riding a thumper, Europe is bigger than i thought

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  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    i kept on hiking towards the backside of the fortress and saw this
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    it's free to go inside once i put my name and address on the guest book

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    nice that we're allowed to go up and walk along the walls. it feels like i was one of the guards on duty.
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    lots of spare parts in the yard
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    Amazing history, thanks, enjoyed these posts. Certainly encourages me to want to visit Greece.
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    MK. i've been learning about Greek history too. many of us know it's in Greece where Western Civilization was born. to see the antiquities in person, one will easily be convinced with admiration. there's a lot of stuff to digest, and i always fall back to Wikipedia to learn more about what i saw.

    today, i went to several museums, from archeological times to present. i walked 8 miles and used up all the memories in my head. good thing i brought my iphone and took pictures.
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    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    i didn't have to go far, walk 10 minutes from my stay is the Roman Agora or Roman Forum
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    it's below the street level now just like many ancient places
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    under those arches are the equivalent of the present-day strip mall
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    a theater for special events
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    this part of the city has so many historical buildings
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    what it looks like in the past
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    haha, three in a row is my lucky day
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    again!
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    this time, i want to experience the harbor cruise on a string budget
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    40 min
    i opted for the fresh-squeezed orange juice which is 6 euros and the 40-minute boat ride is free
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    cool restaurant on the water front
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    i like the 3rd building from the left...very different and with a unique character
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    thought of taking the other boat and do it again but it was getting late, i am starving and need to get something to eat

    4 euros - lamb/beef, eggplant, bread and rice
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    this day, i didn't spend more than 10 euros....:clap
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    Greece is an economic tourist haven, indeed. Thank you Joel for even more good stuff.
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    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    true but i heard on the islands like Mykonos and Santorini, we will spend 200 euros every day. that could be an understatement? that i will find out when i return next year to Greece to see Athens and the islands.

    affordability, i would add Poland and Slovakia as well. i haven't been to Romania, Hungary and the Balkan countries if i can do it for an average of 50 euros/day; maybe not in Croatia?
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    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    my final places to visit are the museums in Thessaloniki

    starting with the oldest exhibits in the Archeological Museum
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    hmmm....that symbol painted below the neck is much longer than most of us know
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    values added to a person
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    these must be the biggest denominations
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    modern village at the time
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    protections
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    additional pictures
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    Alexander the Great - ?
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    Alexander and his half-sister - not an antiquity, i just found it amusing, however the city was named after her
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    next is the Byzantine Empire (Greece and neighboring countries) - also known as the Eastern Roman Empire

    the Roman Empire that i know was the one that centered in Rome; i'm aware there is the Byzantine but with limited knowledge. going into this museam was an educational tour and an appreciation of how the Christians held the empire a lot longer than the one in the west. the museum is an easy 5 minute walk from the Archeological Museum and on the same street
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    before i started, i went out to eat at the restaurant in the premises. the customers were all dressed up and seems very affluent. i was the only one wearing a short and never felt out of place since i'm used to the California lifestyle.

    the best salad i ever ate, it was listed as a greek salad in the menu
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    the food was incredible, and unlike most pasta, this one has more seafood than pasta
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    back in the museum
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    surprisingly, there's still a lot of good stuff that are left. if you been to the Louvre, British Museum, Metropolitan in NY, you would understand what i meant
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    they start young
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    what makes this museum stands out are the Religious Icons
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    and many more
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    the main exhibit is this well-preserved garment
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    third stop is the War Museum which is about 15 min walk from the previous museum. it's next to a huge military base where the Greek and EU forces are stationed.

    this museum is important to Greece since from the very start of their history, they are constantly in conflict with neighboring countries or threatened militarily. as for me, i already walked 6 miles since i left my apartment
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    i'm not a fighter jet expert but it resembles a F-104, but it's not due to a different tail section, cockpit and more for sure
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    inside the building is an array of historical weapons
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    all kind of SMG...my favorites...:D
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    ammo collection
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    silent but deadly
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    looks like they one or 2 more than i have.....:lol3
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    in another room
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    pretty clever moto even today
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    captured German helmets get recycled by the Greeks
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    various Greek WW2 uniforms
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    Bulgarians ?
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    A good cavalry soldier always carry a spare horse shoe
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    if you work hard enough, you get to wear one of these
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    even better
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    with my excellent communication skill, i can be this one
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    can't forget the beginning
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    since i got locked out or lucked out before, this time time i get to go inside. persistence pays, but first pay the entrance ticket
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    spiral stairs leading to the top
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    the million-dollar view
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    from the opposite end, remember the fortress on top of the hill where i hiked up a few days ago
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    this ends my Greek ride report for now. we'll have more when i return in 2020.
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    BarryB Been here awhile Supporter

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    Great report! Thank you very much for bringing us all and I look forward to the continuation.
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    Joel - Back in the days of Yugoslavia the entire Dalmatian Coast was bargain tourism at its finest; many zimmer freis, open fields, available barns, etc. Can't speak to it now, especially Dubrovnik area with "Game of Thrones" & 4 million tourists a year, but riding along that coast is a wonderful experience. Hopefully you will get to try it some time. :-)
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