My husband and I spent 5 weeks backpacking in Europe when we graduated in 2010. Our last 7 days were spent traveling through Greece. We started in Corfu where we staying at the (in)famous Pink Palace. A place which is great for young twenty-somethings and a place where I hope my daughter never ventures. Corfu itself was beautiful. The landscape and the seaside cliffs and views were the most amazing sights we had seen through our travels. The food was phenomenal. This was a great start to our final leg of our vacation.
Next up we took a bus (the train operators were on strike) to Kalambaka/Meteora and stayed at Aldo’s Place, a hostel located at the base of the majestic cliffs that cut through the town. Venture up the cliffs and you will find Monasteries that date back to 14th to 16th century. The town is quaint and quiet and surprisingly not too touristy.
Next up bus to Athens. We stopped in Delphi which I definitely wish we had more time to see however it can be done in a day.
ATHENS! We arrived in Athens just a few days after the riots in 2010. There were daily protests and heavily armed police on every corner. People were angry at their government and the tension was palpable. I can only imagine how it was during the riots. The ferries that normally take people to the islands you hear so much about were also on strike. So we were stuck in Athens for the final 5 days of our trip. It’s not a bad place to be stuck at all. We walked around. Enjoyed the city & the food.
As far as the unrest and big decision that lie ahead for the Greek people it is my personal opinion that the wrong path was taken 5 years ago. People who did not understand the Greek way of life and economics forced the people to make concessions that the majority of Greeks knew would not work in the long term. At this point I think exiting the Eurozone is the best option for Greece. Staying and drowning in all the reforms imposed by other countries has done enough damage. Just because a exiting the Eurozone has unknown consequences does not mean staying in the Eurozone is the right option.
I agree with the referendum. Leave it to the people to decide which path Greece should follow. And to the foreign minister who said he “felt betrayed” by Greece. I think Greece has felt betrayed since the beginning.
In the meantime – TRAVEL TO GREECE!!! Seriously. I cannot wait to take my daughter when she’s older.