Slippery Stones and Wet iPhones

 

So…as the title and my absence online may have led you to believe- my phone had an unfortunate surprise meeting with the Aegean not too long ago and – unsurprisingly -they did not hit it off.

While I was away however, the world did not stop turning and I was featured on Young and Undecided in their *awesome* Women Who Wander Series!
http://youngandundecided.com/2017/06/07/women-who-wander-just-go-with-it/

The Instagram gods also blessed me with two features!

Well hello, from the city of Athens! Shot by @carryonorbust #ThisisAthens #Cats

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Fear not, posts are on their way – over the next few weeks you can look forward to:

  • The Best Pizza in Greece
  • How to Scuba Dive Santorini
  • Anny’s Studio Review
  • City Circus Athens Review
  • It’s a Small World in The Circus (a rooftop surprise and true love)
  • Sisha Bars: what is this and why do I do it?
  • aaaand a couple more I haven’t figured out the titles for!

I will be updating my World Nomads review with my experience with this new claim, and writing a go to list for waterproof phone cases!!

 

Travel Happy – and Travel Waterproof!!

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Greece – Why Even Bother?

Seriously, I can’t think of even ONE good reason to go to Greece. 

I mean – so many of the buildings are old and not at all beautiful…

 

And even the newer ones are boring to look at…

 

It isn’t like you can find amazing man-made accomplishments entwined with incredibly unique nature

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The seaside villages aren’t even picturesque

And the big cities aren’t attractive at all

 

The vistas are just blah

 

The colour of the water is just  so dull! Who would want to photograph this??

 

Nothing to see at all ;-P there are many types of writing I love  and satire is one of them. Greece gets a lot of press coverage and it certainly isn’t all favourable. No matter what issues the country may have in the eyes of Western media it is a beautiful, wonderful, unique place – and this post only covers the physical country! Just wait until I get started on the food and wonderful people!

So happy to have collaborated with Eager Journeys for this post, check out their amazing Instagram feed!

 

Feel free to pin, flip, tweet and share!

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3 Things You Must See in Athens

 

So it took me a while to narrow this down – I absolutely love Athens and think everything is essential! However, these are my three absolute MUST see things in Athens, Greece ❤

  1. New Acropolis Museum

This is a wonderful place – it is an air-conditioned, beautifully planned, and exceptional example of Greek history on show. Yes there are other museums which cover more, but the sheer extent of the collection in the NAM and the knowledge you can gain from a visit there is worth a visit.

The statue gallery and the view from the top floor are worth the visit all on their own.

It is 5 Euro for general admission (3 Euros reduced and free for a range of people including students from EU Countries. Details http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en/content/reduced-free-admission-acropolis-museum)

  1. The Athenian Agora

A sprawling gorgeousness in the centre of ancient Athens, this was the spot for all of the important things – politics, markets, worship. It sits under the acropolis, you can look up and see the fortifications built after the Persian Wars. The Agora houses some lovely inscriptions and two gorgeous buildings. The Stoa of Attalos was built in the Second Century BC, and reconstructed in the early 1950’s by the American School in Athens as faithfully as archaeology would allow. It is a beautiful building and fronts the Agora Museum. Also in the Agora is the Temple to Hephaestus, its amazing condition is thanks to its varied and continued use from its construction in 415 BC until 1934 when it stopped being a museum and became an archaeological site.

Open Daily 08.00-20.00 Last Admission: 19.45 (However I have heard that it closes at 3pm so CHECK LOCALLY before planning your visit! Admission is 8 Euros, Reduced: 4 Euros (details at http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh355.jsp?obj_id=2485 )

  1. Psyrri

Psyrri is my favourite neighbourhood in Athens, you can find almost anything here. Amazing local restaurants? Yes. Cool stores? Yes. Cheap but good accommodation? Yes Actual local life? Yes. Plus – markets, street art, and an amazing atmosphere. You can spend hours wandering around this little area of Athens, if you stay here you can see it and have easy access to the rest of Athens.

Notice how I haven’t mentioned the biggest, most famous attraction? You know, that big temple thing on the big hill? The acropolis is incredible, I have lost count of how many times I have been up there. The acropolis and the Parthenon are on MY OWN PERSONAL absolute must do list, but I am not everyone. If you are not in Athens for a long time, don’t like the heat, have a problem with crowds (hello anxiety friends, you are not alone) or don’t have the physical ability to climb a big hill** – then you don’t need to go up to the acropolis. Obviously you get a more vivid experience of the place if you climb the steps, face up to the sheer size of the Parthenon, and see the incredible sprawl of Athens. But I believe that if you choose not to go, and go to the New Acropolis Museum instead you won’t have done the Parthenon – or yourself – a disservice.

The museum houses all the wonderful things found on the acropolis and they are displayed beautifully, with accompanying information as well as a kid’s challenge. There is a restaurant, which is the first place I had baked feta and for that alone I am grateful, from which you can look up at the Parthenon and wonder at the sight. The floor which showcases the Parthenon frieze (controversy in a different post perhaps) is laid out so you can follow the procession as you would walking around the Parthenon itself.  For an ancient site other than the acropolis I suggest the Athenian Agora for a few reasons: it is shady – not everywhere but considerably more so than the acropolis, it is more accessible (more does not equal completely unfortunately), and it has some gorgeous ancient ruins.

This is my absolute must do in Athens, it may be different from yours – what would you say is an absolute necessity in this amazing city?

** I mean this in a sprained ankle/severe asthma kind of physically unable, there is a lift for access to wheelchair users installed a few years ago. For a much fuller treatment than I can give on disabled access to the acropolis please see http://www.sagetraveling.com/Disabled-Access-at-the-Acropolis

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Santorini Gallery

The work week is almost done, and armchair travelling is almost as good as the real thing. So here are some blue, white, and wanderlust filled pictures to rev that travel engine and maybe entice you to see more than just the sunset at Oia!

 

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The Road from Aigos Nikolaos


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One Canadian, One Aegean 


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The Caldera, ft. Red Hair


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How Much Blue Do You Even Need


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Red Beach


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Fish Taverna near Akotiri

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My Ugly Ass Feet at Amoudi Bay


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Because a Boat


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The LightHouse


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Ok Maybe ONE Sunset Shot ;-P

Well that was a long time…

Ok so maybe I’ve been away for a while!

I have spent the last two years travelling and experiencing life, and now it comes time once again to share those experiences with anyone who wants to listen [read]!

Since I last posted I have been to:

Greece
Italy
France
Sweden
Turkey
Greece again
France again
UK – living here!!
Greece again
Australia (does it count if you’re living somewhere and you visit home the way other people take yearly vacations?)
Sweden again
and coming up next – you guessed it – Greece!

So you can expect lots of post, pictures, and lists from these experiences – let me know if you think there is anything in particular I should address!

 

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The view from a tiny 2 seater plane, flown by a 19 year old (help me)

 

Spiridakos Yacht and Day Tour (Review)

This The type of experience to which I refer in my previous post <http://tinyurl.com/ltv9tcn> – a unique day out that is definitely worth paying extra for – and its really not that much!

Organised through my hostel a few days before, the transfer picked us up around 9:30am and drove us to the gorgeous port of Vylchada.

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From here we boarded our gorgeous catamaran “Caldera II” and set off past Red Beach and White Beach, thoroughly enjoying a glass of white wine as well as the incredible scenery.

After a swimming stop we rounded into the Caldera, and into the famous hot springs where the crew started to prepare our lunch. The small bay we pulled into to have lunch was gorgeous, and was made all the more enjoyable by the incredible lunch put on by the crew.

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After a second swim we laid back on the nets at the front of the catamaran and enjoyed the cruise back to the port.

The small group size on the tour, the incredible crew, and quality food made the experience easily one of the best in my time on Santorini. There are two options, Day Time and Sunset Cruise, both five hours long.

Check out Spiridakos Santorini, jump on a tour, or create your own day – just contact them and ask!
http://www.santorini-yachts.com

And now for many photographs of the day:

 

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