Picnic in Athens
Athens Travel Blog› entry 78 of 81 › view all entries
Jane, Marian, and Liz showed up on time and we were thrilled to see them again. We enjoyed coffee and a light breakfast then spent the rest of the morning browsing a few shops to see what souvenirs Greece had to offer. Afterwards we set out toward a castle on a high hill, visible from anywhere in the city. We strolled through the National Gardens which were heavily wooded and brightly colored with blossomed flowers. At the base of the hill, we bought several bottles of fine red wine, a kilo of three different cheeses, and half a dozen baguettes. A cable car hauled us to the top. The city stretched out for miles in all directions.
We nestled onto a nice spot on the hillside to commence our European picnic. A small group of soldiers appeared and their leader politely asked, " You speak English?" "Why yes," we beamed, anticipating a pleasant chat about life in the Greek Army or the state of the world. "Get out!" he bellowed. We resettled a little further around the hill. From our lofty perch, we gazed out over the city which sprawled to the Mediterranean Sea. The Acropolis was readily identifiable and we decided to check it out tomorrow. The air cooled in a chilling breeze as the sun began to set. When the wine was gone we all made our way down the hill on foot.