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29 June 2006

Kea: Church, Rock, Ioulida From Above Panorama

A bit rough, but so was the rock
Panorama view from church in a cave above Ioulida, Kea island

The weekends picture from Ioulida was in fact part of a panorama shot. Here you've got the stitched together version. It's a bit rough (I blame the heat, my brain must have been fried), but the rock above the church was rough too. The little church is in good shape, but does not look like it's being serviced very often (the lock on the door was pretty rusty). To the right of the rocks, one can spot a bit of a sea view. The city in the background is Ioulida (or Ioulis), the capital of the island of Kea, in Greece.

As usual: Click on the image for a bigger version.

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02 July 2006

Some Pictures from Kea Island

Took only a few pictures with the lame phone camera

Here are some more pictures from last weekends excursion to Kea Island. I took only a few pictures, and since the camera in my phone isn't so great, this is what you get :-) Look inside for the pictures...

View from the entrance of Ioulida, Kea island, Greece

We start with a little panorama I took from the entrance of the city of Ioulida (the capital of Kea island). Cars only get till here. The picture was taken from the edge of the taxi parking lot. The island is pretty green for an aegean island, though to northern europeans it will appear dry. (Click on the image for a somewhat larger view.)

Streets of Ioulida

This is a street scene in Ioulida. It is so empty, because we were there during noon hours when decent people are either indoors sleeping through their siesta or sit in a cafe. We went to a cafe shortly after this :-)

Streets of Ioulida with view of city on hill

Another city scene, we had met one lady shortly before this and a couple of tourists a little bit afterwards. One can see much of the city on the rise of the hill.

Balcony in Ioulida, Kea Island, Greece

I liked these balconies. The upper one is nice and picturesque, but the lower one is more comfortable to sit outside in the evenings.

Coastline on Kea island, Greece

On the way back from swimming on Sunday, we saw this picturesque coastline. Prospective tourists rest assured, even though it looks all rocky, there are some sandy beaches on Kea.


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13 July 2006

Escape to Hydra

Day trip to the island without cars

As you can see from the pic, the betabug escaped for a short daytrip to Hydra.

Right after arrival we resorted to the cafeteria σπυλια (spylia, cave) to relax and have a drink.

Weather is fine so far - let's hope the weather report is wrong on predicting rain. I'll go for a swim later, promise!

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02 August 2006

On Board

We've reached the ship in time

Getting to the port in Lavrio was a bit of a nervous number this time. We prepared everything in time, got ready and packed up early. Then we took a taxi to Αμπελοκοιποι (Ambelokoipi), where we waited at the bus stop for the ΚΤΕΛ (KTEL) overland bus. Lot's of busses passed by, but not ours.

Finally we concluded that we should have taken the bus to Sounion, which stops at Lavrion too and had passed by before. Our next bus came one hour later, so we were a bit worried that we would miss the boat - the next one leaves in 2 days.

As if to counteract the information deficit that had caused us so much trouble, the ticket lady in our bus was very informative. She made sure we had the right bus right away. She also proclaimed stations loud. There were not many stops, so we made the ship without further pressure on our nerves.

Now we sit outside abovedecks. We're looking forward to another seagoing night under the stars, as we see the lights of Lavrion blink away ever further off.

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14 August 2006

Climbing to the Moon

Up the peak of Samothraki

Samothraki island is full of hippies and kids who came too late for woodstock and try to make it up.

When we went for a swim in the afternoon we even saw a rare nudist (trying to get a sunburn on his balls, likely). We slept under the stars at the municipal camping. Woke up early, packed our things and started walking.

Right now we are about 1 hour up the shoulder of the mountain Φεγγαρι (Fengari - moon). We hope to get to the top (about 1620m) in 2 to 4 more hours.

It's hot, we're sweated through already. The path markings aren't too clear, so we already got lost and had to trackback once. But the spirit is still up, as goes the path!

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15 August 2006

A Day for our tired Feet in Samothraki

Don't walk!

Yesterday's mountain day wasn't as successfull as we had hoped. We had started a bit too late and were moving too slow, so we didn't make it all up to the top of the mountain. We reached a nice little spring at about 1000m, had a nice break with cool water and started our way back down. The path down was taxing on our limbs and we were very tired when we arrived on sea level - about 10 hours after we had started out...

I think I'll come back for the mountain. Today I've read that it would be a good plan to start in the afternoon, when the mountain slope is in the shade. Then sleep somewhere two thirds the way up and continue to the top early the next morning.

Yesterday evening we moved from the hippy camping place back to the harbor town of Καμαριώτισσα (Kamariotissa), where we were lucky to get a small, but nice and affordable room. Today we relax and nurse our tired limbs. We even cancelled a planned trip to Χώρα (Hora, the main town of the island), we'll do that tomorrow or so.

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16 August 2006

All Around the Island

Taking a boat tour

We're aboard the excursion boat "Samothraki", going around the island.

The sea is a bit messy. We have about 4-5 beaufort wind, so our little boat is rolling often. Still it's a lot of fun and we get shown all the nice places of the island (comments in greek of course).

The tour will make a big stop at a beach, so we have time to go for a swim. Most of the greek tourists have bags of stuff, parasols, swimming gear, and food with them.

No hippies on board though, maybe departure at 11AM was too early for them.

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Stopp am Strand, zum Schwimmen und Essen

Unser Ausflugsboot hat hier am Strand Παχιά Αμουδιά (Pachia Amoudia, "fetter Sand") angelegt. Das Boot baut auf einem "Kaïki"-Rumpf auf, so dass es der Käptn einfach auf den Strand setzen kann.

Da sind wir dann erstmal schwimmen gegangen, danach in die Sonne. Sonne aber nur kurz, denn es brät ganz schön runter.

Was auch gut brät ist unsere Bestellung auf dem Grill (Wurst und Steak). Die christliche Seefahrt macht ganz schön hungrig. Da kommt es gut, dass der Ausflugsdampfer einen Grill mitführt.

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17 August 2006

Schaukelpartie und Weiterfahrt

Abschied von Samothraki - über Kavala nach Thessaloniki

Der gestrige Ausflug wurde doch noch ganz interessant. Am Strand sollten wir abwarten, dass sich das Wetter und die See wieder beruhigen. Doch so kam's nicht und das zweite Anlegen am abgelegenen Strand Βάτο (Vato) musste zur Sicherheit von Boot und Passagieren abgesagt werden. Bei heftigem Seegang und Geschaukele gings weiter. Wir sahen uns spektakuläre Felsformationen und einen Wasserfall an. Die letzte Stunde war den Passagieren das Geschaukele doch zu viel, einigen gings wohl nicht mehr so gut. Mir hat die Achterbahnfahrt Spass gemacht.

Am Abend waren wir dann geschafft und haben es ruhig genommen. Packen mussten wir ja auch noch. Heute morgen dann Zimmer abgeben, frühstücken und nochmal Tavli (Backgammon) spielen... und dann kam auch schon unser Schiff. Mit einem "Peace!"-Hippygruss verabschiedeten wir uns von Samothraki. Jetzt sitzen wir an Deck und lassen uns nach Kavala fahren, mit bedeutend weniger Gewackele.

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18 August 2006

Sightseeing Thessaloniki

Hello White Tower

From Kavala (where the ferry boat delivered us) we arrived by KTEL bus in Thessaloniki. MacYannis of HelMUG fame picked us up at the round bus terminal. This morning he took is for a sightseeing walk all through the center of Thessaloniki. We passed by the roman agora, the Agios Dimitrios Church, the "Rotonda" church, Aristotelous square, the place where the cinema festival is held, the "white tower" (symbol of Thessaloniki) and many other places. I've been to Thessaloniki before, but back then we were busy to reinstall the HelMUG server with some other HelMUG people. One nice thing about this city is that the center offers all these historical places in walking distance.

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19 August 2006

Back Home By Night Train

Sleep, lots of sleep

Yesterday evening we boarded the night train from Thessaloniki to Athens. We had booked beds and hoped for a bit of sleep on the train, which was scheduled to leave at 23:45. When we boarded the train it was hot like a furnace, people crowded around the windows. We were quite late, so we hoped for a short wait and then some cooling down due to the driving wind...

But it got later and later and finally word got around that we would have 40 minutes delay to leave. After a while the air condition in the train was started. It took some while to develop some chill, but then we could lay down and wait more relaxed for the departure. But about a quarter of an hour after it got comfortable, the air condition stopped again. The train's locomotive was getting changed, so without power no air conditioning. It got hotter and hotter in our compartment. It started to get to the point where it wasn't bearable any more, when finally the replacement locomotive was hooked up and a bit later power returned. We left Thessaloniki and things cooled down considerably.

I've slept sweet and well cooled during the night. In fact I had to turn down the a/c a bit at some point, because it was getting way too cool again. We were woken up around 6:30 in the morning, right on time to pack up and get out at Athens "Σταθμός Λαρίσης" - "Larissa Train Station". The metro and bus system brought us and our heavy bags back home. I took a short shower and went back to sleep, a short but interesting vacation has come to an end, I'm back home.

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07 September 2006

Akropolis am Abend, Aegina am Sonntag

...und weitere Abenteuer mit Onkel Heinz

Letztes Wochenende war bekanntlich mein Onkel hier zu Besuch mit seinen Freunden. Am Samstag abend waren wir mit ihnen auf der Akropolis, wo ich einige Aufnahmen gemacht habe, von denen ich eine zu einem netten Panorama zusammengesetzt habe. Parthenon im Abendlicht. Am Sonntag standen wir früh auf, nahmen den "Ilektriko" (den "Elektrischen", von den Athenern auch einfach als "den Zug" bezeichnet, gemeint ist die alte U-Bahnlinie von Kifisia nach Piräus). Von Piräus aus gings per guter alter Fähre weiter auf die Insel Aegina...

Acropolis, Parthenon im Abendlicht

Als Alternative hätte es noch ein Tragflügelboot gegeben. Doch das ist nicht nur teuerer, es geht auch schneller und man kann das Meer nicht wirklich geniessen. Wenn man nur auf einem Tagesausflug ist, dann ist es schön, wenn man die eine Stunde auf dem Schiff als Reise geniessen kann. In der Sonne sitzen, auf die Wellen schauen, mit etwas Glück sieht man Delphine. Nie war der Ausspruch "Der Weg ist das Ziel" wahrer.

Tempel der Aphaia auf Aegina

In Aegina angekommen machten wir uns auf die Suche. Zuerst mal suchten wir nach dem Bus nach Agia Marina (auf der anderen Seite der Insel gelegen) und dann, weil der Bus schon voll war und wir auf den nächsten warteten, nach etwas zu essen. Wir fanden eine Bäckerei und unsere Gäste hatten die Wahl zwische Tiropita, Spanakopita, Peïnirli, Bougatsa, ... (Käsekuchen, Spinatkuchen, einer Art Pizzabrot, Blätterteigkuchen mit Crèmefüllung). Versehen mit solchen Backwaren und Getränken machten wir am Strand ein Picknick.

Strandcafe in Agia Marina, Aegina

Der Bus fuhr uns quer durch die Insel, vorbei am Tempel der Aphaia. Dort stiegen wir nicht aus, denn der nächste Bus wäre erst zwei Stunden später weiter gefahren. Aber vom Fensterplatz aus sah der Tempel auch ganz nett aus. Die Insel allgemein ist im Innneren sehr schön, mit vielen Oliven- und Pistazien-Bäumen. Agia Marina ist ein touristischer Ort, aber zumindest Anfang September ertragbar. Wir quartierten uns in einer Ouzerie/Café am Strand ein. Erstmal Café trinken (griechisches "Frappé" ausprobieren), danach gingen wir jungen auch noch Baden. Das Wasser war herrlich klar, aber der Wind kühlte uns aus. Also besser im Wasser bleiben!

Abends ging es den ganzen Weg gemütlich zurück. Wieder in Aegina gaben wir uns einen kleinen Ouzo mit Häppchen bis unser Schiff kam. Unsere Gäste sahen sich auf dem Schiff den Sonnenuntergang an und bis wir in Piräus ankamen war es ganz dunkel. Mit einem kleinen Umtrunk im Hotel verabschiedeten wir uns von unsern Gästen. Alles in allem ein schönes Wochenend-Programm!

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18 November 2006

Server Downtime, EU Security Measure Casualty

Or "Crash Bum Bang" if you prefer

On Friday I was preparing some things for the upgrade of to OpenBSD 4.0. Due to pilot error, I managed to crash the machine and bring it into a state where accessing it wasn't possible any more. I'm sorry if the downtime has caused any problems, especially to the witch users (the witch being the Zope/apache rewrite rule generator, which is about the only really useful service I provide). There will be another (hopefully brief) downtime on Tuesday evening, when the actual server upgrade should happen.

The problem with that upgrade is of course that I am in Greece, while the server is in Germany. So on Saturday I took the plane to Munich (well, not only for the swerver upgrade). I carried a HD with OpenBSD 4.0 installed on it with me. Given the new EU security craze^H^H^H^H^Hmeasures, I wasn't too sure if that would be trouble. We called the airline and asked. They had a bit of a problem finding someone who knew what a Hard Disk was, but in the end I was able to transport the HD safely in my hand luggage.

The EU Casualty

The EU security guidelines caused a different casualty though: Since one can not bring liquids into the cabin any more, the bottles of greek Ouzo I was bringing for presents had to go into my bag. When the luggage came out on the baggage claim, I noticed the outside of my bag being wet. I had a faint hope that it was due to the rain in Munich. Not really. One of the bottles hadn't survived. Most of my clothes had a distinct anis and alcohol smell and there were shards of glass all over the contents of the bag. I managed to get my winter jacket out of there without cutting myself. The Ouzo didn't penetrate the security barrier of the second compartment of the bag, so things weren't that bad. A run of the washing machine cured most of the other problem cases.

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Kulturschock Deutschland

Ein ganz leichter Hauch von Unwirklichkeit

Also erstmal hat es geregnet,als ich mit dem Flieger ankam. Dann war (im riesigen und leeren) FJS Flughafen von München alles auf Deutsch ausgeschildert. Das gleiche auf den Strassen. Dort hat es wieder geregnet. Man muss als Fussgänger an roten Ampeln stehen bleiben. Wenn sich die Autos stauhen, fahren keine 15 Motorräden pro Minute dazwischen durch. Samstag abends um 11 sind die Strassen leer, ausser im Ausgehviertel. Samstag nacht um 2 sind sie noch leerer. Ich bin leicht kulturgeschockt.

Es sind keine grossen Sachen, aber viele kleine Ungewohnheiten. In München drückt man bei der Strassenbahn auf den Knopf damit die Tür aufgeht. Alles ist sehr sauber im ÖV, dafür gibt es abends im Bus Leute die Bier trinken, was man sich zuhause in Athen überhaupt nicht vorstellen könnte. Überhaupt ist vieles anders als in bei uns in Athen, was vielleicht der Grund ist, warum deutschsprechenden Lesern die Feststellungen eben nicht so besonders vorkamen. Wenn ich bei uns am Samstag um 10 Souvlaki holen will, dann muss ich in Zografou Schlange stehen (weil alle anderen auch ausgehen und noch schnell was zu essen holen). Es sind überall Leute auf der Strasse. Alles anders eben.

In München waren wir heute im Augustiner Bräustüberl, zum Schweinebraten essen. Danach ging es zum Karl-Valentin- und Liesl-Karlstadt-Museum. Witzig und unterhaltsam, zum Glück nicht zu gross, den meine Aufnahmefähigkeit wird schon so ausgeschöpft. Danach ein Spaziergang durch die Innenstadt, wie es sich für einen Touristen in München gehört. Vorbei am alten und neuen Rathaus, an der Marienkirche und diversen anderen Sehenswürdigkeiten.

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13 December 2006

Past Travels to Germany and Switzerland

Memories of a memorable journey
On the german Autobahn

It's almost a month ago that I travelled to Germany and Switzerland, but the rain of the last days here made me remember that memorable trip. I'll attempt to sum it up. It's been a while, but some of the very "interesting" moments stay well in my memory, so let's see how well I can bring it back. It all started a few days before I left, when I tried to prepare my server for the upgrade I would do when in Germany. In the process I managed to crash the poor box, and had to ask someone to go by there and reboot it. It seems that wasn't such a good omen. I set out on Saturday morning (18.11.) for my flight to Munich. When I arrived in Munich, it was raining...

In my memory it continued raining for days on end. That possibly isn't very far from the truth either, and I vividly recall my shock upon landing in Munich and discovering that the world outside was wet. Eleni and her friend Jutta picked me up from the airport. The first evening was spent cleaning up after the EU security measures, home cooking and going out to drink in a typical bavarian student beer place. Everybody was having large beers, while I drank a campari and some weird, but good bavarian schnapps.

Munich Tourism

On Sunday we visited the museum of bavarian comedians Karl Valentin and Liesl Karlstadt. We also walked through the city, visiting some of the better known tourist places. At noon we went with Jutta and her boyfriend to eat a genuine bavarian "Schweinsbraten", in a restaurant where the waiters wear leatherpants. That's how a vacation in Munich is supposed to be. The evening was spent with more drinking.

Monday morning I picked up a rental car and hit the Autobahn. Now, if you haven't been there and dream of driving as fast as you can (no speed limit), then yes, it's fantastic. In theory there is no speed limit. Usually that just means that you are stuck in traffic anyway (the first picture shows no traffic on my side, everything closed on the opposite lane). And then you have to look out for all the areas where due to circumstances they put up a speed limit anyway. In my case I wouldn't have wanted to drive too fast in the rented car and it was raining all the time anyway. The first leg of my drive was to Bayreuth. That city is most renown for the Richard Wagner Opera Festival, but I got spared that. I came for a business meeting to talk about a software we are evaluating to use at the office.

From there I went to some place near Karlsruhe/Mannheim, on family business. More Autobahn driving there. Yes, there are a lot of Autobahns in Germany, and a lot of cars too. Tuesday morning I went on (even more Autobahn) to Ulm, where the PowerMac G3 was awaiting its well deserved upgrade and new harddisk. I arrived well too early for the doors to open to the computer club where the machine was housed. When I got in, I went straight to the machine. The big cycle of moving disks in and out would begin, so I could copy data around till everything was on the new disk.

the street with red carpet in St.Gallen

The machine gone

At some point in the moving in, restarting, moving out, restarting, repeat circle, the machine wouldn't boot any more. I can still feel my desperation in that moment. I had travelled so far, had prepared in advance. Now I had a few hours to try to get the machine back alive, then I would have to move on with my travel schedule. In the end the G3 didn't move any more and I had to. I packed up and drove through the late, late evening back to Munich.

For the first time in years I was without my own server. That may sound funny and unimportant to many people. But I got accustomed to having my own server, a machine that on the one hand serves me (holds my mails, notes, writings, etc. so I can access them from wherever I am) and on the other hand gives something to every visitor who comes by to visit my online place. For the moment I adapted by forgetting about it all, pretending that nothing had happened and that the broken machine wasn't there at all.

Starting off to Switzerland

On Wednesday morning, still very early we went to give back the rental car. After that we went to the University, where Eleni had some meetings and courses. While she was busy I went to the Internet room and wrote some mails, informing the office about my successes and troubles. In a break we went to a student cafe/restaurant and had some breakfast. German cafes are famous (at least in my opinion) for serving fancy variations of breakfast, in student cities often long into the day. The cafe "Puck" in Munich has breakfast till 18:00, on the weekend till 20:00. Makes getting up late easier.

Chocolaterie in St.Gallen

After breakfast Eleni had another class, an advanced Greek course for translating texts. I was bored waiting, so we asked her teacher if I could crash the class. I received a stern talking to ("this is Germany, everything has to go with order, we can't allow non-students to class"), then I was allowed to sit in. I actually took part and helped out with my superb knowledge of Greek (which I have acquired in a motorcycle repair shop, not in a university). Never mind what the students say, university is fun.

behind the Drahtseilbahn in St.Gallen

Then our time came to pack up and go to the train station. We went by train to St.Gallen in Switzerland, to arrive there in early evening. It was stone cold when we came there. The thing is, I'm not used to cold any more, I have now lived for 2.5 years in Greece. We went straight to Ruth's (my father's partner) restaurant "Drahtseilbahn" - a bit unfortunate, as my father was just a few minutes late to pick us up at the train station. But in the end we were all united, to eat the famous "Chäschnöpfli" that are one speciality of her restaurant(Chnöpfli are something similar to Spätzle and in this case served with melted cheese). For the night we stayed at my fathers place.

Next morning we slept longer, then went to my fathers foto studio. I had some boxes with old things there that needed sorting out. We took our time to get there by train and bus, but this way Eleni got to see a bit more about the boring countryside in Switzerland. In the studio I was then busy digging through things and sorting things out in what could go, what would stay there and what I would take with me home to Greece. In the evening we went around St.Gallen, where we saw that funny street that is "carpeted" with some red material (at some point it looks like they put the "carpet" over a parked car), see pic.

Friday had us visiting the cathedral in St.Gallen, then take the train to Zurich. We went on to Oerlikon, the town and namesake of the famous weapons factory (the one that managed to sell antiaircraft guns to both sides in the second world war). Nowadays there is also SF, the swiss Senioren Fernsehen - national TV station. I had talked with Pat from the pimpsNhosis (ex-Start TV people network), he was working there. We met him for lunch and along was Jeanne, another friend from Start TV times.

Then we went to look at Zurich itself. This time I was doing the guide and Eleni was the tourist. We saw a lot of the Zurich tourist places, and walked a bit along the lake. We went to a supermarket and bought a lot of chocolate. Then we took the bus along the lake to visit Stefan, another friend from pimpsNhosis. He's working at a film production company and they probably have the most beautiful offices in the world. They are in an old factory office building (restored it to useful state themselves) directly overlooking the lake.

Back we took the train to St.Gallen, where we arrived in time for the "Nachrichten", my father's monthly stand up comedy program. He appears as a slightly slimy news speaker, who goes through the month's news with witty remarks and a good joke about everything serious. Chance had it that an uncle and aunt of mine were also in the audience. Saturday morning we met them again when we all had a big breakfast at my fathers and Ruth's place.

We went to shop for some more chocolate, first at a "chocolaterie" belonging to two local chocolate factories (pic), then (because there was one chocolate that Eleni had missed in previous shops) we went to a supermarket to buy some more. Over there they had a special cashier only for customers who buy chocolate (pic of the german sign). We said goodby and were escorted to the train that took us back to Munich. On the train we were a bit scared that the customs would search us, since 7 kilos of chocolate are most likely more than one can take with you without paying customs taxes.

Nymphenburg Palace and park

Nymphenburg Palace

Munich held some more relaxing time for me. On Sunday we went to visit the Nymphenburg Palace, with accompanying park. Especially the park is terrific. It's very big. It even has a small village in there. There is a very long channel (which makes for some great pictures, as it is aligned straight to the palace). Sadly Athens has nothing comparable. Over here when there is a bit of green larger than (say) 10 parking spaces, it gets labeled "park" right away, we'd probably make the park of Nymphenburg Palace into its own agricultural province (or build it over with apartment blocks).

Nymphenburg Palace and park

Monday morning I ran around town, trying to find a bag big enough to transport my longboard to Greece. It really took some persistence, in the end I got a 2nd hand army bag. That's what you get for buying a skateboard almost a meter long. With that thing I took the plane home where it was much warmer, but also a lot lonelier without Eleni.

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03 January 2007

Shipping News... and Party in Patras

How I spent New Years Eve
Patras Harbour

We were in Patras to party into 2007 with my ex-flatmate Haralambos. He and his gang had rented a cafeteria and transfered it into a bar for the night. We danced and partied and got to sleep at about 7:30 in the morning. I seem to be at a party whenever I go to Patras. (Remember how we went there for the carnival?)

We went home by train, which was easy and relaxed. The train is a bit slower than the bus, but the bus terminal in Athens is a bit outside town, so we have to take another bus to get to Omonia square and from there the train/metro home. The train station in Athens is easier, with direct access to the metro system.

Still in Patras, while we waited for our train, we took a little stroll around the harbour area (which is right next to the train station). It seems that due to New Year, a lot of the big ferry boats weren't travelling, there was a meeting of the sleeping elephants. The view was phantastic in the evening light, so I snapped two panoramas, giving you here the bigger (and better) of them. As usual, click on the image for a bigger view. There were far more of the huge ferryboats, but they didn't fit all on one picture, even a panorama!

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