Archive for September, 2011

Colonia del Sacramento – Uruguay

September 30, 2011 1 comment

Well – now we are starting to believe we are a long way away!!!!! Given our budgets, we are staying in a small family hostel in the very “local” end of town. It was a bit of a shock to the system pushing the buggy up the unmade roads, dogs wandering around, and the occasional youth roaring past on a 50cc Honda.
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Crossing the Equator – Buenos Aires

September 28, 2011 4 comments

After surviving a thirteen and a half hour flight with 3 young children to what felt like the other side of the world, I don’t know what we were expecting – people with two heads maybe. So we were a bit “oh” that everything was pretty normal.

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Three Strikes but we’re out!

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Little did we realise as we got up on the day of our departure, but we were into the first day of three days of Greek National strikes to protest at the austerity measures. Public transport was ALL on strike. With this new information we walked into the city and tried to glean information from various street vendors, restaurant owners and via text, to find out that whilst trains, buses, trams and the metro were all on strike, taxi and air traffic control were still operational but on a work to rule basis.

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Original Olympic Stadia and The Elgin Plasters

September 25, 2011 1 comment

If you ever wanted to know what it was like to have Bell ringers on Vodka and Red Bull, try Sunday morning in Athens. You know it’s is 14 minutes past the hour because they have a 1 minute break (presumably to top up their energy, mop their brow, burst any blisters and prepare for quarter past), call for prayer and the bottom of the bell tower must be a writhing orgy of rope tugging as they compete to out do each other and more importantly the church down the road.

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Hot and Brewing Athens

September 24, 2011 Leave a comment

After the overnight ferry from Crete, we land in Pireaus at 6.00am and to the urgent sounds of “please leave your key at reception!” disembark to find the railway into Athens. All goes to plan, we arrive out our apartment at around 7.30am and fortunately, the lovely people at Lion Appartments let us check in early – a god send.

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Fortessa and the flaming Olive Tree

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

As one of our last trips out in Crete, we headed to the historic town of Rethymnon. Full of charming Venetian and Turkish buildings, the town is dominated by the massive fortress. As well as a cathedral, and a church, the fortress has a mosque too.

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Deep Blue

September 18, 2011 2 comments

It would be wrong to go for so long without at least one reference to the beach, as we have been there virtually everyday. We borrowed Julia’s camera and had some fun.

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