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Greece

Athens, the Islands, and Meteora

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152.jpgI went to Athens ignoring all that I have heard about it being a polluted, hot, ugly place. After a day I realised that it was almost all true. The acropolis was spectacular but the city itself is not pretty to walk around, especially in the summer. But it is the Greek Islands we came to Greece for and they are beautiful!

Santorini, the most stunning of the islands was our first stop. We stayed near the black beach of Perissa...black sand gets extremely hot in the sun! The hot sand shuffle, skip and jump was going on. We hired a scooter for a day and managed to see the whole island, it was a lot of fun!

269.jpgIt was the picture-postcard town of Oia that won me over. The town is so beautiful, it was like walking through a post card. White walled lanes, white buildings built into the cliffs with blue dome roofs and doors. It was dreamy! We and some friends from London watched the sunset here along with the rest of Santorini!

The capital of Santorini, Thira is quite similar. You want to take a thousand photo’s to make sure you capture it all!! Some of the restaurants looked amazing, cooking fish on coals, stunning views over the ocean with the moon glistening on the water. Unfortunately a bit beyond the backpacker budget! 2 euro gyros for us!

Next Island was Ios. Ios was very nice, not as stunning as Santorini. Mylopotas beach was one of the best beaches of the islands, it actually has sand, not pebbles!! We found a nice bar/cafe with hammocks and cushions to spend a lazy afternoon overlooking the beach. We had the best crepes ever in396.jpg the old town of Ios!! Also found a restaurant that did the best chicken souvlaki! Greek food is delicious!

The last Island we visited was Paros, and this is where we came off the scooter!! We had hired the scooter for 2 days but only managed half a day. We came off on a bend only 300metres from the nicest beach in Paros!! We were both okay just lost some skin, it was very painful though especially when it came to going to the hospital to get it cleaned! Antiseptic on raw skin is excruciating! The next day was spent lazing around the main town. We found a cafe on the water with hammocks, and we sat there all afternoon, feeling sorry for ourselves! Getting the backpack on and off over the next couple of weeks shall be interesting!!

From the Islands it was back to Athens then on to the North of Greece to Meteora. Meteora is a very pretty area. There are 6 monasteries built on the top of huge rock formations, it is amazing that they have been built there. It was great to see a different side to Greece. The islands are very rocky and dusty with little greenery. Up north in the mountains it is more peaceful and a nice break from the heat!

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