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I wasn’t very impressed with this restaurant even though I didn’t try the food...we were there nearly 1.5hours just for Nate’s simple meal.

Once finally done we continued walking.

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woohoo I found me another Sephora
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There were 2 H&M stores within a block of each other...oh boy if I had come prepared with an all you can spend budget!!!!


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Love your reviews.  We took the same cruise in May and I used your first review (your engagement trip) to plan that trip.

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Love your reviews.  We took the same cruise in May and I used your first review (your engagement trip) to plan that trip.



ah thank you for sharing! I hope you enjoyed your trip!



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Just now, singinalot said:

 

 


ah thank you for sharing! I hope you enjoyed your trip!



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It was great.  We loved every port.  Although Santorini was SO crowded.  I think there were 6 ships.  The stairs were packed and it was hot, but still beautiful.  I think we ended up enjoying Chania the most.  Best wishes to you and Nate on the Wedding.

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Before we left on our trip I pulled up maps of Athens and looked for things we did not see last year: Parliament, Olympic Stadium, Archaeological Museum.

We headed for the Parliament building. We wouldn’t be able to see the changing of the guard but I at least wanted to see the building.

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Nate wasn’t as interested in it as I was so I asked him to pull up the directions to the museum. Here’s where things started getting “off” for us...His phone had been working really well the whole trip but it chose now to have no signal. So I gave him mine...i only had limited data and text and pulling up the museum on maps took forever! We started in that direction...suffice it to say it took forever for us to get there...but we did walk through neighborhoods and local businesses....it always interests me to see how the locals live.


This building had a sign that said no signal...I think it was trying to tell us something
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FINALLY...i didn’t time the walk but it had to be 30-40 minutes.

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we both thought this was cool. we need more of these here!
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welp...the Acropolis doesn’t cover the entry here...20euros later we entered. (note: they make you check any bags or backpacks at the front)

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this artist was sketching away
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was the museum worth our long walk and the 20euro? I’m honestly not so sure..though I did enjoy it. But where we ended up next was totally worth it.


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It was great.  We loved every port.  Although Santorini was SO crowded.  I think there were 6 ships.  The stairs were packed and it was hot, but still beautiful.  I think we ended up enjoying Chania the most.  Best wishes to you and Nate on the Wedding.


I can’t imagine 6 ships there! The 4 we had was bad enough. Our taxi driver told us it was 10,000 people.


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So we left the museum with me wanting to find the stadium...Again we had to use my phone...So we start following the route. “At least we’ll be closer to the taxis back” I tell myself. It’s a 34 minute walk according to google maps on my phone.

Insert heavy sigh here. I didn’t mind the walking (the more steps I get the more I can eat).

but HANG IN THERE. All the walking pays off.





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4 minutes ago, brewcrew said:

What a great review!  I've never done a Med cruise but I might jut have to now!

Go for it ☺

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What a great review!  I've never done a Med cruise but I might jut have to now!


yes DO IT!!!


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what a wonderful review , tips, amazing photos , thank you , cheers Buzz.


thank you so much!


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Sitting here working on the vlog for Athens and it’s getting me excited...have I mentioned how much we just loved this trip? We didn’t think we could top last year, but we did!

As we continued our walk we started seeing huge police buses on every block...armed guards were everywhere...after a few blocks there were more and more.

We came to this...
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shortly past him were several police n I just HAD to know. WHERE ARE WE??? Turns out we found ourselves in front of the Presidential Palace and Prime Ministers office.
ok...I’m here for this!!

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I like this shot with the flag in the background too
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3 hours ago, singinalot said:

I wasn’t very impressed with this restaurant even though I didn’t try the food...we were there nearly 1.5hours just for Nate’s simple meal.

Once finally done we continued walking.

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woohoo I found me another Sephora
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There were 2 H&M stores within a block of each other...oh boy if I had come prepared with an all you can spend budget!!!!


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That seems to be a very calm doggie!

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one of the many police buses we saw
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it was a 10 minute walk from the palace to the stadium. Directly across the street from the stadium are WCs...Given the look of the outside we thought they’d be nice...I didn’t use but Nate said it was one of the worst he’d been in (remember he used the hole in the floor in Crete).
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panathenaic_Stadium

Our Acropolis tickets did not cover this. We were hungry from all that walking so took a few pictures outside the entrance instead
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We walked on. Heading towards Hadrian’s Arch which is across the street from the Plaka district, taxi stand and FOOD.

we passed beautiful gardens on the way
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and came to the Temple of Zeus. Last year we didn’t go in so decided to this year. Especially because we didn’t feel like we got the full value from our upgraded Acropolis tickets.

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I like this one with the arch and the acropolis both in it
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Onwards to food!!! This would be our last meal in Greece. We were so sad.

We picked Plakiotissa...and learned a lesson. We should have looked at reviews first. In hindsight I see it’s rated 2.5 stars on google.
We both got lamb gyros...at the time they tasted good but we both had upset stomachs that night. Also...we should have asked if they take Visa...every other restaurant we’d eaten at had so I didn’t think to by this point....
we went to pay the bill n they said cash only...but conveniently had an atm in their lobby with a $5 fee and cost $128 for 100euro.

Lessons learned...don’t be like us. :) It was still an enjoyable atmosphere and the wine was great but I without a doubt would not recommend this place.
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