Friday, June 23, 2017

2017 - Greece - Day 14 [Athens]

Today, we visit the Acropolis.

Athens Center Square Hotel, which is a part of the same group of hotels that Hermes Hotel was part of meant that the breakfast is exactly the same, a bit disappointing, but we will live with it.

Athens Center Square Hotel Breakfast
Athens Center Square Hotel Breakfast
We woke up early to make it to the Acropolis near when they open and we walked there and made it there at 8:30am and we spent two hours there. It is a bit unfortunate that the site is under renovation, but nonetheless, it is still a very impressive site. Well worth visiting, especially since it does cost 20 euros just to visit this one site.

Acropolis
Acropolis
Acropolis
Make sure that you visit the Acropolis either really early (aim to go before 9:00am) or you can try to visit later in the day. Since it is out in the open, it is very hot. Through the two hours, we basically walked the entire site.

Ancient Agora
Ancient Agora
Ancient Agora was next and we got there from the Acropolis in roughly half an hour and spent an hour there (from 11:00am to 12:00pm). We did the two main buildings (Stoa and the Temple of Hephaestus) and wandered around for a bit. Neat site, but you can see a lot of reconstruction which makes you wonder how it would have looked in the past.

Thansis pork souvlaki on the left, kebap on the right
Thansis is where we went for lunch where we ordered the Thansis kebap and pork souvlaki which came out to 21 euros. The food was really good, especially the kebap. Both items were very moist, makes me wonder how they made it.

Hadrian's library was next and we were there for about 20 minutes. There isn't too much to see outside of what you see from behind the gates. It did seem a bit weird that the historical sites are surrounded by wrought iron fencing that you can see through. Why would you pay if you can basically see the entire site outside of it?

Athenkion Halumi cheese
Athenkion grilled vegetables
Due to the heat, we ended up going back to the hotel and resting. When we got up, we went to the Plaka District and wandered around town. We ended up at Athenkion for dinner where we ordered the Halumi cheese, grilled vegetables, moussaka, and meatballs. The starters were very nice, however, the mains were a bit disappointing with an overall cost of 36 euros.

Athenkion Meatballs
Athenkion Moussaka
Athenkion free dessert
Wandered a bit more and went back to the hotel. Tomorrow, we go graffiti hunting and visit some museums.