Day in Athens

Athens Travel Blog

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We decided to be adventurous in Athens and strike out on our own using the metro system and doing our own walking tour.  The port was rather far from the metro station but we managed to find it.  (I have to say Athens near the port is not very pretty.)  The metro was quite easy to use and cheap.  We arrived in Monastraski in no time and started to use the Rick Steves' walking tour.  We saw the Parliament Building, various churches, through the Roman Agora, the Forum Agora, the Parthenon, the Temple of Hephastus, the Stoa, etc.  The weather was perfect.  I doubt we could have done this long walk in the rain.  The ruins were all amazing, but perhaps we had seen too many amazing things on this trip.

Monastraki Square
  I was a little temple-d and church-ed out. 

We found a local place to try some authentic souvlaki and greek beer - all yummy!  My mom had the greek salad again - I think she really really likes them.  We also had fried zucchini - one of my fav things.  We were super full but I insisted on trying a famous greek bakery - Krinos - so we bought only 1 pastry to share on the ship.  We then shopped some more (I seriously needed to stop).

When we got back to the ship, we went to afternoon tea with our greek pastry.  It was lovely sitting on deck, watching the sun dipping below the horizon as we enjoyed our treats.  The pastry was sooo good and unique.  I thought it would be creme filled, but instead there was an amazing honey paste inside.  Both my mom and I loved it - but unfortunately we only bought one. 

I think Athens is one of those places I'm glad I visited (if only to see the amazing ruins), but I doubt I'll be back. 

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Monastraki Square
Monastraki Square
Syntagma Square.
Syntagma Square.
The Parliament Building.
The Parliament Building.
Greek breakfast pastries.
Greek breakfast pastries.
Ancient Agora with Tower of Winds.
Ancient Agora with Tower of Winds.
Walking to the Acropolis.
Walking to the Acropolis.
Temple of Hephaestus in the distan…
Temple of Hephaestus in the dista…
Pantheon
Pantheon
In the Stoa.
In the Stoa.
Random little visitor at Hadrians…
Random little visitor at Hadrian'…
Again, I always look happiest when…
Again, I always look happiest whe…
Greek beer and chicken souvlaki.
Greek beer and chicken souvlaki.
Enjoying the Greek pastry - soooo …
Enjoying the Greek pastry - soooo…
The cheesecake is yum!
The cheesecake is yum!
The sommelier who introduced me to…
The sommelier who introduced me t…
Athens
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