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  • Day21

    Blonde foils thanks

    September 6, 2019 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Breaky at 8.00am

    We have booked a 10.00am appointment at the hairdressers, Theens and I, as our roots are a disgrace. Eddy is our hairdresser, whom speaks English well, and is silly and cheeky, and I like him a lot.

    He does a great job of our roots. I book a 4.30appt to have blonde highlights.

    My bank contacted me about fraudulent activity on my card. So I called them from reception.
    I had to argue with reception man re CBA reverse charges call. He told me I had to pay for the call and wouldn't listen to me. I finally got through and sorted out my funds.

    Theens cousin, Paul and Christina picked her up at 2.30pm for a catch up.
    I ate chinese food in my room and watched moreTimothy C on YouTube. I also sat up on the rooftop in the wind by myself lots listening to videos on headphones.

    I went to the hairdressers at 4.30pm and had a great time. They look after you here. 'Como' salon in Athens. I came out so so blonde!!

    The souvenirs here are not 'made in Greece' I discovered, however it is written as 'made by Greeks' !

    Dinner at our plaka restarant again and we eat like vacuum cleaners. Both have the veal mushroom and potato, because Athena would not stop talking about it yesterday.

    Walked all around the Plaka, bought some small souvenirs. One old man gave me lollies, then kisses then a couple of freebies. I walked out all emotional. Athena teared up too. Some of these Greeks give out so much love.

    Walking the streets I picked up, whilst sucking a ventolin. 'Hello princess'. (it is the hair) I just looked at him and kept walking. Athena laughed at this poor guys attempt.

    To the hotel rooftop bar we go, which is really our home, saying all the while 'God I love Amanda, she is amazing, I just love her.'

    Our hotels have been right in the middle of everything, and we really appreciate this. Along with breakfasts and transfers.
    Thank you Amanda, you are always our hero, whenever we explore.

    The golden Acropolis is there before our eyes.
    Once again, we get drunk, and we are the last ones up there and get kicked out.

    Waddled down to bed, Athena begins snoring and that's the end of our day.
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    Pete Sullivan

    Blondes have more fun well so the saying goes hahaha

    9/10/19Reply
    Sandra Bourke

    Your posts are coming through Pete as I write this blog. I have so much yet to write and Athena is waiting for me to go to the pool!!

    9/10/19Reply
    Carolyn Arch

    Isn't it all just amazing? .... love your hair!

    9/11/19Reply
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  • Day4

    Cathédrale

    July 12 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    De loin, enfin, cette chose énorme vers laquelle nous avons dû passer 3 fois et que nous n'avons pas vu : Καθεδρικός Ναος Ευαγγελισμού της Θεοτόκου!
    Elle est magnifique.
    À côté se trouve une petite église, la Μικρή Μητρόπολη, aussi appelée Ναος Θεστοκοθ Γοργοεπηκοου και Αγίου Ελευθεριου
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  • Day10

    Hotel Ciel Living

    August 18, 2020 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Die Zeit in der wir nicht durch Athen streiften verbrachten wir im Hotel Ciel Living. Auch wenn der Eingang über eine kleine Gasse in ein von außen eher runtergekommenes Wohnhaus, in dem auch Unternehmen angesiedelt sind, zunächst ein wenig erschreckend war, war unser Zimmer mit Blick auf die Kathedrale und dem Platz Mitropoleos wunderschön. Eine Unterkunft, um auch ein paar mehr Tage in der Hauptstadt Griechenlands unterzukommen. Highlight war allerdings das zu dem Hotel gehörende Restaurant und die Rooftopbar mit Blick auf die Akropolis 👌🏻 😍Read more

    Kristin Rosenau

    Sehr schön. Ich hoffe ihr habt euch gut erholen können bei den vielen tollen Erlebnissen.

    8/21/20Reply
     
  • Day22

    On the edge of a volcano

    September 7, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Our transfer to the Athens airport is due at 7.45am. We get up at 6.00.
    We grab some breakfast at 7.00.

    The restaurant is one floor below us.
    In the lift, I press the 'R'. Athena immediately tells me off 'where are you going?' and she presses floor 6.

    Me, I am confused-as the bar is up there??
    Athena looks at me as if to say, yes my hand automatically goes to 6.

    Doesn't that just say too much!

    I grab some of the sweet pastries on display at the breaky bar. Baklava, bougasta, My plan was to eat one a day. But Athens has been too fast. And it has slipped us both by.

    We summed it up with-
    Day 1 Thannassi's tour of Acropolis and museum
    Day 2 Meteora
    Day 3 Hair, bank calls and The Plaka
    So now it is over and out.

    Trying to get the lift down, with our cases, to reception was impossible. A truckload of Americans arrived yesterday and only 2 people plus luggage can fit.
    Everyone is off to breakfast, so it is full each time it gets to us.
    Finally I push in and get down.

    Another transfer and 45min plane trip.
    I capture on camera the many brown islands below from the plane window.

    OMG just landed in Santorini!!!
    I feel like site seeing is done with and holiday begins.

    The island is flat all around the airport.
    Terrain is like Phillip Island. With not much infrastructure.
    A single road into Fira. The sun is fully shining.

    White and sand coloured buildings.
    We go toward the back of the hill top of Fira. It is smaller than I imagined.
    The road is simple
    We hop out with a short walk to the top, dragging our heavy luggage up across the cobblestones, and this amazing view of the caldera is before us.

    Dark deep blue ocean meets baby blue sky, with the remnants of arms of a historic volcano circling around a centrepiece of land.

    It takes your breath away.

    Our hotel, The Theoxenia, is on the main top path and a 2 min walk.
    We haul our luggage up steep marble steps to the reception desk.

    Our room is simple and it has Athena's main requirements
    -a hair dryer, kettle and iron with board.
    For me it has a balcony. We have a half view of the street shops and half view of the ocean.

    For me this is heaven.

    We head straight out, as is lunch time.
    'Fanari restaurant' is our choice.

    Away from the 'tourists' we took a quiet table overlooking the ocean.
    The world below us spread out in a raw form. It is like we are viewing the earth from a satellite. So high up.

    Athena has a massive red octopus tentacle and I choose shrimp. They are served with carrots and rice cooked so divinely.

    We devoured our meals within minutes. Athena and I looked at each other and expressed that we were still wanting more food so we shared a full size calamari.

    The waiter took a couple of snaps of us with our glasses of wine and we were happy.

    Athena had the waiter very attentive toward her as he fully appreciated some Greek conversation, however her preference was more toward the wine.
    .......
    Athena has a few words-
    We found ourselves very sleepy and we decided to get back into the room & take a nap..... Yes your all thinking we have a hard life atm.
    We woke up & decided to have a coffee and baklava. We then went to the rooftop to watch the sunset.
    .........

    At bedtime,
    whilst I am reading my novel (Call me by your name), I ask Athena if she would like me to read aloud. She permits me to. I wish to share with her this magnificent story.
    My voice is monotone and soothing. Athena gets all cosy and she eagerly hangs on every word.

    She reacted perfectly to this beautiful prose that fully captures the innocence of first falling in love with someone.
    Athena-Wow, that is beautifully written!
    Me-I know, isn't it just!

    Shorty after, I hear her snoring.
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    Amanda Phillips

    Wow, what a view!

    9/9/19Reply
    Amanda Phillips

    Simply beautiful xx

    9/9/19Reply
    Amanda Phillips

    You are both making me very hungry with all your delicious meals! Enjoy 😉

    9/9/19Reply
    Carolyn Arch

    Couldn’t find you for ages but you have been busy. ISN’T IT AMAZING?!!!!!!! So glad you are loving it. Doing everything, talking to everyone ... just revelling in it. Xxxx

    9/10/19Reply
     
  • Day6

    Athens churches and Acropolis

    September 29, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    After a good night and splendid breakfast we assembled to meet our guide for a walk round some of the now quiet streets. First call was the metropolitan cathedral where a service was underway. Built in 1842 it was beautiful inside and busy. We saw several other Byzantine churches all busy with Sunday services.
    Then we visited the Agora with lots of ruins and a small temple. From here the traffic was very busy because many streets were closed due to a marathon being run. However we got to the Acropolis in time for a few to rush up the 200 steps to the top and down.
    A late lunch was taken in the hotel cafe.
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    Kathryne Maher

    I bet you were leading the dash up the steps!!

    9/29/19Reply
     
  • Day9

    Athen: Die antike Stadt

    July 13, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Mein letzter Stop der Reise führt mich nach Athen. Am ersten Tag habe ich hier einige Museen besucht und mir am Abend einen Ausblick auf der naheliegendsten Dachterrasse gesucht um die wunderschöne Akropolis bei Nacht zu bestaunen, ein wahrlich tolles Bild. Abends ging es dann noch weiter, durch die Bars, die Athener haben ein sehr aktives Nachtleben, was mir super gefällt 😊.Read more

  • Day1

    Only for Stephi

    July 18, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Auf Stephis eindringlichen Wunsch, werde ich ein wenig von unserem Urlaub berichten. Angekommen in Griechenland nahmen wir die Metro und führen 45 Minuten Richtung Innenstadt...Stylianos unser Gastgeber holte uns ab und wir gingen in seine Wohnung. Die Wohnung hat alles was wir brauchen und sogar einen Balkon mit Akropolisblick und das für 20€ pro Nacht. Mach einem kleinen Schnaps legten wir uns kurz hin. Danach liefen wir durch das Viertel Richtung Stadtzentrum und ließen uns ohne Ziel etwas treiben. So gelangten wir vorbei am griechischen Parlament in den Nationalpark, der mit kleinen Tiergehegen und Reichen versehen ist. Wir entdeckten schöne Gebäude und kamen irgendwann zufällig am Pantheon raus, da wo die Olympischen Spiele zum ersten Mal stattfanden. Nach dem erfolglosen Versuch uns außerhalb der Öffnungzeiten Zugang zu verschaffen, gingen wir über die kleinen, steilen Gassen zurück zur Wohnung, um den Tag mit einem Glas Wein auf dem Balkon abzuschließen.Read more

    OldBrownies

    Sehr schön, aber nicht nur Stephi wünscht einen Reisebericht. Wir auch.

    7/19/18Reply
    The Brownies

    😂😂 vielen Dank. Ich freu mich 😊 Titel des letzten Bildes ist "Menschlicher Push up" 😀

    7/19/18Reply
    Lisa Braune

    Mist, hab ich gar nicht mitbekommen 😂

    7/20/18Reply
    petra schroeder

    Freue mich auch von Euch zu hören - wenn es ok ist

    7/20/18Reply
     
  • Day2

    Athens

    April 5, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Woke up several times during the night and had to pee but the toilet is next to one of owners room and I didn't want to wake him. - side note - he smokes a lottttt of weed, he has basically hotboxed his bedroom and I got a whiff every time I went to the loo. Made me feel a little queezy. The streets outside were very loud too.
    We got up at 8 and had left by 8:30 - we decided we would find the meeting place for our tour and then get breakfast. Hadrians arch was about 1km away and easy to find. We had breakfast at some resturant nearby and it made Will feel sick. He got scrambled eggs and they were dripping in butter. I got pancakes and they were pretty shitty too.
    We walked back for the start of our tour and got the tour guide we wanted - her name was Sam and she was originally from South Africa so her accent was easy to understand. She has lived in Greece for 26 years after coming for a 2 week holiday and meeting her husband.
    She was a great guide, very enthusiast and good with dates.
    We saw Hadrians Arch and Zeus temple. (Can't remember exact name but it's right next to the arch) we then walked on and came across an ancient bath they only discovered in 2004. I liked listening to the gross way they use to bathe by shaving their skin off into the water. Next we walked past the gardens which was the athletes village for the modern day Olympic Games - Sam painted a colorful picture of what it would have been like.
    We saw the Olympic stadium, but didn't go in. We plan on doing it another day.
    We went through another garden (there is only 2 in the whole of Athens) - Amalia, the queen and wife of Otto created the garden - seeds from all over the world were brought and planted there - there was also a zoo (mainly ducks and goats for kids), beautiful GINORMOUS bird nests and random parts from old buildings used as decorations. It was pretty.
    Next we went past the prime ministers house / not where he lives but where he works. We were fortunate enough that something special was happening so there was tonnes of security and a special changing of the guard ceremony. It is compulsory is Greece for all males to do Military service. I got photos with a guard; he didn't blink once, was kinda creepy.
    They do this ridiculous walk with Pom poms on their feet and a horse shoe on the bottom of their foot because king Otto was obsessed with horses. We waited for the prime minister/other to arrive but it took too long so we moved on but not before maybe 100 odd soldiers did a walking parade down the street.
    We walked past the House of Parliament and the tomb of the unknown solider which I want to have a closer look at another day and then onto some churches one being the metropolitan cathedral of Athens.
    We saw Hadrians library, the Roman Agora and this beautiful graffiti street. Street art is not illegal here - graffiti is.
    There are heaps of cats, but they seem to be well looked after or at least they haven't been abused. They come happily for pats and arnt scared of people.
    We walked through winding streets with little houses with breathtaking views. We finished our tour and tipped 10€. I found her to be a great guide.
    We had lunch at a resturant nearby.
    There was a cat in the resturant :)
    We tried a Greek entree platter which was actually delicious. The sausage was great.
    Will tried a few beer and he really enjoyed them too. I tried tomato soup for the first time, yum!
    We then started walking down to the acropolis entrance. I fell down the hill and received little sympathy from William, he was highly embarrassed but my knees hurt so much I couldn't stand up so I just sat there for a moment having a little cry lol. I did scrape my knees though so lucky I was wearing pants or it would have been much worse.
    We paid 20€ each to enter the acropolis which was expensive but it is one of the Main sites so..
    what can I say other than it had a lot of broken marble pieces along the paths. The signs unfortunately were mainly in Greek and didn't really describe what we were looking at but talked about its restoration.
    There was a fantastic theatre though and the Parthenon was super duper. Except again, disappointed in the lack of explanation regarding its purpose and how it would have been used.
    "A temple for Athena" doesn't really tell me why it's so significant.
    The rocks where very slippery though when we were walking back down, again, lots of cats and dogs. Will needed to pee really badly and so we stoped in an information center to use the facilities.
    On the toilet door was a sign "please don't put toilet paper in the toilet" ....... gross.
    We then went back home and I was so tired I fell asleep about 5pm without dinner and slept the whole way through. :)

    We found out Coco had been attacked by Zeus/Athena and had to be put down tonight. I feel so, so sad for Coco. The poor little thing. She was such a sweet and happy soul. I'm honestly gutted. I hope the family is ok.
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    Angharad Dowse

    Greek parking system

    5/18/17Reply
    Angharad Dowse

    Hadrians library

    5/18/17Reply
    Angharad Dowse

    Soldiers doing a parade for an important guest

    5/18/17Reply
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  • Day7

    Athens

    April 10, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Our hotel did free breakfast but we were both just so exhausted we slept through til 11 because checkout was at 12 not 10! woo!!
    We asked the hotel to order us a taxi which we caught to our next Bnb. It only cost 7€. Our host is so beautiful. She gave us a full-on 30 minute orientation to her house and how to get around she offered us a home made sweet that I had in one mouthful and oh my did I regret it. In Greece there is this citrus fruit I can't remember the name of but it is more sour than a lemon so they only cook the skin. It was horrible. Will didn't even touch his. Don't blame him even though it was rude.
    Our host made up this big booklet which has maps and is info, it's really cute. After our orientation we went for a walk in search for breakfast/lunch. We found this place were they were the friendliest Greeks I have yet encountered. The man was so loud and happy and enthusiastic about us trying his coffee and pizza. Both were great - or so Will said the coffee was.
    "42 years the receipt has not changed" he kept telling us about his pizza.
    We nearly walked out with out paying by habit because they expect you to pay after and not before which we are use to so we ran back in and apologized. We then went to a little convenience store and stocked up on local chips etc. we fist ate this DELICIOUS peanut butter flavored chip balls. Amazing! :)
    We then had a 3 hour nap...
    we are now trying to go get dinner but can't for the life of us figure out how to open the front door. So we are waiting...
    30 minutes past and we thought we would give it one last try before accepting the fact we would have to share a snickers bar for dinner.
    We did it! :)
    Will doesn't know what he did, I think it was by accident but I don't care, we're free :D

    We tried locating an ATM but again they avoid electronic money like nothing else so we failed which meant we ended up at dominos. I got a Greek salad because I'm in Greece ^.^
    I did my first weekly Facebook update and uploaded some pictures. We're now lying in bed watching shawshank redemption.
    Earlier I send a very long email to the Italian consulate asking them to explain and review our tour and previous Bnbs :)
    I'm pretty excited to skype my parents, do washing and go to the Olympic stadium tomorrow :)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Politistikó Emporikó Kéntro, Politistiko Emporiko Kentro, Athens Center, Κέντρο Αθηνών