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    • Day 12


      November 5, 2023 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Athens day trip amazing city wish I.had more time. I barely seen much unfortunately there was a protest closing a lot of the streets today, which should not have surprised me. I have been warned by a good friend. The Greece always shuts down for protests . Hung out with a couple of Canadians off my boat, which was very nice because the city was hard to understand, but always someone offering to help a single traveler
      All in all, good day. Let's see what's next
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    • Day 2

      Boarding the Regal Princess 🚢

      July 16, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 91 °F

      Thankfully the boarding process wasn’t too hectic getting on the ship. This is the biggest ship we have been on and we can’t wait to explore. Loving our aft balcony room and looking forward to the amazing views I know we will have for the next 14 days!Read more

    • Day 47


      April 8, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Heute haben wir in Piräus gehalten und unsere wunderschöne Schwester AIDAblu hat und eine schöne Nachricht überbracht 🥰

      Gleich geht es schon wieder raus aufs Meer. Aber am 15.04. Kommen wir wieder! 💙❤💛💚Read more

    • Day 2

      Exploring the Regal Princess

      July 16, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 91 °F

      After boarding we got to know our ship and discover some of the restaurants and bars. The crew is about 80% Filipino, so we fit right in! There’s a really cool, but freaky glass walkway. We discovered the 24-hour International Cafe with various desserts, froo-froo coffee drinks, and light snacks. The Sail Away party was a fun way to leave the port with dancing and music. The Medallions are super cool and unlock the room door when you approach the room. Lots of amenities we haven’t even found yet. I know we’ll enjoy our aft balcony room for the next 14 days as we sail away from each port. We were able to catch the Athens sunset before dinner.Read more

    • Day 3

      Heute geht es auf das Schiff

      October 21, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Auschecken aus dem Hotel und Taxifahrt zum Cruise Terminal B sind um 12 Uhr angesagt und kurze Zeit später sitzen wir im klimatisierten Zelt, das als Wartehalle zum Einchecken auf das Schiff dient. Erstmal dürfen die Diamant-Members einchecken, wir als Erstreisende mit Seabourn sind bestimmt bei den letzten....😂

      2 Stunden später muss ich ehrlicherweise sagen, das Check-in war schnell und problemlos erledigt und unsere Suite 541 auch schon bezugsfertig. Selbst die Koffer standen nach dem Mittagessen schon vor unserer Tür. Isabel, unsere Ansprechpartnerin für alles, erklärt uns die Details der Kabine und empfängt uns mit einem Kaviarhappen und einem Glas Champagner. Inzwischen sind alle Koffer ausgeräumt und um 16 Uhr beginnt der "mandatory safety drill", die obligatorische Seerettungsübung, die vor dem Auslaufen der Seabourn Encore stattfinden muss.
      Einen netten Abend verbringen wir im Hauptrestaurant mit Matthew und Kim aus Australien.
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    • Day 38

      Athens to Santorini

      July 22, 2023 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      At last we get to go to the islands for the second week of our Insight Tour.

      We were lucky enough to visit Santorini on a day excursion from our Mediterranean cruise about 6 years ago. We promised to return and here we are.

      The bad news is we are taking the high velocity ferry that only leaves at 6:30am each day so we were up at 4:15am . Yuck.

      Last night was a nice farewell to four in our group and goodbye to our legendary driver Andreus.

      The ferry to Santorini is called World Champion. Built in Tasmania it holds some form of speed record. They even have a Formula 1 race car mid deck.

      The loading process is organized bedlam . We find ourselves on the upper deck but seated apart. The travel time is 5 hours. If we went on the standard ferries it takes twice as long.

      This port services 227 islands making it a very busy harbour. We stop at Syros, Mykonos, Naxos, Ios along our route to Santorini. The ferry service is a really quick turnaround.

      We found some seats together but didn’t realize they were first class. The area attendant was kind and let us stay which we really appreciated.

      The water is blue and the sun is shining bright and hot. The port on Santorini is called Thira. The island is the remains of what was once a volcano so all the townships are built on the brim. The buildings are therefore on steep angles and are crammed in.

      Getting off the ferry is like participating in a stampede. Our bus was close-by and the driver navigated with considerable experience up the very steep and windy road to the top.

      Our hotel is 5 ⭐️ but we were early for our rooms, so we walked to town for some supplies.

      The vegetation here is weird. They rarely get rain, but they do get regular early morning fogs, and this dampens the ground. This creates good conditions for grape vines, so all the spare land is planted with grape vines planted really low to the ground.

      Pool time in the afternoon and everyone seems tired probably due to the early start. Erin is always alert and has told us we must be ready at 8pm to walk to town for the sunset.

      Loaded with cheese, crackers and some wine we file through the crowds to an unknown patio with a most beautiful view of the island. One lovely cruise ship is about to depart.

      The sunset is just what we needed. So pretty here. Impossible to take a bad photo.

      Tonight, we attend a Greek wedding. More about that on tomorrows blog.
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    • Day 91

      Boot adieu, hallo Athen

      December 11, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Sonntag war ein sehr aufregender Tag. Hermann, Marina und ich sind extra früh aufgestanden und losgefahren Richtung Korinth-Kanal. Über Funk wurde uns dann mitgeteilt, dass wir momentan nicht passieren können, da irgendwelche Arbeiten am Kanal getan werden müssten. Also drehten wir wieder um und verbrachten einen sonnigen Vormittag in Korinth.
      Danach brachen wir erneut auf. Diesmal klappte alles.
      Durch den Kanal zu fahren, ist schon ein besonderes Erlebnis. Allerdings ist man in einer halben Stunde durch und dafür kostet der Spaß ganz schön viel...

      Um 22 Uhr erreichten wir Athen. Zwischendurch ist die Bordtoilette kaputt gegangen. Es war ein turbulenter Tag. Nun hieß es Abschied nehmen. Ich hatte zwei wundervolle Wochen auf dem Boot. Wir haben Ausflüge unternommen, Tränen gelacht, sehr viel gegessen und das Meer und Tiere beobachtet. Und das alles mit 2 Menschen, die ich vorher gar nicht kannte. 2 Wochen 24/7 aufeinander und die Stimmung war immer gut. Eine weitere tolle Erfahrung. ♥️

      In Athen genoss ich einen sonnigen Tag, wanderte den Lykabettos Hügel hinauf und schlenderte durch die Stadt. Den zweiten Tag besuchte ich eine Freundin, die seit kurzem einen griechischen Freund hat und nach Athen gezogen ist.
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    • Day 75

      To a Grecian Isle

      November 25, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      Because I finished my Camino early, I have a few extra days to spend in Greece. I've decided to head to the Greek island of Hydra. It's not too far from Athens, a 2 hour fast hydrofoil trip away.

      Arriving by metro train at the Port of Piraeus, I was reminded that I was close to the famous Greek Islands. I realised half the tourists I'd been wandering around Athens with had arrived here on gigantic cruise ships for their one day Athens stop.

      There were boats and ferries in every direction and it took me a good while to figure out where mine was, even though it wasn't far from the train station. The signage seemed more aimed a cars approaching ferries to the islands than passengers walking.

      I'd come to the port with plenty of time to spare as I like to give myself breathing space when I have no idea how to get around. Once I knew where to catch my boat, I strolled around the port town. It's a very industrial place with a large shopping precinct. I guess many people from all over the Greek Isles would come here to shop on the mainland. There's an Ikea and numerous other shops of every kind. I am enjoying the Christmas decorations popping up all over Europe this time of year as well. I think I'm bringing the Christmas spirit home with me this year.

      I finally boarded my boat and head off across the harbour as the sun set. I stopped briefly at the island of Poros, which I couldn't see in the dark, before pulling into the harbour at Hydra just in time for dinner.

      My accommodation was just a five minute walk away in a traditional Greek island white-washed building. After getting my keys and dumping my bag, I headed back to the foreshore and found a meal of chicken souvlaki that proved be my favourite meal of the whole trip.
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    • Day 9

      Ask the Oracle

      September 30, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Today we explored Apollo's side of Delphi and the Museum. We had another George to guide us today so we didn't have to make stuff up. He also helped us to stay ahead of the barbarians that would later arrive in their twelve wheel chariots on whirlwind day trips from Athens. We liked George.Read more

    • Day 82

      J86 - On quitte l’Europe

      May 13 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C


      Durant cette semaine de pause, nous avons pu découvrir la ville d’Athènes, à travers ses monuments, ses quartiers, sa population et sa culture.

      Nous avons fait des interventions pendant 1 semaine au lycée franco hellénique Eugène Delacroix.
      Nous avons animé des classes de CP, CE1, CE2, 4eme et 2nde. C’était une expérience incroyable et formatrice, qui nous a appris à nous adapter à différents publics et à faire comprendre à des petits comment on pollue, et comment on peut choisir de se déplacer autrement :)

      C’était aussi une semaine riche en rencontres !
      Nous avons rencontré Céleste et Eloïse, deux étudiantes en service civique au lycée, qui nous ont fait découvrir les bars et les quartiers du centre.
      Nous avons aussi croisé Prune, une amie de promo, en tour d’Europe à vélo et qui fait de l’escalade en Corse, en Italie et en Grèce.

      Enfin, on a profité de la vie à 5 dans notre petit appartement, entre gyros, tzatziki, moments de cohésion, footings et réparation des vélos.

      C’est donc en pleine forme que nous quittons l’Europe dans un ferry de nuit. À notre grande surprise, c’est la cohue générale … des familles grecquo-turques qui remplissent les moquettes trop petites, sans aucune propreté ni savoir vivre...

      Au milieu de tout ça on rencontre par hasard 3 backpackeuses, Émeline, Biancha et Célestine, qui n’est d’autre qu’une amie de DUT de Noémie (la copine de Eliott) ! On joue donc à des jeux pour passer le temps.

      Demain commence un nouveau chapitre : l’Asie ! 😎
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