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Filth, Squalor and Lawlessness
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Category: Athens General


After visiting Athens several times for family reunions I have drawn the line on this hole.
This city is the outright gold medallist for filth, squalor and lawlessness.
Roads and footpaths are at times impassable as a result of uncollected garbage. It is a place that has no consideration for the disabled access or otherwise. The metro or underground rail system is a haven for criminal gangs that will stop at nothing including violence to steal in particular from vulnerable tourists. Wait there is more. The street corners are full of persons communicating on mobile phones doing drug deals and setting up robberies and other criminal activities.
In the meantime those charged with keeping law and order are in groups of 5 or 6 loitering on corners, unshaven, dishevelled, scratching their posterior and totally immersed with their mobile phones.
Unfortunately, and it hurts to say the whole country is 20 years behind as a result. If I cannot go to a place where my security is assured then I go elsewhere to leave my hard earned. It is a place where one requires bodyguards to move around. Oh, lastly as if the heavy pollution was not enough everyone takes no notice of the no smoking laws at almost every venue and it is deliberately ignored by corrupt officials charged with upholding these laws.


alexis
alexis wrote on May 17, 2018

I agree with you and you describe problems one can find in any big capital of any country.
I find your approach a bit poor as you only see the negative parts. You should do something about this, you are harming yourself. It sounds like the classical person who now lives in a rich western country and spends his life criticizing his "old" country, or the country of his ancestors. I know many people like this. I do not know if there is a psychological term that describes this complex.
Athens has so many beautiful things to see and do. And it is very safe. As any big capital, there are places not to go if you are a woman for example. I live in Athens for the last 20 years and not once I had any security issue. And I was living in one of the "immigrant" neighborhoods. I can't say the same for Paris where I studied for 5 years. I got scared many times there :)


madjax

Get out & about
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Category: Lefkada General


The best way to stay on Lefkada is book a villa (Friends stayed in Villa Vangelis in Geni), hire a road worthy car & explore. You are on an island; how lost can you get! There are some amazing sights, do a day or two at the beaches but go down that dirt track, you never know what you might be missing. Get up into the villages where the locals are & eat at the local tavernas run by the local villagers. It's the only way to truly discover Lefkada.



minnaliisa

Kefalonia is the landscape of my soul
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Kefalonia is a really beautiful island with magnificent landscapes. It takes my breath away every time. I have written blog about some of my favourite places in Kefalonia: https://kefalonia2017byminna.blogspot.fi

About hotels and restaurants in Kefalonia - I've never been disappointed - on the contrary, I've always met nice, polite and friendly people. I can warmly recommend Kefalonia for everyone looking for a relaxing holiday in Greece!



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Unsafe city and Fake Euro beware of pick-pockets
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Category: Athens General


We (as a couple) travelled to Santorini and had a very good stay there. After that we stay in Athens for 5 days. The city feels unsafe with people touting and looking at you with a very weird manner. We even received €50 fake note from a restaurant at Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaka. The entrance fee for Acropolis is €20 which is not worth the price, too many people there and you cant really enjoy the place. Other tourist attractions are also very expensive. There's only few places you can visit in the city and they look about the same. Regret for going to Athens. The people are not nice to tourists. Should have visited Italy (Venice) or Istanbul as they are not too far from Santorini.



neville55

Zakynthos a tale of two contrasts
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Category: Zakynthos General


Depending what you want in a holiday, zakynthos can be the best place or it could be the worst. Having visited the island about 15 years ago and again in September 2017, it was sad to see the mess the built up areas are in. The scenic areas are still some of the most breath taking views to be had, the farming and farm products are there to be bought on the side of the road, the food, the bread is all beautiful and worthy of a mention and recommended. However the other side to the island, the exploitation of the natural resources is shocking. Litter everywhere, fly tipping everywhere.hundreds of boats daily taking tourists out to see the poor turtles, how many turtles are injured by propellors, the oil and fuel from the boats on a busy day floating round the coastline sticking like black glue to some unsuspecting snorkelers or swimmers and I'm one of them. The town of Lagana, well depends what you want in a holiday but when I go to Greece or a Greek island, that's what I want to see, not a boozer and sex shop industry with drunken Brit's embarrassing all from the UK. Greece where is your pride? Are there no Greek environmentally proud groups wanting to clean up the island or try educate their own, yes the tourist is guilty for some of the filth but I saw Greeks on the beach on family day Sunday leaving their rubish on the beach. Go diving and what you see happening on land is happening in the sea, there is not only tourist related rubish but rubish from years of exploitation. Greece where is your pride. Having visited a few islands now and the mainland it's the same. Yes greece is going through a tough time but this has been happening for many decades. I find Greeks and the Greek culture a wonderful experience. Greeks are proud to be Greek but not proud of Greece or interested in looking after what is their inheritance, use it, make money out of it.it's not our problem oh and allowing the tourist free destruction rights. Sorry to say all this but it disturbed me to see it happening to such a beautiful island. For the scenic part it excellent.I say no more



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One of the most beautiful Greek islands
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Category: Folegandros General


We visited Folegandros in July this year, and we were amazed by how beautiful and raw this island was.
Having just come from Mykonos, the calmness of Folegandros was very welcome.
We stayed at Pavlos x 2 apartments which were sweet, simple and affordable, just what we were looking for, and just 5 minutes walk from Chora.

The Chora is one of the most beautiful small "towns" (not exactly a town but more like a big village) we have visited - with stunning colours and very well taken care of. There are some great restaurants, and lovely bars to visit during the evening (Rakentia bar was our favourite - also great for brunch).

Some lovely beaches, although as this island can get very windy, choosing which beach to go on the day does depend on the wind direction.
Our apartment receptionist advised us every morning on which beach to go to on that day.
We visited Agios Nikolaos beach by getting a little boat from Agali beach. You can also walk but probably not advisable in the heat.
Agios Nikolaos was stunning, with a cute little restaurant (yummy food).
We chose to walk back to Agali and at a slow pace it took us a little while (45 mins or so) - but we stopped many times for photos and videos as the views are incredible.
On our second day we visited Katergo beach, by taking a boat from the port area Karavostasis. We stayed there for 3 hours, and the boat picked us up at around 6pm. This beach is also stunning but doesn't have any restaurant or facilities, so it is completely raw :) As it can get very hot, we would definitely recommend taking an umbrella. There is shade under the rocks but only from around 5pm. Definitely a must visit beach with beautiful clear waters (great for snorkelling!). Make sure to check the boat times maybe from the day before just to be prepared.

On our last day we visited a much smaller beach called Puntaki (close to the port area). A very cute little private beach, but beware it is a nudist beach :)
We parked the car on the main road and walked down the steep hill to the beach.

We spent all our evenings in Chora and on the last evening my partner walked up to the Monastery to see the sunset - he got some awesome photos, and I do regret not going up now! Definitely worth a visit.
We have actually made a short video to show how pretty Folegandros is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usFgqWjkCv4&t=1s

This so far is our favourite Greek island (Ithaki is our second favourite), and we already want to go back - hopefully next year!!!



tanja30

Scooter rental
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Category: Corfu General


It's better to travel around Corfu by motor, not car. The experience is totaly different. We stayed in Moraitika last year, so the prices for scooters were from 90 to 120 euros rent for the first 9 days in august. In 2015, in Ipsos, scooter rental was 50 euros for 7 days, but in September. Drive safely, very upside down roads from Paleokastrica to Sidari. A lot of mountains there. The roads are very good in the south of the island.



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It's Cruel to the Mules
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Category: Santorini Other > Take A Donkey Ride


It’s Cruel to the Mules…

I have personally witnessed handlers severely mistreating the donkeys. PLEASE, do not support this!

The abuse takes several forms. The donkeys are forced to climb up and back down a pathway with around 600 VERY STEEP steps, making as many as seven trips a day between 9 o’clock in the morning and sunset. Often, the animals are required to carry tourists who, putting it bluntly, are obese and may weigh considerably more than the donkeys themselves. And the mules must do this exhausting, grueling work in blazing sunshine and searing summer heat, often with unsatisfactory food, water and rest periods, plus few if any breaks in the shade. To add insult to injury, they may be wearing ill-fitting harnesses that inflict cuts and sores on their bodies, while their owners or handlers may frequently strike them with sticks to make them move or hurry up. In short, they toil under cruel and deplorable working conditions.



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Very crowded
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Category: Corfu General


Extremely crowded with people and tourists. Nice roads and vegetation. Also many nice beaches. The style of architecture is very similar to Italian, especially in the center. Take care with driving as traffic is very intense with locals driving fast.

Here is one of videos I made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc3tF5KLJc0



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Very wild
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Category: Amorgos General


This island is very wild in comparison to others I visited in Greece (There are more wild goats than people living in it) . After you get out of the boat, you could almost smell the goats! It is also pretty windy there all the time. There are no trees or vegetation, its mostly rocks and wildness. Some roads are in very poor condition so be careful driving deeper into them. And finally I would especially recommend to get special water slippers as it is only one beach in the island, other places are very rocky!

Here is one of videos I made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1eczKnpgtY



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