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A Day on Santorini

Published September 13th, 2011

Spending just four hours in a new and foreign land is certainly not enough time to get the feel for a place. But, that is our reality now that we have entered into cruise mode of our journey where each day brings a new geographical experience to us. First stop: Santorini, or Thera as the Greeks would have you know is its official name. A whirlwind bus tour introduced us to a mountaintop monastery (name forgotten) and two of the major towns of this volcanic remnant of an island - Oia and Fira. We found the iconic vistas that have graced so many postcards and travel brochures and walked the lanes containing the expected souvenir and art shops and then, after having met up with some old friends and before our allotted time was up, we made our escape back to the pampered life of our air conditioned ship.

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On Strike, Change of Plans, Took a Cruise

Published September 11th, 2011

Our original plan was to spend the weekend on Mykonos before flying back to Athens to catch our cruise to Venice. Due to unsettled financial condition and resulting labor unrest in this country, Athens has been beset with a number of intermittent and unpredictable strikes by taxi drivers, air traffic controllers, garbage collectors and pastry chefs. This has caused us to play it safe and cancel our weekend plans and remain in Athens. Instead, we spent Saturday on a one-day cruise of the nearby Saronic Islands - a cruise that we had taken 31 years ago when we were first here. We had a blast.

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Settling In

Published September 6th, 2011

It's day two and we have our sea legs back. Feeling adventurous, we decided to take in the fish market, followed by a bus tour of Athens and the port of Pireas. Tourist stuff. We have found that it is best to do as much of our walking in the morning hours as it get oppressively hot here in the afternoons. The evening temperature is just about perfect. Especially for dinner al fresco with a view of the Acropolis all lit up.

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First Day in Athens

Published September 5th, 2011

We are here, we are jet-lagged, and we are agenda-free. We spent our morning wandering the Plaka and the Agora. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to get ourselves lost and disoriented. We were most disappointed by this as getting irretrievably lost is one of the charms of the Plaka. This is still a most fascinating part of Athens but things have changed in the 31 years since I was last here: more commercial - less funky. On the plus side, the food options are much improved.

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