History, shopping and food - this is the life...

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
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Trip End Nov 01, 2005


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Friday, September 2, 2005

Since i last wrote, so much has happened. Athens has been fantastic. After the first full day and we've walked around the city lots more times. We went to the National Archilogical Museum. This was very interesting but not as big as i thought it would be (as it was recommended as one of the best museums in europe). It had lots of interesting Greek statue's, but i felt like i'd seen it all before - all statues look the same after a while. I dunno, maybe i'm just not appreciative of these things or something, but after you've seen a few thousand of statues that look similar you tend to just glance at them and move on. However there was some interesting ones which gained my attention. Statues of Zeus and several other gods and godesses, including one godess with 28 breast's, haha! Had a huge section on gold, which was burried with several tombs - some guy just randomly discovered this which ended up being one of the biggest discoveries of all time. Oh yeah, if your getting your picture taken with a statue your not alowed to pose... This includes smiling by the way. You have the stand there with a straight face with hands by your sides - haha righto, no idea what is with that, its not like the statues are representing any type of tragedy. I saw some person got told off here as well as the museum at the Acropolis. So dont you dare smile peoples!!!

when the 31st hit I got up out of bed on our beach front hotel to walk out on my private balcony to stare up at yet another perfect sunny day with no clouds insight. Yeah life's not lookin to bad i tell ya! To make it even better we thought we'd spend the day at the beach just across the boulavade. Boardies (Aussie quick dry board shots that blokes wear for bathers). So grabbing the towel, across the road we went and had to pay to enter the beach, but it didn't stop there, you had to then pay again to sit down on one of those lazyboy chairs that recline back. The water was that perfect clear-light blue colour, which was fantastic as the day was very hot and dry - perfect! :o) Typical of me though, i ended up getting scorched by the sun everywhere as i didnt put sunblock on till 2 hours later of relaxing in the sun! This called for a freezing cold shower back at the hotel - very cold which took my breath away, and i couldnt help but think "unless i can levitate it will definatly suck trying to sleep on this burn tonight" haha! So as we were buggered from the beach and the burn we just walked around and explored a little bit more of this fascinating city - although there's some area's which i'd be keen to stay away from :o) But you figure it out as you go along...

On the 1st of September we pretty much spent the entire day shopping in the markets and in the evening wondering the streets yet again - ofcourse there's lots of sight seing things to do, but for this city, i found that i love just soaking up the culture the most. haha funny thing though is during the entire day i found myself hunting for the shade every street we turned down to escape the 'death rays' from the sun haha - as i was quite burnt! The markets are cool and have so many interesting things to look at and buy, although there are so many people begging and trying to sell ya things - even quite a few 6 year olds are out there giving it a go. Something i have to laugh at is people on the street that are selling 'genuine fake' merchandise (sunny's, bags, cd's etc) - which are actually perfectly immitated - and i bought myself a pair of oakley's for 7 euro :o) within 5 seconds have their stuff packed up and are down a side street as soon as they get a wif of any policeman. And within 5 seconds a couple of minutes later are all set back up with their little cardboard stand ready to sell again. Some of the stuff is very tempting to buy... Well for dinner - had to dig into more souvlaki's as ya just cant pass em up theyre so yum!

Athens is very nice, and the area's we ventured into quite clean (for a city this size) - alot of people had told me different, but maybe since the olympics things have improved a bit? - who knows, but the city has alot to offer with the absolutely fantastic food, the markets and shopping, the interesting culture throughout the city and ofcourse the absolutely mind blowing acropolis. I've come across quite alot of crazy people here, especially on buses - and the traffic definatly is bizerk, but just adds to the spice. Haha, definatly not used to the little bin next to the toilet in which you have to deposit your paper into due to the small pipe's all throughout the city.

Right now i'm writing this entry into my paper journal while listening to music, staring at the open sea on a boat to the Greek Isles - Paros. Can not wait to see a few of the these world renound islands. Life can not get any better! Just living life one day at a time - i'm really feeling at home right now.
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