Our final day in Athens proved just as busy as the others, as we visited the last of the “must sees.” We ate lunch at Thanasis, which was the most Greek restaurant so far, and the meal was absolutely delicious (see pictures below). If only the house wine in the states tasted this good! We entered the Kapnikarea Church in the Monastiraki area, where we paid tribute to the living and the dead in true Orthodox manner. Afterwards, we walked up to the Parthenon, which is truly breathtaking. It was very cold and windy today, so we stopped by Piazza Duomo for coffee (Sasha went Irish, naturally). Then we walked another 2 miles (uphill, oh heavens) to the highest point in Athens – Mt. Lycabettus. We were winded when we got to the top, but it was worth it for the views. We drank tea and coffee at the restaurant, then rode the funicular to the base and wandered through the Kolonaki area on the way back to the hotel. Another amazing day – wine tour in Corinth tomorrow!
DSC_1567Sasha, loving his Greek beer, ready for the most authentic meal yet at Thanasis

The spicy green peppers proved too hot for my darling (a true Semple “man down”)


The most beautiful Greek salad everDSC_1585

Amidst renovations of the Parthenon, with his man purseDSC_1578

An amazing view of Athens from the AcropolisDSC_1615

We finally made it to the Parthenon (but almost didn’t for the third time…)DSC_1610

Sasha with Mount Lycabettus in the background – our next challenge – which we conqueredDSC_1609

Greek history everywhere you look – such an amazing cityDSC_1606

A wet and windy day doesn’t damper our traveling spirits 🙂

A lot bigger than you think – a true Kodak moment

I loved the Turkish flag pic so much, I had to…

The entrance to the AcropolisDSC_1646

Deep thoughts atop Mount Lycabettus (we climbed up more than a mile, as we didn’t see the funicular – oh boy)DSC_1673

My wilderness man at the restaurant on top of Mt. LycabettusDSC_1669

City as far as you can see

St. George Church on top of Mt. Lycabettus (highest point in Athens) – destination wedding?

Wind like you’ve never felt before

And finally, two iPhone pics:

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5 o’clock somewhere – Irish coffee time

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