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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .....