When my brother in law finished his PhD, we offered him a week-end to explore Athens together. But we tested his patience, as he had to wait for autumn & winter to pass, before he could enjoy his gift.
Although, given the wonderful blu sky & amazing weather that welcomed us in the Greek capital, who would complain?! 😉
We woke up on a sunny Friday morning very excited to discover this unknown city.
Our hotel was strategically located in the heart of the city, just steps from Syntagma square, allowing us to go everywhere by foot. 🙂
We crossed the square, marveling at the fruits stalls
Honestly living in Paris made me become weird, when I was in Italy it was just normal to have yummy, sweet fruits… but now they’re like a rare food 😉
Anyway, we had a too big breakfast at the hotel, but we came back later 😉
As the most obvious tourists, our first stop was the Acropolis.
The road that lead to the Acropolis is beautiful, with a nice view over the city.
For the record, the price for the Acropolis ticket raised & it’s now 30 € per person. The ticket allows you to visit several places, in addition to the Acropolis, as shown in the picture below :
We wandered around mesmerized by the beauty & the magic of the place.
To think that all these wonderful temples & theatres were built in the ancient Greece & this was one of the cradles of our civilisation was overwhelming
….& I’m from Rome, so I’m used to old ruins 😉
Seeing the different styles of temples – doric, ionic & corinthian – as I studied in high school, in real, was really interesting. Plus I didn’t know I still remembered so many things about ancient Greece… my school teacher could be proud! 😉
The first thing we saw as we entered the Acropolis, was the Theatre of Herodes Atticus.
During summer, they perform ancient plays in this theatre. It must be beautiful to see!
We keep on climbing the Acropolis, admiring the views over the city on our way up.
And here it is, the Parthenon!
^it’s not that we don’t brush our hair, but the wind was crazy up there!!
We came down on the other side of the hill,
making new friend along the way,
& we arrived at the Theatre of Dionysus.
After having seen it from above,
we continued our exploration with the Temple of Zeus.
& on the other way round, we admired the Parthenon from below.
We passed in front of the Panathenaic Stadium, which is the only stadium in the whole world built entirely in marble.
Lunch time being well passed, we took our way back to the city centre, passing through a luxuriant garden, with beautiful orange trees.
Yes, we stole an orange, we just couldn’t resist!
We would have loved to just enjoy the sun in the garden, as the locals were doing…
…But our gurgling stomachs obliged us to keep on going.
We sat in the shadow of a cute, little square for our first Greek meal.
Which couldn’t start with anything else than tzatziki!
Followed by eggplant caviar
& greek salad!
Everything was so simple yet so delicious!!
We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling around the little streets around Syntagma square & the characteristic neighborhood of Plaka.
Athens is full of cute bars & restaurants, of eccentric little shops…
It was just impossible not to stop every 2 footsteps 😉
Less original, we also had a look at the most beautiful H&M I ever seen 😉
We found a lovely shop in Plaka called Forget me not. They have clothes, accessoires, souvenirs, jewelries… from local brands.
It’s the perfect place if you’re looking for something different for yourselves or some gifts to take back home.
Plus, the lady who runs the place is super nice. We talked a bit with her & she recommended two restaurants to have dinner – I always ask local people in order to avoid to end up in too touristic places.
Before dinner though, we came back to our hotel, from the rooftop of which we looked at the sky turning pink.
Having enjoyed the sunset & rest a bit, off we went again to test the first restaurant the lay from the shop told us, Yiasemi in Plaka.
The streets of Plaka, we discovered, are full of restaurants, tables are set outside on the little streets & on the stairs & a happy crowd enjoy drinks & food in the most wonderful atmosphere.
As for Yiasemi, it was the most lovely place ever! Just look at all the little lights.
And the varied, original decoration.
Everything is homemade & they serve mostly salads, savoury pies & delicious cakes – just promise me you’ll try the strawberry & chocolate one!!
I was so tired & hungry that I even forgot to take proper pictures, so if you’re in Athens you’ll just have to go to see for yourself how cute & cozy the place is! So cute that we even came back the last day!
But before that, we had other adventure in Athens, I’ll tell you more in the next post 🙂