Mamma mia! Island-hopping in Greece – Part 1

(This post follows ‘Our holiday in the ruins’ posted on 30 July 2017)

After a tiring but enlightening tour of Greece’s great historic sites in the inlands, we were all set for a relaxing visit to the quaint islands of the Hellenic Republic. We started with the three islands in the Saronic gulf: Hydra, Poros and Aegina.

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Our holiday in the ruins

(This post follows ‘Our big fat Greek holiday’ posted on 10 July 2017)

We began the 3 nights/4 days tour of the Peloponnese, Central Greece and Thessaly regions. It was primarily a historical tour. We were a group of about 30-40 tourists from different countries on a big bus. We were accompanied by a Greek guide. She was a strict and sometimes rude woman; she never smiled. She was old and her dressing made her look like Mary Poppins. However, she was knowledgeable. She shared a lot of information about the various times and legends of Ancient Greece.

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Our big fat Greek holiday

It was the summer of 2013 and time for yet another holiday! I started thinking about where to travel. Egypt, Greece and Turkey were amongst the first few destinations we had wished to visit since we moved to the UAE in 2008. We had already visited Turkey; Egypt was not politically stable at that time. Greece was the only choice.  

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Last day in Russia

(This post follows ‘Moscow memories – Part 2’ posted on 30 Apr 2017)

It was our last day in Russia. Our friends left soon after breakfast. We had a couple of hours before our flight. We could have used that either to shop for gifts and edibles at the grocery nearby or to visit the famous Tretyakov State Gallery. We thought about the options and quickly decided to visit the gallery. Shopping could be done at the airport.

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Moscow memories – Part 2

This post follows ‘Moscow memories – Part 1’ posted on 20 Apr 2017)

It was day 2 of our Moscow tour. It was going to be special because we were scheduled to visit the main attraction of Moscow – the Red Square. Situated in the heart of Moscow, the Red Square has historical, economic, political and religious importance. Over the years, it has served as a market, a ground for public executions and a site for parades and demonstrations.

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Moscow memories – Part 1

(This post follows ‘Russian highlights’ posted on 10 Apr 2017)

Our family friends Maged and Berta arrived and we were super-excited to explore Moscow! Our tour guide – Katya, a young Russian girl, arrived on time to ‘pick’ us up. In Moscow, ‘pick up’ means the guide will come to the hotel and escort us to the tour sites on public transport for which we are supposed to pay. ‘Pick up in car’ means the guide will take us around in a private car, the cost of which would be included in the tour price. Weird way of expression! Why is it called a pick up when it’s not one?!

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Russian highlights

(This post follows ‘Arrival in Moscow’ posted on 30 Mar 2017)

Our friends were scheduled to join us two days later. So, Vinod and I planned two days’ of Moscow sightseeing with them. Meanwhile, we decided to utilise the evening of our arrival day by visiting the Kolomenskoye estate. We explored the once-royal grounds and got acquainted with the Russian architecture of olden days. The area was huge and lacked proper signage. That is why we missed seeing the most important structure there – a reconstruction of the wooden palace. However, we enjoyed the greenery and the distant view of the Moscow river.

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