16 November 2015
All too soon, it was our last morning in Athens. We let ourselves have a bit of a lie in this morning and so stayed in bed until about 9.30pm, although typically I woke up earlier, as I only ever do when I have the chance to get some extra rest. Breakfast at City Circus runs till 10.30am, so at 10am we made our way downstairs and stocked up on food. I basically had one of everything – toast and cheese, a boiled egg and some thick Greek yoghurt, fruit and honey. Continue reading “Athens Part Five: Kerameikos Cemetery and McDonald’s”
15 November 2015
When we were originally planning our visit to Athens, my friends and I had decided to take up our hostel, City Circus, on one of their day trips outside the city. In particular, we wanted to do the one to Delphi. The price wasn’t too bad and I desperately wanted to see as many ancient sites as possible. Then we realised that Delphi is a three hour drive from the city and we weren’t sure how much time we’d actually get in Delphi itself. It would be cheaper to do it ourselves and we’d also be able to work to our own timeframe but, the more we thought about it, the more we figured we should just stay in Athens. We were only there for a few days after all and there was so much still to see that we would almost certainly run out of time to see everything we wanted to if we spent a day elsewhere.
Continue reading “Athens Part Four: Archeological Museum and Even More Ancient Sites”
14 November 2015
On our second day in Athens, I finally got to do what I had really come to Athens to do – visit the Acropolis. It was set to be another hot day but I just hadn’t packed for it, which was stupid really. I had looked up the weather before I left and saw that it was going to be between 20-25°C but I figured that was just nice and warm. That wasn’t hot hot, so jeans and a top would probably be the necessary attire, right? Er, wrong. Obviously that’s wrong. I live in England. Anything approaching 20°C is beach weather. Still, I pulled on my ankle boots and black jeans to go to the Acropolis.
Continue reading “Athens Part Three: Parthenon and Other Ancient Sites”
13 November 2015
Our alarm went off a few minutes after I finally seemed to have drifted off, after lying awake for basically the entire night. Unusually, or at least it is in my experience of hostels, we got a complimentary breakfast included in our room at City Circus. We came down to the common room to find a few people already sitting around the main table. There were a few options on offer: bread, cheese, jams, boiled eggs, fruit, honey and the thickest Greek yoghurt I have ever seen. There were also cubes of a traditional Greek dessert which I didn’t quite take to. Continue reading “Athens Part Two: Ancient Sites and the Acropolis Museum”
12 November 2015
Athens has been a dream destination of mine for quite a while. I’ve had a love of ancient Greece since I was a kid and my Dad used to read Greek myths to me and my brothers before bed. I even ended up studying Classical Civilisation at university but I never actually made it to Athens. I did try and make it destination for a family holiday in my multiple occasion but my Dad always said he didn’t like the place. It was too noisy and busy for him. However, I am now happy to inform you that I have finally made it. Continue reading “Athens Part One: Arriving in Greece”
I have to admit that I am pretty lucky to live in Europe, the continent has so many interesting and beautiful cities that are just a stone’s throw away from good old Blighty. Even if you do live a bit further out, however, there are many places that are worth the trip.
Continue reading “Nine beautiful cities in Europe”
29 July – 17 August 2009
On the odd occasion that my family decided to deter from our classic France holidays, Greek islands seemed to the the destination of choice. A few years after our trip to Crete, we booked a holiday to the small island of Paxos. Since there was no airport, we had to fly to Corfu and take a ferry in order to get there.
Continue reading “Photo Diary: Paxos, Greece”
After doing my list of the Seven Wonders of the World, I wondered how many UNESCO World Heritage sites I’d seen without knowing it and how many I had left to do. It turns out, that out of the 1,121 (as updated) preserved cultural and natural landmarks, I have been to 58. Only 1,063 to go then – I may complete my Seven Wonders list first: Continue reading “My UNESCO World Heritage Checklist”
As someone who generally thinks with their stomach, I am a big believer that local food can give you an insight into a place’s culture. Whilst on holiday with my family in Crete’s coastal town of Agios Nikolaos, we weren’t sure exactly how much culture we were getting shopping and sitting on beaches and by our pool (as great as that was). We were sure the locals had other entertainments.
Continue reading “Food culture: the real Crete”