Day 01 - London to Athens, Athens to Chios
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We packed up the last of our things and waved goodbye to 7B
The alarm rang at 3:20 and we’re away in the cab at 3:30am. No traffic problems that early in the morning, so we were checked in with two hours to spare.
Thankfully, the flight was uneventful and we arrived on schedule in
We took a public bus to the port, Pireaus and immediately booked ourselves on an overnight ferry to
As the sun set we started to make our way back towards the port, stopping for dinner in Plaka on the way.
The Metro returned us to Pireaus and once we retrieved our backpacks from storage, we needed to find our way to Berth E2. We’re glad we gave ourselves as much time as we did to find our vessel because naturally, it had to be at the far end of the harbour!! The port had a shuttle bus service that whisked us there in time and once on board we took up the challenge of trying to find somewhere to sit / sleep. You see, when we bought the tickets, the only places left on this boat we “on deck”, which basically meant lying anywhere you could find room. A family locals were kind enough to offer us a couple of seats between them. They weren’t too keen on us dragging in all our bags and plonking them down in front of us, but there was no way we were going to leave them out in the hall, as they seemed to be suggesting with their gesturing. Michelle almost immediately nodded off in her chair and then when she decided snoozing upright wasn’t really comfortable, nested herself on the floor amongst all our bags. Despite only getting a few hours sleep the night before I wasn’t feeling tired. Perhaps it was the stifling humidity brought about by all those bodies in a confined space with no aircon. Perhaps it was the general paranoia of theft. Who knows. All I’m certain of was my disappointment when the batteries ran flat on my Zen at 3:30am. Giving up the fight against my weariness I crawled onto the small space on the floor at my feet and proceeded to “enjoy” 3 hours of broken sleep before our arrival in