Athens - day 5

Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
Trip End Nov 13, 2011

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

it's hot as fuck around here dudes (y'all remember how hot that is, right?)

Rewind a couple of days:
Versailles was an awesome thing to see...the palace itself was more of the same (i.e. big, gaudy) but the gardens were absolutely wonderful...gardens, just so you know, are allowed to be big...they had one of those hedge mazes which i totally got lost in for 45 was pretty awesome thinking "i'm a garden"

Giverny, Monet's house and gardens, were unforgettable...i canNOT believe i was actually there...dream come true - CHECK

we were on a tour with only 4 people so the driver took us for joyrides around Normandy for the whole day (not beach-Normandy, countryside-Normandy) was really pretty and the Seine makes everything green and lush...i totally loved the whole day and will probably return to France to see the southern region (sorry Vivien, but it IS happening)

i also managed to make it to the Musee D'Orsay...i went super early and while waiting for it to open i googled a map of the layout and soon as we were allowed in i went straight for Van Gogh and Renoir and was in there completely ALONE...shit was real!  i literally came to a sudden stop in front of Van Gogh's self-portrait and stood there in awe, complete with mouth hanging open

Present day:
hot as fuck, i said that, right?

i love Athens, i love her sounds, i love her small inconvenient streets, i love that there are both locals and tourists in the same place, eating the same food, walking the same streets...i love that there are people everywhere even in the middle of the August heat, i love that if you need a beer refill you just smack your empty on the table, and that if you need to get passed a crowd you push...i even love her stink...yessum, i fucking love athens

Highlights so far:
-i didn't want to eat meat 2 days in a row so i ordered a souvlaki with everything, sans meat...the old-man waiter looks at me sideways and says in english "1 greenpeace souvlaki"

-at a periptero (kiosk) in Plaka with my (60 year old uberawesome) aunt, chatting to an acquaintance...young dude comes by looking for a specific chewing gum, gets told it's around the front, but he's still looking on the side...she tells him once, she tells him twice, then she yells at him (she's greek, it's what we do) "are you deaf, it's around the front"...dude turns around and gives her a dirty, mumbling shit under his i say loud enough for him to hear "does he know i'm with you and that i'll smack him if he doesn't stop?"...she replies "why, do you think i wouldn't do it myself"...i love this woman's guts!

Saturday: off to Euboia for 6 days of sun, and the August full's been 12 years since i've seen a Greek August moon
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Samita on

Nicky Aunt &lt;3 Are those vids yours? Because they look like they could be yours? I'm gonna click in a sec LOl

MrsD on

You got to go to the museum anyway. Yeeessaaah!

It must be so exciting for you to be back in Greece after all this time. Love the Greenpeace souvlaki. :)

kevloid on

dunno if you're reading lj while you're away, but I'm eating the foods of whatever countries you visit. :-D

trying to, anyway.

Naomi Whitehead on

I think this is the happiest, most excited, I've ever known you to be.. and there's more to come. You think you've died and gone to heaven?. Heehee.
I am SO happy for you.

vmad7 on

greenpeace souvlaki = EPIC

cant wait to meet you over there (insert massive SQUEAL here)


Chrys D on

Definitely the best place in the world - the one place in the world where locals experience everything with a deep passion and emotion. Saviour every moment.

Elke on

Have I told you how much I like your blog? Not only are you able to give info, you can upload pictures, a travel map,... I will so do this when PJ and I, and the kids, are doing our roadtrip to the US (Westcoast) in 9 years. yes, in 2020, we rent a camper and travel through the US :)

Send me some sun please, the weather is awful around her. Hopefully it gets better soon but I doubt it. Seems like your aunt is a feisty one, just like you, and I like that. have fun and eat tons of tzaziki :)

nicky7a on

geeez i love tzatziki!! but i have to say my mum makes it the best
a usa roadtrip would be awesome i'd be a tough choice whether to take Route 66 or go up north so you could criss-cross into canada

even though it was still 30 degrees at 1am, YOU CAN'T HAVE ANY IT'S MINE

nicky7a on

somewhere along the equator they had an earthquake from your squeal over there and mine over here

nicky7a on

yes that's my video...and me at the end being

Maria on

I love Paris, but i ll agree with you... everything toooo big!!! and my legs were bleeding after walking for hours! You are in Athens now huh? its hot there now i hear! Xxxxxxxx

naomi on

I love Greek food the best, and now I have to read and be jealous. I'm coming over.. I can't take much more!
When you find lamb roasting on a spit, please eat some extra, for me.

Con & Helen on

Thank you for keeping us so entertained on a Saturday night. We are sitting here reading your blogs are laughing our butts off!
Greenpeace Souvlaki!! Freakin' hilarious!

Laura (onetruefriend) on

You're already back in Greece? lol. I'd love to visit Athens someday! And omg Monet- one of my favorite painters, and I love Van Gough too, so jealous of you right now! Miss you!

kevloid on

is your planned itinerary posted somewhere? and I love the video - it's always cool to hear someone from lj/dw actually speak.

nicky7a on

yep, on'll send a share request to your email address, though i think you may need to sign up to view it (sorry)

Cass Awesome on

NICKY! I love your blogs, LOVE! I love that you got lost in a garden IN FRANCE and you sound so SO happy on this trip bb! I MISS YOUR GUTS! xo

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