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I’ll take a break on the pics from my last trip and share one of my favorite shots and Places 2 Explore! Greece! We took a trip last May to Europe for 18 days. The first 3 days were in Greece. The first day we recovered from jet lag and relaxed as we arrived into Athens late in the day. The next day we took a guided tour of Athens. A dream of mine was to visit the Parthenon…so I was excited. The tour was fun…about 5 hours. We saw all the sights and got to get off the bus and enjoyed taking pictures. When we arrived at the Acropolis…anticipation grew for me to see one of the great wonders of the world. It was amazing…but the only downfall is that its on a 10(?) year refurbishing plan. Scafolding and workers are there while you visit. So if you plan to visit…check when it will be complete.
At nite we took a taxi to Lycabettis Hill….you take a tram up to the top and there is a nice restaurant on top with a small church. From here you can view all of Athens and enjoy the sunset while eating outside….the food was decent and the sights are amazing! On our taxi rides, it seemed as though all the taxi drivers at one time lived in New York! They all spoke great English and we very fun to talk to!
We then had one last day in Greece before leaving for Bulgaria. My wife had suggested a 10 hour day cruise that we saw advertised at the hotel. …so we went for it! The bus picks you up at the hotel and bring syou to the service center to buy tickets and then onto the port of departure. The cruise lasted 10 hours. We were to visit Poros, Aegina and Hydra. We arrived at the port and was amazed at how many people were on the boat…estimated 400? It was a beautiful day as well!
I can go on and on about this day…as it was unforgetable and amazing! …but I will keep it short. Each island had its own specialties. As we docked we only had about 45 minutes at each stop. So we had a chance to take a short walk around window shop. Just a perfect amount of time. Then we would depart to the next island. Just sitting on the deck in the sun and watching the tranquil blue water travel by was very sureal. A permanant smile were on our faces the whole day! If you have traveled to any Greek islands…then you know well!
One of our favorite stops on the trip was a little island called Poros. It was very cute and small. We walked down some alleys and took pictures and stopped for some souveniers. When we retruend to the boat we grabbed a seat on the outside back deck. The boat took off slowly as we pulled away from the island. I stood up to get a bunch of pictures of Poros. This picture is the view we had! Fantastic! A perfect postcard for a wonderful day! I used the railing to brace my arm and took it hand held. After 10 hours..of course you are tired and ready to go back to the hotel. After this day…I am eager to go back to Greece to see more islands!! If you enjoy traveling…Greece is a must visit!
I am not sure when we will go back…but we will make it back again one day! The big islands suchs as Santorini, Crete, Mykonos…are on the list!