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It's all Greek to us

Written on: Monday May 5th, 2008

A journal entry from: Around the World in 80 Days!

Hi everyone!  We spent a great, low-key four days in Athens.  We arrived around midday and found ourselves wandering the streets in search of the hostel we booked.  All signs were in Greek and Plaka (the area we were in) is notorious for winding streets that turn around on themselves.  But once we found it the location was great.  We were a 5 minute (at most) walk to the Acropolis and in the very English speaking tourist area.

The first morning we woke up early to get into the Acropolis only to find out that it was a holiday and nothing was open, so we took that day to wander up and down the streets in Plaka and to check out Syntagma square.  The next day we braved the crazy crowds and headed up to see the Parthenon and the rest of the Acropolis site.  It was extremely crowded and they are currently restoring much of the site so lots of things were covered with scaffolding, but for the most part it was spectacular.  It also gave us a great view of the city.  We continued to wander around Athens and see the Temple of Olympian Zeus and walked past the Panathenaic Olympic Stadium.  Through it all we fended off waiters from every restaurant we passed who had the 'best table' or the 'most romantic table'... it was fun to start with - everyone wanted to feed us!

We wrapped up our time in Greece with visiting the Archeaological Museum and treating ourselves to Gyros, Saganaki, and of course, Greek Salad.  We really enjoyed Athens.  It was very modern, but had so much history to offer.

Stay tuned for episodes from Italy!

-L & M

 

From Peddy on May 6th, 2008

Sweet Pics! Looks like you guys are still having a blast!! Keep those posts coming.

From Chelsee on May 6th, 2008

Your pics are awesome!! Makes me want to jump on a plane right now! BTW you'll be glad to know that we won our first ball game of the season!