Thisawayz and Thatawayz

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who only dream at night. – Edgar Allan Poe

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Meteora, Greece – Monasteries suspended in the air

[ The size of the images shown on this page are too small to really see anything. Please click on the images to view a larger version. ] The name “Meteora” comes from the Greek word “meteoros”, which means “suspended in the air”. It is also where the word “meteor” comes from. It is a perfect […]

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Kalambaka, Greece – Our journey across Greece

Kalambaka is the gateway to Meteora. It was burned to the ground by the Nazis in WWII, so the buildings are all from after that time. It will take us half the day to drive to, and by the time we get there. most of the monasteries will be closed. We plan to see the monasteries […]

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Athens, Greece – Double decker day 2 couldn’t be more different

When I purchased my ticket for the double decker bus tour, I was wondering if I’d even use the second day. What was I gonna do -the very same circuit all over again? But as it all turned out, the second day, while following the very same route, was the exact opposite of the day before. […]

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Athens, Greece – Double decker bus around Athens and Piraeus

On Thursday, I decided to take the hop-on hop-off bus around Athens and Piraeus. For 18 Euro, I got a 2 day tour around the city with an audio guide. It seemed a little counter-productive since I already know the city so well, but I thought it might be fun. Thursday was a gorgeous warm and sunny day. […]

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Athens, Greece – Along the waterfront

On our last trip, I didn’t spend much time down along the waterfront of Athens, so this was one of the first things I wanted to get at upon my return. The tram stops just 3/4 of a km away from the hotel so we wandered through the back streets up to catch it. Today […]

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Island of Aegina, Greece

Aegina lies just 27km (17 mi) from Athens out in the Saronic Gulf. The island has been inhabited continuously since 3000 BC. To get here is a 40 minute hydrofoil ferry or a 1 hour regular ferry from Piraeus (€4-15). Once on the island, there is public bus service with 3 lines, that leave from and […]

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Cruising the Saronic Gulf

“You must be Canadian.” the woman accused me. “Yes. How did you know?” I countered. “Your clothes.” she smiled at me, with a flourish of her hand at what I was wearing. I looked down at my clothes: capris, a fuchsia t-shirt, fuchsia running shoes. Then looked at them: long pants, white down coat, a scarf. […]

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Argolis, Greece – Corinth, Epidaurus, Nafplion, and Mycenae

The Argolis peninsula separates the Saronic and Argolic Gulfs. It was the seat of power of the Mycenaean empire that ruled Greece from 1600 to 1100 BC. A tour of the region takes us to some of the most important archaeological sites of Greece, including tholos tombs, citadels and ancient theatres. If you’ve read much of my blog, you’ll […]

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Santorini, Greece – Storming the Volcano

After a pretty restless sleep due to a hard bed, flat pillows, and rough sheets, we awoke to a beautiful day. We headed over to the main office and made a reservation to sail over to the volcano and hot springs. The proprietor was very friendly and helpful, but his sexist jokes from a bygone […]

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Santorini, Greece – Touring the Island

Santorini is the one place we picture more than any other when we think of Greece. The towns built up and along the caldera cliffs, with their blue and white buildings, overlooking the gorgeous blue waters. The island of Santorini lies in the southern end of the Aegean Sea, about 200km (120 mi) southeast of […]

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