Athens – Day 1

The Parthenon, Athens

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. 🙂

Syntagma square, Athens

We crossed the square, marveling at the fruits stalls

Fruits market in Syntagma square, Athens

Fruits market in Syntagma square, Athens

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.

View over Athens while going up to the Acropolis

View over Athens while going up to the Acropolis

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 :

Price of the ticket for the Acropolis in Athens

We wandered around mesmerized by the beauty & the magic of the place.

Visiting the Acropolis in Athens

Visiting the Acropolis in Athens

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 😉

Visiting the Acropolis in Athens

Visiting the Acropolis in Athens

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! 😉

Visiting the Acropolis in Athens

The first thing we saw as we entered the Acropolis, was the Theatre of Herodes Atticus.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis, Athens

During summer, they perform ancient plays in this theatre. It must be beautiful to see!

Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis, Athens

Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis, Athens

We keep on climbing the Acropolis, admiring the views over the city on our way up.

Visiting the Acropolis in Athens

View over Athens from the Acropolis

View over Athens from the Acropolis

View over Athens from the Acropolis

View over Athens from the Acropolis

And here it is, the Parthenon!

Visiting The Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens

Visiting The Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens

^it’s not that we don’t brush our hair, but the wind was crazy up there!!

Visiting The Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens

Visiting The Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens

Visiting The Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens

We came down on the other side of the hill,

Visiting the Acropolis in Athens

Visiting the Acropolis in Athens

making new friend along the way,

Turtle in the Acropolis

& we arrived at the Theatre of Dionysus.

The Theatre of Dionysus in the Acropolis, Athens

The Theatre of Dionysus in the Acropolis, Athens

The Theatre of Dionysus in the Acropolis, Athens

The Theatre of Dionysus in the Acropolis, Athens

After having seen it from above,

View over the Temple of Zeus from the Acropolis

we continued our exploration with the Temple of Zeus.

Visiting the Temple of Zeus in Athens

Visiting the Temple of Zeus in Athens

Visiting the Temple of Zeus in Athens

Visiting the Temple of Zeus in Athens

& on the other way round, we admired the Parthenon from below.

View of the Acropolis from the Temple of Zeus

We passed in front of the Panathenaic Stadium, which is the only stadium in the whole world built entirely in marble.

Panathenaic Stadium in Athens

Lunch time being well passed, we took our way back to the city centre, passing through a luxuriant garden, with beautiful orange trees.

Beautiful orange tree in Athens

Yes, we stole an orange, we just couldn’t resist!

Picking up oranges in Athens

We would have loved to just enjoy the sun in the garden, as the locals were doing…

Turtles in the park in Athens

…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.

Lunch in a typical restaurant in Plaka, Athens

Which couldn’t start with anything else than tzatziki!

Tsatsiki while having lunch in Athens

Followed by eggplant caviar

Eggplant caviar for lunch in Athens

& greek salad!

Greek salad for lunch in Athens

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.

Sunset view over Athens from the Attalos hotel rooftop

Sunset view over the Acropolis from the Attalos hotel rooftop

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.

Delicious dinner at Yiasemi restaurant in the Plaka neighborhood in Athens

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.

Delicious dinner at Yiasemi restaurant in the Plaka neighborhood in Athens

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!!

Delicious dinner at Yiasemi restaurant in the Plaka neighborhood in Athens

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 🙂

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32 Comments

  1. This post is an amazing summary of what a wonderful place Athens is. I have never visited Greece and was keen to go before, but am even more keen now. I really enjoyed reading about your day and looking at all the lovely photos. I can’t wait now to see the next post!

  2. Athens is so so high on my wishlist! I wanted to visit Athens when I was in Europe last time, but unfortunately the flight tickets were priced so sky high that I had to skip the idea! I really hope I’ll get a chance soon. A ticket for all of it together at 30 Euros is not bad at all!

    1. Hope you’ll have a chance to visit soon, as it really is a great city! 🙂 but you’re right the auroral tickets are not that cheap to go there even though you take the tickets in advance which we did.

  3. Your pictures of Athens are so beautiful. It looks like you managed to see and do a lot in one day – which is great on shorter trips! I would love to go here

  4. Thanks Umberta for bringing back beautiful memories, I love Athens and Greece in general 🙂 I also went to all the places in your photos; yes, it’s windy up there, I can also relate having long hair! When did you guys go? It looks cold because you’re wearing sweaters/hoodies. It was hot, actually too hot, when I went (August). Still, it was beautiful!

    1. We went there end of March. It wasn’t that cold actually, we wore the sweaters only on top of the Acropolis as with the wind it got cold up there. And at night as well. But it was a good weather to visit as it was not too hot to wande around! 🙂

  5. I want to go back to Athens so much! Loved the time I spent there. Your pictures are the best thing I saw today. Food is so awesome and cheaper to compared to Spain.You did do a lot fora single day!

    1. I want to go back to Athens as well, I liked it so much!! Where are you in Spain? Spain is cool as well and compared to paris is cheap too 😉

  6. I’m going to Athens for the first time this winter and I hope I have a day like yours! Interesting to know about the ticket to Acropolis, I had no idea you even needed to pay. The sunset from your hotel was stunning and all the Greek food you photographed looked so fresh and delicious.

    1. Hope you’ll have a great time in Athens!! You really need to go to Yiasemi too for dinner and to Eugenia as well! And to the rooftops on Syntagma square!! And try their latte it’s incredible! Anyway, I’ll tell you more in the next posts!

  7. It has been my dream to visit Greece. Athens is on my top priority since I am intrigued by world history. My last visit to Jordan made me more curious about the ancient past of European and Middle Eastern countries. Greece is an important destination for me in my quest for such educative travels.

  8. Athens looks like a gorgeous place to visit! Even though I’ve visited the Greek islandsI’ve never actually made it to the mainland – apparently I should!

  9. This is really a fantastic post. The photos are stunning! I really want to visit there now. Well done. Ps if you ever want to do a feature in my online magazine id be delighted 🙂

  10. I love the pictures and it seems like the weather was perfect the day you went exploring. How many hours did it take to walk through all those sites?

  11. Wow you did a lot on your first day in Athens! I bet Acropolis is stunning when seen in person. The sunset from your hotel looks gorgeous and the streets of Plaka look so lively at night!

  12. This looked amazing. I would love to see the temple ruins, great pics btw. Athens def seems like the ideal vacation spot with so much to offer day and night

    1. Indeed Athens was great, we were expecting to see the great monuments, but we didn’t know before going of all the so cool bars & restaurants!

  13. Athens has been on my list for long. It is so beautiful and your pictures want me to go there even more. BTW I would love to know more how living in Paris made you become weird 😛

    1. ahah honestly, before i was used to the sun, the blue sky, the mediterranean life… now as soon as I see a ray of sun I run outside to catch it, like all the people living in Paris I was laughing at at the beginning! And you don’t know how happy I am when i see a bright red, juicy tomato ahah! ;))
      But there are good sides too of living in Paris! 🙂 Where are you from?

  14. Beautiful photos!! I really want to go to Athens and see the Acropolis but not sure it’ll be much fun with younger children…think I’ll have to wait until they are a bit older. I’m impressed you got so many photos with barely anyone in! Did you go early to beat the crowds? #citytripping

    1. We wen up early, but still there were tourists there, but they’re all around the Parthenon, the other places are more empty 😉 yes maybe it can be tiring for young kids, one has to walk a lot!! 😉

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