Finally, getting to my Athens post! Santorini was beyond relaxing so I put down the computer & picked up my kindle!
We arrived in Athens late in the afternoon, so check-in was easy at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. We quickly went up to their rooftop pool & found a comfy seat to relax in. A few drinks & a 15minute nap later the hub and I were ready for dinner. The hotel directly next door to our hotel (King George) is known for their rooftop views & restaurant so we took the long walk (jk) over there for dinner.
Tudor Hall was amazing. The Acropolis was literally in perfect sight & when the sky got dark it lit up! Not only was the view top notch, but our dinner was too – greek salad with caper leaves, grilled octopus, scorpion fish & blueberry sorbet! The meal was the perfect intro to the Greek cuisine portion of the trip.
The following day we woke up bright & early to begin our full day tour. We started with the change of guards at the Parliament (right by hotel) and then we were off to the Panathenaic Stadium. It was noted as a great workout site open for runners early mornings, so the hub & I hit up this old Olympic Stadium for a quick workout. To our surprise, we were the only people there! This is a must do for anyone visiting Athens – when can you ever say that you worked out where the Olympics took place!?!
The next location was to visit was the Acropolis. There was a a lot of restoration being done on all of the buildings – supposedly it’s going on for the next 60 years! Regardless, it was a sight to see!! After seeing massive structures from centuries ago with a view from above the entire city we headed to The Temple of Olympian Zeus for a few photos & then Lycabettus Hill for another stunning view. If you are hungry, have a snack on the top of the mountain or save your appetite and head to the shops right by Ancient Agora. Huge market with anything your heart desires & tons of restaurants lining the streets. After you fill your belly, head inside Ancient Agora to get the full tour of the site. The last stop before we headed to the airport was the Acropolis Museum. Wowza, was this a beautiful museum – when you first walk in you are above Grecian Baths, so make sure to look below your feet! Take your time & walk around the entire museum, it is one of the best!
With only 36 hours in Athens, I am pretty proud of what we accomplished! Next time we head to Greece a few more days in Athens will be a must!