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Travel Day Athens to Bradford

So many early morning starts this trip!! Up at 4.30am and left the hostel by 4.50am to walk to the station 15 minutes away. We got there 20 minutes before it even opened but Leigh was worried we train to the airport. and wanted more margin- it was still pitch black but surprisingly a lot of people around.

While I was waiting I walked up to parliament house and saw the guards marching with their straight legged walk special steps all in the uniforms of pleated skirts. Their skirts have 400 pleats representing each year that Greece was occupied by Turkey

Bought a ticket for 1.40 E - ridiculously cheap. We caught the first train at 5.37am, which took 30 minutes. Really clean trains & subways & modern big airport.

45 minute ride to the station went quickly & we were the first people to check in & there was no immigration line. Flying British Airways these next 2 flights and it was 3 1/2 hours to London. Flying out we had a great view of the sprawling white buildings of Athens & the the islands.

Crossing the snow covered alps in Switzerland and Austria was stunning, followed by the flat countryside of northern France , the English channel & then actually flew quite low by London. I could see the London Eye, St Pauls Cathedral & the Tower Bridge from the plane...pretty cool.

Had a 2 hour change around before boarding the next plane to Leeds - just an hour away. The English countryside was so pretty & green with rolling hills & fields of bright yellow .

We were met by Arianna who dropped me into Leeds at the train station where I caught a train to Bradford. I was staying athe Holiday Inn expres just over the road.

Googled where the church was to walk to conference as it was starting at 7pm. It doesn't get dark until 9pm and I found my way there easily but it was through a quite poor neighborhood

Athens sprawl

Athens sprawl


Cute tail of Greek land

Cute tail of Greek land


Snow on the alps

Snow on the alps


Greece

Greece

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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