My Big Fat Greek Trip

(also Bulgaria, Hungary and Austria)


In September 2010 I travelled to Greece with a large group of Western Australian doctors, for a conference organised by the AMA (WA) on the island of Rhodes.

During that time we also travelled to a number of places on Rhodes, as well as visiting the nearby islands of Symi and Kos. The latter is where Hippocrates undertook the teaching and healing for which he is known as the “Father of Medicine”, and we recited the Hippocratic Oath in a special ceremony organised by the Greek archaeological authorities at the Asklepeion on Kos.

After the conference, a smaller group spent several days on Mainland Greece, visiting major sites of interest such as Delphi, Ancient Olympia, Nafplion, Epidaurus, and Mycenae, before returning to Athens.

I then continued on my own to Thessaloniki, to see where my grandmother had worked as a nurse during the Salonika campaign of the First World War. From there I travelled by train into Bulgaria, where I spent several days, including a visit to the famous Belogradchik Rocks.

My trip ended in Vienna, where I attended a Mozart concert (performed in period dress) in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein.  I also spent a day in Budapest, Hungary (a three hour train journey from Vienna), before returning to Australia.

I hope you enjoy seeing some of the photographs I took, and you can return to this page if you would like to use the map below to search for any of the places mentioned in the captions.