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Greece

Athens

rain 70 °F

One day in Athens is one day too many. Actually, if you’ve never been to Athens and you love history, then you need at least one or two day to visit the ruins. If you’ve been here before, then it’s just a city with nothing exciting or interesting to see. I stayed in the city center (walkable to the Acropolis). I decided to walk to dinner And it was a bit ominous. It was a nice restaurant (a bit hipster) but the walk was scary, people doing drugs, shooting up for all to see. There were other questionable parts of the walk but that was the saddest. I needed to stop in Athens to catch an international flight to Spain, so next time, I’ll just stay in a hotel close to the airport. I usually enjoy visiting big cities, but this city was nothing to write home about - it was expensive and on the dirty side.

Acropolis
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Theater
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Olympieion: Temple of Olympian Zeus
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Street scene - good and bad
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Vistas
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Posted by joannereyes 09:15 Archived in Greece Comments (0)

Mykonos

75 °F

Wow, talk about a tourist destination - that’s Mykonos in a nutshell. The island is a massive rock with very little vegetation. The main center is filled with meandering walking streets that caters to the party crowd and the cruise ship day trippers. Shops and restaurants on every corner and in every nook and cranny available. If you want to leisurely stroll the streets, do it early because once the day trippers and partiers arrive, you will have to pay more attention to your surroundings as not to accidentally bump into someone. This island is also very expensive, nothing is cheap. The beaches are nice and the bus system works well but like everything else, they are very crowded. The island homes are trimmed in all different colors, yes you’ll see your typical blue trim but also green, red, lavender, and tan amongst other colors. No consistency in colors, not offensive just different. There are also a lot of rock homes which makes sense with the island being one big rock. Would I visit this island again, probably not - it’s just too crowded and too expensive.

A different perspective
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Mykonos town

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Beaches
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Windmills
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Vistas
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Church’s
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Posted by joannereyes 06:51 Archived in Greece Comments (0)

Paros

77 °F

Just what the doctor ordered. Yes, after the crowds and swindlers of Istambul this Island in Greece was such a treat. A beautiful little town with their white structures, blue trim, and a sea view as far as the eye can see. My day consisted of walking along the sea, soaking in the rays, eating, drinking, and just plain dilly-dallying around. I know, it’s a tough life but someone has to do it and I am lucky enough to pursue a dreamed life.

The hotel was fantastic (Apollon Boutique Hotel) with nice size rooms (especially after the tiny room in Istanbul), a nice garden and a very pleasant staff. I don’t usually recommend hotels but this was such a wonderful experience, I thought a shout out was well deserved.

I stayed here seven days and could have easily stayed another seven. However, if you are looking to party, this isn’t the Island for you. I’m sure it gets more crowded during high season, but the weather was still nice in October so not a bad time to come, albeit shops start closing for the winter in October. Personally, I like this time of year for traveling, less people and cheaper rates - win-win.

If you want to drive around the island, check to see if you are required to have an international drivers license. I’m from California and couldn’t rent even a scooter (yes, there are a few places that will look the other way, but the fines for you are steep). It really isn’t necessary because Paros has an excellent public bus system in place, the bus ticket is around 1.80 euro per ride.

Took a day trip to Antiparos but wasn’t impressed. I know, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have a summer home here but the island was just okay. Maybe I needed more than a day here to appreciate all it has to offer.

Below are a couple of links to get a different viewpoint.

Parikia, Greece by Drone

Beautiful Naousa by Drone

Jetsettogether

Parikia
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The Church with the 100 Doors (Gates)
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Old Town And Port Of Naoussa
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Antiparos
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Posted by joannereyes 06:43 Archived in Greece Comments (0)

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