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This last week in Greece we have spent at the ESCAPE Conference in Porto Carras Resort. It is located in the Macedonia Region where there are 3 peninsulas. It is a popular destination for Greeks vacationing. The G8 Summit and the European Summit were held at this resort a few years ago, very nice resort!
I mentioned that I was to go on a tour to the Mt Athos (around it, not to it!) but we quite literally missed the boat and didn't ...
Saturday May 28th …today we are traveling from Skiathos to Thessaloniki….the ferry to Volos left Skiathos at 2:15 pm, so we had to catch a ride from the hotel down to the bus stop , then caught a bus to the port to catch the ferry. The ferry ride took 2.5 hours and was really nice…once we got to Volas we had to find the bus station, we asked about 5 different people and got 5 different directions. Finally we came across 2 English girls who were coming from the ...
I am going to do a boat tour around Mt Athos on Tuesday while Dave is at his conference. I spoke with a few people at the opening reception about the experience. They allow no women at the Mt and men must have special permission to visit. So I decided to find out more ...
... not recognised as such by the UN. What we observed from our 500 metre exclusion zone was the monks don't seem to be living a life of austerity, with modern vehicles and speed boats in the bays. They live in very large regular style houses as well as the larger monasteries. Some 2000 males currently live on the peninsula, including Monks and employees.
According to my guide book, the Virgin Mary it is said, was blown off course by accident ...
Distance: 37.60 km
Average speed: 20.5 km/h
Moving time: 1h50min
Total ascent height: 674 m
As the days before, today was a rainy day. Because of it we decided to try to hitchhike until Ouranopoli (the city where we can access to moun Athos). Due to the few cars on the road, this was impossible so we took our bikes and made ~18 kms until Stratoni where we took a bus ...
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