Exploring Athens: Part 1

Travel authors tend to propose an optimum amount of time to spend in a city, typically ranging between 1 and 3 days. Whilst this might be  applicable to holiday-makers, it doesn't really apply to me. As we know, I am not tied by the same time constraints and therefore my approach also offers me a slower pace meaning I don't have to try and cram in the vast amount of attractions within the suggested time-frame often ...

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Exploring Athens: Part 2

I've been in Athens now for three full days and I know there are more impressive architectural structures to seek out so that is what today, day four, is all about. But before that, do you remember    Mount Lycabettus from a post a couple of days back? If not, it's the goliath in this image HERE ...

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Exploring Athens: Part 3

Last night I had a my most enjoyable night out so far, although it involved little more than a meal and a couple of beers. It was memorable largely down to heading out with my dorm-buddy Robert     (a teacher) from Ireland. He and I were the only two occupants of room 12 from the torrid hotel Fivos and so naturally we conversed and found several topics of common ground. Travel, unsurprisingly, being one of them. This banter ...

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My first destination – now revealed

Although not quite the suspense of ‘Who killed Lucy Beale?’ - I think I’ve done an OK job at generating some intrigue to the whereabouts of my first port of call................................   A handful of you suspected I would go straight to Australia or New Zealand. I mean, really…!?Geographically speaking, there is so much of the World situated before reaching those juggernauts. Might I ...

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Just 8 days in and food poisoned!

Nick and his lady had some errands to run today so they dropped me off at the beautifully peaceful Limossal Marina. I recall feeling slightly unsettled when I woke up and remembered not feeling hungry at breakfast which was unusual. Still, before things got a little hazy, I was able to enjoy the scenery, sunshine and blustery breeze. The noticeable lack of people around made the scenery even more serene and tranquil. ...

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Rest and Relaxation...

Finally came today folks - after 43 days! And it lasted just over an hour as I got bored. No seriously... As such this is only a short post covering a couple of un-connecting things but here is proof of me chillaxing. Check out the lethal trainer-sock tan line! ...

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Day 2 in the backpacker house

So what was my first night's stay in a hostel really like? Well, once the initial shock of adapting to my surroundings wore off, I found it quite easy to drop the slightly snobby attitude.        On closer inspection, everything was really quite clean and tidy. (As people spotted and commented on in yesterday's post). The dorm had an AC unit, the radiator was pumping out some good heat and the bed ...

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My inaugural backpacker experience

I've had a strangely pleasant 24 hours but for someone who claims to be super-organized, would you believe that I could turn up in Greece (night time I might add) not knowing where I was staying???       Well, that's actually what happened... Various important document print-outs were one of my many remaining tasks I planned on doing the day before I departed but it transpired the lads had other plans and throu ...

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Look! It's Nick the Greek

I left Athens with a heavy heart as I was leaving Greece so soon having had such a great week there. In saying that, I happen to have landed on the only other Greek-speaking piece of land in the World. So who is 'Nick the Greek?'. He is someone that I used to work with at Essential Computing. He works in the marketing department and originates from Cyprus and his fiancé, from Poland. They both consider Cyprus their hom ...

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Cyprus economics, Nick's family bar and more ancient ruins.

In reverse title order, let me first show you some ancient Cypriot ruins. BTW, did you know that Cyprus is reported as the birthplace for Aphrodite? I didn't.              Blog image credit: Thisismoney.co.uk These ruins are located at Amathous - an ancient royal city here in Cyprus. ...

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A spectacular sunset at Cape Sounion

I took a gamble today and as you'll see from some of the photographs later on, the gamble was worth it. With two full days in Athens, I made a simple plan. The first day was to catch up on some things and write to you lot about being back in Athens. Generally, it was a day to just chill and that was fine by me having seen the main attractions previously this year. Still, I enjoyed some afternoon strolling in the main park close by ...

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I'm back at where it all began...

No, not at the manifestation of civilisation (wasn't that somewhere in Africa?) but the starting location of my travels. Thinking back to April 2015, I arrived here in Athens, alone, and frankly, without much of a clue. That was seven months ago. But what about now? What's changed? Have I changed? I'll answer this by comparing pieces of text I wrote then to the feelings and experience I have now. First though, why have ...

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Rest and relaxation on some Cretan beaches

As I touched on previously, I've managed to successfully adapt to the slow-pace of life here in low-season, Crete. With the weather comparably fantastic for this time of year, I've spent the last couple of days relaxing down by the sea which isn't a bad way to spend time in mid-November. Speaking of this time of the year, and despite not currently being a parent, I've come to appreciate the frustration families can face when ...

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The fifth largest Mediterranean island - reached!

I've done it folks! I'm so chuffed to have made it to my fifth (and final) Mediterranean island; the island of Crete - or Creta as it's pronounced outside of England and a pronunciation I've actually come to prefer. For those unaware, two months ago I hatched a plan that was then, somewhat bold and ambitious. Furthermore, I knew next to nothing about whether it was logistically viable to manoeuvre around these islands using public tran ...

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Troubled Greece, don't we mean terrific Greece!?

A relatively short text-based post about a country we only ever hear the worst about in the media. Is it really all doom and gloom over here? Let's delve a little further... My latest return to Greece signifies my third visit this year - that's more return-visits in 2015 than any other country. Coincidence or not? I'm honestly not sure but reading through some old postings, I notice that I was ...

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My final days in Crete and the essence of travelling

I've now spent some decent time in the three largest, most popular towns in Crete that are all conveniently situated up here in the north and relatively close to each other. If the idea of visiting a popular Greek island for a week or two interests you, and exploring several other cities is also on high on your itinerary, please know that Crete ticks all these boxes with the the bus/coach service at your disposal. Whilst ...

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A Saturday and Sunday stroll in Thessolaniki

The weekend has provided myself and the local Thessalonikians with some welcome rays of sunshine. Don't be fooled though, it still is chilly in the day and come of an evening, I can fully testify chilly turns to a very bitter cold. Being British, I could withstand the day time chill just fine in long pants and a jumper and so naturally it amuses me to see the locals wrapped heavily in big coats, scarfs and woolly hats! To be fair, the pro ...

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A return to the beautiful Balkans

On first impression, from the airport bus ride to the city centre, there are other words that I would put well before 'beautiful' when describing my current location of Thessaloniki; Greece's second largest metropolis. If you were wondering where Thessaloniki is, wonder no more. Here it is and in relation to Crete; the island I have just returned from two warm weeks later.   ...

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Magical Meteora: Saving the best 'till last...

During these 'unlikely travels', together we've seen some of Europe's most breathtaking and awe-inspiring works and wonders. As I enter my final week you might have expected this to be the time for me to rest, relax and generally reflect and philosophize on these last eight months. Besides, what would be the chances of me providing you further visual delights from slap-bang in the middle of Greece in early December? More ...

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Meteora to Delphi - what a schlep!

Dear readers, It saddens me to say this will be the last explorative post as I envisage only a couple of philosophical and reflective writings for my final few days. As sad as that might be, you have my permission to chuckle at the fact that my last day of exploration proved to be one of the most tedious, transportationally. Seriously though, eight months later and literally ...

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