vacation

The Feeling Of Being Some Place New

August not only is the hottest month in Spain, it’s also the unofficial national holiday month. Government offices, a few local businesses will close for the afternoons. Some take the whole month off using up all their annual holiday and aside from tourists spots places slow down taking it easy as temps go up. 

I’ve accepted with both cats on medicine numerous times of day, holidays are only if cats can come. In the past, I’ve had friends or colleagues look after (more…)

Sunset in Salou

Last Saturday after an afternoon playing big kids at Porta Adventura’s Caribe Aquatic Park we explored a little of Salou down the road.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s a kiss me quick kinda seaside town, (more…)

Port Adventura Caribe Aquatic Park, Salou and the Zoo

I hope you had a great weekend and for any American followers a happy long weekend!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Paul’s for here for a few more weeks, so this past Saturday, we played being big kids at Porta Adventura’s Caribe Aquatic Park for the afternoon! Literally big kids. (more…)

Holiday Vacay!

I broke groundhog weekend!

P had some rare peak season time off and asked if I’d like to come out to Athens where his boat is staying for a few weeks. I thought about it for about an hour. This week is my last ‘free’ week until my main client is back from holiday, my coursework I haven’t started is due in next week but when am I ever likely to visit Athens again? I said not so politely okay, I’m taking the week off!

Barcelona Airport

I have no idea Saturday morning how I managed to shower, brush the cats, vacuum, sort the washing, throw my face on and last minute packing in 1 hour (I overslept!) before the taxi to the airport! Everything was last minute, booking, classes, packing, tidying, cat sitter, cleaning and realising I needed some non tired looking summer tops (thank you Stradvarius and H&M for having Summer, Autumn Fall cross over tops!)

Anyways, I have enough photos for days. I took my suspension trainer/TRX, used the hotel gym and walked miles! The taxis are cheap. The Metro and trams are easy to use and cheaper. The Greeks smoke like chimneys, but are friendly, welcoming and speak excellent English. Street dogs and cats are everywhere and look looked after. Motorbike Police look mean in their sunglasses, summer protection gear, hanging out like motorbike gangs until you see their riding mopeds! They ride 2 to a scooter so one can jump off and chase without worrying about leaving a moped. The Aegean Sea was warm and 33C+ air temp made this girl happy! I always forget to taken something. This time my cleanser which I know decanted but can’t find anywhere. Maybe the cats hid it as they sat in my case while I packed. Cats do strange things.Diesel helping me pack

Saturday, we explored part of the old town/city centre and the Acropolis starting from the Ancient Agora. It wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be and definitely worth a visit even if you’re not into old rocks, the views are worth it!Athens CentreWalk up the AcropolisThe ParthenonView from the AcropolisCall me Zeus

Sunday, beach time! You can’t go to Greece without going to the beach! We caught the tram from the centre to the end of the line and walked about 1km away from the cabana beaches. Nothing but blue sea and skies. For the whole time we were there, I didn’t see one cloud!

Aegean SeaAegean Sea

Monday, more exploring, the beach and more exploring! Changing of the guard outside Parliament (pompoms and a great deal of kicking!), the National Gardens, the city centre some more, another beach and exploring Muses Hill by moonlight.

Changing of the guardNational Gardens

National Gardens

Athens City CentreSunset near AthensAcropolis From Muses HillExploring Muses Hill by Moonlight

Tuesday, back to a ‘chilly’ 26C Spain!

Athens Airport

I had a great time exploring Athens and I’ll be sharing more when I’m back to more regular scheduling next week. My mac’s playing up, it’s draining 100% battery in an hour and I’m hoping it can be fixed in the next few days. Have a great week!

Have you ever visited the Acropolis? It would have been great to walk through the ruins, but in order to preserve them, they’re now under repair and fenced off.