Athens was not on my travel list at first. I’ve seen a few pictures of it, but they didn’t impress me much. Until I’ve seen it with my own eyes.
We arrived In Athens on Thursday afternoon. The flight took one hour and a half, a round trip home-work, so I wasn’t sorry. Just to be clear – I am never sorry when it comes to travel, I just want to see some cities more than others. We called our host as soon as we landed, we checked in and then went to explore the city, although the sun had already set. It was the first time we stayed at an apartment, not a hotel. And the host was so nice – he checked with us every day to see if our accommodation fit our needs and expectations.
We stayed near the Acropolis Museum so we walked the streets along it for almost one hour and then settled for a place to eat because we were starving. We were so impressed by the local restaurants, as all waiters offered us a drink or dessert (or even both) just to dine there. We chose a restaurant which was placed exactly opposite to the museum – Arcadia Restaurant. I chose the seafood pasta and him – the grilled pork. Before bringing us our order the waiter served us the best homemade bread I have ever tasted (I swear) and an olive paste. Of course, we ate it all. That is how good it was. They also offer us a glass of white wine and a beer. We couldn’t say no, could we? The food was delicious. Then it came to the dessert. Coconut cake, I recall. Delicious!
The second day was reserved almost entirely to the Acropolis. I liked the place so much! No wonder it is the most famous part of Athens. I was impressed by the place itself, I can’t choose only one part that I enjoyed most. Even now when I close my eyes I get that feeling of peace and pure happiness as I feel the wind blow through my hair.
We started with Theater of Dionysius. We sat there for 15 minutes and admired the view.
Then we visited the Parthenon. We took a lot of pics and walked along the whole area for what seemed to be hours. The hot weather got us by surprise but we enjoyed the sun so much. Being born in August, I have no problem with hot temperatures so I was like: “Bring it on, Athens!”. When we left from Bucharest the weather was cold and it was raining so hard that we thought our flight might be delayed. So this hot weather in Athens couldn’t bring us more of a joy.
Next stop was Temple of Hephaestus, which is close to Parthenon. Then it followed Ancient Agora and the Roman Agora. We were so lucky to catch the Roman Agora open, as it was getting late and it was closing hour. We were the last ones to enter the territory.
The next thing we did was to visit Plaka Square. The narrow streets, the kind merchants, the smell of flowers, the views – I cannot even put into words. BEAU-TI-FUL! We were getting hungry so we decided to have dinner in Monastiraki Square. We sat a tavern and enjoyed a nice gyro and one souvlaki, both containing the traditional Tzatziki sauce. I ate meat at that time, so I didn’t have difficulties in finding something suitable.
The third day was reserved to another part of Athens. We started with Hadrian’s Arch. Then we went to Temple of Olympian Zeus, situated in the same area. The next stop was Panathenaic Stadium. Everything was reachable within feet, so we didn’t use any means of transportation during our stay in Athens, except the ride from and to the airport, which can be made by bus or metro.
The last stop was Acropolis Museum, which completely overthrew us and our traditional concepts about a museum. You have to see it with your own eyes to understand. Plus the fact that the museum has its own terrace where you can serve a cocktail or a coffee, with an amazing view over the Parthenon.
We left in the evening for Bucharest so we had time for 2 more stops. We took a walk along Syntagma Square. Then we went to National Archaeological Museum, but as on Sunday, it was closed, so we only had the chance to admire it from the outside.
What else would you like to know about Athens?