Greek guards marching during shift change.
Modern and COLD Greece in December. Made the best of it and moved on to warmer climates.
Old posts from my very first travel website and my first backpacking trip (a year in 2000-2001)!
Dec 21, 2000
Brrrr is it cold here! We are all of a sudden dropped into a civilized modern culture where bus prices are fixed, and people wear stylish clothes. I think Steve is happy to see all the girls in tight pants instead of big sheets and scarves. We’re in a nice quarter in Athens with cobbled streets and the Acropolis near by. We saw so many ancient things in Egypt that we’re taking a small break before setting out to see some of the sites here.
The streets of Athens are so decorated for the holidays!
Jan 3, 2001
We finally saw some of the ancients sites. Nice, but still cold. We have had some great Greek food (vegetarian french fry souvlaki for me) and some great sweets! Spent a lot of time at the internet cafe in Athens and the guy who works there is now Steve’s buddy. Sometimes a little trying when we want to get something done quickly without having to socialize.
Athens is so full of history. Aside from the major sites, there are ancient pillars lying around everywhere; like in people's yards!
Tourist photo LOL
Temple of Zeus
We decided to motivate and see a little more of Greece, so we took a ferry to the island of Lesvos (sometimes spelled Lesbos). We boarded the cruise ship-sized boat and because of bad weather we spent two nights on the boat without ever leaving port! After spending the first night on the floor, we were able to snag a sofa which became our home for a while.
Then the island was nice and quaint, but not much to do during the off season. Nice hotel, little bands going up the cobbled streets playing local music, and temporary pets for the day (strays).
Ancient seaside fortification wall in Lesvos
A rainy day in Lesvos. Checked out the fishing area and even saw a fisherman beating a freshly caught octopus!
The small quaint streets of Lesvos.
We were there for New Year’s which was totally rained out, so no fireworks or anything. But still fun. Heck, rain or no rain, we’re on a Greek island! :) Back to Athens to our freezing hotel that we like with nice staff, and now trying to decide the best way to get somewhere warmer.
Here's how we spent our stormy New Year's Eve. Reading Harry Potter and falling asleep early.