Greece, the birthday gift I’ve chosen for this year has been waiting for me -- a bus, train, three planes, and another bus -- away from our Pacific Northwest home. And here I am - time to put the planning into action!
A trip to Greece is one requiring time and distance that can make the youngest of travelers weary: we’ve hurtled some 39,000 – feet above the earth as Delta whisked us some 4,868 miles to Amsterdam. There we boarded another plane for the three hour flight to Athens.
Buses, trains and ferries will all be used on this trip. And I can't tell you the joy in finally looking out the plane's window and seeing Athens below! Total travel time: 24 hours from our front door to check in at our hotel in Piraeus, Athen's port.
Through time zones and climate changes we’ve traveled to reach this gift ~ a trip that’s been in the back of our minds since we last visited in 2010. “You must really like Greece,” observed friends who can’t quite get beyond this country’s economic upheaval; one so severe that it has rocked world markets.
We know the world has changed – Greece in particular – since we last visited. And we have wondered in what state we will find the country that has wrapped us up in its spell. We wonder whether the charming mom-and-pop places we’ve committed to memory will still be there to welcome us? How will those few folks we remember so fondly be doing?
Our trip really is going to be like unwrapping a gift ~ one that I suspect will hold all sorts of surprises. Come along with us as I continue to see what surprises it has for us! (That's me at the port, waiting for this ferry to take us to Poros. . .more from there soon! And today is Travel Photo Thursday so head over to Budget Travelers Sandbox for more photos and travel.