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I’m back!! My Jewel of the Seas Greek Isles Travel Blog Round 2

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I regret I didn't have the opportunity to meet you on the cruise.  Your pictures are really fantastic - and are much, much better than mine.  (I apparently need a new camera, since DS kept pointing out that  IPhone pictures were much better than my point-and-shoot Canon.)  I'm definitely following your blog!  Thank you for posting :classic_rolleyes:

haha maybe a Christmas idea “hint” for him???? hopefully we’ll sail together again someday


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Well, I am definitely playing catch up...missed the beginning of this review but happy I'm here now.  I actually found the link on Jim_Iaian's review over on the Celebrity board!

 

I read your review last year and took notes.  Our family & friends (group of 12) cruise completed this same itinerary on Jewel this summer...yes, it was wet & steamy in Rome (think about a five-hour bike ride on the Appian Way in the pouring rain...but it was an adventure).  As fun as it was to read about your adventures before we travelled, I am thrilled to be reading it now.  It's so fun to see pictures of where you have just travelled.  

We also visited the shop beneath the windmills in Mykonos.  The shopkeeper was great...picked us out as Chicago residents from our accent (what accent???).  He is born & bred in Mykonos, but spent time living just about 30 minutes from me when he was younger!  Anyway, those are the kind of things that you remember for a long time.  And since I left my Hydroflask in his shop, I was thrilled he remembered me (and my accent) when I went back to retrieve it.

Can't wait to read the rest...

Susan

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Well, I am definitely playing catch up...missed the beginning of this review but happy I'm here now.  I actually found the link on Jim_Iaian's review over on the Celebrity board!
 
I read your review last year and took notes.  Our family & friends (group of 12) cruise completed this same itinerary on Jewel this summer...yes, it was wet & steamy in Rome (think about a five-hour bike ride on the Appian Way in the pouring rain...but it was an adventure).  As fun as it was to read about your adventures before we travelled, I am thrilled to be reading it now.  It's so fun to see pictures of where you have just travelled.  
We also visited the shop beneath the windmills in Mykonos.  The shopkeeper was great...picked us out as Chicago residents from our accent (what accent???).  He is born & bred in Mykonos, but spent time living just about 30 minutes from me when he was younger!  Anyway, those are the kind of things that you remember for a long time.  And since I left my Hydroflask in his shop, I was thrilled he remembered me (and my accent) when I went back to retrieve it.
Can't wait to read the rest...
Susan


yesss exactly...the speaking with the locals and shopkeepers was one of the highlights for me.
And how good of him to have your hydro flask! those things ain’t cheap and are so good!
Glad you found my review and hope you enjoy reading along. Still have Athens, Naples and more Rome to post.


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BTW, you mention bathroom "challenges".  I was prepared for no t.p. flushing in Greece...pleasantly surprised that there were no odors due to the "used" toilet paper bins that were provided.  What I couldn't get used to was the lack of a toilet seat!  I swear I am going to figure out how to market that to all the restaurants and shopkeepers...I'll make a fortune (so that I can cruise more often).  So glad that when I was younger my grandmother insisted that I line every toilet seat with toilet paper!!!

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BTW, you mention bathroom "challenges".  I was prepared for no t.p. flushing in Greece...pleasantly surprised that there were no odors due to the "used" toilet paper bins that were provided.  What I couldn't get used to was the lack of a toilet seat!  I swear I am going to figure out how to market that to all the restaurants and shopkeepers...I'll make a fortune (so that I can cruise more often).  So glad that when I was younger my grandmother insisted that I line every toilet seat with toilet paper!!!


right???? the no seat was really a challenge.... I squatted more often than not and yeah the toilet paper bins definitely surprised me about no odors too


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Finally caught up and following along. We did those islands quite a few years ago and was supposed to go back in Sept, but my hip gave out and I had to have it replaced, AGAIN, so all the walking wouldn't have worked. 

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Finally caught up and following along. We did those islands quite a few years ago and was supposed to go back in Sept, but my hip gave out and I had to have it replaced, AGAIN, so all the walking wouldn't have worked. 


oh I’m so bummed for you!! I hope you are recovering well.


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The following day was Athens. Bet you can’t guess what our plan was for the day!

Yep, we got up with the birds again.

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I can’t even tell you how amazing this day was...Remember how getting off the ship early in Mykonos & Rhodes worked out so well for us? Stay tuned!

 

 

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Remember last year when we paid 55euros for our taxi? Yeah as a I researched this I realized we got scammed. LOL. Every person I read said they only paid 35 for theirs. So I was ready to put up a fight as we walked out to the drivers. Nate just lets me stand back and do my thing when it comes to these situations (like getting the taxi in Santorini).

Well no argument needed because the rate we were given was 35. I was relieved.

In the taxi driving through Piraeus:
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We got to the Acropolis quickly though he dropped us at a different entrance than I remembered. After a short scramble to find the ticket counter we were in!

Oh my gosh y’all!!!! We got there at the PERFECT time....We walked in just as the changing of the guard began and I already had my camera going so got it all on film.



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We did buy the 30 euro a piece tickets again and I wish we hadn’t because we ended up doing different things this time. So that’s 20 euros we could have used on something else. Oh well....the things we know now.

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that golden lighting again
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We came close to being arrested at the Parthenon...four people holding a "W" flag for a picture (fyi, that's the flag that all Cub fans travel with...photo ops everywhere).  We figure the guards who approached us must have been St. Louis Cardinal fans...…..

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We came close to being arrested at the Parthenon...four people holding a "W" flag for a picture (fyi, that's the flag that all Cub fans travel with...photo ops everywhere).  We figure the guards who approached us must have been St. Louis Cardinal fans...…..


oh my gosh!!! I wonder what the W means to them
What a story and memory y’all now have.


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3 minutes ago, singinalot said:

 


oh my gosh!!! I wonder what the W means to them emoji848.pngemoji848.pngemoji848.png
What a story and memory y’all now have.


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We thought they figured it was some sort of political statement...my cousin's husband stood there trying to explain American baseball to a guard who didn't appear to speak any English!

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The Parthenon & Temple of Athena
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there were steps behind Temple of Athena that led to this view of it:
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and now the tourist groups are flooding in...time for us to go
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we left the area around the Acropolis and wandered around.

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The Roman Agora:
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We went in last year and didn’t feel the need to go in this year (though our Acropolis tickets would have gotten us in)
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Nate bought himself a military type pack for some of the things he does at home
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36 minutes ago, singinalot said:


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Priceless! Barely anyone there. 110 million % correct... Med itineraries the early bird almost always gets the worm hands down.

 

Singinalot , this review is a master class on "How To" for DIY days, preparation, just a little bit of homework and simply making the very best of getting out there 😊

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Loving your cruise review. We did the same route on Jewel mid September and feel like we are back on the trip with your pictures and commentary. 

 

By the way, the soldiers at the Acropolis were not a “changing of the guards”.  They are the Color Guard who moments earlier raised the National flag at the top.  Watching them march down in a precision line, eyes straight ahead, never looking at their footing while navigating uneven terrain and steps we ourselves had trouble not tripping on while looking down with ever step was an incredible show. Only those who get to the Acropolis at opening get to witness it. 

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Priceless! Barely anyone there. 110 million % correct... Med itineraries the early bird almost always gets the worm hands down.
 
Singinalot , this review is a master class on "How To" for DIY days, preparation, just a little bit of homework and simply making the very best of getting out there 


Thanks so much Claudio! My hope is that it makes DIY much less intimidating. We love it!


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Loving your cruise review. We did the same route on Jewel mid September and feel like we are back on the trip with your pictures and commentary. 
 
By the way, the soldiers at the Acropolis were not a “changing of the guards”.  They are the Color Guard who moments earlier raised the National flag at the top.  Watching them march down in a precision line, eyes straight ahead, never looking at their footing while navigating uneven terrain and steps we ourselves had trouble not tripping on while looking down with ever step was an incredible show. Only those who get to the Acropolis at opening get to witness it. 


ah thank you! That makes sense :)
and yes no idea how they do it! eek! especially if it’s a morning where the sun is glaring in your eyes or it’s been raining or something


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so I’ve spent the past hour on a DIY project I saw on Pinterest for our wedding. I now have perma spray paint all over my hands
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More Athens to come


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we continued walking. Most stores weren’t open yet...I bet you can’t guess what our goal was...


did you guess food?
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While Nate ordered his food I went to the little bakery two doors down and got myself a chocolate croissant...turned out to be the best I’d had so far.


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so this was a new one for us...the green olive spread...tastes just like it sounds...i’m guessing green olives with olive oil? it was very good if you like olives
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Nate’s meal
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