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    Fed up with the UK so gone to Greece-dde02313-8534-4575-a072-200a8dea7e75-jpg
    The harbour

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    Fed up with the UK so gone to Greece-79a9df49-1709-4694-8870-b825ac6f63af-jpg

    cabin back to Pireaus. 100 euros for inside cabin sole occupancy. Depart 7pm arrived 7am.

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    The UK seems morbid at the moment. I'm planning a day or two in Athens to contemplate which island to head to next

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    Fed up with the UK so gone to Greece-35e3910c-5ec7-4986-9050-5cfdf529faab-jpg

    Someone scratched the rental car whilst parked outside the hotel. Probably one of the NGO tossers on a bicycle teachi g the migrants to draw rainbows.

    I'd already called my travel insurer to open a CDW claim. I neednt have bothered. When i pointed it out on return the company response was "nah, that's OK".

    It's definitely not Pattaya!

    car hire in Lesvos (recommended) www.rentalcarlesvos.gr. Theyre opposite the ferry port. 100e a week for an almost new Toyota Aygo. Nice car for the local roads too. Good size for narrow streets and great gear ratios for local hills
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    Fed up with the UK so gone to Greece-cd45078e-0937-4ad0-af09-23841c701a6e-jpgFed up with the UK so gone to Greece-86c4c57a-9512-4fef-a98f-b0d0111d52b0-jpg

    Lots of people sleeping in the lounge area. The cabin was a lot more comfortable. Good shower too.
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    Hotels in Athens are quiet and were offering great rates. I bagged a room at the Intercontinental for a few pennies over €100 a night. The pool was OK for some laps. It was also nice to sleep on a decent bed after the typically under-invested island hotels. Location was a bit off centre, but only 12e in a cab from
    Piraeus port. They also allowed a 830am check in. Bargain.
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    Still on the run from Uk. Empty spaces - wish you were here, Teakdoorians, i've high hopes of coming back to life biding my time in Athens. Echoes from the traffic outside the wall, but this is poles apart, one of the few hotels here with a pool. This should be the happiest days our our lives,Fed up with the UK so gone to Greece-1b8fa6d2-1256-4dbe-958c-710595734377-jpeg be fearless it's never too late to jump on a plane and see Greece in the flesh - i'm lost for words people hiding because of Covid. Actions speak louder than words!

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    Brilliant stuff, Lostandfound.

    Keep 'em coming and, while you're at it, make mine a gyros and a pint of Mythos.

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    Fortunately there was a KFC in Syntagma. The hotel does an OK club sandwich too. I needed some carb food after all that island "stab it with a stick and burn it or boil it in oil" school of cooking.

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    Fed up with the UK so gone to Greece-6598b513-216e-4c18-b4ce-675df6c4902d-jpgFed up with the UK so gone to Greece-ee9d380e-b25e-4b46-84b1-d29367a93a74-jpg

    Many of the dilapidated 1960s/70s buildings around the centre have been sold and refurbished as 3-4 star hotels. Often with Chinese, Indian or Israeli money (front men, at least).

    Alas the older buildings seem to be falling further into disrepair.

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    Fed up with the UK so gone to Greece-84b18b34-efd2-4e33-b524-88389ead96d6-jpg
    Fed up with the UK so gone to Greece-84b18b34-efd2-4e33-b524-88389ead96d6-jpg
    impersonal, but rooms c 100e a night inc bf. Worth it for the pool and comfortable rooms.

    i got stung for 17.5 e for a side salad plus 7 e for a single espresso. A cafe round the corner is much better value

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    Ferry to Crete. 89 euros with cabin

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    the ship sailed at 9pm. No problem boarding at 7pm. 6 am arrival so early night was called for.
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    awesome deals !!!

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    Crete is a bit overcast. But still quite warm in an "it's still ok to swim in the sea and bring the suncream" sort of way.

    i had planned to stay at a nice hotel in Heraklion, The GDM Megaron, but they wanted 100 e a night and couldnt let me check in till 3pm. They're full.

    so hired a car for 130e a week. A cute little Lancia or somesuch thing.

    village room type accommodation in a one bed apartment at 30e near a passable beach east of Heraklion.
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    Fed up with the UK so gone to Greece-15722623-3a6e-4be1-a370-59f7004ddf92-jpgFed up with the UK so gone to Greece-40427320-7c8e-4c68-a31b-440015fbbbbf-jpgFed up with the UK so gone to Greece-9d2e83eb-b23e-428b-8869-c938c6ab4015-jpgFed up with the UK so gone to Greece-737d059b-3884-4965-a853-2b21af16c2f3-jpg

    pleasant lunch. Big salad, home made bread with olives, panacotta and espresso. 24 e

    Time for a swim.
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    ^Gorgeous view! Nice pics.. Greece is a place I would love to visit in the future. I love Greek food. Is the food expensive?
    Were there many tourists or people around?

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    Very easy to eat healthily for little money. Greek food can be either "boil in a bucket of oil" or "stab it with a stick and burn it". Fish is often good value though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostandfound View Post
    Very easy to eat healthily for little money. Greek food can be either "boil in a bucket of oil" or "stab it with a stick and burn it". Fish is often good value though.
    Being stuck in the US and not able to go there this summer, I am living vicariously through you and enjoying your thread immensely. Thank You for sharing.
    If that's your experience with greek food, then you have not been to the right places to eat. I am lucky to have a lot of Greek friends and family there, so when there they take me where the locals eat, and trust me that's not my experience.
    Mark Wiens is half Thai , married to a Thai and living in Thailand. Below are some of his experience with Greek food, perhaps you might be able to find some of these places.


    If you go to Crete (I have never been there, it is in my bucket list)

    The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

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    ^Nice vids. From what I know of Greek Food , it is Greek salads, feta cheese, olives.. souvlaki, etc etc..

    Quote Originally Posted by Lostandfound View Post
    The UK seems morbid at the moment. I'm planning a day or two in Athens to contemplate which island to head to next
    I read good things about Mykonos and Santorini. Read the whole Lonely Planet book recently actually.

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    My step mother is Greek. I usually ask for a steak for dinner when I stay. Feta is a crime against cheese.

    that said I had a passable pork chop and fries for dinner at the taverna above the beach.

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    There wasn’t a thing in that first video I would not eat! Can’t imagine going hungry.

    Is this time of year a good time to travel in Greece?

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    October is obviously cooler and there's a few rainy days. But the sea is ideal for swimming and still a few flop n drop type weather days for sun. Geeat if you like hiking and more active things.

    I drive over to the south of Crete. Some pucs:

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    ^Gorgeous! Feta is the best cheese imo!!!

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    I always wanted to go to Crete but I never had the time because I was working and only had two ot three weeks in Greece. Now I am retired and have all the time in the world and I am stuck at home with the Pandemic. Grrrrrr.
    Cant wait for this thing to be over. regardless of what tough I am going to Greece for Easter in May.

    You take nice pictures,!!! please keep it up it helps me dream.
    I would kill for that

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarilynMonroe View Post
    ^Nice vids. From what I know of Greek Food , it is Greek salads, feta cheese, olives.. souvlaki, etc etc..



    I read good things about Mykonos and Santorini. Read the whole Lonely Planet book recently actually.
    Both Mykonos and Santorini, though beautiful are overrun by tourists, In fact there is a movement by the locals to limit the number of cruise ships that go there,
    There are over 200 islands only in the Aegean, IMO you can get a similar experience , with smaller crowds, and at half the cost elsewhere. I guess it all also depends on your age, personality and bank account LOL. .Mykonos is a great island if you are into partying, or want to rob elbows with the rich and famous
    LostAndFound could tell you more about Mykonos and Santorini, My daughter just got engaged, when they get married I plan to send them to Mykonos
    for their Honeymoon.
    PS: that place where Jason meets the girl at the end of the Bourne Identity movies is in Mykonos ,, and you can still rent a moped there, or could when I was there. (but not sure I will ever go there again, (not my style at 63 years old)


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