Graffiti in Athens: I put on my fake smile and go to work!! posted at 9:23 AM
Athens is absolutely covered in graffiti. Grungy, yes. However, it was also some of the coolest, most detailed & original graffiti I had ever seen. Since I posted about Barcelona graffiti before I snapped some of my favorites to post about GRAFFITI IN ATHENS::
Here are a couple from the islands (the only two I saw at all actually, quite the opposite of the capital).
When I was reading about the Greek islands and trying to make our itineary, the first destination I decided upon was Santorini. I knew I wanted to go there when multiple times I read it described as one of the "#1 Honeymoon Destinations." :)
The night ferry ride from Athens to Santorini is 8 hours. We were on the boat from 12:00 midnight - 8:00am. Tickets to sleep in a cabin with beds started at 180€ a night. Tickets to sleep on the boat wherever you could find a spot were 30€. We opted for the floor. Luckily, by "ferry" I mean huge & beautiful yacht. We found a corner in the lobby and snuggled up under blankets and a sleeping bag Dani brought. It certainly wasn't ideal, but it was all part of the adventure. There were 100's of people with the same tickets as us, sleeping everywhere you can imagine all over the boat! If we had been on the Titanic we would have been the last people helped off, haha.
I had read it is highly recommended to pull up to Santorini during the day, as opposed to at night, so you can enjoy the views. The guides didn't lie.
Waking up with a slightly stiff neck from sleeping in the lobby quickly went away once we were on deck. We rolled up our things into our backpacks, bought coffee with sugar & milk and made our way upstairs to the huge deck. At 8:00am the air was crisp and it was a beautiful, sunny day. Here are some pics I snapped while we pulled up to what would become my favorite island (out of two, haha):
More to come...
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I'm now using Google reader on my iPhone to read the blogs I follow. How I didn't do this before, I don't know. I now have another application to happily play with on the metro. It's so much more convienent to everyone's updates in a row, rather than browsing sites.
I spent 10 days exploring three cities in Greece with my boyfriend. Of all the places I've been to so far, Greece was my favorite vacation destination. I really recommend it. The Greek people are unbelievably welcoming and friendly.
When I first started planning our excursion I felt a little overwhelmed. There are so many options of places to go, things to see, and we were only going for 10 days.
There are literally 6,000 Greek islands! Of those 30 or more are popular vacation destinations. Not to mention the mainland. Athens is certainly worth 10 days alone.
Our travel style is that we prefer to take our time, and enjoy every city we go to, rather than rushing through a check list. So in the end we visited two islands- Santorini and Mykonos- plus Athens, with hopes of one day returning to explore some more. I think that everyone who visits Greece hopes that one day they can return.
In the next few blog posts I'll be writing about our trip to Greece...
My other goal at the moment is trying to DELETE/ORGANIZE literally 100,000+ pictures from the past 4 years before backing them all up from my laptop to Dani's hard drive. It's taking me a while to say the least.