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Greece / Ελλάδα

Post by Martijn » Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:28 pm

Since I am in Thessaloniki now and slightly bored at this very moment and there wasn't a topic about the countrt yet, I thought I'd start one. Everyone should visit both Athens and Thessaloniki at least once in their lives.

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Re: Greece / Ελλάδα

Post by mae » Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:03 pm

i've been to athens twice and i still want to go again!

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Post by anders » Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:04 pm

I'm going to Athens in September.

I've been to Korfu, Santorini, Paros, Anti-Paros and Parga.

I'm almost Greek.

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Re: Greece / Ελλάδα

Post by mae » Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:09 pm

ooo, i've been to paros and santorini too. i didn't know there was an anti-paros, that's funny. we also went to mycenae and argos and some other little places round there. it was fun. and the only time i've ever done camping i think.

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Post by susanb » Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:49 pm

I've not been to Athens yet. I was going to go to Athens and Mytilene with some friends a few years ago but my cousin was getting married in Cyprus at the same time so I ended up there instead (I can't really complain about that though). I've not been to Greece for 4 years now, I wish I had more money and time for holidays as I would love to go back to some places but there's so many other countries I haven't seen yet. I've mainly visited Greek islands (Lefkas, Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos, Ithaca, Kephalonia, Zakynthos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos, Crete, Sanotorini, Kos, Kalymnos and Nisiros) but I've only visited a few small towns and villages on the mainland between Lefkas and Ithaca.
I didn't have much luck with my trips to the mainland, the first town we stopped at (we were sailing) I got a strong electric shock from a freezer which caused half of the towns electricity to go down and the next town we ended up stranded in because the weather conditions made it impossible to get out of the harbour. At the last place we visited on the mainland we met someone (that somebody I was with knew though someone else) who told us that an archaeological site that we were interested in visiting was only a very short walk from the main road. So we attempted to go there, the person who was guiding us got lost and we ended up walking for several hours in the mid day sun with no water (yep, we were idiots, however we did think it was only going to be a 5-10 min walk). Afterwards I consoled myself with thinking it was like an Indiana Jones adventure, but now I never go anywhere that is slightly out of the way without a bottle of water with me.
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Post by Elvistears » Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:56 pm

I hope Greece is treating you well, Martijn. Personally, I'd love to go to Athens and Thessaloniki at least once in my life. Is there anyone there with you who might be able to suggest a good time to go??

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Re: Greece / Ελλάδα

Post by Elvistears » Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:00 pm

By the way, how did you make your computer do Greek script??

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Post by Martijn » Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:06 pm

Elvistears wrote:By the way, how did you make your computer do Greek script??
There are two keyboards installed on this computer: a US one and a Greek one, but pressing left alt+shift you switch between them. I think we talked about this in another thread, but I can't find that one now. (Oh, now I can.)

Anyway, both Thessaloniki and (especially) Athens are best to be avoided during summers, unless you like really warm weather. I like Athens best in January, when the skies are clear blue and the weather is really nice and there aren't too many tourists. Thessaloniki suffers from/enjoys proper winters, so I'd say you'd best come in spring or autumn.

I've not been to any of the Greek Islands though. Just the two major cities, their surroundings and the railroad inbetween them.

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Post by DimitraDaisy » Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:52 pm

anders wrote:I'm going to Athens in September.
Hey! Anders! You're going to Athens! I'm nearly jealous.

What are you going to do there?
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Re: Greece / Ελλάδα

Post by anders » Tue Sep 09, 2008 4:02 pm

O, you know, not much at all hopefully.

It's not really Athens, it's somewhere called Varkiza, a bit south of the city. So it's going to be half city holiday with the Acropolis, Plaka and all that jazz; and half sun!, beach!, summer! It was my mum and dad who wanted to go to Athens and then they thought that it would be nice if me and my sister would come with them - and so we are, and my sister's boyfriend too. I'm sure it will be just about perfect! - a week in Athens, and the only thing I'm expected to do all week, being an architecture student and all, is to know a little more than the average tourist about the Parthenon and Doric and Ionic orders and all that.

Is there anything else I need to see when I'm in Athens?

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Post by philjunebride » Tue Sep 09, 2008 4:36 pm

anders wrote:
Is there anything else I need to see when I'm in Athens?
Aside from the fabulous historical stuff, the Sunday morning market is fun.

I NEED to go to Greece again soon. It's just about my favourite place on Earth....

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Post by DimitraDaisy » Tue Sep 09, 2008 5:45 pm

anders wrote:Is there anything else I need to see when I'm in Athens?
Ooooh. I kind of wish I still lived there, then I could have shown you around... you did promise to show me around Oslo once upon a time, remember? Hmmm. Well, besides wandering around Plaka, Monstiraki and Thissio, and taking lots of photos to show me, you could:

a) Have dinner at Yantes (here). It was our favourite restaurant when we lived there. Particularly nice if you like cats. (Not eating cats, being around cats I mean.)

b) Have a drink here. This was in the Guardian a couple of years ago! Before that, we took Jens Lekman there.

c) Or possibly at Pop, here, although I have conflicted feelings about the place. I've ever heard something approaching indiepop there a couple of times but it was a rare occurrence and usually not worth the trouble.

d) Have cake in Petit Fleur (here) or perhaps better still at Tristraton (here). We took Pipas to the second one, and they loved it.

e) Have some Greek junk food at Monastiraki Square (I liked the place on the corner, Bairaktaris). You can ask them to take the meat out if you're vegetarian, and you fancy eating pitta bread with chips, basically. It's still an experience. Pipas loved this too.

f) And, last but not least, take the 'electric' (train) to N. Faliro and then ride the (slow) tram all the way to Glyfada. This used to be one of my absolute favourite things to do. A total waste of time, that one, it was :-)

Phew, it took me forever to put this together. These silly greek people don't see it fit to make websites for their restaurant / cafe / whatever it is... And I hardly remembered the names of half of these places. I do remember how to take you there, though, I think...
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Post by anders » Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:00 pm

Thank you, Dimitra! I'll bring some notes down there and be my family's local guide to restaurants and cafes.

Heh, this made me find that mix tape you made me back in 2002 or whenever it was, if you can remember that - it's still good! It was just about the first mix I received from anyone ever, I think, and one of the 4 cassesttes in my cassette collection. And the Sky Children.

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Post by DimitraDaisy » Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:35 pm

anders wrote:Thank you, Dimitra! I'll bring some notes down there and be my family's local guide to restaurants and cafes.

Heh, this made me find that mix tape you made me back in 2002 or whenever it was, if you can remember that - it's still good! It was just about the first mix I received from anyone ever, I think, and one of the 4 cassesttes in my cassette collection. And the Sky Children.
You're welcome :)

I do remember that mixtape... a little. I think it had Buddy Holly in it perhaps? And Free Loan Investments? And I think it might have been 2003 that I sent it. Possibly March or April. But I might be wrong.
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Post by Yex » Wed May 27, 2015 4:51 am

I'm going to Greece this summer on my honeymoon. The itinerary is still subject to change, but a general idea is that I'll have 2 days in Athens, 2 in Santorini, one in Crete. Do any of you have suggestions on what to do/see/eat while I'm there? Does this seem like a good breakdown for while I'm there, or does it seem spread too thin?
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Post by crystalball » Thu May 28, 2015 9:19 am

Yex wrote:I'm going to Greece this summer on my honeymoon. The itinerary is still subject to change, but a general idea is that I'll have 2 days in Athens, 2 in Santorini, one in Crete. Do any of you have suggestions on what to do/see/eat while I'm there? Does this seem like a good breakdown for while I'm there, or does it seem spread too thin?
Sounds a bit hectic; Crete is a long way to go for just one day. Santorini is beautiful - stay there for three days and marvel at the views in Oia and Imerovigli, look out for birds of prey, eat tomatokeftedes (tomato fritters) and fava (a sort of cold tarka dhal), and travel out to Thirasia, the volcano. All the dreamy.

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Post by Yex » Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:36 pm

Just got back from Greece/Turkey. 'Twas pretty amazing. Don't even really know what to say, other than that I went to the restaurant "Yantes" that DimitraDaisy recommended back in 2008 and it was excellent. It was there that I fell in love with mastika when they brought out shots of it after the meal. I'm pretty jet lagged, so I can't really think of anything else to say. I was worried that two nights on Crete wouldn't be enough, but I'm glad that we went there. Life there seems pretty slow-paced and it had a really mellow vibe and people were easygoing and the girl at the front desk of our hotel was really nice and added us on facebook.
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Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:46 pm

I appear to be going to Kos for a holiday. Has anyone been there? Is it nice? What are the Dodecanese islands like for vegetarian food? What's an informal Greek way of saying hello? Am I stressing out too much about this? Help me Anorak.

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