One Week In Greece
Here are the photos I took
when I was in Greece. It was a great time. Click here
to see the dairy narrative. Page down to check out the photos.
Around Athens At Night
I pulled in to Athens
airport at 2 or 3 am in the morning. Got to the hostel but no bed
for the night. Met up with an american guy called Eric and ended up
running around Athens. it was pretty crazy at 3am.
Blurry shot of Athens at
night. No idea what it is.
Some ruins not far from the
More ruins. Could be
part of some roman forum. Can't remember.
Totally way to close for
flash photo of me sitting on a rock near the Acropolis waiting for the sun
to come up.
Hills of Athens at
It's really amazing watching
the sun come up. Normally I'm walking home after a big night out.
Acropolis At Dawn
Eric and I with nothing else
to do and no bed to go to thought it would be pretty cool to watch the sun
come up over the Acropolis. It was pretty cool - too bad the photos
Dawn and me.
Sun rise over the acropolis.
It really irritates me that
every time I go somewhere, the sights are covered in scaffolding.
End up having to settle for some postcard instead.
Hania I must say is absolutely gorgeous. Old Venetian/Greek architecture, houses with brightly painted doors and shutters, rambling streets and alley ways, pastry shops, the remains of a fort, cafes all around the harbour, old boat houses from 1400s where they used to bring Venetian galleys in for repair and an old light house on the tip of the harbour entrance where you can just sit and watch the day go by.
I have to say I fell in love
with all the alley ways. Here's a few. When I went to Venice
six months later, I remember thinking how much Venice looked like Hania.
Actually, Hania looks like Venice. The Venetians ruled Crete for
several hundred years before being thrown out by the Turks.
Here's another one.
One view of the
harbour. Check out the sheds behind where they used to run out the
Venetian galleys. Hundreds of years old.
Me having a swim off the
harbour wall. Very hot day. Set camera to timer and jumped on
in. Check out the cafes in the background.
Me trying to do an imitation
of thinking on the tower at the mouth of the harbour. It's currently
being restored - hence the timber. What a great day. The place
was fantastic. Could easily go again. Again, beautiful harbour
side cafes. Lots of fish.
Two figurines of a snake
cult goddess that caught my eye in a the archaeological museum in Hania.
Have to say that you eventually get sick of seeing museums in Greece as they are
The harbour side. Just
down the walk there is an excellent selection of cafes.
There's only one reason to
go to Iraklio - Knossos - home of the legendary minotaur. The rest
of the city is pretty dirty with construction going on everywhere.
The palace at Knossos, for
better or worse, was partially reconstructed by an english archaeologist.
The orginal owners were wiped out but but no-one knows by what or
whom. Some say maurading bands of mainlaid greeks - others say the
volcano at Santorini really stuffed them.
Love the colours and the sky
The problem with solo travel
is that you have no one to take your photo. Here's my proof that I
went there photo. It was a really hot day and there was hundreds of
german bus tourists - I got pretty irritated by them all.
Okay, eventually managed to
get someone to take a photo of me.
Cats hanging around the old
Venetian fort at the mouth of the Iraklio harbour. Cats are everywhere in
Iraklio Harbour taken from
the end of the sea wall.
Delphi. Was really desperate
to check this place out as you often read about the Oracle of Dephi in
novels and history books about ancient Greece. The temple complex is
built on the slopes of Mt Parnassos and relatively free from civilisation
and large numbers of tourists.
The stadium over looking the
temple complex. All the scenary reminded me of the Guns of Navarone.
Stadium was just
amazing. I guess that's why I took so many photos of it.
Stadium and me being stupid.
Me pretending to be a status
in the alcove.
The temple of Apollo.
The temple of Apollo from
Temple of Apollo
again. Great photo.
Got to the fabulous island
of Santorini, crawled up the hill and watched the sun go down while
sipping Pina Coladas. I guess I'm what they call a 'flash
What you see below is
the volcanic crater with an isalnd in the middle.
Santorini from the boat
cruise I went on around the bay. Donkey trails go down to the docks.
View of Santorini from the
island in the middle.
Me pretending to be a greek
god on a concrete pillar.
Path leading down to the
Swimming near the hot
Swimming near the boat.
Temple of Zeus with the
Acropolis in the background.
Restored Roman stadium
the airport on departure
Cats are everywhere in
Greece. Here's one on the way out.