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Athens 2023

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Athens 2023
on: January 10, 2023, 05:48:10 PM
Lately Megan and I don't know if we are coming or going, but this much is sure- in less than 24 hours we will be on a flight across the Atlantic to a little place called Athens, which for those of you not familiar with Geography, is usually kept in a place called Greece.   :D

I've never been to Europe at all, and Megan has never been to Greece, so when she decided we needed a vacation, we naturally chose Italy.  However, after much planning and scheduling we determined there was way too much to do in Italy so we decided to go to Greece instead.   :D

I am looking forward to going, and I expect I will eat so many little lambs, although I have Googled it to make sure, and I am only a couple of blocks away from a McDonalds, just in case!   :facepalm:

I'll do my best to keep you all updated on our trip- after all, a vacation is always better when you can share it with your friends!

Also, we have a long layover in Heathrow on the way back, so if anyone has any suggestions on how to kill a lot of time there, I am sure we would appreciate it!

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #1 on: January 11, 2023, 03:18:24 AM
Stay safe and have a great time!

I can't wait to see your photos and stories.  :cheers:
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #2 on: January 11, 2023, 04:37:42 AM
I am only a couple of blocks away from a McDonalds, just in case!   :facepalm:
That doesn't awlways work well. When I visited Singapore, I had McDonald's...and the only familiar menu item I can recall was chicken nuggets.

I can't suggest anything to do during your long layover aside from meeting up with the UK contingent if won't be at night.

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #3 on: January 11, 2023, 05:52:08 AM
Have fun!!!!


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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #4 on: January 11, 2023, 01:44:15 PM
That doesn't awlways work well. When I visited Singapore, I had McDonald's...and the only familiar menu item I can recall was chicken nuggets.

I can't suggest anything to do during your long layover aside from meeting up with the UK contingent if won't be at night.

Have yourself a great trip! :cheers:

That's okay, Megan and I like McNuggets- in fact, those (and fries of course) is all she eats there!

We are at the airport now, waiting to board our flight.  It's a beautiful day here and everything seems positive so far!

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #5 on: January 11, 2023, 02:07:26 PM
Smooth and safe travels !   :cheers:


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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #6 on: January 11, 2023, 08:05:36 PM
I messaged a bunch of places to eat recommended by my greek colleague, she's from the area...

Enjoy your first trip to europe... if only you had friends to visit as an excuse to come back or something  :pok: :P
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #7 on: January 11, 2023, 09:38:44 PM
I'm wishing you both an eventful but relaxing trip.
Make sure to walk up to the Acropolis. You can get there with the tube/underground (not up there but close by  :D ).

Killing time at London Heathrow Airport you say?
Not easy... I would ask Surge if I were you  :pok:


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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #8 on: January 11, 2023, 11:27:50 PM
Killing time at London Heathrow Airport you say?
Not easy... I would ask Surge if I were you  :pok:
My thoughts exactly.

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #9 on: January 12, 2023, 04:17:16 AM
We made it to Athens and our AirBnB.  It's almost midnight for us (Halifax time) but it's just after 5am local time.  We are going to get a few hours of sleep and then explore our local area, get Megan some coffee and pick up a few necessities. 

You can see the Parthenon in the background.

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #10 on: January 12, 2023, 08:26:23 AM
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #11 on: January 12, 2023, 02:01:15 PM
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #12 on: January 12, 2023, 04:23:00 PM
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #13 on: January 12, 2023, 05:02:35 PM
See the museums (main Athens archeological museum definitely, the military is decent and hopefully still free.), and the acropolis area.
Go for coffee at thesio and fish at the sea area.
If you have time get a day cruise from pireas to a few nearby islands - Ydra, Egina and so on, if they have them this time of the year - the hotel should know. I think our member Kokkolis lives in Athens.
Avoid taxis, use the metro.
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #14 on: January 12, 2023, 05:05:50 PM
Funny, the taxi driver last night told us exactly the opposite!   :D

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #15 on: January 12, 2023, 05:10:02 PM
I would rather walk for a day than ever take a taxi in Athens.  They are always overcharging you and drive like morons
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #16 on: January 12, 2023, 05:16:19 PM
We landed after 3 am and there weren't a lot of choices.  It was pricey, but the driver was very helpful.

Due to travel I needed a new Swiss Army Knife- fortunately I was able to find this well used advertising version of the Econoline Spartan in a street market for way too much money!  But, getting a Spartan in Athens seemed like a sign!

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #17 on: January 12, 2023, 05:17:07 PM
Here is a shot we took.... somewhere in Athens.  We walked a lot today!

https://s.insta360.com/p/4c2f607d3bf24bf95e2ec581e92455bd

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #18 on: January 12, 2023, 05:26:07 PM
For dinner you may also try psiri area.

You can find lots of cheap overpriced stuff at monastiraki.
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #19 on: January 12, 2023, 06:41:14 PM
Yes, we are staying in Psiri and have already spent way too much money in Monastiraki!   :whistle:

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #20 on: January 12, 2023, 07:14:52 PM
Your vacation is off to a great start, expenses possibly excepted. A little clean-up and some new economy scales will have that Spartan in tip-top shape!
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #21 on: January 12, 2023, 07:25:44 PM
Agreed, and I have some cellidor scales at home that it could wear proudly....

But I think it may keep these partially melted nylon scales as they don't affect it's function any, and they certainly add character.

I will however clean it up, but it seems to currently have a halfway decent edge.  Not the best, but certainly not the worst!

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #22 on: January 13, 2023, 10:53:22 AM
My new Victorinox Spartan proved itself last night by effortlessly opening this cabernet/syrah/merlot from Domaine Michaelidi in time for our evening dip in the hot tub!

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #23 on: January 13, 2023, 02:34:20 PM
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #24 on: January 13, 2023, 03:31:39 PM
Many more pics coming but it is siesta time and I need a nap!

We scaled the Acropolis this morning and here is one of many shots I took with my 360 camera!

https://s.insta360.com/p/02988f8a9b21c96183df7565765ba8e3

There are also many where Megan looks even more annoyed with me for pull8jg out that damn thing on a selfie stick!  :P

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #25 on: January 13, 2023, 05:53:28 PM
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #26 on: January 13, 2023, 06:05:10 PM
I needed to use the selfie stick with my Insta360 One while we visited the Parthenon which meant I needed a screwdriver- this is why getting something like my new Victorinox Spartan was so important!

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #27 on: January 13, 2023, 06:23:54 PM
i going to be a bit of a quick update as we are getting ready to go out to eat and have a few drinks and visit some shops, but as per the post above we went to the Parthenon today and saw everything we were allowed to see on the Acropolis.

smurfing amazing.

Absolutely smurfing purely amazing.

You see photos of this kind of smurf on TV or the internet or magazines (do those still exist?) and you think "that's nice."

To see it... To actually be there first hand and think about all that marble hand cut and dragged up to the top, then assembled into such structures- if I had a mind, it would have been absolutely blown.

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #28 on: January 13, 2023, 06:30:36 PM
Oops, wrong photos in the first post!

I was going to make a joke about how the ticket to tour the Scroll lis looked like.R2D2 and yet all we found was a Michael Bay Decepticon, but whatever.  I screwed it up!

All of this marble would have been hand carved (duh) and there is so much more of it than you can conceive of.... And even more of it is secreted away in museums, and there's still more here than you can imagine.

And, if its one thing Athens has more of than marble, I'm putting my money on cats.   They are everywhere, and likely the main reason I haven't seen a rat or mouse anywhere, despite this being a port city.  I live in a port city and there is a HUGE rodent problem because our animal lovers would rather see cats dressed up in IG than see them doing what they are supposed to be doing.

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #29 on: January 13, 2023, 06:35:04 PM
Getting back to the carvings, man they are detailed and intricate and everywhere!

And, even without all of the buildings, the views from the Scroll lis are absolutely outstanding, even when some strange people stand in front of them!   :P

I took a lot more photos today, but that's all I have time for at the moment-  we are hungry!

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