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Sep 11, 2013 - A Fun Day at Sea

Wednesday was a sailing day as it is about 600 miles to the next port from Dubrovnik to Athens. Connie and Judy attended a couple of seminars; the first one was on the upcoming shore excursions and the second was in the gym labeled “The Secret to a Flat Stomach”, it turned out to be a sales pitch for sea weed supplements and body wraps. John and Doug decided to explore the ship, first they entered an area they shouldn’t have been in, the crew rest area, at the front of the ship. They were told this area was off limits so were ushered out...

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Mar 25, 2007 - Delphi and the Gulf of Corinth, Greece

Greece has such a raw beauty that it took us by surprise! First of all, the jagged, high mountains and the many mountain passes took our breath away, and now the view of the Gulf of Corinth from Delphi, nearly 2,000 feet above the water. When we drove down from Meteora, we passed through an enormous, fertile valley before we started to climb up into the mountains (again!). We climbed and climbed and then descended quite sharply to the beautiful coastal village of Itea about midway along the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth. Because we...

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Aug 27, 2006 - Patras

After switching our clocks forward an hour, we sailed in to Patras harbour at 12:00 ready for disembarkation. Thirty minutes of stuffing around and we were on Greek soil, and what bloody hot soil it was - 35°C in the shade. All around the docks (outside the fence perimeter) are young guys who look like they're from Kazakstan, Uzbekistan or some other "stan", constantly looking at the cargo ships in port just sussing out some sort of opportunity to stowaway. They've obviously been living rough and have possibly reached Greece by stowing away...

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Jun 16, 2006 - In Patra, on my way to Bari

wow.. santorini is amazing.... i highly reccomend it. the first place that after i left i was tempted to stay longer. the people were awesome, the beach was great, even though i had a sunburn, and the partying was good - and safe mom- yesterday i spent most of it just relaxing around the hostel and the beach before catching a night ferry with some others from canada to athens, as a start to my long, long, days of travelling. it will be about 48 hours. left at 1015 from santorini, arrived in athens at 8 am, now waiting in patras, where i...

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Europe - 2006

Jun 12, 2006 - The Spartan Roots

Sparta- quite literally the motherland for me. My mother's parents are from villages south of Sparta on the Peloponnese peninsula. Her father, Peter Alexis, is from a village called Tarapsa and her mother, Kalliope Panagiotakos, is from a village called Daphne. I had the absolute pleasure of going to visit my distant relatives in those those villages and had an amazing time while doing it. Not to mention that it is undoubtedly the most beautiful area of Greece I have seen. It looks like Tuscany- I am not kidding!!! only instead of grape...

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Bon Voyage 2005-2006

Apr 7, 2006 - Too many farewells

There have been many sweet sorrows over the last couple days so I thought I'd take a moment to reflect. The first was to my travelling partner for the last month. I had to head back to Rome in a hurry and he wanted to take a little more time to see Olympia (place in greece) and Kahlia (cool aussie girl in Athens). What can I say about my friend Matthew. As a collector of words I've come to believe that certain phrases are able to express setiments tha contain fragments of wisdom. Whe I find these pearls I try and live my life by them. One...

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I AM SPARTUCUS

Apr 7, 2006 - Greece! Enter Patras!

For the last two hours on the ferry, we were paralleling mountains. And most of them had some 100% vertical component to it...i.e. a cliff formation. Once we got into port at Patras it was a little different...picture this...you approach a little bustling town on the water, with little homes scattered in all sorts of colors at the base of a HUGE mountain with snow at the top. Meanwhile it's 22C (I don't know about 78F or so) on land. When we arrived there was no passport check, which also meant no passport stamp. That's ok...this journal is...

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Dec 6, 2005 - J: Patras

We landed in Patras to slightly overcast skies… but the coastline of Greece was still, as expected, sparkling-white and welcoming. We just made a quick tour through town while waiting for our connecting train, but it must be said Patras has a lovely square situated just outside the harbor area.. and it was brimming with delectable treats... within an hour of landing we were munching on pitas with olive oil, a Greek salad and spanakopita. Who knew spanakopita came rolled in the shape of a snail shell?! Very tasty!!

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Skipping Stones

Aug 27, 2005 - Contiki "mini Cruise" = Refugee Boat From Hell

For our 2 day "Mini Cruise" from Greece to Italy advertised in the brochure as having nightclub and gym, we found that it was all CRAP This cruise was something more like a refugee boat from hell. The cost of our cabin was advertised at a cost of 350 euro's each (twin share), and the least expensive was the 75 euro (sleep on deck/floor/hall). After our first night we awaoke to people sleeping under the stiarwells in the main lobby, others sleeping along the stairs and in the halls (also with guinnie pig) and a bit of rice cooking and nappy...

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Jacki's Journey

Aug 3, 2005 - It's all Greek to me..!!

Patras, Greece It was some time in the morning - at least before noon - when I disembarked my ship at Patras, Greece port. I had a host somewhere about half an hour bus ride far, but before I head there, I decided to spend some time in Patras itself. OK, first, let's take a moment - this is Greece. The patriarch of the western civilization. I suddenly felt like I was standing on holy grounds. I looked around once again to the ship, the port, and then turned to the city. I entered the tourist information center, where the friendly folks gave...

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Jun 12, 2005 - Super Papous is ready for the road!

Super Papous is ready for the road! After waiting for a week his poor engine is spick and span and dying to take to the highways - and who are we to stop him? We were only too delighted to leave Athens, to be honest. They drive like lunatics - no indicating, no lanes and certainly no patience. And, although we met some exceptionally friendly people, in general our impressions of the Athenians are not overly favorable. In one day I was ripped off, shouted at and thumped - quite severely and innumerably - on the arm. Spending our second week...

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Mar 25, 2005 - Ferry - Patras

Having purchased our ferry tickets for the Italy - Greece journey we stocked up on munchies at the local Supermercato, and caught a shuttle bus over to our ferry. The ferry turned out to be more like a cruise ship! Much to our delight, there was a casino on board that helped passed the 16 hour voyage(and a few Euros), and there was also a nightclub which we enjoyed. All those that didn't have cabins played cards and danced and ate and drank the night away and we ended up having a ball! When we got sleepy we pulled out our sleeping bags and...

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