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Trip Start May 22, 2009
4Trip End May 31, 2009
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Our story begins in a modern airport terminal at SFO...
So we got on a plane Friday afternoon with big happy grins on our faces, looking forward to Athens and the magical Greek isles. The flights to Amsterdam and Athens were uneventful, except they were total cattle cars! The leg room between seats was so close, I couldn't even sit straight with my knees forward! With such a long flight (9+ hours), everyone reclined their seats so you got squashed at the top too. Picture 400+ people "spooning" in a 747 and you get the idea.
Arriving in Athens, we took the bus into town as the metro terminal was getting renovated. When we booked the trip with the agency, we took their recommendation for our Athens hotel (Hotel Amaryllis). Roaming the streets of Athens looking for our hotel, we stopped to ask some police officers for directions. Once they saw the address of our destination, they promptly warned us that it was unsafe for tourists as it was a shady illegal market area!
Now that we were safely situated, we could relax and enjoy our stay. Since it was evening by this time, we took a walk up the street to a recommended restaurant and had dinner. The food was pretty good; stuffed squid, salmon, and seafood risotto. Not very "Greek", but filling. There was supposed to be a live band playing, but they never showed. : (
We were so severely jet lagged, we hit the sack early.
Finally arrived. Nighty-night.