Γεια σας Athens: It’s cooler in the shade & cheers!

After only 3 hours of sleep, we left the hotel at 6:45am the next morning to head to Athens. It was sad watch our little hotel get smaller and smaller as we drove away in our water taxi. The taxi took us to a port where we would take a bigger boat (which looked like an airplane inside) to Athens. The ride was going to be about an hour, so I planned on sleeping. But that definitely didn’t happen. For 6 or 7 of us, we had lucky seats in a back and separate part of the boat which was basically the engine. It was so loud and the door kept slamming and we were lucky enough to be right by the bathroom. It was miserable.

Everyone was pretty groggy by the time we got to Athens and the fiasco of getting our luggage off the boat definitely didn’t help. We got on a bus and headed to the Acropolis and Parthenon with our tour guide. It was extremely hot outside and that combined with the fact that our tour guide basically whispered the whole time (not like she was giving us much information when we heard her) didn’t help the groups mood. She pointed out the temple of Zeus and where democracy was literally founded, but didn’t say much about it. She was actually terrible.

Parthenon

Parthenon

Parthenon

Parthenon

Parthenon

Parthenon

We finally got out of the heat and continued on the bus part of the tour. In between the tour guide telling us that you can sunbathe at the beach and it’s cooler in the shade (I’m not making this up), we visited the first modern Olympic stadium and drove by the public library and university.

Group at the Olympic stadium

Group at the Olympic stadium

Most of us were glad when the tour was over and we were at the hotel. After checking in, we asked the front desk for a lunch recommendation and headed to a place nearby. There we had probably one of my favorite lunches consisting of Greek salad (of course) and awesome pork gyros. It was so yummy and the people there were so nice. Afterwards, we of course had to get some baklava and stopped by the market before heading back to the hotel for a much needed nap.

Feast we had for lunch

Feast we had for lunch

Feast we had for lunch

Feast we had for lunch

Feast we had for lunch

Feast we had for lunch

Feeling much more refreshed, we got ready for dinner which would be with the whole group. We went to this little Greek tavern and had really good food including Greek salad (duh), chicken and some really good stuff that I had no idea what it was. We also got a lovely surprise as a love band played, a Greek lady sang and we watched some traditional Greek dancers. There was lots of “oppa!” and it was a really great last dinner.

Farewell dinner

Farewell dinner

Dancing through the restaurant

Dancing through the restaurant

Farewell dinner

Farewell dinner

Farewell dinner

Farewell dinner

Farewell dinner

Farewell dinner

Farewell dinner

Farewell dinner

Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel where we had decided we would have a couple drinks on the rooftop terrace. From there we could see the lit up Parthenon and it was a stunning view. While playing Cheers/Yamas to the Governor, we shared some of our favorite trip moments. As the group got smaller, since a lot of people headed to bed, we made some toasts to the trip and each other. Perfect way to end the trip.

Last night in Rome

Last night in Athens

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