and here I thought knowing some of the greek symbols from math would help
11.06.2009 - 11.11.2009
After getting on the Ferry from Bari, Italy to Patras, Greece we had 15 hours to relax, take it easy and sleep. With our Eurail pass we actually had a free ride on the ferry, but they were in a large compartment filled with airplane type seats and a large luggage rack at the front to keep your stuff in. We thought about it for a few seconds, then decided to upgrade to a room. It was definitely worth every penny! It had a shower, bathroom, and most importantly a bed to lay down on and stretch out; no cramped legs in an airplane seat. Plus we didn't need to worry about our packs, because they were locked in the room with us. We even got a good nights sleep. We were also happy to learn that neither of us suffer from sea sickness :-)
Once we arrived in Patras we had a few hours to kill until our train left for Nafplion. We basically found a nice cafe that had free internet... Our trip to Nafplion took much longer then we expected, we were on a train, then a bus, then another 2 trains. The train system in Greece is not like the rest of Europe, the trains are old, and the tracks are pretty limited on where you go and what time you can get there. But, at last we finally made it to our destination, though at midnight and we had no place to stay... We ended up picking one of the first places we found that was still open, it was more than we had wanted to pay, but we just wanted to sleep. Here's a pic of our room before we crashed for the night:
The next day we found a much cheaper place to stay and we booked 2 nights.
While we were there, we hiked up to the castle and had an amazing view of the city and the sea.
At night from our new hostel we had a great view of the castle lit up:
During the day we also took a little swim at the beach in the inlet you can see in one of the pictures above. The water was so much warmer then in Croatia, and it was still super clear.
After our third night in Nafplion we decided to head up to Thessaloniki where we would catch our train over to Turkey. We didnt want to deal with the train schedules, so we booked a bus to Athens, where we knew we could then catch a train to Thessaloniki. We again arrived much later than we planned, but thankfully this time we had already booked a place to stay for the night. It took us a while to find it, mainly because there was so much construction going on in the city it was a bit hectic. But we slept well that night.
The next couple of days we walked around the city, saw a couple of the sights:
The White Tower
The Arch of Galerius
We went to the archaeological museum that displays excavation findings from around Thessaloniki and the border area of Macedonia. They had a ton of coins on display that were circulating Macedonia from the 6th century to 148 bc. It was really interesting. They also had sculptures and a bunch of other artifacts found during excavations. We couldn't take any pictures inside the museum, but this one we took of this art piece just inside the entryway of the museum.
The largest Kebab we have ever seen in our travels so far:
We found a friend in the park, how cute was she! Too bad we couldn't take her home with us.
This is a chain burger and fries fast food joint within greece; we enjoyed their food a couple of times, and they do make a really good caesar salad.
That night we got on the train (our very last leg of our Eurail pass!). When we woke up in the morning we were in Turkey and Colleen left her 20's behind, it was her birthday :-) She turned 30.