Trip Of A Lifetime

Sunday, August 13, 2006

We´re In Love With Greece

We loved Greece! From the incredible history that can be seen through ancient temples to the beaches that leave you feeling refreshed after a day of climbing in 40 degree heat. From the fantastic cuisine that i drenched in olive oil to the amazingly friendly people who will help in any way they can. You must find time to go to Greece!

We started in Athens in the Hotel Coral at Flisvos, which I´m mentioning because it was a lovely hotel with brilliant staff. The hotel is right across from the beach and at night Adie and I would wander over to swim the warm waters of the Aegean. Make sure that you remind us to show you our sunset photos from the exact location of our nightly swims.

On our second day we took a day cruise to three of the islands near the mainland: Paros, Hydra and Aegina. We didn´t have much time in Paros so all we really achieved was a climb to the top of a hill to check out the view. Not bad hey?
On the way down there were locals selling all sorts of things that nobody really needs. To risk falling down the steps I sat on them to check out the bargains. We managed not to succumb to the Greek Mythology playing cards in the end.Our favourite of the three islands was definitely Hydra. We wandered off through the streets, up and up to the highest point we could manage and then just let the world pass us by. It was siesta time so there weren´t many people about and all of the tourists were down near the port buying coffees and souvenirs so it was peaceful and lovely. The next two photos are Adie in one of the shop filled streets and tme at some point on our walk up through the residential area.The last island that we visited was Aegina. They have the most amazing pistachio nuts here that the locals all seem to grow. We found this beach (well, more like a rock that gave access to the water) where Adie had a little paddle to cool his toes.Visiting the islands was brilliant and well worth it. It really got us excited about the four dy cruise we´d be going on later as well.

Following the one day cruise we started our mailand tour of Greece. Of course we went to explore Athens first. Here we are at the Olympic stadium in Athens where the marathon finishes (or something like that). It is not the original, that´s in Olympia.From there we went to the foot of the Acropolis to see the Theatre of Dionysus (god of wine and fun stuff). It was pretty exciting for me to be in the birthplace of theatre as we know it and I did enjoy seeing all of the amphitheatres that were on our tour.After staring at the bottom, we unfortunately had to climb to the top! Did I mention that it´s hot in Greece? Totally worth it though. Here´s Adie and the view.It turns out that they need to constantly work on these old buildings so that they will be around for generations to come. Maybe it means that the photo isn´t quite perfect, but we´re glad that these places are being looked after. Check us out at the Parthenon! (Geez I hope I´ve got my buildings around the right way... tell me if I´m stupid please!)After leavig Athens, we headed through Corinth, over the Corinth Canal (which mightily imresssed Adie I might add) and to Epidaurus to see the amazing and huge amphitheatre there with it´s amazing acoustics. It is still in use during the summer season, but it only shows classic works: Aristophanes, Shakespeare. So much more to come. Sorry about the quantity of pics all in one go, but we have to use the opportunitise that present themselves. Today´s opportunity is a cheap Internet cafe with a fast connection!


  • Think it was Poros not Paros

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:25 pm  

  • Thanks. Sometimes I stuggle with all the names. *embarassed smile*

    By Blogger noshie, at 6:00 pm  

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