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From the Travel Market Report, a trade publication, earlier this month, they had this headline: Love of Greece is Stronger than Ever with these highlights: Greece has enjoyed record runs of tourism for eight years and tourism professionals expect the country will welcome just as many, if not more, visitors this year. Despite the wildfires that recently raged east of Athens, the country is on a course for another record-busting year, with 2017 bringing in 10.3 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to the Greek National Tourist Organization’s communications executive, Faye George, the critical moments surrounding the tragic fires have passed. 'Business is booming, travelers are still flocking to Greece, and it is the destination of the summer' .

 

A large number of travel agency officials were quoted for this article. This included details about how more innovations in Grecee for tour and travel experience options are now being offered. In mid-November, less than three months away, we will find out more about their progress as we re-visit Athens and Greece for the first time since June 2006. It is an "industry publication", but we hope that conditions and the economy continue to improve for this nation and its people's future.

 

Full story at:

https://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/The-Love-of-Greece-is-Stronger-than-Ever

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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From this article, here was the picture from Athens used to illustrate this update for tourism in Greece.:

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Terry,

I am on a Dodecanese island right now. The local talk is that tourism to these islands is 30% lower than last year because most European tourists are going to Bodrum and the Turkish coast to take advantage of the plunging rates of the Turkish lira. And, yes, the crowds are much lower than in some previous visits. The article above has a little "hype. "

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Terry, I am on a Dodecanese island right now. The local talk is that tourism to these islands is 30% lower than last year because most European tourists are going to Bodrum and the Turkish coast to take advantage of the plunging rates of the Turkish lira. And, yes, the crowds are much lower than in some previous visits. The article above has a little "hype. "

 

Appreciate this great follow-up and these details from this experienced traveler. YES, Bodrum is wonderful and the Turkish money values would be attractive. We visited in June 2006 these coastal areas of Turkey and these towns have lots of charm, beauty, history, etc. Agree, and I noted, there could have been a certain amount of "hype" when travel agents "spin" in order to attract more customers for what they are selling.

 

In both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal today, they had these major headlines: Greece’s Bailout Is Ending. The Pain Is Far From Over.and Many Greeks Struggle to Keep Their Heads Above Water as Bailout Ends.

 

Both of these stories are long and fairly in-depth. Both provide many details as to the personal impacts on people in Greece from and during the financially challenging times during the past number of years. This includes about people who had to leave Greece in order to find jobs and income at other locations.

 

Here was the sub-head in the Wall Street Journal story: "Pessimism and anger prevail, even as Athens government and European Union pat themselves on the back; ‘These children are born indebted’. " From the NY Times, they had this highlight: "Greece is reaching a milestone in one of the most ruinous financial crises to hit Europe. On Monday, the country will officially end its reliance on over 320 billion euros, or about $360 billion, of bailouts, opening a path to a new era of financial independence. The economy is slowly returning to growth, and European leaders are declaring an end to a debt crisis that nearly broke up the euro."

 

Full stories at:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/19/business/greece-bailout-financial-crisis.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fworld&action=click&contentCollection=world&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=4&pgtype=sectionfront

https://www.wsj.com/articles/many-greeks-struggle-to-keep-their-heads-above-water-as-bailout-ends-1534757400?mod=hp_lead_pos1

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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Our experience is that tourism has not recovered to previous levels. Last time we were there what struck us was the number of men in the 20's and 30's just hanging about on the streets and in small cafes, etc. . We are considering a few weeks in the Ionian islands this Oct though we also see an advantage in going back to the Turkish Med coast instead.

 

There is so much more to Greece than Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. We have found the people to be so welcoming-especially on the islands. This is such a great country to vacation for a few weeks, chill out, and visit some of the lesser known areas that are not frequented by the large cruise ships.

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Our experience is that tourism has not recovered to previous levels. Last time we were there what struck us was the number of men in the 20's and 30's just hanging about on the streets and in small cafes, etc. . We are considering a few weeks in the Ionian islands this Oct though we also see an advantage in going back to the Turkish Med coast instead. There is so much more to Greece than Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. We have found the people to be so welcoming-especially on the islands. This is such a great country to vacation for a few weeks, chill out, and visit some of the lesser known areas that are not frequented by the large cruise ships.

 

Great follow-up and very wise points have been made above by the experienced iancal. YES, agree that there are many more options to consider and do in Greece beyond just Athens and a few of its most famous islands.

 

From the New York Times Travel Section this coming Sunday, they will have this headline: 36 Hours in Thessaloniki with this sub-head: Greece’s second city is filled with remnants of its multilayered past, but sprinkled among the monuments are plenty of modern diversions..

 

Here is their key opening paragraph highlights about the unique history there: "Frequently outshone by the idyllic Aegean Islands, and overshadowed by the ancient glories of Athens, Greece’s second-largest city is hardly a household name. But the buzzing metropolis in the country’s northern mainland doesn’t need to trade on its looks or fame to earn respect. The once-powerful port is still filled with the Unesco-listed remains of the three empires that ruled it — the Romans, the Byzantines and the Ottomans — as well as many traces of its multireligious past, which saw Muslims, Christians and Jews living side by side."

 

Sounds very interesting, but we won't be able to make it there in November. BUT, for the future, there are many more Greek locations and islands to consider.

 

Full story at:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/travel/what-to-do-in-thessaloniki.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel&action=click&contentCollection=travel&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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Confirmation on the hype. We are now on the Ionian islands. We are hearing the same about the big drop in tourism. They say they are getting mostly the low spending backpackers.

The local economy will certainly welcome more visitors.

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Confirmation on the hype. We are now on the Ionian islands. We are hearing the same about the big drop in tourism. They say they are getting mostly the low spending backpackers. The local economy will certainly welcome more visitors.

 

Appreciate this above information and follow-up for the "state of tourism" in Greece. Yes, I am not surprised that tourism officials would engage in some "hype" about the recovery process. We are looking forward to seeing Athens and Greece again. Only two a half months until we depart. We will do our best to boost the economy there, enjoy the Greek people, culture and history, etc. Keep up the great sharing and insights. Encourage others to contribute their recent experiences in Athens and Greece.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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Spending a few weeks in the Ionian Islands in Oct is on our radar. We done some initial checks on pricing. We can tell that business is down. IF we go, we are planning to go to Morocco after than. Two places on our bucket list! Still very much up in the air and it will depend on what the late booking air fares are like.

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Spending a few weeks in the Ionian Islands in Oct is on our radar. We done some initial checks on pricing. We can tell that business is down. IF we go, we are planning to go to Morocco after than. Two places on our bucket list! Still very much up in the air and it will depend on what the late booking air fares are like.

 

Going to Morocco sounds wonderful. That location is very high on our future, to-do list.

 

Within the past week, there are a couple items of media attention for Athens that might be of interest. First, from the London/UK Guardian, they had this headline: Athens city guide: what to see plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants with these highlights: “The revival of Europe’s classical capital has attracted plenty of artists, curators and digital nomads. But it’s entrepreneurial young Athenians who are opening pop-up restaurants, design collectives and guesthouses, regenerating derelict buildings in rough-around-the-edges areas such as Pangrati, Kypseli and Keramikos. Messy and unpredictable, Athens fizzes with an intense energy that burns bright into the night.

 

Here is what they say on one location not available in 2006 that we plan to see during this upcoming November visit: "Everyone visits the Acropolis and the cleverly curated Acropolis Museum (€5, concessions €3), where you can get up close and personal with the antiquities, both above and below ground."

 

From Town and Country magazine, they had this headline: Ultimate Insiders' Guide to Athens with many ideas, tips and options. This includes this overview highlight summary about Athens having: an energy and a creative spirit that is coursing through the city now.

 

Lots of pictures, details and potentials from both publications for what can be seen and done in Athens. Sounds and looks exciting!!

 

Full stories at:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/aug/27/athens-city-guide-food-hotels-restaurants-bars

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/travel-guide/a22799217/athens-greece-guide/

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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Here is one of the many pictures used in this Guardian profile for Athens. This visual shows he Acropolis as seen from the glass-walled Acropolis Museum.:

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Thanks Terry for the information on Greece. The articles are very interesting. We really enjoyed the Ionian islands of Zakinthos and Kefallonia. The scenery and beaches are incredible as are the People and food. We went to Morocco many many years ago and it was fascinating. I would really like to see northern Greece. So many islands I want to visit.

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Thanks Terry for the information on Greece. The articles are very interesting. We really enjoyed the Ionian islands of Zakinthos and Kefallonia. The scenery and beaches are incredible as are the People and food. We went to Morocco many many years ago and it was fascinating. I would really like to see northern Greece. So many islands I want to visit.

 

YES, much great to visit and see in Greece with so many interesting locations and islands.

 

From the London/UK Daily Mail today, they had this headline: best museums in the world revealed with details from TripAdvisor's annual Travellers’ Choice Awards for Museums. The Musee d'Orsay in Paris was ranked number one in the world. In sixth place for the world was the Acropolis Museum in Athens.

 

Their top 10 Travellers’ Choice Museums in Europe were:

1. Musée d'Orsay — Paris, France

2. The British Museum — London, England

3. Prado National Museum — Madrid, Spain

4. Acropolis Museum — Athens, Greece

5. Louvre Museum — Paris, France

6. National Gallery — London, England

7. Vasa Museum — Stockholm, Sweden

8. Uffizi Galleries — Florence, Italy

9. Rijksmuseum — Amsterdam, The Netherlands

10. The State Hermitage Museum — St. Petersburg, Russia

 

This is impressive "company" for which the Acropolis Museum is listed and has been rated so highly. Looking forward to seeing this museum in mid November 2018. When we were last in Athens in 2006, this structure was under construction. We saw the original museum on top of the Acropolis. Great to see how highly rated is this fairly new Athens museum.

 

For those who have visited the Acropolis Museum, any special tips, suggestions, insights, warnings, etc.? Is it worth these high ratings and is it a definite must-see?

 

This museum's english website can be found at:

https://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en

Per Wikipedia, it opened to the public on June 20, 2009 and has nearly 4,000 objects exhibited over an area of about 150,000 sq. ft. They also note this museum is the largest modern building erected so close to the ancient site and has been built over an extensive archaeological sites. The entrance to the building is on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street and is adjacent to the Akropoli metro station of the Athens Metro Red Line.

Full story at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-6130481/The-best-museums-world-revealed-Musee-dOrsay-Paris-ranked-No1-TripAdvisor.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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From the Bing.com image website, here are five different visuals from Athens' Acropolis Museum. Looks interesting, especially in the night shots.:

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Terry,

we are just back from our umpteenth visit to Athens. Third time in the Acropolis Museum. The building itself is stunning and its parallel display of the Parthenon metopes with the background of the Parthenon through the windows is superb. My only tip is to follow the arrows for the direction of the visit and allow plenty of time to enjoy and understand the history and art on display. The terrace cafeteria is a great place to relax and enjoy the view of the Acropolis.

 

But just as important, if not more, is the National Archaeological Museum of Greece, north of Omonia Square. This is where the most magnificent treasures of ancient Greece are, some dating back more than 5,000 years: The mask of Agammemnon, the gold of Mycenae, the statue of Poseidon, the horse and jockey from Artemision, Cycladic sculptures, and on and on and on.... Right now they have a wonderful exhibit in honor of the 150th anniversary of the museum.

http://www.namuseum.gr/index-en.html

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Terry, we are just back from our umpteenth visit to Athens. Third time in the Acropolis Museum. The building itself is stunning and its parallel display of the Parthenon metopes with the background of the Parthenon through the windows is superb. My only tip is to follow the arrows for the direction of the visit and allow plenty of time to enjoy and understand the history and art on display. The terrace cafeteria is a great place to relax and enjoy the view of the Acropolis.

But just as important, if not more, is the National Archaeological Museum of Greece, north of Omonia Square. This is where the most magnificent treasures of ancient Greece are, some dating back more than 5,000 years: The mask of Agammemnon, the gold of Mycenae, the statue of Poseidon, the horse and jockey from Artemision, Cycladic sculptures, and on and on and on.... Right now they have a wonderful exhibit in honor of the 150th anniversary of the museum.

http://www.namuseum.gr/index-en.html

 

Julie, in order to see the flag raising, be at the main (Western) entrance of the Acropolis before it opens. If you go in by the Plaka entrance it will take you longer to walk and you might miss it. The soldiers enter near the main tourist gate a few minutes ahead of opening time, so they will be up before you do. The ceremony lasts a few minutes and it ends with the soldiers singing the national anthem before raising the flag.

Of course, make sure you buy your admission tickets ahead of time. We bought ours at the ticket booth by the Plaka entrance around 6 pm the night before. Make sure you specify they are for the next day!

Also, for a great walk before sunset, walk up to the Philopappos monument for a fabulous view of the Acropolis and Athens.

 

As always, these above excellent tips and insights from the super experienced marazul are excellent. I will copy and post these on our roll call thread to share these key insights and suggestions for Athens. Very interesting and helpful!!

 

In 2006 during our first visit to Athens, we did go to the National Archaeological Museum of Greece and loved its sampling of wonderful Greek history and artistic achievement. That's when I learned how it was the Romans who "borrowed" (or stole) so much from Greeks artistically that made things look so good and fabulous during their famous reign as a world power. Greek history and art are really amazing!!

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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I am just an enthusiastic traveler. Thanks for the kind comments.

 

Love your super spirit and sharing. Great that you have such wonderful enthusiasm. Now exactly two months until we do our sail-away from Athens going to Dubai during a twenty-day sailing. This cruise with Oceania will give us our first sampling of the Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan/Petra, the Middle East, etc. Really getting excited to see Athens again, plus to explore these new (for us), historic areas that are so famous and well-known.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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Originally posted by Stumblefoot:
Terry, here's my 2-cents... The
Acropolis Museum is amazing. Definitely worth spending an entire day here.
One of the best fine dining meals I've ever had was at
Spondi
(
). The langoustine and lamb were amazing. For a classic Greek meal, not far from the center of the Plaka, head to
Ermion Restaurant
. TASTY, Tasty, tasty!

Originally posted by CruiseCat99:
Terry, We are
mixed on our enjoyment of Athens. We enjoy being in the Plaka, not so much anywhere else.
Yesterday we walked to Constitution Square and watched the noon changing of the guards. There were police everywhere, but we did not feel safe. My husband is retired law enforcement with over 50 years in the field. He was very on edge. We kept waiting for someone to drive a car into a crowd or something else awful to happen. We left before it was finished.
The police here are on edge, and it is not a good sign.
They walk and drive in 3’s, and military are also always around and heavily armed.
There is anti-state, anti-police grafiti everywhere. There are people sending their children begging everywhere.
Most likely refugees. I would call Athens anything but safe and comfortable right now. This morning we walked to the
New Acropolis Museum. It is beautiful and definitely worth spending a few hours.
It houses the originals from the Acropolis, as much of what you see at the top is replicas. We were amazed at how close you can get to everything. Traffic is awful! We have found people outside of the Plaka area to be very rude, pushy, and dismissive. We had dinner at
Estia Taverna
. It was lovely, right across the street from the rooftop theater.

Originally posted by Stumblefoot:
With all due respect to CruiseCat99 and their feelings about Athens, me and my family
were there this June during the height of the Macedonia issue and the Greek parliament's debate of a no-confidence motion
in the current government. We stayed right next to Syntagma Square which is directly across the street from the parliament building.
Never once did we feel unsafe, whether in the crowd of the demonstrators or walking by foot
all over Athens. So, while I don't discount CruiseCat99's feelings, we
felt just the opposite
during what I would describe as the height of a constitutional crisis this year.

Above is from another Cruise Critic board. You will see
three
varied and various comments
,
tips, experiences and follow-ups from experienced travelers who have recently been in Athens. Will seek to
try one of the suggested dining options.
Sounds very tasty and interesting. Am copying and saving these items to my trip file on my laptop.

Clearly, there are some different views as to the safety and "feel" for Athens. Back in 2006, as we traveled from the airport to our hotel in the Plaka area, much of Athens at that time was a little and/or somewhat"third-world'ish". In mid-November, we will check carefully and see what descriptions work and fit for the safety and "feel" of Athens these days. As always in most large cities, you need to be careful and watchful.

 

Hope these recent insights are of some interest and value. Will share more after getting back from this trip in mid December 2018.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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We were in Athens a month ago. We felt very safe. There were a few demonstrations around, but they were confined to Syntagma Square. Poverty and begging are unfortunately very prevalent after the recent wave of refugees. Graffiti is a way of venting and too expensive to clean except in high tourism areas. The highly armed police in public places are a common tactic in many European capitals. No doubt being in law enforcement can make a person have heightened sensitivity to the local situation, but different countries may have different standards of policing. I am sorry it detracted from cruisecat99's experience.

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We had a lovely time in Kalamata and Nafplion, and loved Santorini. There are aspects of Greece we enjoyed on this trip. However, not enjoying Athens outside of the amazing historical sites and museums. We didn’t really like Turkey, again except for the historical sites, and were just discussing last night that Turkey felt safer than Athens (the part we were in).

We did not care for Mykonos, and would have like Chios better if we had booked a different tour. It appeared beautiful from our bus view...

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Cruise cat were you on a cruise that visited Chios and Kalamata? Both are places I’d like to visit.

 

We head to Greece again next week!

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Cruise cat were you on a cruise that visited Chios and Kalamata? Both are places I’d like to visit.

 

We head to Greece again next week!

Yes. Our cruise started in Venice, then to Koper, Slovenia. Havr Croatia, Kalamata Greece, Santorini, Mykonos, Kusadasi Turkey, Chios Greece, Nafplion Greece, and ended in Athens.

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We were in Athens a month ago. We felt very safe. There were a few demonstrations around, but they were confined to Syntagma Square. Poverty and begging are unfortunately very prevalent after the recent wave of refugees. Graffiti is a way of venting and too expensive to clean except in high tourism areas. The highly armed police in public places are a common tactic in many European capitals. No doubt being in law enforcement can make a person have heightened sensitivity to the local situation, but different countries may have different standards of policing.

 

Appreciate these additional details, comments and follow-ups from marazul from and about Athens. Will share this helpful background on our Oceania sailing's Roll Call. Also, great sharing from CruiseCat99 about the other Greek stops/ports, etc. Keep it coming!!

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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From CNN, the cable news network, today, they had this headline: In Athens, having fun is the only way to survivewith these story highlights: A decade ago, the streets of Athens were in tumult. Protests raged amid clouds of tear gas as the European financial crisis pushed Greece to the brink of financial collapse. Today, the city's cafes are bustling with cheerful and lively conversation, its art scene is thriving and people seem happy. Happy because all the drama is over right? Nope, happy because it never ended. 'Greeks lately are enjoying life a lot because they see that we're going down the drain, and the only way to survive is just to have fun,' says Pantelis Melissinos, a local craftsman.

 

Many details and items of background are offered in this long profile about Athens and Greece. This includes: "Visitors to Greece are expected to number 32 million in 2018, a record year, according to the country's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Many are coming not just to the Greek islands but to Athens too. There's also an increase in investors putting their money into the Greek economy. Overlooking the magical and most famous landmark of Athens is the beautiful glass-covered Acropolis Museum which opened in 2009 (and was mainly funded by the European Union). The most recent example of cultural prowess is the massive Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. It opened in 2016 with five acres of green space surrounding a complex that is home to the Greek National Opera and hosts facilities for the National Library of Greece."

 

The excitement is building for being in Athens and Greece in just a month and a half.

Full story at:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/athens-crisis-fun/index.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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Hi Terry, When you do your Greek blog posting will you be including your time pre-trip in the AVA hotel? I had already booked a room there for our trip next year and was interested in your thoughts when I saw in a previous post you were staying there for the second time.

 

Thanks for all the links by the way as it is interesting reading.

 

Julie

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Hi Terry, When you do your Greek blog posting will you be including your time pre-trip in the AVA hotel? I had already booked a room there for our trip next year and was interested in your thoughts when I saw in a previous post you were staying there for the second time. Thanks for all the links by the way as it is interesting reading. Julie

 

Appreciate Julie's nice comments and her follow-up. YES, will provide an update from our two nights staying at the AVA hotel. I am sure its location continues to be great. Hopefully, their service and facilities continue to be excellent. Will have more pictures and other details from being in Athens for the second time. That live/blog will be on the Oceania CruiseCritic board. Nice posting, as always, by marazul. Keep up the great sharing.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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marazul thanks for the Hera Hotel recommendation. It was on my short list as it looks lovely but my husband on land prefers larger rooms. He is happy enough with a V5 on Seabourn, but prefers around 30sqm or bigger on land.

 

Terry your cruise is very close so I imagine you are probably in final preparation mode. I hope you and your wife have a wonderful time.

 

Julie

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Terry your cruise is very close so I imagine you are probably in final preparation mode. I hope you and your wife have a wonderful time. Julie

 

Appreciate these kind wishes and this follow-up from Julie. Very nice!! Much of the planning and prep is done, but with so many different port stops and overnight trips, we still have a number of details to finish up. Looking forward to updating our Athens and Greece experiences. We will have our first stop at the Greek island of Rhodes. That looks very interesting. So many great islands and options to consider and do for this historic and interesting part of the world.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 212,963 views for this posting.

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From the MSN cable/news late last month, they had this headline: 12 Facts About the Acropolis of Athens with these highlights: Situated on a rocky outcrop above Athens, Greece, the Acropolis is a citadel featuring some of the greatest architecture of the classical world. The most famous structure there is the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the city’s patron goddess, Athena.

 

Among the 12 "facts" cited, here are three that were the most "news" for me:

1. First Built for Defense. From its central position above Athens, the Acropolis is perfectly positioned for strategic military defense—and its major initial structures were in fact focused on preparing for war. The ancient Mycenaeans built its first defensive wall in the 13th century BCE, which was the primary defense of the Acropolis for around eight centuries.

 

2. Iconic Buildings Constructed in Just a Few Decades. The most famed structures at the Acropolis—the Parthenon, the Erechtheion temple, the Propylaea gate, the Temple of Athena Nike—were all constructed over a few decades in the 5th century BCE. Fueled by the Athenians’ recent victory over the Persians, an ambitious building campaign was launched under the direction of the statesman Pericles.

 

3. Colossal Athena Presided over Acropolis. The Acropolis is the most complete surviving ancient Greek monumental complex, which is remarkable considering the centuries of natural disasters, war, and reconstruction. Much of its ornamentation and art is now gone. One of these losses is a colossal statue of Athena once located inside the Parthenon. Known as Athena Parthenos, it stood almost 40 feet tall and was made from gold and ivory.

 

Full story and the other nine points can be seen at:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/12-facts-about-the-acropolis-of-athens/ar-BBNDx95

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

SE Asia/Mekong River, Etc.! Completed a Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 2018, first adventure through Southeast Asia with stops in Hong Kong and Bangkok, before traveling all over Vietnam and Cambodia. This includes seven days sailing on the Mekong River. Now at 36,973 views. Lots of fun, interesting pictures!! See more at:

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3. Colossal Athena Presided over Acropolis. The Acropolis is the most complete surviving ancient Greek monumental complex, which is remarkable considering the centuries of natural disasters, war, and reconstruction. Much of its ornamentation and art is now gone. One of these losses is a colossal statue of Athena once located inside the Parthenon. Known as Athena Parthenos, it stood almost 40 feet tall and was made from gold and ivory.

 

 

Hi Terry -- you can see one of the few existing copies (made in the 2nd century AD, during the time when Athens was part of the Roman empire) of the Athena Parthenos statue in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. It is much smaller, of course, but they think it is a good representation of what the original would have looked like:

 

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Hi Terry -- you can see one of the few existing copies (made in the 2nd century AD, during the time when Athens was part of the Roman empire) of the Athena Parthenos statue in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. It is much smaller, of course, but they think it is a good representation of what the original would have looked like

 

Appreciate this great follow-up, details and visual from the always-helpful Cruisemom42. In June 2006, we enjoyed visiting the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. It is not a splash, new museum, but its contents are world-class and very interesting. I am sure we saw that statue when visiting there, but we did not understand its significance.

 

From the AP/Associated Press newswire in the past week, they had this headline: Greek strike to close Acropolis, other key sites on Oct. 11 with these highlights: A Greek union representing staff at the country’s ancient sites and state-run museums has called a 24-hour strike for Oct. 11. The protest is likely to close the ancient Acropolis in Athens that day along with multiple sites around Greece that are popular with tourists. The union announced the strike Thursday. It accused the Greek government of failing to list publicly-owned properties that have been transferred to a powerful privatization fund created during the country’s international bailouts.

 

Hopefully, we will not have to deal with any such union actions (or inactions) when in Athens Nov. 14-16.

 

Full story at:

https://apnews.com/66ea523074c04d2bbddc2bfe53e56d72/Greek-strike-to-close-Acropolis,-other-key-sites-on-Oct.-11

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

Did a June 7-19, 2011, cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Dozens of nice visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. We are now at 241,466 views for this live/blog re-cap, including much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

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Less than a month till we depart on Nov. 13 for Athens and commencing our sailing Nov. 16 on the Oceania Nautica for twenty days as we head to the Holy Lands, Suez Canal, Egypt, Petra, Oman and then Dubai/Abu Dhabi.  Good to have the CC Board back working.  But there are still some technical issues and clean-ups for the tech people to get accomplished. 

From the New York Times Travel Section this past weekend, they had this headline: "36 Hours in Athens" with this sub-headline: "From the ancient Acropolis to a daring Renzo Piano-designed cultural center, the Greek capital is luring record numbers of tourists to explore its monuments, new and old."

Here are some of their story highlights: “There are cities that count their age by years; then there’s Athens, which can tabulate its history by millenniums. From battles and setbacks this ancient metropolis has rebounded again and again, proving itself to be resilient like no other. Sitting on a parfait of civilizations, the Greek capital could easily float on its past glories. But recent additions like the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center prove that this city in the heart of the Mediterranean isn’t afraid to raise new monuments and leave a bold statement for posterity. With a dazzling culinary scene firmly grounded in the country’s traditions and soil — not to mention philoxenia, or the Greek notion of loving and welcoming strangers — it’s no surprise that Athens has greeted a record number of tourists this past year. Luckily for us visitors, there’s plenty to experience in this storied city.

Full story at:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/11/travel/what-to-do-in-athens.html?action=click&module=Associated&pgtype=Article&region=Footer&contentCollection=36 Hours

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 213,665 views for this posting.

Below are two of the usuals used in the NY Times Athens profile.  First is a view of the famed Acropolis.  Second is the new Renzo Piano-designed Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center that houses the national library and opera.:

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From the BBC in 2010, they had this headline: “Mini Guide to Rhodes”  with these highlights: “The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes shows the legacy of Crusaders, and Ottoman and Italian invaders in its UNESCO World Heritage-listed main town. Further afield, the whitewashed villages and beachside tavernas are quintessentially Greek.

 

Next month, Rhodes will be one of our stops as we head to the Holy Lands, Egypt, etc. First time to visit there.  Although Rhodes is not Athens, I thought I would share this article here.  Why?  If you are going to Athens, you also need to include some Greek island stops, too.  Also in this story on Rhodes, they said: "Enclosed within massive walls, Rhodes Old Town is a classic labyrinth of streets dating back to 14th-century Crusader times. The seven nations represented in the Knights' Quarter, as well as Ottoman and Jewish architecture, show the mix of influences in Rhodes's history.  The Palace of the Grand Masters was built by the 14th-century Knights of Rhodes, blown up in 1856, then rebuilt by the Italians as a holiday home for Mussolini."   

 

This BBC story was produced in connection with Lonely Planet publications.  Looking forward to sampling Rhodes. Full story at:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20100813-mini-guide-to-rhodes-greece 

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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On 10/20/2018 at 9:52 AM, TLCOhio said:

From the BBC in 2010, they had this headline: “Mini Guide to Rhodes”  with these highlights: “The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes shows the legacy of Crusaders, and Ottoman and Italian invaders in its UNESCO World Heritage-listed main town. Further afield, the whitewashed villages and beachside tavernas are quintessentially Greek.

. . .

We did a cruise to Greece and Turkey in 2008 (how time flies!).  We enjoyed all of the ports and Rhodes is certainly different from the other Greek islands we visited (Santorini, Mykonos) as the article points out, but it was still a very interesting place.  We also visited Ephesus and Istanbul in Turkey.  Glad we went when we did--before the Greek economy tanked and before Erdogan came to world notice although I think he was running the country even back in 2008.  Enjoy what sounds like a very momentous cruise! 

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On 10/28/2018 at 5:14 PM, BarbinMich said:

We did a cruise to Greece and Turkey in 2008 (how time flies!).  We enjoyed all of the ports and Rhodes is certainly different from the other Greek islands we visited (Santorini, Mykonos) as the article points out, but it was still a very interesting place.  We also visited Ephesus and Istanbul in Turkey.  Glad we went when we did--before the Greek economy tanked and before Erdogan came to world notice although I think he was running the country even back in 2008.  Enjoy what sounds like a very momentous cruise! 

 

Appreciate your nice info, comments and follow-up.  Great insights for Rhodes!!!  We are looking forward to seeing this island with its unique history for the first time later this month. Yes, the Turkish "situation" has become more challenging.  Fortunately in 2006, we were able to explore Istanbul, Ephesus, Bodrum, etc.  Will be interesting for visiting Athens for the first since June 2006.  Lots has happened there, good and bad, during the past decade.  We are hoping for the best with the Greek nation and its future. 

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 43,029 views. Featuring Cape Town, South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta.

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337

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I will look forward to your thoughts on Rhodes when you return. We'll be going there next year on the Jewel of the Seas

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Terry, I love your posts!  I've used quite a few of them for ideas as I start planning our Mediterranean Adventure (2020!).  Looking forward to your next trip report!

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On 11/2/2018 at 1:38 PM, singinalot said:

I will look forward to your thoughts on Rhodes when you return. We'll be going there next year on the Jewel of the Seas

Your "I said yes" thread was so helpful to me as you'd posted it in the weeks prior to our own cruise; thanks!

 

My review has now been posted and you can scroll down to find what I wrote about Rhodes if you'd like:

 

https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=637845

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1 hour ago, cinesage said:

Your "I said yes" thread was so helpful to me as you'd posted it in the weeks prior to our own cruise; thanks!

 

My review has now been posted and you can scroll down to find what I wrote about Rhodes if you'd like:

 

https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=637845

Wow! Thank you so much for sharing. I just read your review. Fantastic!

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7 hours ago, cruiser123! said:

Terry, I love your posts!  I've used quite a few of them for ideas as I start planning our Mediterranean Adventure (2020!).  Looking forward to your next trip report!

 

Appreciate these various. very good comments/follow-ups from cruiser123!, singinalot and cinesage.  Very nice and helpful.  Getting close to next Tuesday when we depart for Athens and starting our "adventure" from Athens to Dubai.  Lots to do to be ready, making our packing work/fit, etc.  Look forward to having new visuals and details from being in Athens, Greece, etc.  YES, will capture much from our first visit to Rhodes.  Will share  more for how and where for linking to my live/blog, etc.  As we travel, don't be shy in posting any questions, info needs, sharing your tips and suggestions, etc.  

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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Now getting ready to fly to London Heathrow and then on to Athens, Greece.  Will be starting Nov. 16 with our twenty-day Oceania Nautica cruise from Athens to Dubai. Looking forward to our first stops in Cyprus, Jerusalem, Egypt, Luxor/Valley of the Kings, Petra, Oman and then the UAE.  Will do a live/blog with lots of visuals.  It will be on the Oceania CC Board to start later this week.  Will post a link later.  

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Sydney to NZ/Auckland adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling for "down under” wonders. Exciting visuals with key highlights.  On page 15, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings.  Now at 215,065 views.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

 

 

From the Admirals Club at O'Hare, below is our view for one of the Boeing 787 jets that we will be flying soon.  In the distance at the right, you can see the famed Chicago downtown with its many high-rises.  Super sunny here in Chicago.:

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