Athens, Greece — Travels from 2013

I was so excited to go to Greece. I absolutely love Greek food, I had heard tales of its beauty, and the Acropolis was definitely on my bucket list of things to see. I felt like Indiana Jones getting to explore ancient ruins, only with a couple thousand extra  people on my adventure.

We rented a day cab, which was by far the smartest thing we did the entire trip. The driver charged a flat rate, gave us a cell phone programmed with his number to text when we were ready to be picked up and taken to the next location. FANTASTIC does not even begin to describe how wonderful this was. He took us to places that were not even on our radar. We were able to see the changing of the guard at the presidential palace. Much like in England, there is a ceremony when the guards change shift. Very interesting. We also found out that there are knives in the poofs of their shoes! Yikes!

 My favorite sight in Athens was definitely the temple of Zeus. I didn’t think it would be as great as the Acropolis, but it was much less crowded and you got to be a lot closer. It also had some pretty views surrounding it. We really enjoyed The easiness and ability to really admire this historical monument.  

We did get to see the Acropolis and it was incredible. The lines were unbearably long, even though the employees seemed to think it was a slow day. Once you reached the top it was completely worth the wait. The ampatheater was really beautiful, but the true gems are at the top of the hill. There was some construction during our trip, but it did not deter from the experience too much. The Acropolis is something I will never forget.

What I learned in Athens

  • Their main streets are designed to double as emergency runways for times of war
  • There is nothing better than having a cab for the day, especially if they speak English
  • Sometimes the smaller things take your breath away more than the major attractions
  • Greek food is truly the best food.

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