Greece Trip- Athens, Day 1

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View of Acropolis from the Plaka Hotel

Hey ya’ll, we just back from a 10 day trip to Greece!

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Over 10 days, we visited Athens and islands Santorini and Mykonos. There’s so much to say, but today is about some of our experiences from Athens.

Our first day, we checked into The Plaka Hotel and explored the city center. Our hotel was perfectly located and had this amazing view of the ruins above.

Walking around the area, I loved looking inside all the small local shops and restaurants in the market district. We saw multiple butchers, spice shops, curio shops, and loofah and soap stores!

We went for a great lunch at a restaurant inside a butcher shop called Karamanlidika, and started our love affair with Greek food. It’s so simple but fresh and tasty.

We ordered a spinach salad, eggplant and zucchini, and greek sausages with yogurt. And Sean, who doesn’t generally go for yogurt in the states, actually enjoyed the authentic Greek version.

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Yogurt with spiced carrots

For our first meal in Greece, this place knocked it out of the park and it turned out to be one of our favorite dining experiences in Athens.

Before going to Greece, we watched a documentary about modern Greece and learned about an anonymous subversive street artist who paints murals on the sides of building all over town. Most of his art is a social commentary on the financial crisis in Greece and criticism of Greek government.

Walking around town, we were able to find some of the murals easily.

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We were so hot (90 degrees every day!) and jetlagged, but we managed to explore a little bit in the Acropolis area.

Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, and it was fun thinking about how this square facing the Acropolis has likely been a social gathering place for over two thousand years, and it still is!

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After a few hours, we went back to our hotel to enjoy the rooftop patio as the sun went down.

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Have you been to Athens? What are your impressions?

 

 

 

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