Opa! in Athens, Greece

December 21, 2012

We arrived in Athens around noon, bought metro tickets, then realized the metro workers were on strike. Go figure – only in Greece! It was a pain at first, but then we realized it was just “typical Greek,” so laughed about it and hopped in a taxi (a nice yellow Mercedes CL500!) to go the hotel. We ate at the nearby Oroscopo for lunch and had a baked feta cheese appetizer that was to die for (see picture below). Afterwards, we walked about a mile and a half to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon, which was already closed so we took a bunch of pictures from the base and went to the Acropolis Museum, which is a must see. We ate dinner at Strofi, which overlooks the entire Acropolis – absolutely stunning. They served us complimentary kefi, which is a Greek liquor. Our meal was amazing – Greek salad to start (of course). Sasha had a craving for frozen yogurt, so I googled it, thinking we’d have little luck, but we found one a mile away. We walked to Yogolicious – real Greek froyo – unparalleled anywhere else. We found ourselves in the Monastiraki area, which is totally hustle-and-bustle. Lights, people, music everywhere – we loved it. We have heard mixed reviews about Athens, but it’s truly one of my favorite cities in the world.DSC_1387

Baked feta cheese with fresh tomatoes – we had to have this as our first Greek appetizer – it was heavenly!
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Guards protecting the President’s house (with pom-pom shoes on)DSC_1409

This is my trademark: climbing trees in foreign citiesDSC_1424

Sunset on Athens
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The cliffside view of the Parthenon – going back today for pictures and viewing!DSC_1463

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In the Acropolis – at the base of the ParthenonDSC_1482

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Strolling through the streets of the Monastiraki area at night was amazing – lights, people and Christmas music!DSC_1509

Above is the real Greek frozen yogurt shop we found when wandering home. And a few photos from my iPhone:photo 1 (8) photo 2 (8)Strofi, where we ate dinner, had a rooftop room with the most amazing view of the Parthenon. And deadly Greek liquor (complimentary – geez, thanks!).

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      1. allemeineleidenschaften

        Oh yes, you are welcome in Germany! We have many nice places to visit and I think the East of Germany is a “must see”, too. I have never been to the East but since the wall broke down in 1989, they restored alot and did lots of improvements of very shabby buildings and streets. Leipzig is great and Dresden.
        As for me, I love the North of Germany most. The islands and the coastal towns by the North Sea.
        But you are right, Munic and Berlin ist great, too. What about Cologne?
        Now I have to see and read, on which corner of the world you live, lol. Have a great day!
        Hugs, Susi

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        1. aileesemple

          You would know best 🙂 I would love to visit Cologne as well (just Googled it – gorgeous). I think I need to spend a whole month in Germany – there is so much to see. I live in Houston, which is not quite as exciting! There are definitely some cool places in Texas to visit though!

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  1. allemeineleidenschaften

    Oooohhh, yes, there are! I would like to visit the Good Old Southfork Ranch in Dallas one day, lol:)
    And the most known German family in Gaynesville, Texas: The Reimann family! Maybe you’ll google for Konny Reimann, you would love his story, I’m shure! 🙂

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    1. aileesemple

      Oh wow – a German immigrant turned very, very Texan. I’ve never even heard of Gainsville before that Google search! You should definitely go to the ranch – I haven’t been, but it looks gorgeous!

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