A weekend in Athens, Greece.

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  1. BradS

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    I'm going to Israel on business and, with any luck, I may get to stop in Athens "on the way home". I've never been to Greece. I don't even speak the language. So this is crazy!

    Anyway, I need to know:

    Where's is a good / bad place to stay?

    Will my inability to speak the local language be a serious problem?

    What else?
     
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    I'd be happy to help you with all the info and assistance you need. Please Email me privately ASAP and tell me more details about your trip (dates etc) gp@htr.gr - papanton@hol.gr

    Athens is easy to explore, even when you only speak English (there are natives that will speak your language), so don't worry. I'm sure you'll enjoy spending some time here.
     
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    Thank you very much George. I just sent an email to you at the first address.
     
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    Here to assist also. PM me anytime.
     
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    Thanks Dimitri...still waiting to hear official word from the man in the corner office. I haven't heard a belly laugh yet so....maybe there's still hope he'll approve - or, at least, over look the little details of my travel plan???

    After the initial rush wore off, I Googled for "Athens Greece Coffee cafe" and found this. Armed with this, I know I can survive...
     
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    I wish I could help you, but my distaste for Athens has severly limited my knowledge of the capital. I never stayed more than four days in that city and I have limited my visits to twice or three times a year.
     
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    Ari, You're on Crete? Could that be a day trip from Athens? It looks pretty close on my map...How far/long by ferry boat?
     
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    If you can swing it, go to Crete. It's a short jump by plane. My grandparents immigrated to the US from there around 1913. In 2003 I finally got to go to Greece and spent time in Athens and Crete (and a few other places). Crete was by far my favorite place on the trip. My family was from Malaxa, a small village outside of Chania. I liked the Chania area alot, but Iraklio was also very nice.

    Ari, next time I go, I'll look you up!

    Yassou!

    Kerik (aka Kyriakos)
    www.kerik.com
     
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    Ari, you don't have to come to Athens, you've got enough traffic, ugly buildings and pollution in Heraklion...

    Kerik, the trip from Athens to Crete and back is quite long by boat and woudn't be feasible in two days. Crete is a big island and would demand lots of days to be explored. Brad, distances between the places you mention may seem close on the map, but you have to take into account the scale the map was drawn in. The boat will take about 8 hours (or more) to travel from Pireaus (Athen's harbour) to Crete... There are planes that do the trip much quicker.
     
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    I second George's advice.
    A day trip would be far to short to come to Crete and you might get the wrong impression of the island, especially if you stay in the Little Monstrosity they call Iraklio, my home town. (the Large Monstrosity is Athens btw). Crete is not as large as Sicily but it is still the biggest by far island of Greece. With its varied topography it is almost like a tiny continent in itself. Check out a post I made in the geographical sub-forum regarding the island and my open invitation to all APUGers.
    A plane will get you to Crete from Athens in 35 minutes but you will have to go through the airport which is a waste of time in itself. The boat is even more time-wastefull as the fastest ones take atleast eight hours as George mentioned, let alone taking the older ones that need atleast half a day.
    It is though very romantic and nice and a photographer could appreciate such a trip, especially if you come upon a circuimstance simular to the one the photographer in the movie The Brides gets himself into.
    I suggest explore Athens, the old city around Acropolis that is.
    The rest of the city is too chaotic and too visually uninteresting apart from a few certain landmarks.
    Just take care on the streets, subway, buses and taxis. Greeks, especially Athenians are very self-involved, extremely rude and have no basic street respect knowledge; they will push you and elbow you and step on you to get where they are going.
     
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    Well, the big man in the corner office just let out a belly laugh. I won't be stopping in Athens on the way home. :sad:

    Looks like London, Frankfurt or Toronto are not completely out of the question though. Our travel agent is "work flights and numbers" now...

    Thanks to all Greeks who offered to help. One day, I will take you up on it!

    Brad.
     
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    I'm sorry to hear that, Brad. May is almost the best time to visit Athens (April is better), while the weather is nice but not unbearably hot.
    Hope you'll make it some other time.

    Ari, Athenians are not as you describe them. The guys you talk about are Cretans living in Athens... :smile:
     
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    Sorry to hear that you can't make it Brad. Maybe next time (and we'll arrange a 2-day trip to Crete, just so us Athenians can make Ari's life difficult :D)