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On 1/10/2019 at 2:40 PM, bennybear said:

Wow Terri!  Wow!  What a terrific trip,  you covered a lot of places on my bucket list.  I would so like to see Petra, and Egypt and Israel.   Thanks for the amazing pictures!  Let me know when you will be in Alberta! 

 

Appreciate this kind follow-up from our "neighbor" to the north in Canada.  Yes, you need to go and visit Petra, Egypt, Israel, etc.  Well worth the effort to do and see!!  Amazing history, sights, culture, people, etc.  

 

We depart July 16 at 7 am for Calgary, doing Banff, Jasper, the Rocky Mountaineer rail trip through the western Canada mountains, etc.  Now less than six month away until we depart for our first visit to these parts of the west, going to Alaska, etc.  

 

Have many more interesting pictures and details to share from our second visit to Athens and Greece.  Stay tuned!!.  Coming soon!! 

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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Sorry, it has taken so long to follow-up and post more from what we experienced during our wonderful Athens and Greece visit in November before commencing our Middle East adventure.  

 

First, here is a small sampling from visiting the new Acropolis Museum.  This museum has different winter versus summer hours.  Check in advance.  Their website is shown below.   The museum was built to house artifacts found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies over the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens.  The museum opened to the public on June 20, 2009.  Nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 150,000 square feet.

 

We also did see here a special exhibit titled "From the Forbidden City: Imperial Apartments of Qianlong".  It was there until February 14, 2019.  Not too large but worth the time to see and experience their culture and style.  This exhibit highlights China's Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799).  These artifacts represent over 100 years of Chinese culture of the 18th century.

 

For more information, check at: 

https://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acropolis_Museum

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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From this new Acropolis Museum, there is the look of the modern entrance areas.  BUT, as they were digging and building this structure, they encountered old, historic ruins.  They unearthed these findings and allow an ability to see these as you enter this new museum.:

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From this museum with its great location, here are a couple of views of the top of the nearby Acropolis.  We had breakfast here and enjoyed the super views from this museum of the Acropolis.:

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Below are three interior views from this museum.  It is very open and roomy!!  Lots of glass and views of the nearby city and it's attractions.  They don't want you taking pictures of the interior items, but sometimes my camera would go off, accidentally, kind of, right?.  In the old museum, there were no limits in taking pictures of the collection.:

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In the museum lobby, here is one of the classic examples from their wide-ranging collection.:

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From at and near the Acropolis Museum, below are a few more visuals to share.  More to come from our second and very enjoyable visit to Athens.  

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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Here is another view of the underground "digs" found as they were building this new museum.:

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As we were exiting the Acropolis Museum, here is the Greek flag flying high with the strong winds that day.  Second is one of the street musicians playing nearby.  All part of the Greek experience!!:

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Below are more visuals in doing this "catch-up" as to what we saw, did and enjoyed from being in Athens in November 2018.  Clearly, Athens and Greece have gone through many economic, governmental and cultural challenges since our first visit in 2006.  Overall, conditions, from what we saw, seemed to be surviving reasonably well under the circumstances.  

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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We give super high marks to our hotel, the AVA.  Excellent location handy to the charming and fun Plaka.  Plus, quiet with super excellent staff, etc. Below is the front view of this hotel.  Second is a view from this location to the nearby Arch of Hadrian.  It is also most commonly known in Greek as Hadrian's Gate.  This is a Roman triumphal arch that spanned an ancient road from the center of Athens.  Our hotel location is also near the Temple of Olympian Zeus, etc., etc.:

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Close to our hotel was this statute in honor of Melina Mercouri (1920-1994).  She was a Greek actress, singer and politician.  The 1960 film “Never on Sunday” was one of her most famous. In 1981, Mercouri became the first female Minister of Culture and Sports for Greece and started the battle seeking to gain the return of many artifacts that were “borrowed” (or stolen??!!) from her country.:1958096637_CMY_675414.thumb.jpg.ee72c475bd0e7da097da9d05c13dec0e.jpg

 

Yes, in Athens, there are some areas needing "attention" and cleaning up.  Here is one example in the Plaka area.  It seems that Greece is recovering from its recent economic challenges, but they are not fully "back".  In some areas of Athens and nearby, there is still much work to do.  But, progress has been happening and we enjoyed our time in and around Athens, plus in the two Greek islands that we visited during this trip.:

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From our two evenings in Athens, YES, we had very enjoyable dining.  Below is some "proof" and visual documentation from one of those fun evenings in Greece.  In November, it does get a little cooler in the evenings.  Therefore, there was a need to have coats and/or to do some layering. 

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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First, here is the sign and name for where we dined in the Plaka area.  Second is the great local Greek beer enjoyed.  Third is the staff finalizing my main dining item.  Finally, here is that taste treat that was enjoyed this evening in Athens.  It was a nice lamb dish!:

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In the Plaka, here are a few sample visuals.  At this time of the year, things were not too crowded and the weather was a little cooler, requiring jackets.  Lots of to see and soak up in the always-active Plaka!!  Lots of food places here, plus shopping!!:

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When we return from our private tour to Delphi with George's Taxi, here is my wife with our excellent driver in front of our AVA Hotel with the famed Roman arch in the background.:

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Yes, there is more to share from being in Athens during November, 2018.  Food?  Yes, enjoyed much the dining treats, hospitality, character of the Plaka, etc. 

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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As we headed to Delphi, here are a couple of sights we experienced in Athens.  First is their Hellenic Parliament.  It is located in the Old Royal Palace, overlooking Syntagma Square in Athens. Second.  This building was completed in 1843. It has housed the Hellenic Parliament since 1934.  Nearby is their local public library done in a classic Greek design/style.:

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From the Acropolis Museum, here is the a view of Mount Lycabettus.  This limestone hill in Athens is 908 feet above sea level. At one of its peaks is the 19th century Chapel of St. George.  This hill can be ascended by the Lycabettus Funicular.:

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In doing our first dinner in Athens during this trip, here are visuals for good Greek beer and a nice seafood dish in the Plaka area of historic Athens.:

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Plus, a small sampling of historic sights and sites during our first night in Athens near our hotel in the charming and historic Plaka area.:

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For right now, here is a wrap-up from the key visuals from visiting Athens in November, 2018.  Please share any reactions, comments, questions, etc.  Don't be shy!!  Sharing is great and helpful for others in planning their travel to Greece.  Or, to bring back memories from being in Athens. 

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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Here is where we dined during our first night in the Greek capital. Athens or Athina Bistrot!!  Great food and hospitality.  Below are two of the super nice and friendly staff there.:

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Here is a night view for our AVA Hotel where we are returning to as our "home" while in Athens.   Second is a picture of the Acropolis lighted at night as seen from the roof of our hotel.:

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Here are a couple of typical views from other dining and shopping options in and around the Plaka.  Lots of charm and character in the Plaka!!  But, cool this night as things were not that busy or crowded.:

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Below are some more visuals not previously posted from our November 2018 visit to Athens, Greece, the Greek Isles, etc.  Great fun, history and wonderful dining/drinks.  

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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When driving with our private guide on the way to Delphi, here was an interesting view from urban Athens with the birds, wires and an apartment building in the background.:

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Near our AVA hotel in the Plaka area, here is how close can be the old Roman ruins immediately next to the urban highways.:

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From the Acropolis Museum cafe/dining area, this picture of my wife at our table gives an example for how you have a great view of these famed Athens historic structures. There is also, as shown, a large outdoor area with table.  But on this day, the winds and colder weather was not ideal for being outside.:

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Also from the Acropolis Museum, here are some added views, angles and visual samples of its architecture, design, etc.  First shows how the entrance area is built over ruins found when digging to build this museum.  Second shows the view from inside the museum out towards the nearby residential buildings in this part of Athens.  Finally are two more different, interior samplings.:

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Terry,

I have enjoyed reading your posts on Athens. I have been researching Mediterranean cruises with Athens as a port of call but was undecided. Yesterday a high school classmate ('72) invited me to a classmates Greek Isle cruise she is organizing for September 2020.  Ironically, that is when I wanted to do the Med cruise and now I have to decide if I will join them on a Royal Caribbean cruise or continue my loyalty with Princess.  (Not sure I will ever get to experience cruising the famed Oceania ships!)  Your pictures of Athens with food and buildings has been so helpful.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to go to Athens but you have changed my mind.  It was very interesting to read about the fires last year. Comments about safety were somewhat concerning and I was anxious to read about your second trip.  It sounds like things have calmed down!  

 

Also, I loved the pictures from your 20 day voyage.  So much history in this world and not enough time to see it all!  Thank you and I will continue to watch for your posts!

 

Nancy in PA

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9 hours ago, Ngraham54 said:

Terry,  I have enjoyed reading your posts on Athens. I have been researching Mediterranean cruises with Athens as a port of call but was undecided. Yesterday a high school classmate ('72) invited me to a classmates Greek Isle cruise she is organizing for September 2020.  Ironically, that is when I wanted to do the Med cruise and now I have to decide if I will join them on a Royal Caribbean cruise or continue my loyalty with Princess.  (Not sure I will ever get to experience cruising the famed Oceania ships!)  Your pictures of Athens with food and buildings has been so helpful.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to go to Athens but you have changed my mind.  It was very interesting to read about the fires last year. Comments about safety were somewhat concerning and I was anxious to read about your second trip.  It sounds like things have calmed down!    Also, I loved the pictures from your 20 day voyage.  So much history in this world and not enough time to see it all!  Thank you and I will continue to watch for your posts!   Nancy in PA

 

Super appreciate from Nancy in neighboring Pennsylvania your very nice comments and this kind follow-up.  A "classmates Greek Isle cruises" sounds like fun and would be interesting!!  Lots of options to consider!!  Loyalty to one cruise line is nice, but we are flexible in seeking BOTH the best itinerary AND cruise line "value"/quality.  We have sailed with seven different cruise lines.  Each cruise company has their own pro/con factors to consider. Keep research and planning.  Let me know any questions or way I can be of help.  

 

Do not know if I had mentioned on this thread, but in July, for our first time, we will be seeing Jasper/Banff, doing the Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, having three days in Vancouver, then sailing up, UP to Alaska, doing a post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. After that on our priority list is a first-time trip for visiting Galápagos, etc. Just need people to send money and/or arrange for me to get commissions as my posts inspire your future travel plans. Or, need to win a big Lottery for more money to explore the world. 

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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Hello Terry,

I have enjoyed reading your posts about Athens! I came to this board as we are sailing from Athens in October and we are in need of a pre-cruise hotel for two nights. Your photos are amazing and have increased my anticipation. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your adventures in Greece.

 

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On 4/27/2019 at 3:00 PM, krb1000 said:

Hello Terry,  I have enjoyed reading your posts about Athens! I came to this board as we are sailing from Athens in October and we are in need of a pre-cruise hotel for two nights. Your photos are amazing and have increased my anticipation. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your adventures in Greece.

 

Appreciate Kathie's kind comments and follow-up.  Keep researching and planning!!  That really helps to add to the enjoyment with your upcoming 

 

From this news source in Greece today, they had this headline: “You’d Better Believe it: Fascinating Facts about Greece”  with this opening statement: "Everyone knows that Greece is the cradle of Western Civilization, the birthplace of democracy, and that it has a stunningly beautiful coastline. However, there are some facts that very few people are aware of."

 

Here are some of these highlights/facts: “There are about 2,000 islands and islets in Greece, but only 170 of them are inhabited. The largest, Crete, has an area of 8,260 square kilometers.  Greece is the number one country in the world in the natural sponge trade.  Athens had a population of about 7,000 only two centuries ago. Today the capital’s residents exceed five million, almost half of the country’s population.  Approximately 7 percent of all the marble quarried on the planet comes from Greece.  In the 1950s, only 30 percent of Greeks knew how to read and write. Today, the illiteracy rate is just 5 percent.”

 

Full story and more fact items for Greece at:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/04/28/youd-better-believe-it-fascinating-facts-about-greece/

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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The Acropolis Museum is trully amazing, both the building and its artifacts. Just a week ago, they opened the new area, which is the actual, ancient city district below the modern museum. You can literally walk below the museum and through the small streets and buildings of ancient Athens!

 

Appreciate this great update, details and follow-up about this new option at the Acropolis Museum.  Very interesting!!  It's a good reason to go back to Athens, see and do more there, etc.  Will share your suggestion on my Athens series of details.  

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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As a follow-up to the above posting, here is more.  From the London/UK Guardian newspaper early last month, they had this headline: “Daily lives of ancient Greeks revealed in Acropolis museum’s huge archaeological dig” with this sub headline: "Museum’s new exhibition space is an excavation site with villas, workshops and bathhouses."

 

Here are more of their story highlights: “The pride – and purpose – of the Acropolis Museum has always been the Parthenon gallery. With its 360-degree panoramic view from the top floor, the museum has always been on a mission: to let the world know that this is the most appropriate place to exhibit the marbles that once adorned the Periclean masterpiece. But a decade after it opened, the four-storey edifice at the foot of the Acropolis is now focusing on the lives of ancient Greeks. As the museum prepares to celebrate its 10th birthday on 20 June, it has announced the opening of a new exhibition space: an entire excavated neighbourhood of ancient villas, streets, workshops and bathhouses that lies below the museum building.”

 

Happy 10th anniversary to this wonderful museum.  Yes, we enjoyed our visit there.

 

Full story at:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/08/acropolis-museum-archaeology-daily-lives-ancient-greeks

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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Based on report from the New York Times and other news sources within the past hour, the Times had this headline: “Greek Elections: Prime Minister Loses Re-Election to Center Right” with these highlights: “Greek voters turned out their leftist prime minister in elections that came after a decade of grueling economic austerity, casting their lot with a resurgent center-right New Democracy party.  Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called his opponent, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a Harvard-educated former banker and son of a former prime minister, to concede defeat.  Initial results showed that Mr. Tsipras’s Syriza party, which has ruled Greece for the past four years, had suffered a major defeat at the hands of New Democracy.”

 

It will be interesting to follow how this change in Greek leadership will impact, positive or negative, their economic recovery and future.  Also in this article, they detailed: "Mr. Tsipras once walked Greece to the brink by calling an effective referendum on its euro membership, and then walked it back when he refused to heed its outcome. In July 2015, he convinced Greeks to reject another international bailout and the onerous austerity that came with it — then acquiesced and fell into line."

 

Full story at:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/07/world/europe/greek-elections-results.html

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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From the Travel Section of the London/UK Independent two days ago, they had this headline: “The Best Food Destinations to Visit” with these highlights about Athens, Greece: “The Greek capital is one of those cities where almost everything tastes good. There are grill joints on every corner flogging souvlaki: hot sticks of kebab meat then wrapped in pitta and slathered in thick yoghurt and spices, usually washed down with a frothy freddo cappuccino. For souvlaki with change from a fiver, try casual Hoocut or O Thanasis on so-called Souvlaki Row in central neighbourhood Monasteraki. Finish with Greek yoghurt drizzled in local honey, available from many yoghurt shops (in Greece, it’s a thing).”

 

YES!!  Lots of excellent food options and treats in Athens and Greece as we enjoyed late last year.  

 

Full story at:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/europe-best-foodie-destinations-brexit-restaurants-gastronomy-cuisine-a9133296.html

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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We have been to Athens several times.  This trip we opted for a change and are staying in Glyfada on the Athens Riviera.   Good transport to/from the airport, port, and Athens.   

 

Very different from spending all of all of our time in Athens and very enjoyable.

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Hey Terry! Thanks so much for all your recommendations, especially the Ava Hotel... we are sitting here enjoying our last breakfast before embarking on the Crystal Serenity.
 

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I really  appreciate you taking the time to post these wonderful suggestions 

I will be sure to give you a shout out on our blog

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HI, we are hoping to do some exploring on our own in Athens early in June 2020 with our 20-ish y/o daughters--one loves history and the other not so much!  We were in Athens a couple of years ago and had a wonderful tour of all the usual sights through PK Tours, so we don't really need to repeat those venues. Instead, we prefer  wandering, exploring neighborhoods, soaking up the culture, shopping a bit, eating, etc. Which areas of the city do you recommend for  truly experiencing Athens life? Or are there other "unexpected", off-the-beaten-path type activities which might be intriguing? (I even did some reading about the Athens zoo, as something out of the ordinary for a cruise stop)!  Thanks!

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On 10/23/2019 at 3:04 AM, krb1000 said:

Hey Terry! Thanks so much for all your recommendations, especially the Ava Hotel... we are sitting here enjoying our last breakfast before embarking on the Crystal Serenity.

 

Appreciate these great comments, follow-ups and the nice picture from Athens by Kathie.  Glad that things worked out well at the AVA Hotel.  Keep up the excellent sharing.  Don't be shy with any and all questions.  Plus, any tips to be offered for CC Board readers.  

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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