Thursday, April 13, 2006

Trip to Athens

My husband and I have just returned from a few days sightseeing trip to Athens. We had a fantastic time.

Hotel review:

We stayed in the Arion hotel in Monastiraki near the Plaka area of Athens. We can thoroughly recommend this hotel - very well located for sightseeing, clean and comfortable, friendly staff and good value. We had a 6th floor room with a large balcony that looked straight out over the Acropolis which is beautifully illuminated at night to show the Parthenon in all its splendour.

Sightseeing review:

Sightseeing (at least for a short / weekend break) can probably be categorised into:

  • The fantastic archeological sights in and around the Acropolis (The Parthenon, Museum, Hadrian's Arch, Zeus Temple to name but few)
  • Prominent buildings and obvious sightseeing highlights (Parliament with its unique and fascinating 'changing the guard' ceremony; the National Archeological Museum; the Grand Bretagne Hotel (morning coffee / afternoon tea), for example)
  • Shopping - too many department stores, shops to mention !
  • The various districts of Athens (eg Plaka) each with unexpected and very interesting features including old churches, parks, restaurants, open squares - and of course the very modern metro system which makes it very easy and economical to get from the airport to the city and back.
There are so many fantastic archeological treasures to be found within easy walking distance. We visited (of course) the Acropolis and the museums are just full of wonderful artefacts. These are the Caryatids (maidens) at the Erechtion which is on the north side of the Acropolis:

We spent a relaxing hour having morning coffee in the Grande Bretagne Hotel (very luxurious but surprisingly not as expensive as one might think); this is well worth doing as this is a very luxurious hotel with beautiful indoor features:

We walked miles - from the Acropolis, through the interesting back streets around Plaka to Hadrian's Arch and past Zeus' Temple:

and then up through the lovely parks towards the National Archeological Museum:

Trip to Athens

Friday, March 31, 2006

Greece Holiday

Welcome to my Greece Holiday blog. I will be posting interesting articles and reviews of my favourite places in Greece that you may find useful when you have your next Greece Holiday. I'll try to cover lots of nice places to visit in Greece during your Greece Holiday and I'll include photos of places I've visited myself. I'll also provide links to other web sites and articles so that you can make the most of your Greece Holiday.

Here's a taster....spent a super two weeks in Kassiopi in north-east Corfu.
The town and surrounding area offers something for everyone. The Harbour area is lovely and there are quiet(ish) bars right by the water-front where you can sit and watch the world go by, while the town center just a short walk away is quite fun and lively. Kassiopi is an ideal location for trips all over Corfu. The accommodation in and around the town area is mainly apartment type, with villa accommodation more on the outskirts. The resort is lively day and night with a lovely atmosphere. Here's a photo we took looking over the harbour as we went on one of our 'little walks' round the headland.

Incidentally, although I'll focus on Greece Holiday items, you might be interested in various related matters eg airport parking, booking flights and even suggestions for keeping your computer working well - isn't it so annoying when you just want to book a flight or check out some web sites only to find your computer running slowly or crashing just when you're in the middle of something. So I'll suggest a few ideas of things I've found helpful, and hope they help you too.

I'm so passionate abvout visiting Greece that a big thing for me is how I can keep travelling there without it costing a fortune. If like me you're looking to cut your travelling costs, then take a look at this article from someone experienced in the travel business. I can recommend this book as it's full of useful ideas that are easy to follow: Why Not Fly Free

If your computer is playing up, I've had great success with this computer software package PC Booster that really improves performance. It's really easy to download and it does everything needed with just a few simple clicks of the mouse. I find it really useful and easy to use and I'm not a computer whizz: PC Booster

Greece Holiday