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Athens 2023

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #30 on: January 13, 2023, 06:46:17 PM
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #31 on: January 13, 2023, 07:05:29 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!

https://sakwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page=Spartan

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...and here's me thinking that Spartans were EXTREMELY unpopular in Athens. :D

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #32 on: January 13, 2023, 08:41:25 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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I think Phil could lay those stones easily with a OG BO ST in the other hand  :think:


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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #33 on: January 13, 2023, 08:47:07 PM

"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."


And olive trees at every corner!
When they are ripe and fall off you've got a slippery problem.


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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #34 on: January 13, 2023, 09:00:02 PM
I think Phil could lay those stones easily with a OG BO ST in the other hand  :think:
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Nice.photos, Def. Thanks for taking us along on the journey! :hatsoff:
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #35 on: January 13, 2023, 09:28:27 PM
...and here's me thinking that Spartans were EXTREMELY unpopular in Athens. :D

Hope you're both having a great time boss.  :hatsoff:

I can honestly say that I am having a great time.  Megan also seems to be enjoying herself greatly.

We were pegged as tourists by a guy today who gave us bracelets and then asked for money.  Megan was not pleased by it, but I was, because the bracelets were the colors of Greece and I brought it home and put it on the Spartan.  Now my Spartan has a Greek flag colored lanyard!

This makes it extra international- its a Swiss Knife with the logo of a German company, bought in Greece and wearing a lanyard in Greek colors made by a guy who claimed to be from Ghana, now owned by a Canadian.

What knives have you got that have been around that much?  :D

Oh, and pictures of it tomorrow- the light is terrible now.

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #36 on: January 13, 2023, 09:30:27 PM
And olive trees at every corner!
When they are ripe and fall off you've got a slippery problem.

And orange trees!

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #37 on: January 13, 2023, 10:57:03 PM
One more before I turn in- this one gives you an idea of how high the Acropolis is!

https://s.insta360.com/p/5485dd583363a2653031e7e4eb1ceb91

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #38 on: January 13, 2023, 11:06:20 PM
Welcome. How do you find our world famous winter weather?


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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #39 on: January 13, 2023, 11:07:40 PM
A short explanation of our flag colours....

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #40 on: January 13, 2023, 11:11:50 PM
And orange trees!

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They are Citrus aurantium actually, called bitter oranges in English and Naranjas in Latin, Νεραντζιά in Greek. They make excellent sweets.


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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #41 on: January 14, 2023, 05:27:03 AM
Welcome. How do you find our world famous winter weather?

The weather has been absolutely perfect so far.  I imagine it isn't too difficult to spot the Canadians, as we are the only ones not wearing sweaters and ski jackets!

It is cooler than a Canadian summer, but a very comfortable temperature for us, and much warmer than January is in Canada! 

Today in Halifax it will be 11 degrees, but that is unseasonably warm and also raining.  Inland, where my family lives it is currently -15C, and also relatively warm for the season.  It's usually around -30C this time of year.

So, we will very much enjoy the sun again today, and 14C!

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #42 on: January 14, 2023, 05:41:16 AM
A short explanation of our flag colours....

I have seen the reality of this.  The night we arrived there was a homeless person wrapped up in sleeping bags on the sidewalk across the street.  Our cab driver told us that many people here live on about 8,000 euros per year, and that seems very, very low.

That having been said, we have greatly appreciated just how affordable everything is here.  Eating in restaurants has cost a little more than half of what we would have paid for them at home, and the quality of the food is much higher than we get.

The relatively low cost was one of the main reasons we picked Greece as a vacation spot, and I have to say, I am not disappointed in the least.  Not only would I come here again, but I would strongly encourage others to come here as well.

It's difficult to go anywhere in Halifax and not spend close to $100 (70 euros) without really doing anything. 

There are so many cultural differences here, and I have to say, I am much more relaxed than I am at home!  I could see myself spending a lot more time here in the future.

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #43 on: January 14, 2023, 02:36:29 PM
I just realized the date!

Yesterday was my Ankleversary!  It's been seven years since I broke my ankle and apparently I celebrated by climbing the Acropolis!

Busted up again

Not bad for a guy with half a Meccano set holding his feet on!

We had considered taking the elevator up, but now I am even more glad that we scaled it properly!

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #44 on: January 14, 2023, 06:53:09 PM
Thanks to a street hustler preying on tourists, the Spartan in Athens now has a lanyard!  So now it is a Swiss Knife with a German company advertised on the blade, owned by a Canadian and sporting the colors of Greece in a lanyard tied by a guy who claimed to be from Ghana!

Now that's international!

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #45 on: January 15, 2023, 08:28:10 AM
Another 360 photo from the Theatre of Dionysus on the Acropolis.

https://s.insta360.com/p/28fc9c7d65f99afa1e0aeab1b7d6bd82

Due to the restoration stuff going on we couldn't go into (or even close to!) a lot of the structures, but the 360 camera really helps to bring them to life anyway!

I wish I'd brought my longer selfie stick though.  I have one that is about two feet long but extends to about ten feet, and I think it would have helped me get some much cooler angles and shots.  Unfortunately, even retracted it was too long to fit in my bag for the plane.

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #46 on: January 15, 2023, 09:45:24 PM
Today the Spartan in Athens visited the Agora- a place for commerce, gathering, discussion, philosophy and very possibly the birth of Democracy!

Be like the ancient Athenians and share your thoughts on the only forum that matters! https://forum.multitool.org

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #47 on: January 15, 2023, 09:55:17 PM
Nice read boss - And delighted that you are having such a great time.

Europe is just amazing and I am sure Greece is fantastic - I don't know mainland Greece - But have been to some of the islands (Corfu, Crete) - And did a bit of sailing from Pireas - I would also definitely recommend getting on a boat and spending a day on an isalnd if possible - for a non-city experience.

How long is your layover in Heathrow? Windsor is very close by and is a lovely place to hang out.
Pretty sure there is  no direct train  and a taxi would cost a fortune - But there must be a bus that goes there -

If you can  get a window seat on the right side of the plane and the plane lands from the West - You get an amazing view of the castle coming into land - If the plane lands from the East, you get an amazing view of London and the Thames - So get that window seat on the right!!!!
Of course that's if the cloud is above 50ft and it's not pissing down w rain!!


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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #48 on: January 16, 2023, 09:13:44 AM
The best islands to visit from Piraeus are Hydra and Spetses, 1:30' and 2:00' respectively with Hydrofoil and a little more with Catamaran. There are no cars on the island but you can easily walk around. Salamina, Aegina and Poros are closer but less pictoresqe. Still, they are nice.

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #49 on: January 16, 2023, 10:45:37 PM
Thanks to a street hustler preying on tourists, the Spartan in Athens now has a lanyard!

Beware of Greeks bringing gifts they say, so I guess paying is better. :) Good you two have a nice time!
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #50 on: January 17, 2023, 02:36:37 PM
Beware of Greeks bringing gifts they say, so I guess paying is better. :) Good you two have a nice time!

Crime Index is 47 in Greece, which makes the country 64th among 142 countries, very close to UK and Italy and better than France, US or Sweden. It used to be much less before the fall of the Eastern Block, the financial and then migration crisis. Times are changing of course.
But Monastiraki is the "Times Square" of the country, so everybody should be carefull.

https://www.numbeo.com/crime/rankings_by_country.jsp?title=2023


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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #51 on: January 17, 2023, 07:57:52 PM
A Spartan returns to Thermopylae!

@victorinox @victorinoxnorthamerica #Spartan #molonlabe #victorinox #victorinoxspartan #300 #hotgates #swissarmyknives #swissarmyknights

An absolute dream come true for me to stand where the last of the 300 stood when they finally fell.  I have many photos and 360 photos from the Hill of Kolonos in the area where the Hot Gate was.  It was great to see the Spartan visit it's namesake!

I will post more as soon as I can- yesterday we saw Hadrian's Gate as we went to get a rental car for our adventure over the next few days.

Today we went to the Oracle at Delphi, then Thermopylae, and now are in Meteora for a few days.  If you don't know what that is, Google it- it will be well worth your time!

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #52 on: January 17, 2023, 08:49:19 PM
 :like: Have you had a chance to enjoy ouzo yet?
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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #53 on: January 17, 2023, 09:16:26 PM
^^^ Is the pope a Cathlolic?  ???


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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #54 on: January 18, 2023, 08:07:21 AM
:like: Have you had a chance to enjoy ouzo yet?

Several times, including last night!

Here are a couple of quick photos- our AirBnB is the small brownstone on the right.  Amazing place!

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #55 on: January 18, 2023, 12:33:30 PM
Whoa - That rock - Is it near Athens?


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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #56 on: January 18, 2023, 12:51:47 PM
Whoa - That rock - Is it near Athens?
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No, it's 350km away, inland Nortwest. There was an ancient lake there that dried up. The bottom collapsed, leaving the harder rocks standing. During the Byzantine era they built monasteries there. The view is amazing.


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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #57 on: January 18, 2023, 02:38:43 PM
Amazing doesn't quite cover it.

One of the monasteries we visited today is about 350m above the town.  That's a thousand feet above Kalambaka.

For reference, that is over twice as high as I am legally allowed to fly my drones in Canada, the US and UK.

I also saw one today that was used in a James Bond film in the 80's.   :D

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #58 on: January 18, 2023, 02:42:52 PM
Another one from yesterday.

My Victorinox Spartan honoring the men who inspired its name on the Hill of Kolonos.

Catch up on my Greek trip here:  https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,90389.0.html

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I think it is very cool that I got a Spartan on my Greek trip- great little coincidence for the Socials, right?

It was even cooler that we took it right to Sparta, and even stood on the hill that the last of the 300 died defending.

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Re: Athens 2023
Reply #59 on: January 18, 2023, 02:47:16 PM
Here are a couple of 360 shots taken at one of the monasteries:

https://s.insta360.com/p/3f7ef9abc34c05618360e85a8df3924e

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The monks literally scaled these cliffs and built monasteries on top and into them.  It's absolutely amazing.

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