The first trip to Greece I made with Michael by thumb in 1982, Greece had just become a member of the EU and still very poor (27% in agriculture). Now it should be the "Florida of Europe": Tourism. In Thessaloniki we slept at the harbour, like so many other backpackers. There the Greek wine very much awarded. From Thessaloniki then to Thasos on the island, which inspired me very much, the beautiful mountains, the water and the fish. Slept on the beach and celebrated. In Alexandroupolis we enjoyed the wine tasting and then on to Turkey.
The second tour with Barbara and Sabine went to Athens 1983 in February. We wanted to go to Asia and thought Athens would be the best place. In Athens we tried to get a ticket to Thailand, they got it from Aeroflot. The only problem was that we could only get the ticket if we had a visa for Moscow. But the visa was only available with the ticket. We were back and forth between the flight office and the embassy for a week every day until we went on a sit-down strike. Then we went. In Athens it was surprisingly cold, there was even snow on the orange trees.