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Lauren + Adam’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 03 Apr 2007

Location: Athens, Greece

MapDays 1 – 3 Athens
Headed off to Heathrow with our friends Alannah, Jeremy and Jess to catch our flight to Athens, Greece. We arrived safely in Athens and after working out their train system we headed into the centre of the city to find our accomadation. After a good nights sleep we got up early the next day to explore the city. Athens reminded me of a few places that we have been before. Like Italy everywhere you look is another ancient monument thousands of years old. You can also see the Turkish influences in the people, food and buildings. We didn’t really do a lot the first day. We booked our ferries for our travels to the islands, looked around the shops and took a ride on the Happy train, which showed us the major sites of Athens.
The second day we took past in an organised tour of Athens. We visited the Olympic Stadium and spend a couple of hours exploring the Acropolis – the amazing ancient site which overlooks Athens.
On the third day we had to make our way out to the port to catch our ferry to the island of Santorini. I must mention that whilst watching the Greek news the night before heading to Santorini we watched in fascination a cruise liner sinking off of the coast of the island and people being rescued. We couldn’t understand the news because it was all in Greek, but we understood the word Santorini and we hoped that it wouldn’t affect our travel to the island. To our surprise when we awoke the next morning and turned on the news the cruise liner had actually sunk! Our journey on the ferry was supposed to be 3 hours but ended up being about 5 and a half. Needless to say we were happy to reach land safely. It was surreal to be in the place we had been watching on the news that morning and knowing that in the huge area of ocean that had been sectioned off a cruise liner lay 70 metres below sea level. It has been a dream of mine for some time to visit Santorini and on arrival it already lived up to expectation. In the dark the beautiful white and blue houses looked spectacular and I was so excited to be there!!