Greece and France

Athens is a really cool city. Of course, there’s the ancient allure of the Acropolis and the Agora, but beyond the city’s historic sites, there’s a lot of life and character — and a lot of stray dogs, too. What I’ll remember most about Athens is the view from the top of Lykavittos Hill, looking down towards the Acropolis and the Greek Islands in the distance. You really get a sense for just how massive and sprawling the city is.

Santorini is an island paradise, and the sunset in Oia lives up to its reputation. I had some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my life ATVing around the island and discovering its charms. Santorini has an interesting landscape of volcanic ash, black sand beaches, red sand beaches, and striking cliffs. Also, the hostel I stayed at had two pet dogs, so suffice it to say, it was awesome.

The French Riviera’s beauty is beyond words. Taking the train from Ventimiglia in Italy along the coast to Nice was mesmerizing. It’s surprising how close everything is, too: in a little over 40 minutes, you can go from Monaco-Monte Carlo to Nice, and then to Cannes, with a dozen picturesque beaches in between.

I only spent a day in Marseille, but it reminded me of Liverpool in a way: both are port cities with a bit of an industrial feel, but plenty of character. Walking up to the terrace of Notre-Dame de la Garde, you get an incredible panoramic view of the entire city.

Things I’ve seen:

Last day in Athens.

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Sunset in Oia.

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Nice, France.

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Cannes.

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Spotted in Marseille.

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What I’m reading:

Dan Brown – Inferno

What I’m listening to:

Classified – “The Day Doesn’t Die”
Classified – “Growing Pains”
Kanye West feat. Adam Levine – “Heard ‘Em Say”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “10,000 Hours”

Best local food I’ve eaten:

Gyros everywhere in Greece. They come with fries in them, and they’re delicious. (They’re also simultaneously the worst food I’ve eaten: one place made them with hot dogs for meat, which is a crime against all that is good and tasty in the world.)

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  1. Ardith Frey

    Beautiful pics, Martin. I remember visiting Athens and one of the islands back in the 70’s, on our way home from Africa. Intriguing place! We were at your parents last night and they said you’ll be home in 2 weeks. I wonder if you’ll miss the travelling or be glad to be in one place for awhile. I’m just back from a 2 week learning tour to Israel and Palestine. So much to sort out! Saw a Banksy on the separation wall just outside of Bethlehem. Wouldn’t know about Banksy if not for you!

    • Thanks! Yes, definitely intriguing. As much as I’ve enjoyed being on the road and continue to enjoy seeing new places, at this point, I’ll be glad to be home again. Glad I’ve introduced you to Banksy’s art — I know exactly which one you’re talking about, too. Hope you enjoyed the trip!

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