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    My friend wants to know how much for 2 1/2 minutes?

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    If he's a friend of yours he'd probably know already

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostandfound View Post
    The Saronic has been cleaned up in recent years and Aegina is an easy Athens commute. It's also very doable as a long weekend flying in from N Europe. The new airport is further out but a 50 e taxi ride is still not bad.

    greeks are notorious for under investing in their properties. I reckon it explains why the big brand hotels in Athens command 250-1200 e a night yet 4 star local hotels struggle to get 100e. The Indian and Chinese markets look(ed?) set to transform the Athens hotel biz. The Acropolis is on the bucket list for the Instagram generation.

    I took the ferry to Lesvos. Flights were available for c 100e but the same price got my own comfortable and clean cabin. 8pm dep 8am arrival. I tried buying the ticket on line without success. it was easy just to buy at the kiosk at port Gate E2 for Lesvos. It's wise to know this in advance, i was obliged to use the hopelessly signposted shuttle bus full of dodhy looking migrant types

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    Fed up with the UK so gone to Greece-1d6ecc7e-4586-4a1f-bd51-a47b07fb3d8e-jpeg
    omonia. The Easy Access hotel is just along the street to the right of the pic
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    Fed up with the UK so gone to Greece-cd29aaa7-1226-4517-857c-c0a05dac1589-jpg

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    Molyvos, Lesvos

    theres still plenty of cafes open. Fewer than half a dozen tourists here

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    athenian brothel. The legal establishments have a red light. The unlicenced, a white light.

    This one appears to be unlicenced. On the plus side it looks like it's got aircon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    ^good to know that the van is still alive & well! How about the dog?

    @snub - thanks for the vanlife recos, will check them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    My friend wants to know how much for 2 1/2 minutes?

    don't forget to remind your "friend" that the ST hotel will set him
    back 5e for half an hour even if he just chooses to use the lift

    a popular choice is the aptly named "Easy Access Hotel". Reservations are not required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostandfound View Post
    i enquired and was quoted 35 euros for 15 minutes from a tidy looking young Bulgarian lady. She actually looked a bit oriental, although it could just be Hep B. 35e did sound reasonable. However no mention was made of the cost of 16 or even 18 minutes if things took that long. So I made my excuses and left.

    The heroin girls are possibly cheaper. There's an alley full of them shooting up near the Hondos centre behind Omonia. Possibly 5-10e and then only if youre curious from a sociological/epidemiologic perspective.

    if you're budget concious the boys might be cheaper. Stories of 2-5 euro trysts in Pedion Aries Park - in the the New York Times no less. In an attempt to deflect from the migrants' lack of professionalism and work ethic in this regard the NGOs have coined the term "survival sex" for these lighter on the wallet transactions.

    That said, in a demand led market, expect to pay 30-40e if you're keen to close a deal and fear competitive offers.

    in any case, ask them to shower thoroughly.

    Hope that helps :-)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostandfound View Post
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    athenian brothel. The legal establishments have a red light. The unlicenced, a white light.

    This one appears to be unlicenced. On the plus side it looks like it's got aircon.
    Brothel pics too ? This is how you do trip reports ppl

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    I apologise for deviating from Td's usual high brow narrative. Athens has an incredibly sleazy, almost medieval underbelly, the likes of which havent been seen in most western cities since the 1980s or earlier.

    In Lesvos i stayed at the Delfinia. A mid size 3 star hotel. All very pleasant with large gardens, directly on the beach. I was one of only two guests.

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    Turkey in the distance
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    A few randoms from a week in Kefalonia in July. I love the place.

    A pool and a view well worth waking up to.
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    First night, no messing about.
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    Mad dogs and Englishmen, turtles, a war memorial and some very old rocks.

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    Not many people around during these Covid times, but a coffee for me, a chocolate for her and a drink for Chitty.

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    Nice pics, hope my cocktail was a strong one.

    Gonna be an interesting day tomorrow,how many will De Gea let in?.

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    @L&F - still a cute dog - good to know it's OK. Thanks for the pics!

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    Kefalonia is beautiful. I stopped in Argostoli for a few weeks when sailing. The whole town had to be rebuilt after the 1953 earthquake. Some great beaches. Ittaca is arguably better for away from it all holidaying. I like the west coasts of the Ionian islands best - wild seas and great beachcombing.

    They're a bit of a bugger to get to though without direct flights. From Athens you need train or bus (KTEL - ΚΤΕΛ Νομού Αχαϊας - Online Resevation ) to Patras and then the ferry.


    The bus also goes direct to Lefkas (worthwhile for a few days holiday) which although is classed as an island is really more of an isthmus with a canal cut across and bridge
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    It is indeed stunning and, funnily enough, there was an earthquake while we were there that was 5 or 6 on the Richter Scale. My first time there was many moons ago - way before Captain Corelli's Mandolin - and it has changed massively since then with the beach resort of Lassi running as far as the top of the hill as you come to Argostoli.

    I've been to a few Greek islands - Lesvos, Samos, Thassos and a couple of others whose names elude me at the moment - but Kefalonia is my favourite.

    Fiskardo - in particular - is a magical place.

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    Illegal migrant area north of Mesini

    this is a new camp. They burnt the last one down in protest at the quality of three freee stuff they were receiving.

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    Hotel in Methisini 55e a night ex bf
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    Fed up with the UK so gone to Greece-1b3def19-8461-4cdd-8d6d-2f89dcc804d9-jpgFed up with the UK so gone to Greece-d806c3dd-65c0-4dc4-8e00-cd8253e49044-jpgFed up with the UK so gone to Greece-155b3ef3-6079-4c04-9bbf-d0ca28164d87-jpgFed up with the UK so gone to Greece-ac0b5523-16af-48ce-8653-ca84a143b238-jpg

    WW2 gun emplacement with pics of its field of fire. 6km south of the airport approx

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    The best coves and beaches are on the west coast. There are a few out of the way spots south of the airport however. Access via gravel road off highway

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    newish looking wave piercing hull Greek coastguard ship moored in Mytilene Lesvos

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    same strategic site, different eras. Above Mytilene Lesvos

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