, 2015 in Greece ⋅

    We arrived at Arion Hotel early afternoon where we said goodbye to Tom and half of the Spotlight on Greece group and hello to a much smaller group for the seven day cruise around the Greek Islands. We were greeted by Carol our new tour manager, she went through the basics.

  • Day5

    Monastiraki Square

    May 14, 2015 in Greece ⋅

    Tonight we went to the Monastiraki Square for dinner, the meal was delicious and a very generous size - I could only eat half of it! We then made our way to Yum... Me for frozen yogurt. After that nearly everyone else went back to the hotel a few of us decided to stay and go to a roof top bar for a cocktail naking our way through Monastiraki Square to get there we were hassled by several gypsys. The view of the city from the rooftop bar was absolutely stunning, such a shame photos don't do it justice. We made our way back to the hotel after having done a little bit of exploring.Read more

  • Day2

    Eat with

    March 11, 2018 in Greece ⋅

    So Demetrius from Gate 1 picked us up about 9 this morning to go to the police station. We rode the metro since he doesn’t own a car. Got to the station. Took about 10 minutes to process a report with the police. Afterwards we took the metro to the Plaka area at the bottom of the Acropolis (Figured without a passport, credit cards or cash, they couldn't do much more harm to me on the metro!) Browsed some shops and then called the American Embassy number to set up an appt for Monday. They came back and said 8:30. Hopefully they might get me out of there by 10 so I can join the afternoon walking tour. Janet will go with the group to the Acropolis because she cannot enter the embassy with me. Fortunately she has some cash because the Embassy will only take a credit card in my name (and I don't have one now!)

    We then called Michail who had volunteered his friend to come pick us up wherever we were. He showed up in 30 minutes to pick us up from Hadrian's Arch near the Plaka area and took us across town to Michaels apt where we were greeted by two very friendly guys. Turned out to be his friends and Janet and I. We sat down and proceeded for the next 4 hrs to be dazzled by food and conversation. Just a fabulous, fabulous experience with 3 local guys. They even had some wrapped up art prints they gave us as going away gifts. Who does this?? Great people, that’s for sure. EatWith is definitely making me want to do this wherever I go - for the money, an absolute gift.
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