The coast line near the temple of Poseidon.
Our honeymoon started with a domestic flight out of Baltimore (BWI) to Philadelphia to catch a direct international flight to Athens. When we arrived at our gate in Philadelphia for the Athens flight, Lena checked with the desk to see if we could upgrade to 1st class (business class). After my wife talk to the young man at the counter, she was told there were no seats available in 1st class. About 20 minutes later, I walked up to the counter and asked the same young man about upgrading to first class, and he told me he might be able to help me out. I guess he liked me, that’s what Lena says anyway :]
So, after some smiling on my part and talking about how we are on our honeymoon, he hooks us up with an upgrade to 1st class, at half the regular price of an upgrade.
There is nothing better than sitting in 1st class on a 10 hour flight!
The Temple of Poseidon.
After landing in Athens, and going through customs, Loucis, a driver my mom & step dad had arranged for us as part as our wedding gift, was waiting for us with a sign with our name on it. He was to be our tour guide while we were in Athens. We had him for two half day tours and of course a drive back to the airport to catch our flight to Santorini. Loueis was fun, informative and knew how to get around the city so we didn’t miss anything. Here is a link to his web site if you ever need a tour guide in Athens. http://www.taxitours-athens.com
Our first stop was to the Temple of Poseidon.
He drove us along the coast, and right to the ticket gate to see the temple. Since we didn’t exchange our money yet, he loaned us the euros needed. After a walk up to see the temple, and a few pictures later, we met him right where he dropped us off. We continued to drive the coastal road with a magnificent view of the Saronicos gulf, and back to Athens for lunch. He took us to a small local place right in town and we had a very traditional Greek lunch. After lunch, it was time to head to our hotel; the Hilton in Athens.
Lena & me at the Temple of Poseidon. The temple is behind the photographer :)
After stopping at the check in desk in the first floor lobby, we were told we needed to go to the 11th floor to check in, because we had an Executive Room! Lena didn’t realize she had booked us a room on the executive level. What a nice surprise for us both! The room was great and the view from our balcony of the Acropolis was beautiful. After checking in and getting settled in our room, we headed to the pool to cool off. Loucis, our driver, told us it was the hottest it has ever been in Athens, and I believed him.
It was 107F while we were out driving and site seeing, and tomorrow was going to be the same! We sure are glad he has air conditioning in his car!
The Temple of Poseidon.
That night, we had dinner at the Milos restaurant which sits on top of the hotel. We didn’t have a reservation, but they were able to fit us in. The table we were seated at had a reservation in two hours, so as long as we could be done by then, we were good. What a view we had over looking the city below us. The food and service were excellent, and it was a perfect start to our honeymoon in Greece.
Athens Hotels & Accommodations review
It's a Hilton, would you expect less?
Our stay at the Athens Hilton was short, two days and two nights, but very enjoyable! We had the “King Hilton Executive Room” which has a balcony … read entire review