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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Athens, Greece!

Let me preface this next group of photos by saying that we met some super cool people on the ferry on the way to Patras. Aaron and Carolyn are really cool and we are so happy to have met them! Aaron speaks perfect Italian and helped us even before we all formerly met! We hung out with them for the entirety of our time in Athens and truly enjoyed their company. Through them, we also made friends with Nicholas and Semina, he is from Cyprus and she is Greek. We ALSO met Pancho from mexico! Nicholas and Semina were nice enough to teach us all a few words in greek and showed us a great restaurant so we got a chance to have authentic greek food. Thanks again guys, hope to see you again =]

Our ferry

Night view of the Acropolis, so beautiful!

Nicholas and Semina!

Dave and Aaron (nice face!)

Carolyn and I (pardon my stray hair)

Dave and Greek guard

Aaron is so outgoing, being a photographer, these breakdancers were super nice!)

Another thing about Athens you have to know, is that there are dogs EVERYWHERE. I don't know if they are all strays and 100% homeless, but there are bowls of water left out for them by shop owners and stuff. They are all just hanging out in the shade as it is extremely hot. And gosh, aren't they cute?

Again, thanks to Aaron, we were warmly welcomed by this guy at his restaurant, which was good and pretty cheap.
Most sights only have a few original pieces still standing.

As a kid, I wanted to be an archeologist.

Dave and Pancho!

Cute, I know.

And that's Athens for you! We ate so much good food ( especially Tzatziki and Gyros, mmm!!!)

Until next time, when I write about Syros Island!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Roma, Parte Due

Here are some photos of the rest of our time in Roma!

Spanish Steps, here we met a nice Canadian lady and her husband

Loved this tunnel!

The Trevi Fountain was PACKED at night, but it's seriously the better way to see it.

Bocca Della Verita, a la Roman Holiday <3

After reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I wish we had gone in!!!!

See? Like I said, not as nice in the day...

The view of Piazza del Poppolo from Villa Borghese park.

Sweet rollerbladers.

Loving life


Loving the busts (no pun intended)

The Vatican is beautiful.

Matisse <3

Not allowed, but I managed a non-flash photo of the Sistine Chapel.

Swiss guards: Love their outfits.

Citta Del Vaticano

Castel Sant'Angelo

Nice view of the Vatican St. Peter's Dome
It was 15 Euros to get in without a student ID, 7,50 with one. Again, as for the Colosseum, people try to sell you tickets to cut the line. Not necessary, we waited only about half and hour when they claimed the line would be 2 hours. Save yourself some money =]
We enjoyed Rome, but prepare to spend some money. I don't know for sure if it's the Mafia responsible, but everything has an extra charge. Hostels have a "Rome city tax" not included in your rate...Sit down in a restaurant in the blazing heat, be prepared to pay 3,50 for a drink, 5 euro for a piece of meat ( order a hamburger and don't get a bun or anything, literally JUST the meat) other than that, it's a nice place. We were there for 4-ish days and felt it was adequate. There are so many tourists there that most people speak English. If you're from Australia, buy your English language books here as they are less than half the price!

Next, we were off to Bari to catch the Ferry to Patras, in Greece!!!