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Street markets in Athens

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When we arrived in Athens it was market-day in our street, so as soon as we dropped off our bags at our apartment we went straight downstairs to do some shopping for the week. The European fresh-produce markets are really fantastic. The quality is great and you can stock up on almost any produce for the week, and they are truly markets for the people.They are nothing like the markets in Cape Town which sell (to be fair excellent quality) expensive “artisan” produce catering for the upper-end consumer.

If I had a market like this near my house I would happily shop there every week.

Piraeus Port

In my last post, I posted some pics of the Aegean sea from the Ferry to Aegina. Here are two pics of the port, the first of the actual port where the boats dock, and the second is of the seafront apartment buildings just outside the port. I am sure that you have a fantastic view from those apartments, although it looks a little crowded.

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Piraeus Port

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Seafront apartments

The Acropolis at night

This is one of those photos that I am really happy with – it made the high up a mountain in the dark at night worth it – ok it was a walk on a path up a hill, but it was at night and it was pitch dark! I would so love to get that same shot without the cranes and scaffolding, but it think it will be a few years before that is at all possible!

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See Vienna from the sky

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The Riesenrad in Vienna is a huge and very old ferris wheel. It was originally commissioned in 1897 and is still running. It sits at the entrance to the Prater amusement park (I will speak about the park in a future post).

The cabins are huge and can easily hold about 15 people, and if you visit in the evening you can book a private restaurant cabin. I am not quite sure how they actually get the food into the cabin!
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Of course, from the top you have a magnificent view of the city and amusement park. It almost looks like you are looking down at a little model of the city. A must-visit when you are in Vienna!
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Prater amusement park, Vienna

In my previous post I mentioned the Prater amusement park. It is a massive amusement park just outside the city centre of Vienna. It is easily a 5km loop around the outside of the park, so it can keep you busy (and on your feet) for quite some time!

It has the usual assortment of roller-coasters, scary rides, children rides, food & DRINIS. For us an hour wondering around was plenty of time to spend there (entrance is free but you pay for the rides), but if you love amusement parks you could easily spend the entire day here.

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I’m not sure if he is very happy

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Viennese food for sale

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Scary ride – looks like lego blocks to me

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Haunted houser

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