(Closed) Has anyone been to Greece?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re going to Greece for our honeymoon too!  I’ve heard it isn’t too bad – the strikes are well publicized and not a big deal on the islands at all.  The best advice I’ve gotten is to leave Athens til the end of your trip so that if you are delayed on one of the islands, you will have some buffer days and not miss your flight out of Athens.

Hopefully someone who has been will chime in!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I haven’t been since the economic crisis but I have been to all 3 of those places and they are all incredible FYI. Santorini is very romantic. Mykonos is a party island! Have fun!!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Haven’t been but we’re going there on our honeymoon, too!!  Seriously cannot wait!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

OK here is my advice to you… when in athens, see the ruins and get the hell out of that god forsaken place. Do NOT take the ferry to or from athens (I took it from italy to athens when I went… it was the worst decision of the whole trip). You will hardly find any local greecians in athens, the place is disgusting.. (I am of indian decent so may all my gods forgive me when I say this) there are tons of dirty indian men that call to you and are extremely rude. If possible, just stay away from athens all together. There isn’t THAT much to see there anyways. The olympics place and the ruins. Mykonos and Santorini are very beautiful and relaxing and what you expect greece to be like. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was just looking around to see people going to Greece- I love it there, and I love Athens. I was there last Xmas for 3 weeks, and will be getting married there this summer.(MY FH is Greek Canadian)

 

To be honest, the cities are the hardest hit by what is going on, there is anger and frustration. But with that being said, I did meet athenians and had a wonderful time. I also went up to Delphi. The villages and islands are quite sustaining – and life seems to go on.

I am doing the islands this summer – married in Crete, then off to the other islands around.

 

If anyone has questions – Im here…also check out Matt Barrett’s Greece.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I went to Athens in 2010 for a month and had the most amazing time. Granted, it was a university trip and I’m a complete Ancient Greek nerd so of course, I would love it but I did genuinely enjoy my time there.

Some tips for Athens:

  • Be wary of taxi drivers. Some tried to rip us off especially if you try to take them to and/or from the airport
  • The Akropolis and the Akropolis Museum are must-sees! As well as the Agora and various other ancient sites if you are into that. Check out the museums if you can and/or want to.
  • Most shops are closed on Sundays so don’t leave your shopping until then. Syntagma was a really good shopping destination.
  • For great cocktails, check out a bar called Brettos in Plaka
  • For amazing desserts, find a restaurant called Chocolat.
  • If you’re taking the metro and the escalators are crowded, take the stairs. It’ll get you to where you’re going faster and you avoid the risk of being pick-pocketed – a lesson learnt by one of the people in our group.
  • Oh and if you do take the metro, make sure you keep you validate your ticket and keep your ticket on you at all times because there are people that patrol stations and ask you to present your ticket and if you don’t, it’s an instant 30-60 euros fine. Again, an unfortunate lesson learnt by someone in our group.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Oh and you can’t flush toilet paper down the toilet in Athens because it clogs up the pips – not sure if that applies to the other islands. And I think they still allow smoking in restaurants, bars and clubs – at least they did whilst we were there. I’m not sure if that’s changed. But if you are averse to cigarette smoke, I’d watch out for that.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I suspect most o fthe unrest is in the cites. It takes hours on the ferries to get out to the islands, so they are a bit removed from it all. I agree though, you shouldn’t linger long in Athens. The islands are so inviting and worth the ride out there. 

Good luck!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I absolutely loved Athens. I’m not a luxury traveler and I’m used to big cities, so I don’t expect everywhere I go to look like a pristine movie set. If you just go to the Acropolis and leave you’ll miss out on some fantastic museums (the archaeological museum there is worth the trip alone) and the culture of a vibrant city.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Went a few years ago and loved it!

You can’t flush toilet paper down the toilet on the islands either.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

The Greek Isles are the best, so beautiful and a lot of fun!!! I really dissliked Athens and would not waste too much time there, the Acropolis is always surrounded by scaffolding and the city was really dirty.  If you go to Rhodes you can always take the ferry to Turkey, I loved turkey too!  Do as much of the Greek Isles as possible they are amaizng!

never heard about the toilet paper thing… we never had a problem flushing it

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Future Mrs K:  

You can flush it….you just shouldn’t lol.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@ticatica:   The plumbers do come around pretty quickly though lol

I’d highly recommend a day trip to Epidauros and Mycenae if you’re interested in ancient sites and/or have the time.

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