Leaving Crete : Athens for the evening

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  We didn't have a really early plane the next day so we ate at the Terra Maris and did a little shopping.   It was great to not be hurrying as we left.  We have had plenty rushed departures and this was much better!   We went to the airport, found our gate and loaded easily.   As we flew towards Athens I took pictures of the many islands below us ...  Hope we can go to them on another trip!!!   When we landed at the Athens airport we took time to go to the Airport Archaeological museum that had things they had found when they were excavating for the airport and runways.   It was a really unique museum.   We heard several times in Greece that building new things are difficult because as soon as they put a shovel in they find antiquities.

David and I in the plane...
 

We went back to the Oscar Hotel.  Always before we had been very happy with our room.  This time we were surprised to find the room was not a nice one.  There was no balcony and it was a very, very small room.  We went downstairs and spoke to the desk person.  (He may have been one of the managers.)  He was quite angry and told us the room was the same type we had had before.  He then told us we can look at another room.  He gave us a key to one that was directly above the first one so it was a duplicate room.  It was the first time we had had any questions or problems that were not addressed.   The manager said if we wanted a room like we had every other time we would have to pay 20 Euro for an upgrade.

Archaeology museum at the airport
   We decided to take the second room but resolved we would never return to the Oscar Hotel despite it's perfect location.  (Luckily we found the Peri Hotel near the airport in 2011). 

We asked the staff to open the luggage storage area as we had left one suitcase there before we went to Crete.   The manager blew a gasket.  He was beside himself furious that we had stored luggage  for a week (Yet we have done this on two other occasions)  He told us off and then yelled at his staff in Greek.  Yikes ....  calm down, bozo.  Yep, We won't be back to the Oscar Hotel in Athens. 

The next morning we went to the airport via train.

Archaeology museum at the airport
  Oh, how we hated to leave....  we took one last picture at the airport terminal and boarded the plane.   It was  pretty uneventful ride home.   We flew over quite a bit of frozen land ....  and then sadly, we were grounded for 2 hours at New York as the president was flying.   That was completely annoying as we missed our connecting flight in Salt Lake City by 10 minutes.

In Salt Lake City we grabbed our suitcases from the overhead storage and raced through the terminal to try to catch our flight.  As we ran up we saw the plane pushing out from the terminal.  It was so sad.   People absolutely came apart.  College students were sobbing and people were ranting.  The personnell handled each person and got everyone sorted to different hotels in the area.

Our last goodbye picture in Athens
  David and I stood back and waited ....  then when everyone else was finished David sympathized with the ladies for the abuse they had taken.  (They really were treated poorly by quite a few people)  He asked if it would be possible to get a king bed. They called three diffent hotels and finally told us there are no  king beds available.   They said we should take a room at the last hotel they called as it's where the flight attendents go and it was a nice one..  That worked for us.   

We rode the shuttle to the Raddison Inn.  When we arrived we walked into the lobby and a desk clerk looked at David (he is 6'6 or 2 meters) and said, you need a king bed!   We got a great room with a king bed.  We went to the restaurant and had an outstanding dinner and a bottle of red wine.   We felt like we really landed on our feet.    We went to bed late and found the mattress was perfect and the room was very quiet.  Another good day .....   

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Wish we were there now...
Wish we were there now...
David and I in the plane...
David and I in the plane...
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Our last goodbye picture in Athens
Our last goodbye picture in Athens
Outside from airplane .... goodbye…
Outside from airplane .... goodby…
another island we missed
another island we missed
Well try to get to this one later
We'll try to get to this one later
which island is that???
which island is that???
the wing ... It looks plain but it…
the wing ... It looks plain but i…
Another island
Another island
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport.…
Archaeology museum at the airport…
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
history was given in the museum
history was given in the museum
shards that were found
shards that were found
someone signed this piece...but it…
someone signed this piece...but i…
Someone signed this piece
Someone signed this piece
signs telling what is in museum
signs telling what is in museum
shards
shards
Clever way to display 1/2 jug
Clever way to display 1/2 jug
pottery
pottery
vessel
vessel
vessel
vessel
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Archaeology museum at the airport
Athens airport sign
Athens airport sign
Samsung ... cool building topping
Samsung ... cool building topping
toll booth
toll booth
tollbooth
tollbooth
Nascafe ... national coffee drink
Nascafe ... national coffee drink
I have no idea what wind is but …
I have no idea what "wind" is but…
Playful and cigarettes in Greece. …
Playful and cigarettes in Greece.…
Athens
Athens
Athens
Athens
a really long bridge?
a really long bridge?
water and roads?
water and roads?
from the plane
from the plane
brrr... cold
brrr... cold
from the plane
from the plane
plane
plane
plane pictures
plane pictures
cute little islands
cute little islands
wing
wing
from plane
from plane
looks almost like salt fields... b…
looks almost like salt fields... …
from plane
from plane
Little lighthouse
Little lighthouse
plane picture
plane picture
from plane
from plane
Athens Hotels & Accommodations review
We went back to the Oscar Hotel. It is a perfect location as it is next to the railway station as well as the metro lines. We just love how it's so … read entire review
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