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Nov 13, 2018 - Athens, Greece

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD It had been a long time coming, and now everything worked out like clockwork. When we told my sister and her husband that we would be visiting Cyprus for the last two weeks of November, after roaming around Europe for six weeks, they jumped at the chance to meet up with us. They have just started their own retirement travels adventures, and spent several weeks in Spain. We decided it might be best to meet up in Athens and fly together to Larnaca. They arrived in Athens a few days earlier so they could see the...

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Nov 13, 2018 - Kerameikos Ancient Cemetary in Athens

Keramiekos Cemetery is just outside the walls that bordered the ancient city of Athens. Here lay the prominent citizens who were honoured with a burial at public expense. Thus, their tombs and markers were far above the norm. For this reason many of the relics are now in Athen’s premier archaeology museum. Even so, the small Kerameikos museum houses a handful of beautiful originals. Also, full-scale replicas of the museum pieces are placed in-situ, giving visitors a true sense of the layout and scale of this important historical cemetary....

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Nov 12, 2018 - A Sprinkling of Egypt in Greece

As a fan of Egyptian religion/mythology - historical fiction to be honest - I was pleasantly surprise to find a small gallery of Egyptian artifacts in a Greek museum. So, here’s some real history that provides context as to why it exists. When Alexander The Great conqured Egypt in 332 BC the priests of the Egyptian god Amun “recognized” him to be a son of the god. He founded the city Alexandria in 331 BC , and he made Greek the official language. After him, Greeks ruled over Egypt until the death of the last Queen Cleopatra VII - who was a...

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Nov 12, 2018 - Greece’s National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide. During World War II the museum was closed and the antiquities were sealed in special protective boxes and buried, in order to avoid their destruction and looting. (Source - Wikipedia) It was both exhilarating and exhausting...

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Nov 11, 2018 - Athens’ Authentic Marathon

Athens Nov 11 Marathon & Agoras We unexpectedly found ourselves in Athens for the 36th Authentic Athens marathon race. We were pleased to discover that the route would pass just a quarter block from our digs. We were there to watch the front runners - who finished last years race in the 2:12:17 to 2:28:57 time - as they passed the 40 km mark of the 42.195 km race. Seeing my first marathon in its founding city was pretty special. The atmosphere was quite festive what with drumming, rock bands, support teams, volunteers, balloon & snack...

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Nov 10, 2018 - Athens’ Ancient Acropolis and its Modern Museum

The rocky hilltop in Athens known as the Acropolis has been inhabited since the Neolithic Era (3500-3000 BC. The iconic buildings at the top, however, were not built until 500 BC, what is known Classical (Greek) Period. These buildings (Parthenon, Erechtheion, Temple of Athena Nike, Propylaea) served a variety of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and other leaders/people. Contrary to my assumptions that the literal ruins - as in bits and pieces - were from ancient times, the buildings of the Acropolis actually withstood centuries of...

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Sep 29, 2018 - Athens, Greece

Our next port was the ancient, wet city of Athens. Yep, it rained all day...from the time we got off the Eclipse till the time the ship left, it rained. In fact, there had been talk onboard that this was a cyclone that had developed in the Mediterranean and I guess there was some merit to the rumor as schools in Athens were closed on Friday because of the impending disaster. In the end, the official explanation was that it was a low pressure system with a lot of rain...just our luck. Our travel agent had made arrangements for us to get a...

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Jul 7, 2018 - Athens at last!

After a grueling bus and train ride from Budapest, crossing many borders and varying geography, I have arrived in Athens. I found a lovely room in a small hotel overlooking a square in the Plaka , the old town centre of Athens. It has a beautiful curving wooden balcony that extends out in the square where old men sit on benches surveying the bustling life going on around them. The Plaka fairly pulsates with activity, between the bars and restaurants, the shops and markets, no one stands still for long. Yet, for all its life, Athens is so...

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Jun 17, 2018 - Athens

Athens Airport was the main target for the day but on the way we investigated the Korinthia Canal which was brilliant. Being able to 'walk the plank' over it was a great way to appreciate its size. In ancient times ropes and logs were used to haul boats the 8 klms from one water's edge to the other before the canal was built. The time had arrived to drop our special friends at their airport hotel to prepare for their flight home. The nine days sharing the travels through part of Greece went all too quickly but it had been fun exploring the...

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Feb 7, 2018 - Greek field notes

Greece is still suffering the effects of its national debt crisis. Unemployment is 20+%. Many shops are empty. Athens has its share of beggars and people sleeping on sidewalks. Graffiti is epidemic, and most of it is merely ugly. There are plenty of well dressed people. BMWs and Mercedes are everywhere. Income inequality is in plain sight. We feel safe. We practice street smarts at all times, just to make sure. Greek T.V. has lots of music videos, along with near nightly analysis of Survivor Greece. We look for news or programs in English...

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Jan 29, 2018 - Sun, monuments, and other pleasantries

We seem to have left behind the wind and rain. We are enjoying sunshine and warm afternoons. We have our Dutch friends Jan and Henriette to thank. We have joined them for the remainder of our Greek tour. We specifically asked them to arrange the weather. Mo first met Jan in grad school in Seattle. We have visited one another in the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, and U.S. over the years and have found them to be excellent hosts and travel companions. The historic core of Athens in easily walked. Good thing. Traffic anywhere else in the city is...

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Oct 22, 2017 - Athens, Greece

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years. A center for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely because of its cultural and political impact on the European continent, and in particular the Romans. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial,...

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