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I think credit is due you, for posting news clips on the Greece situation. I read nick's posts and see it from a citizens perspective. Then I read your posts and see what the world news is reporting...both are intriguing and worrisome. I truly appreciate that you take your time to keep this thread updated. And I have viewed pic's from your travels on other threads! MOST enjoyable! Thanks to both!Appreciate the nice and kind comments from our Southern California friend on my posts and pictures. Nick has done a great job in giving the important, realistic report from on the scene in Athens. That large city of around five million people in Greece is very, very large. Just like in New York City or London, what happens in one segment of town or shows on a TV news screen is not fully representative for all areas of the city. As a student of history, it is sad to these events happening. We will all hope for the best.
Well. . . as expected, things were surreal at Syndagma Square but more calm if you walked out a bit. Today, it's business as normal. With Happy Train running around, you had a rough time to understand this is the place where pictures all saw took place. Despite the fact that traces of destruction of property were more than obvious, this morning was business as usual everywhere, except the ferries that are still on strike. All tourism related businesses or services (including ancient sites and museums) in Athens were running normally today as if a magic wand swept the city. Future strikes? My assumption is that we will go on a phase where some strikes will take place here and there, in sectors that don't affect tourism business. I don't think we will see another "general" strike or serious disruption for 4 - 5 weeks. Next march most probably at November 17th 2011.Great to hear the good report from Art & Ellie from being there in Athens. The detailed info from nick_arch continues to be very helpful. Now the focus is on Brussels and the Europe finance ministers trying to bail-out Greece and others.
we just arrived home after 3 days in Athens. Departed 10/17. We had a very good time; stayed near Plaka. There was transit strike when we arrived - had to rely on expensive taxis. The Acropolis and other historical sites were closed but we still managed to see from outside.
Hi Terry, Great info from you - try this link it is brilliant !Glad your Athens visit worked and that you were able to adapt under challenging conditions. This above noted weblink from another of these CC Boards has an amazing amount of details on what has been happening and that is upcoming. It can be very helpful to those planning visits there. I am sharing with others on this posting.
We are going on the 6th Nov to meet up with the QEV on the 8th so scanning those dates.As this is a changeover date Cunard must be getting nervous as there are loads of flights connected with this date!
We have two kinds of strikes:nick_arch -
We were in Athens off the Equinox on Oct 27th. The city appeared normal and no strikes affected us. The Acropolis is a wonderful sight and I hope the financial crisis doesn't prevent tourists from visiting.We were on the same ship, Equinox, enjoyed our limited time in Athens last Thursday, and wished we had had a few more hours there. Enjoyed the Acropolis, Agora, and Plaka. Prices were reasonable, had a great souvlaki at Monastiraki Square, and really enjoyed strolling, shopping, and snacking on Adrianou St in the Plaka. When we drove by Syntagma Sq on the bus, there were no problems that we could see.
Hi Guys.Just got back last week from 4 nights in Salerno, Italy, followed by the 11 night Celebrity Equinox cruise to Greece and Turkey.
Bob and Chris calling from AUSTRALIA...
Regards Bob & Chris.