Mythical Athens

In Greece, I  have been only to the islands. Land mostly aroused in me some kind of uncertainty. You know unrest, strikes and refugees. Hold ... as soon as I landed there they have some demonstration, strike  :) Subway was not working.
Athens-  capital under the Acropolis. I would like it feel free to call the city of contrasts, because from one side you feel the mysterious scent of history, a southern charm, a number of cozy restaurants and tavernas, massive construction, but again on the other side dirty streets, alleys and often filled with immigrants, pander, prostitutes , mess ...

I start with acropolis, from which there is a great view of the whole city and the Aegean Sea, which is really close and after 20 minutes by subway you can reach it.  Really a fantastic feeling, December and 18 degrees, and you're walking in a T-shirt over the ruins, and in your head you can listen to Hercules theme song :) Monumental Dionysius theater with marble Tribunal is one of the architectural treasures, the largest Doric temple Pantheon, where there was scaffolding on each side, and Plaka district. I really liked the life beneath the Acropolis. Streets with tavernas in contrast to the large square as Syntagma and Monastiraki crowded by especially young people and the local urban eccentrics.


Athens subway is very simple, only three lines. One of those lines take you to the sea to the port of Pireaus. For sure allfootball fans know local club Olympiacos Piraeus. Too bad that by the time I was there they did not play any match.


At that time I had a birthday, so I really enjoyed an evening dinner directly under the Acropolis, where I found a restaurant (well, she found me) where the waiters were really great and I got the birthday cake. The next evening I wanted to see the city from a height, so I enjoyed dinner on the top floor Athens Gate Hotel. Night view of the Acropolis was stunning.

Total feeling- excellent. Definitely I recommend it. Athens in December were magical.
Budget: 90 Eur (fligth and accomodation for 2 nights)

Cold North_Airway to Norway

As the smallest and quietest of the Scandinavian capitals, Oslo isn't known for all that much - except being horribly expensive....but it is bustling, bohemian and beautiful. I was in the city for more than 72 hours, which I think it a decent amount of time to see the highlights.

airway to norway


Akershus castle


view from Opera


exploring Oslofjord


exploring Oslofjord







Harbour


Nobel Peace center


Burger Joint


NOKs


Gardemoen airport



well...we landed at gardemoen airport than I managed a taxi to take us on place where we have our house. Calling taxi is very nice tweak. there is a machine in front of airport, you just choose the address and it gives you a few options to choose the best one, so we clicked on the cheapest one. I booked the house via airbnb. it was amazing, the host- Charlie was very heplful and friendly. he told us where to go.

The think was, that we came to Norway to visit one married couple. They thought only 4 of us will come, but we were 7. It was a surprise.


We took the bus to down-town and went to their place for some shots. Mirka was shocked for a while but also happy and very hospitable. ....later...8 people went all the way long to THIEF bar, where Mirka's husband- Slavko is working.


The walk was really long... Oslo downtown look like Bratislava from the certain point of view. Oslo street art rubs shoulders with historic palaces, new wave coffee shops and microbreweries cosy up with great museums, and bars heave well into the night. Then there's the vast parks, cutting-edge architecture and stunning waterfronts. In other words, Oslo is a city that well and truly punches above its weight.


We had a wonderfull night with great people and to much shots and drinks.


Some highlights from this trip:

Opera- is just across the road from the station towards the sea and you will know it by slanting white roof, which can be freely climb and survey the surroundings. It's pretty new. King Harald V. solemnly opened in 2008.


Akershus castle is relatively strength away from the Opera House a few hundred meters. The castle was built in 1299 by King H├ąkon V. Magnusson as a royal residence.


Harbour extends over the entire length of the Oslofjord. But our fellows will certainly be interested in the largest overseas boats moored near the center, which arrive here on a regular basis and on display are from early morning to late afternoon.


We also took one boat to go for sightseen over the oslo fjords. Small islands with few colourful houses, fishermen, good vibes...


City Hall (R├ądhus) dominates the port. Part of the concrete hall lined with bricks, two square towers.

There is passes the Nobel Peace Prize every year in Oslo. Before the City hall stands a statue of polar explorer Nansen, you'll find a fountain and several figurative sculptures.

Holmenkollen ski jump - dwelleth on the hill above the city for sure offers panoramic views... but we saw it olny from below.

Not to forget is one great coffee shop- Tim Wendelboe, at place called hipster's area. I can still feel the smell of the coffee. If you are fan of burgers don't miss the best hamburger in town- Burger Joint. It is small place but very nice designed, you will appreciate it.


At face value, Oslo offers a very high standard of living. I am sure than anyone who is not energy sensitive would come here and instantly feel like the quality of life here is very high. But that is because quality of living does not yet take into account the emotional environment of a location.

Anyway... it was nice time well spent, with great people.

budget: 160,-eur (flight + accomodation)
 

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