Wednesday, May 29, 2013

European Honeymoon - Greece Part 1

We are almost done with our vacation. Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and Czech Republic have been amazing, and now only one more new country left. Time is flying way too fast!

This post is about Greece, the country where it all began. We did not exactly plan to visit Athens, but it was the cheapest way to get over to Europe. Greece met us with amazing sunny weather and gorgeous coastline.

Something that is as natural as breathing to us is buckling up as soon as we get into the car. Apparently, not to Greek taxi drivers.

Our bed and breakfast, Aristoteles Hotel, was in the shady part of town, but we managed to stay safe. I felt like I was back home, in Russia, where you always, always keep an eye on your belongings. The room was small and very simple, but it worked. Only $150 for 4 nights - it's hard to beat that!

Greek breakfast is quite simple. An egg, a slice of cheese and meat, and a piece of pound cake with watery coffee. Surprisingly, it kept us full for a while.

We walked almost everywhere, even though Athens had small subway and a well-developed system of buses and trams. First day, we went to see the famous ancient complex, Acropolis, which includes The Parthenon. It opens to public at 8 a.m., and it is best to be there right then in order to beat the crowd. It is very beautiful there, and the breath of history makes you look at your life philosophically. 

On our way to Acropolis

Lots of housing right below Acropolis

The Parthenon

There are many little cozy cafes in Greece, and the closer it is to some historical object, the more you have to pay. We stopped for coffee at one of them and paid almost $12 for these two tiny glasses. A nice little surprise - free Wi-Fi, to make sure we did our check-in on Facebook.

Three other cool things we got to do in Athens were hiking up the highest point of the city, the Mount Lycabettus, enjoying Turkish baths, and sunbathing at the lake with the fish that eat your dead skin. 

Mount Lycabettus

The Lake

Fish eating my feet
I definitely liked going at our own pace and visiting places that were suggested by other people on tripadvisor website. I will blog about our Greek likes and dislikes in the next post! This one is already way too long. Thank you for your time!