Greece Travelogue 1: Venturing out from Athens

Untitled

Sorry for neglecting my blog! I must admit that I have been lazy and procrastinated when it came to sorting out the pictures and editing them. However, here is the first edition of my Greece trip.

The first few days of the trip were quite eventful. That was because we had a 24 hour journey to Greece, with two stopovers, one of which was eight hours! And then, it was raining the first day we set off and we kept our umbrellas in our suitcases, which were stored under the bus. And so, here are the pictures…

IMG_4455

IMG_4458

We took Etihad and had a transit first at Kuala Lumpur and then a second one at Abu Dhabi. I must say the airport at Abu Dhabi is one of the most interesting ones I have ever flown to! The moment you step into the central area, you are greeted by this beautiful blue and green dome!

IMG_4468

And after another few more hours, we reached Athens. We had a friendly cab driver, who despite not knowing much English, tried to convey some important information to us. Since it was late afternoon by the time we checked in and we were practically dead on our feet, we were not keen to explore and went to a place nearby for dinner.

Everest is a chain you can find throughout Greece and the food is pretty affordable! This hotdog bun cost about 2.50 euro.

IMG_4472

The next morning, we left bright and early and headed to a canal between Central Athens and Corinth. I did not step out of the bus as you can see from the picture, it was raining quite heavily. What a pity! It was something special.

IMG_4476

Next, we visited the Sanctuary of Epidaurus, the God of Healing. Did you know that the symbol of medicine is the snake? According to the tour guide, it is because snakes came out from his grave and had healing powers. Anyway, we climbed up to the top and managed to get a bird’s eye view of the place.

IMG_4493

IMG_4497

IMG_4500

We made a pit-stop at a place with three castles near the coast called Nafplion before lunch at a touristic restaurant. I find food in Greece to be generally expensive, other than in Athens. It is priced between 7-14 euros, which is quite a lot for everyday food. This is also a personal thing, but I feel that they are generous with salt on their meats and meats were rather tough.

IMG_4517

IMG_4519

IMG_4524

IMG_4527

We then got back on our bus and went to Agemenon archaeological site and beehive dome. Just in case you are wondering, we bought a 4D3N tour with G.O. Tours.

We were not really impressed with the service for a few reasons. The tour guide did not wait for everyone and often started explanation before everyone was gathered. Furthermore, the driver and tour guide took their own sweet time after lunch (even when the guide tells us that we should not dilly dally, so we can see more sights) and we, the paying customers, were usually the ones waiting for them at the bus.

IMG_4530

IMG_4532

IMG_4534

IMG_4540

IMG_4546

IMG_4557

IMG_4574

IMG_4577

After that, we headed for Olympia and checked into our hotel. Dinner was at the restaurant within the hotel. We were welcomed with a folk dance.

IMG_4581

IMG_4583

IMG_4586

IMG_4590

IMG_4592

IMG_4596

IMG_4597

It was the same problem with the meat here. It was so salty I did not finish a third of it and that is saying something for a carnivore.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s