|View of Athens from the Acropolis|
The first stop on our Thanksgiving vacation was Athens, Greece. We flew overnight, so we arrived early in the morning ready for a full day of sightseeing. Of course, as always, the fist challenge was to find the hotel and check – in. Luckily there was a bus that took us to the city center and from there it was easy to take the metro to a stop near our hotel.
This trip actually turned out to be a pretty charmed experience. I’m used to experiencing a Murphy’s Law type of situation where pretty much nothing goes right. But, that was not the case this time. We had booked using an online travel agency – “European Destinations.” We picked the destinations and dates and they booked the airfare and hotels. I was pretty impressed with how things worked out during the trip, but I’m not sure that I loved their communications prior to our departure.
When we got to the hotel, our room was quite ready but that was fine because we were itching to see the sites. The Acropolis was within walking distance of our hotel, so we headed up their first.
Lucky break #1: Turns on on the first Sunday of each month all the historical sites are free to enter. So we each saved the 12 euro entrance fee. score.
|The famous ladies on the porch of the Erectheum|
The Acropolis is made of of several buildings, the most famous two being the Parthenon and the Erectheum. Although the place was packed, it was amazing being somewhere I had seen in hundreds of pictures. Also, the view of Athens from the top is wonderful.
After the acropolis, we headed out for lunch in one of the sidewalk cafes near our hotel. They all had a view of the Acropolis and the food was tasty. After lunch, we were both starting to feel the jet lag, so as much as we hated to miss anytime we needed to go back and take a nap so we didn’t just pass out in the streets. Luckily our hotel room was ready and we were able to check in and book our Greek Island tour for the next day.
After our nap, we went for a walk around the city and saw some of the markets and a few other archaeological sites. The weather was fairly warm for November, so it was nice to walk around and just see everything.
Later that evening, after dinner, we went to the town center to see the changing of the guard. I can’t say that it was amazing, but it was fun to see the traditional Greek costumes and ceremony.