Greece Journals

Cruising in the Eastern Med

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A travel journal to Greece by Meggysmum

Dubrovniks Main Street Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia More Photos
Quote: Highlights of an Ocean Village week-long cruise around the Eastern Meditteranean in July 2008

Cruising for the First Time

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Ocean Village Funnel Photo, Crete, Greece
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Ocean Village market themselves as the "Cruise for People who Don’t do Cruises". Feeling that as a family we would feel restricted on a traditional cruise line we decided to take our first steps into the world of cruising using Ocean Village.One week cruising in the Mediterranean was booked and the anticipation mounted. We booked flights with Ocean rather than booking independently for peace of mind. This proved very useful as our flight was delayed getting to Crete by several hours so the boat was kept in port until our plane arrived. If we had been independent it would have left.Arrival at the port was straightforward, passports were checked, photographs taken and a credi...Read More

Dubrovnik (General)

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Dubrovniks Main Street Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Dubrovnik, in Croatia, is sometimes referred to as the Pearl of the Adriatic. The most delightful way so come across this medieval city is by cruise ship across the Adriatic. The early morning vista of white walls and terracotta roofs in the morning sun is a sight that will not be forgotten by myself or my family.If you do arrive by cruise ship and intend on walking to the walled city get a map before you start. It is farther than you think and is also quite hilly and it is easy to get lost..This peaceful looking gem suffered terribly in the 1990s when an attack by the Yugoslav army laid siege to the city for over 6 months. The occupants were trapped within the medieval wal...Read More

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Kefalonia (General)

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Harbour at Sami, Kefalonia Photo, Kefalonia, Greece
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Kefalonia (or Cephalonia) is the largest of the Ionian Islands. It is a popular destination for cruise ships which is how we reached the island.We docked at Poros where there was a very pebbly beach with crystal clear water. The front was lined with brightly coloured eating places and the town set back from the road was bustling and pretty. To make the most of the short time we had on the island we took the bus tour around the island.The countryside seemed quite barren in the southern part of the island. The island was quite mountainous and it was a hair-raising journey that took us to the other side of the mountain to our first destination.Melissani Lakes- this...Read More

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Ancient Olympic Games

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Attraction | "Home of the Olympics"

Ancient Olympic Games Photo, Olympia, Greece
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The port of Katakolon on the Greek mainland is the access port that allows visits to the ancient site of Olympia. This was the home of the original Olympic Games which were also held every four years.On arrival at the site it is possible to visit the museum. This contains a lot of the artefacts that were found on the site over the period of its excavations. This museum houses everything from tiny trinkets to large portions of friezes that have been reconstructed and many statues. Flash photography is not allowed within the building although it is light and airy so good photographs are possible. One of the most interesting exhibits is a scale reproduction of what the site looked like a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2009

Ancient Olympic Games
Elis
Olympia, Greece

The Acropolis of Athens

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Attraction | "Delights of Athens"

The Acropolis of Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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We had arrived by cruise ship at the port of Pireas and since the port is a reasonable distance from the city of Athens we took a tour bus in and around as we only had one day. First impressions were of a huge, very built up city which was very hectic. It was a lot larger than I had originally anticipated.First stop was the stadium built for the 1896 Olympics. It was impressive to view but we were not able to enter the stadium but had to take our photographs from one end. If you time it badly and lots of coaches are there at the same time it is hard to get much of an impression of the size. However if you turn around and look up on the hills you get a lovely view o...Read More

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The Acropolis of Athens
Dionysiou Areopagitou St.
Athens, Greece
+30 210 32 14172

Corfu Old Town

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Attraction | "Fortified Old Town"

Corfu Old Town- View from Old Fort Bridge Photo, Corfu, Greece
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The port at Corfu bought the Cruise ship within about half a mile of the Old Town of Corfu. This invited exploration on foot so we immediately set off in the direction of the town.Arriving at the New Fortress first we became aware that this was a highly fortified town. Originally the town had three forts and the town itself developed within the walls. Entry was through a small gateway in the walls. We immediately noticed the narrow streets which were crammed with shops and cafes. It was still early on a Sunday morning when we arrived. This meant that the streets were quiet but we were delighted to be able to hear music and singing coming from the Greek Orthodox Churches dotted throug...Read More

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Knossos Palace/Bronze Age Archaeological Site

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Attraction | "Palace of Knossos"

Knossos Palace/Bronze Age Archaeological Site Photo, Crete, Greece
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The final stop on our cruise for disembarkation was Crete. We were lucky enough to have an evening flight so we had some time to take an excursion before we left. My son had just finished KS2 at primary school and they had done a lot of work on Greek Myths and he was particularly keen to visit the Knossos as his class had a performed a play based on the tales of the Minotaur. Having a child keen to visit ancient remains is an opportunity not to be missed so I booked our visit! The Palace of Knossos is on a huge site (about 6 acres) showing a very complicated building plan. There were hundreds of rooms that were arranged mainly around a courtyard but there were many pathways and leve...Read More

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Knossos Palace/Bronze Age Archaeological Site
Heraklion
Crete, Greece