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Observations from another planet called home

April 25, 2012 5 comments

Feeling more than a bit alien, we were home.

It’s so green, it’s so clean, look how big the roads are, they are so smooth, there is no rubbish, we haven’t heard  single horn yet – IT’S SO COLD!

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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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THE Royal Wedding

August 27, 2011 2 comments

My cousin Jana was getting married to Paul, a great guy from New Zealand. The wedding has been a while in the planning and took in some of the more beautiful parts of Prague. Without writing too much, the wedding was a lovely event and went off without a hitch, the occasionally inclement weather did not dampen anyones spirits and a great evening of festivities ensued.

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Tourist caves

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

The caves at Besedice are a relatively well known tourist attraction, and as such, much of the charm is lost when being herded around concrete walkways with a tour guide. Nonetheless, an impressive underground series of lakes and corridors is pretty impressive.

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The rock mazes of “Kalich”

August 20, 2011 Leave a comment

As we ventured into the few areas that were as yet unexplored through the summer, we sent the day exploring the cave mazes called “Kalich”, translated as goblet. These caves offered the 14th century puritans their safe hiding places, and as you explore you can find the altar cut into the rock of the “chapel”. In relative safety everyone can disappear in different direction, squeeze through narrow canyons and explore dark tunnels and caves.

 

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