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24 Hrs In Athens With EasyJet (Part 2)  
User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2458 posts, RR: 52
Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5233 times:

7th September 2006

Luke is the first up today at 0830 demanding that everyone gets up, there is a city to see....after nearly all of us tell him where to go, we get another hours sleep. We fall out of bed at about 0930 and get ready, we leave hotel at 1030 running outta reception dumping key as we go, we headed back to McDonalds where we had dinner the previous night for breakfast. We then head to the tram stop to get the tram into Athens city centre, after about 10 mins wait we get on the tram for the 25 minute ride, our first stop today would be the Acropolis, we eventually reach our stop and follow some touristy looking people who look like they know where they going, sure enough they do and we arrive at the Acropolis, first we go take a look at "The Temple of Zeus"


Lucy admiring it whilst Luke and Kaz can be seen in background

we spend about half hour here taking numerous pictures from different angles, even getting bollocked by officials for taking a picture they didnt like... after spending time here we were hungry again so off we went to find lunch, we headed towards the Acropolis and found some nice little restaurant so we ate here sitting outside in the sun. We paid the miserable bastard who run the joint and headed on up to the Acropolis, today was very hot day and seemed to take twice as long...

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The climb begins

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Theater that will probably be completed before the new wembley

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Some other little temple

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Acropolis or Parhenon as some call it

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Me at the top absolutely knackered!

We spent about half hour at the top looking around taking numerous photos none worth putting on here anyway...so we slowly made our way back down to the bottom as time was getting on...descent took about 25 mins as we stopped taking yet more photos that look exactly like the ones we took going up....we headed into the city to Syntagma Square to take a look around the shops, here we found another McDonalds, so of course we had to sample it, just to see if it was as good as the one in Glyfada...this one was just as good. Time was getting on so we headed to the park, see what was there, nothing special so just chilled out for a bit with a drink

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Luke, Kaz, Me and Lucy

After leaving the park we went back to Syntagma Square where we catch the train to the airport but first we had to have one last beer

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Luke, Tyron and Me

We went to the station, bought our tickets and go on the next train, we had to get off and some station half way and wait for the airport train...

We eventually got to airport and checked in straight away, then went to McDonalds for tea and sat overlooking the runway and watching the departures, it soon got dark so we went and looked around the shops, Luke bought himself a Nike Sweatshirt for some retarded price. Now it was time to clear security channels and head to the gate, we found our gate and had to go through another security channel...our gate was already pretty full, tonights flight was again operated by OH-AFJ, the Air Finland 757-200.

Aircraft arrived on time and boarding was quick with no problems, we chose to sit in the rear of the aircraft, in the exit seats just behind the wing cant remember which seat number it were...tonights flight was going to take a bit longer around 3hrs 40mins, it was going to be a bit bumpy with storms over the alps. we pushed back and taxied to the active, no holding this time and straight out, we asked the crew what film was playing for the return flight but they told us we wouldnt see a film as they broke the system on the LTN-ATH sector...so it was a case of sit back and chat to the others about the good times we had on our 24 hour trip to Athens....once we hit the alps the captain got it spot on, storms were lighting up the sky below us, I played a bit more on the PSP, Tyron had a bad stomach, Luke and myself drunk a few Baileys minatures while Kaz slept behind with her new found friend Gulliver

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Kaz and Gulliver

Soon enough time for descent was upon us, the skies over southern england were clear and we had a nice smooth descent into LTN landing over the M1 onto runway 08, taxied off the runway and round to the main apron parking on stand 10 as this was the opposite side of the taxiway to the terminal we then had to get a bus to the arrivals hall, we got into arrivals and joined the end of a very long queue, it took us about 15 mins to clear, Kaz got her bag from baggage claim and we headed out to get the staff bus to the car park. We got in the car, dropped off Lucy and Luke on the way Tyron took himself in his car and we carried on to Hemel and home for a good nights sleep!

Id like to thank those who came with me on this trip even though it was very very short notice, but that made it even more fun....summing up Air Finland as a sub charter they did well, the film was bonus even though I couldnt watch it, aircraft was in good condition, seats were comfy overall a pleasant 2 flights!

Glenn


http://www.glenneldridgeaviation.com
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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5825 posts, RR: 41
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5165 times:

you need a history lesson before you write a report about Athens & Greek monuments.

first up..that "little temple" is the Temple of Hephaistos, it's part of the Ancient Agora and it was the centre of political, social, religon & justice in ancient times..to bad you didn't pay it a visit.


the acropolis is the rock which the Parthenon sits on, what you photographed was the Parthenon temple and not the acropolis as some like to call it.

the theatre is the Odeon of Herodus, it's not in any state of repair.

Glyfada is a nice spot..we still have out house just off the beach near the old airport.



a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5059 times:

Hi, I was really surprised to hear EasyJet uses Air Finland as sub charter.
Was the cabin crew from FIF too?
They have rather good reputation as in Finland, never tried them myself though. This winter they even have had regular charters to BKK via Dubai.


User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3235 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4901 times:

TRs about Athens always bring up some memories. Right now, I had mixed emotions seeing some sights. It was both painful and nice, but thanks anyway. I really enjoyed it.

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 1):
first up..that "little temple" is the Temple of Hephaistos, it's part of the Ancient Agora and it was the centre of political, social, religon & justice in ancient times..to bad you didn't pay it a visit.


the acropolis is the rock which the Parthenon sits on, what you photographed was the Parthenon temple and not the acropolis as some like to call it.

the theatre is the Odeon of Herodus, it's not in any state of repair.

I wanted to say that first. Yes, it is good to know those few details. Actually,to those who will visit Athens soon just a small advice from historian. If you go to Acropolis, go to Omonia Square but public transport and walk from there. It will take some time (20-25 minutes of easy walk), but you might feel history and why Athens is so important.

Now, back to trip report. It seems you like McDonald's. Me, too. Speaking of McDonald's in Glyfada, I was freezing inside and it was quite a shock to go out into the hot July day. There is another one which I visited quite often on Omonia Square. Yes, close to the McDonald's in Glyfada was a small pub, is it still there?



R-E-S-P-E-C-T
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4850 times:

Great part 2 Big grin

Love those pics of Athens, damn I wanna head out there  Smile


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offline9V From China, joined Aug 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4823 times:

Was it hot climbing upto the Acroplibits? We were there in the summer and I almost passed out it was so hot.

That cafe ouside looks familiar too. Big grin


User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3235 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4819 times:

Quoting 9V (Reply 5):
Was it hot climbing upto the Acroplibits? We were there in the summer and I almost passed out it was so hot.

Lesson number 1:
Bring lots of water with you.  Wink



R-E-S-P-E-C-T
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4783 times:

Quoting EZYAirbus (Thread starter):
miserable bastard who run the joint

Probably heard you say "Not as good as McDonalds"  Wink

Quoting EZYAirbus (Thread starter):
we found another McDonalds



Quoting EZYAirbus (Thread starter):
then went to McDonalds for tea

Have you seen "Supersize Me" dude??? From a culinary perspective, you need to get out more mate! I used to live in Greece and I have been missing the food ever since...have to fly to Christchurch for Souvlaki and Gyro!!  Smile

Still, a decent and honest TR, brought it all back to me!  Smile


User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4741 times:

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 7):
Still, a decent and honest TR

I guess this is what counts.

Good report mate!!.

You still have to write a report about your trip to LPABig grin



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineGCDEG From Greece, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4680 times:

Nice report Glenn. Always like to see TR's to Greece especially Athens. Good photos too.

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 7):
Have you seen "Supersize Me" dude??? From a culinary perspective, you need to get out more mate! I used to live in Greece and I have been missing the food ever since...have to fly to Christchurch for Souvlaki and Gyro!!

My sentiments exactly. The Greek cuisine has so much more to offer than McDonalds. Oh what I wouldn't give to have 2 souvlakia right now.

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 6):
Lesson number 1:
Bring lots of water with you.

A true fact if ever there was one!

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 4):
Love those pics of Athens, damn I wanna head out there

Me too - luckily I am for New Year. Can't wait!

Nick



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User currently offlineKazzie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4546 times:

Quoting EZYAirbus (Thread starter):
Hemel and home for a good nights sleep!

You got a good nights sleep! I was back in work at 0400 after arriving at what 0030?

again, had a great time  Smile thankies!


User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4504 times:

How i would love to do such a thing! Well i did it sometimes, mostly with friends working for airlines and i was flying with a friendship ticket.
or years ago on DL and NW with their stand-by tickets.
The only gripe i have about your trip report is...ey, you went to greece and only ate Mc Donalds? Shame on you guys!!!

cheers: DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3592 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4285 times:

Can't believe you guys ate McDonald's. You could have had something nicer in Athens. By the way I live very close to Glyfada where you stayed, its quite dead during winter. What club did you go to? And what were your general impressions of Athens?

Unfortunately I am in the Army now and I got out on the 8th on my first leave so I couldn't join you or drive you around. Wouldn't have made any difference anyway since you didn't tell any Greek members about your trip  Sad


User currently offlineRojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4239 times:

Quoting GCDEG (Reply 9):
My sentiments exactly. The Greek cuisine has so much more to offer than McDonalds. Oh what I wouldn't give to have 2 souvlakia right now.

You should have tried Giros... not expensive and much better than McDonalds. I was in Athens two weeks ago and had a wonderful time...


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