AthenJune 28, 2017 in Greece
Hier ist so heiiiisss 34 Grad
Hier ist so heiiiisss 34 Grad
After a long and mostly sleepless flight, we landed in Athens and found Nikki waiting in the lobby at the Athens Lotus Hotel. She'd already scouted out a deli where we enjoyed lunch and planned our afternoon. Since we were jet lagged & had been sitting for hours, we decided to walk to the National Archaeological Museum. Nikki especially enjoyed the ancient statues and was a wealth of information. Fading fast, we returned to the hotel for a nap before venturing off to dinner at an authentic Greek restaurant Larry had found recommended on Trip Advisor. It lived up to its billing & we particularly enjoyed the grilled veggie appetizer.
Walking back, I spotted what I assumed was a liquor store so we ventured in to pick up some wine for the cruise. The checkout process was a little sketchy. The guy on the floor held up the bottle for another guy in a booth above to see & price. Once all items had been added up, we put the money into a basket that had been lowered down. It was hoisted to the upper level & our change deposited into the basket & once again lowered. Maybe it was a bootlegging operation, but we got our wine.Read more
Our hotel did free breakfast but we were both just so exhausted we slept through til 11 because checkout was at 12 not 10! woo!!
We asked the hotel to order us a taxi which we caught to our next Bnb. It only cost 7€. Our host is so beautiful. She gave us a full-on 30 minute orientation to her house and how to get around she offered us a home made sweet that I had in one mouthful and oh my did I regret it. In Greece there is this citrus fruit I can't remember the name of but it is more sour than a lemon so they only cook the skin. It was horrible. Will didn't even touch his. Don't blame him even though it was rude.
Our host made up this big booklet which has maps and is info, it's really cute. After our orientation we went for a walk in search for breakfast/lunch. We found this place were they were the friendliest Greeks I have yet encountered. The man was so loud and happy and enthusiastic about us trying his coffee and pizza. Both were great - or so Will said the coffee was.
"42 years the receipt has not changed" he kept telling us about his pizza.
We nearly walked out with out paying by habit because they expect you to pay after and not before which we are use to so we ran back in and apologized. We then went to a little convenience store and stocked up on local chips etc. we fist ate this DELICIOUS peanut butter flavored chip balls. Amazing! :)
We then had a 3 hour nap...
we are now trying to go get dinner but can't for the life of us figure out how to open the front door. So we are waiting...
30 minutes past and we thought we would give it one last try before accepting the fact we would have to share a snickers bar for dinner.
We did it! :)
Will doesn't know what he did, I think it was by accident but I don't care, we're free :D
We tried locating an ATM but again they avoid electronic money like nothing else so we failed which meant we ended up at dominos. I got a Greek salad because I'm in Greece ^.^
I did my first weekly Facebook update and uploaded some pictures. We're now lying in bed watching shawshank redemption.
Earlier I send a very long email to the Italian consulate asking them to explain and review our tour and previous Bnbs :)
I'm pretty excited to skype my parents, do washing and go to the Olympic stadium tomorrow :)Read more
Had a small sleep in. We've planned for today to be a lazy day. First though we had another uncomfortable breakfast eating stale food. To be fair, the jam was amazing.
We then left the house to go to their Woolworths equivalent to buy Will shaving cream and me some moisturizer because my skin is so so dry!
We (Will) stopped in for a coffee on the way.
We are liking Greece more and more but we think it's to do with the area. People are much nicer and smile. We got a free treat at the bakery. Oh and last night Will got a beer on the house too.
We bought the stuff then went home. Im a little over the walk now I've done it a few times. Its like looking at a concrete city with only a little greenery. Boring. A lot of Athens looks like, or rather reminds me of abandoned mental institutions. Clearly run down, abandoned, graffiti covered sterile buildings.
We bought more of the peanut balls for our movie day in bed. We patted a cat on the way home :D
As I wrote my journal for yesterday Will looked up how to get to Thessaloniki on Friday and bought train tickets. It will take 5.5 hours on the train. Eh.
We then had some snacks as we watched X men on the laptop.
Our host family is hilarious. They are literally yelling at each other every 5 mins. The Main host will be talking to us and the mum will swoop in and starting speaking in Greek to her and the girls face is always like "omg mum, shut up just give me a minute"
It's very Greek. We cant tell if they are fighting Or if that's just how they communicate haha.
I then had a very long nap. :)
Dinner time now. Our host family has ordered us some delivery food. MORE TZATSIKI YAY! We are also going to try Moussaka, which is a traditional dish I'm not expecting to like.
It took 45 mins to come. The Greek salad and tzatziki was great. The moussaka was alright, it tasted like potato but our host said it looked different so maybe it wasn't mousakka after all.
We watched V for vendetta then went to bed. A very uneventful day but enjoyable all the same :)Read more
The Academy of Athens building is located a short walk from the city center, Syntagma. It is the leading research faculity in the country and it is operated under the Ministry of Education. It is considered a modern landmark of Athens, being built in 1885. Much of the sculpting was created by neo-classical sculptor Leonidas Drosis.
You might also know this place by the following names:
Plateía Klathmónos, Plateia Klathmonos, Πλατεία Κλαυθμώνος