Why Greece really wishes you were there

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  1. rwoman
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    The Independent: Why Greece really wishes you were there

    I know I've wanted to visit Greece, but strikes and such that impact getting to/from Greece have discouraged me from doing so...

    :(


     
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    We have been to Greece a few times. Always found it wonderful. The last time was when there was a taxi strike. Took the metro from the airport to the GB. The taxi drivers at the airport were very helpful in telling us how to get to the hotel. It was interesting watching the striking taxies circle Constitution Square to disrupt traffic.

    Would not let the strikes stop you from going there.
     
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  3. philatravelgirl

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    I was on a cruise from Istanbul that did the Greek Islands and Athens, it was great. There was a trash strike last year and some student demonstrations in Athens and we had no problems. It is a lovely country to visit, I would go back again
     
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    I definitely plan to visit Greece.... once they pull out of the Eurozone and revert back to the Drachma. It should be much more affordable to visit once that happens. I believe when Iceland went bust, it was considerably cheaper to visit afterwards.
     
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    I Want to visit Greece too but it seem to unstable for now. I don't want to be a statistic!
     
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    You could easily fall in love with the pre Euro / Drachma Greece.
    I doubt we will see those times revisited, mores the shame.
     
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    What kind of statistic are you thinking of?
     
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    The one where I'm trapped there without a flight back! :)
     
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  9. serion

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    I've been to Greece three times and would go back in a heart beat! Athens is wonderful, but check out the islands! My personal favorite is Mykonos.
     
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    I just left Greece for Turkey two days ago. Spent several weeks in Greece, Athens, north of Athens, and the islands. All was peaceful. Everyone was very nice to me. All are very upset about the unfair negative publicity Greece received from the press. Avoiding Greece because of that publicity would be equivalent to avoiding the U.S. because of the 99% protests.
     
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    May and September are the bookend months for cheap summer travel in Greece. Turkey is a great place to spend October as it's been 95F often.

    How much were hotels and BB's in islands? been 10 years since I was in Greece.


    I prefer the Greek islands of Santorini and Crete.
     
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    I look at a country's problems to be an advantage to a traveler. Sure, a civil war might not be so safe. But, bad press for things like one bad incident or some strikes often have little bad impact on my trip. Mean time, there is no waiting in lines or booked up rooms. The people working with tourists are glad to see you and will often have more time to spend with you.
    My one trip through Greece was very nice and I would return right now if I could.
     
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    If you are in Istanbul, don't miss the princess islands. They are a pleasant boat ride down the bosphorus
     
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    there could be worse places to get trapped
     
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    I would tend to agree. Is just like declining to go to Paris or Madrid just because some group is marching down the main boulevards expressing their frustration about something, that does not dissuade me from going. Actually, in some circumstances it makes me see the opportunities that become available, such hotel room discounts or even a more accessible last minute airfare. I have visited Greece a few times as well as the beautiful islands, and in my book, they are definitely worth revisiting any time, and more so, if there are not that many people crowding around. ;-)

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    Well, smog, traffic, chaos in Athena.......not the best place to be. Islands seems like the best place.
     
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    The Plaka is a nice pedestrian only area in Athens -- although it's a bit touristy. But with the comments above, that shouldn't be a problem now. :)

    BTW, the new subway in Athens is the cleanest I've EVER been in!
     
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    I'm happy to heat Athena has cleanliness in it's city....finally.

    Smog, traffic, humidity make Athena a tough sell during summer months.
     
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    Hi, all.

    We are heading to Greece in mid April. Specifically, Athens and Santorini.

    Our itinerary is as follows:
    - Stay 2 nights in Athens (Accommodation not yet determined)
    - Take the Blue Star Ferry from Pireaus port to Thira
    - Stay in Oia for 2 nights at Victoria's Caves
    - Move to Fira for 2 nights at Mill Houses
    - Fly back to Athens for another 3 nights, staying at Hotel Grande Bretagne

    We will be travelling with a 4 year old.

    Any one have any good recommendations for a good area to stay in while in Athens for the first 2 nights? Since we are going to be close to Syntagma Square and Plaka on our last 3 nights, I thought it might be a good idea to explore some other area of Athens on the first 2 nights.

    Also, has anyone on MP taken the Blue Star Ferry Delos? Is it worth getting a cabin for the 8 hour ferry ride to Thira?

    Any suggestions of activities suitable for a family with a 4 year old will be very much appreciated too!

    Thanks!
     

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