Rainy and ultra gray aura in Paris, rather low temperatures and in the end a record-high water level in the Seine resulting in flood - unfortunately, this is what the French capital has been undergoing for the past weeks. As you can imagine, the return from Australian adventure was quite a shock. Luckily, after about 2 weeks spent in late autumnal conditions, I had the chance to escape all this and fly off to sunny and warm Greece. A 17-days travel through Athens, Cyclades and Crete couldn’t fall at a better time.
It is said that the whole country has been roughly damaged by the financial crisis, but specific, related to this issues, atmosphere can be felt mainly in Athens. The capital is a full of life, bustling city, but there are quite many, "anti-Merkel" inscriptions on the buildings, demonstrations are going on very often and many shops are simply closed.
In smaller towns life seems to be going at a slow pace and not much difference can be observed in comparison to the small towns in other european countries.
On the pictures below you can see a tiny little bit of Athens and the Athenian Riviera, as well as towns located in the Peloponnese, such as Pylos and Methoni, with its beautiful, medieval castle.
The trip continues through Mykonos (where I am at this very moment), Santorini, Rhodes and Crete, so be sure to check on the next week post ;)