Greece

By aacosta

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Arrived to Athens on 8/24/15 and stayed at the Aristoteles Hotel. Hotel was cheap about 40 Euros a night, can't really complain if you're on a budget. Not the most luxurious hotel, but it was good enough for a few days. First day we headed to Plaka, which is the cute little town where all the restaurants, shops, and bars are located. After having lunch and a few drinks we decided to see the Acropolis, which is only a 5 min minute walk from the town. I payed about 12 Euros for the entry and the walk is not an easy one. Getting to the Acropolis is a steep way up a mountain filled with marble floors. My advice is wear shoes, because I wore flip flops and I had to hold on to my friend, or I would of probably fell. Also bring water. No one sells water around the area and you can easily get dehydrated. On the way up you get to see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, which is one of the most well preserved theaters in Athens. Further up you get to see the Parthenon, and right next to it is the temple of Athena. You can also see all of Athens from the top, which is an awesome view.

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On 8/25/15 my friends and I headed to Mykonos. From our hotel in Athens we left for Piraeus port, which is about a half hour drive from the city. We took Blue Star Ferries from Athens, and it was approximately a 4 hour ferry ride. Arriving to Mykonos was absolutely beautiful. Finally got to see the white houses and the really nice blue Mediterranean ocean. As soon as we arrived we headed to Mykonos Beach Hotel were we booked. From there one of my friends suggested heading to Paradise Beach, which was only a 15 minute taxi drive. What we didn't know is that the bus takes you there also for only 2 euros, which we took back and we highly recommend it for the price. The beach is filled with bars, restaurants, tons of sun beds, which was really nice. The water looked stunning compared to the dirty beaches in New Jersey where I'm from. Stayed there almost all day. This beach is very lively and recommended if you want to party in Mykonos. They were promoting a body paint party at night and giving free shots at the beach. Half of my friends stayed until the night, and the other half left for town before sunset. Arriving to town you see the famous windmills which is an amazing place to catch the sunset.

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Next day we took the ferry to Santorini. We took Hellenic Seaways this time, since Blue Star ferries did not go directly to Santorini from Mykonos. This ferry ride was approximately 2 hours. Arriving to Santorini is a view I will never forget. The houses and buildings are located on top of a cliff and there's a volcano right in the center of it all. Unfortunately, I only stayed one day in Santorini, and I wouldn't recommend it because there's a lot to see. Our villa was located by black beach, which was far from the popular towns such as Oia. Luckily, we bought a tour, and our tour guide drove us everywhere we needed to see and we even stopped for wine tasting. We visitied red beach, Oia, Faros, and Perissa. The rocks were covered in a red color, due to the volcano. Oia is hands down the most beautiful place you'll ever catch a sunset, and I will definitely be coming back again one day.

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I'm still unsure why we even went back to Athens so early during our trip, but when planning the trip everyone decided they wanted stay one day in each island. So to make everyone happy, we did one day in each island and flew back to Athens. On our way back we had a problem at the airport in Santorini. We were flying with Ryanair, which I would never recommend anyone fly with them! They charged us 56 euros for not being at that airport 2 hours prior in order to print out tickets. This airline is a scam! and we payed just as much as our tickets cost. Almost missed our flight since we had to wait 40 minutes just so the lady at the counter can print our tickets. I will never fly with this airline ever again. We made it safely to Athens and for the remainder of our trip we explored more of Plaka, explored the museums, and we even headed to a nearby beach in Athens for the day. Overall, out of all my trips so far, I would have to say Greece has to be one of the most beautiful countries I've seen yet!

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