A flavour of Greece, maybe a bit bitter

As I walked around Athens I felt a great sadness, I looked at the decay of the once great temples I thought to myself is this what the end of humanity looks like.

I think its time to caveat that statement before I get a mob of Greek’s coming after me. Ancient Greece has always interested me, so perhaps I had unreal expectations. I spent around 7 days going around Greece so very much a whistle stop tour, therefore I wont produce a guide but instead will try to give some general impressions.

What I loved

  • Food, especially Mouska with Greek Salad-I would happily have it as my last meal.
  • Sailing the Greek seas, with its hidden caves and clear waters its a must do.
  • The picturesque white stone houses and tiny paths.

The unexpected

  • The poor customer service, I always considered the Greek’s the most welcoming of people, but I had some truly poor service.
  • How run down some of the cities/towns were- I know Greece has had some problems for a while but I didn’t realise quite how it would affect the infrastructure.
  • Linked to the above how the monuments were poorly kept, specifically the lack of information of the rich history they offered.

My purpose in writing this article was expectation management, as opposed to detering a visit.

 

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Deciding whether backpacking is right for you?

As readers of my blog know in the past I always travelled very conservative at highend hotels, big suitcases with friends/family. I would have never considered backpacking was right for me, now I can’t imagine travelling any other way.

I came across this great article from the Partying Traveller which is worth a read for those considering different ways of travelling.

Over the past three years, I’ve been to over thirty countries, but it was only recently that I started backpacking. I was in Colombia on my first solo travel trip where I was tagging along with some backpacker friends I made and I decided that my mini suitcase was going to have to go. In […]

via Is Backpacking Right For You? — The Partying Traveler

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