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... twice the size of the Pacific Princess, the ship we crossed the Atlantic on a couple of years ago, I suspect the mass marketers want to focus on larger ships, for larger profits.
A late afternoon nap, prevented us to witness the depature from Piraeus and forced us into a late dinner.On board we are back to our normal schedule, early dinners, early to bed, no more European midnight dining,
... for a trade show some decades ago and had been retained and renovated over the years so it replicated the Parthenon. We were interested today to see the difference. If we were impressed with Ephesus yesterday, Athens was going to dazzle us today. The history of Athens is one which is detailed and includes a colourful collection of battles, fires and attempts to take over the city, including the erection of many monuments for heroes, both of mythology and actual ...
... in a poor state of repair. Greece clearly is suffering from the GFC and their weight of debt to the European Common Market. The city dwellings are largely multi-storey apartments and single bedroom units. Their streets are largely lined with trees, which certainly beautifies their hilly street scape.
The minimum wage is around $400/month and the average wage is around $750/month. They find it really difficult to live and ...
... that we are staying in are classed as 4-star. I would say they were more around the level of 3-star maximum. They are very clean - a big plus. The rooms are small, and bathrooms even smaller. WiFi works intermittently in some, or only in the lobby. The water in the pool here is well-maintained, but there is no lifeguard. Maybe this is normal for a hotel pool, but at a resort city, I would think there might be one. (So I am sitting out by the pool, much to the annoyance of ...
... port. Athens i thought was quite pretty and large 5 million people. Most buildings are white and the city glistens in the sun. They are not allowed to build anything more then 7 stories high, its the law throughout all of the city, so no skyscrapers anywhere. Of course the Acropolis sits in the center of Athens. I was quite worried about the climb up , Patty's heard me go on about that. But we took the path instead of the ...