Category: Greece

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10 Beautiful Doors of Athens

I’m not sure what it is, but I take a lot of pictures of doors when I travel to any European city, and my time in Athens was no exception.  Europeans seem to be so much more creative and beautiful in their creation of doors than we are. So, when I get home, I always

Caryatids at the Acropolis. Map of Plaka Athens Things to Do

Athens Map of Top Things to Do

I’ve always struggled with blog postings like “Athens in a Day” and “Three Days in Florence.”  What that person wants to do in a day in Athens is almost never completely what I would choose to do.  Our priorities are all different as travelers, and if we spend our time trying to travel just like

Stoa of Attalos in Ancient Agora of Athens

Plaka: Ancient Athens Agora

Maybe it’s a holdover of some elementary or middle school lesson I had, but Agora always only means ‘marketplace’ in my mind, so that’s what I think of when I walk through Athens Agora.  In reality, however, the Agora was a large meeting place that might house a market one day, a theater performance the

Entrance to Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens. Map of Plaka Athens Things to Do

Athens: Metropolitan Cathedral & Mikri Mitropoli

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens is the church of the Archbishopric of Athens, and all of Greece.    Construction on the cathedral became in 1842, and it took three architects and 20 years to complete. The church used parts of 72 other churches, both derelict Byzantine churches, and churches razed for archaeological reasons, in it’s

Plaka Steps Restaurants

5 Top Places to Eat in Plaka

Eating.  It’s one of the best parts of travel as far as I’m concerned.  There are always new tastes and surprises, and often a completely new food that becomes a repeated treat during my stay, and a special memory. As you know from my map of things to do in Plaka, Athens, eating in Plaka

Anafiotika Plaka Athens

Anafiotika : A Bit of Greek Islands in Athens

Anafiotika brings a bit of the islands of Greece right into the heart of Plaka in Athens.  I had hoped to made a side trip to the Greek islands during our trip (I mean, look at how beautiful the island is, and all the things to do in Santorini Greece!) and tried several times to

Roman Agora in Plaka, Athens. Map of Plaka Athens Things to Do

Athen’s Roman Agora

I’m not sure exactly what we were expecting the Roman Agora to be, but it wasn’t this.  Mostly, it’s a big empty field, with ruins bordering it.  And the weird thing is that we could step right up on the ruins and touch things, which was so disorienting we kept looking for the signs that

Athens: Plaka in Photos

I love travel books.  Often, when browsing a bookstore, I find myself in front of the travel books and maps of foreign cities.  The debate begins: I don’t need another travel book.  I really don’t need another travel book on my shelf.  Am I even ever going to go to Bucharest? …Well, I mean, look

New Acropolis Museum

The New Acropolis Museum stands starkly out from the landscape of Athens.  It is a modern, black and glass building, with the top floor perched oddly askew.  But for an up close view of the of collections of antiquities, there’s not a better way to do it. And as it turns out, the top floor

Athens: Arch Hadrian, Temple Zeus

After our time at the Acropolis, Ari (see This Post for details) walked with us over the the Arch of Hadrian and the Temple of Olympus Zeus, regaling us with stories of Greek history and current political intrigue. In previous travels, Scott and I had found to what extent much of European citizen’s concept of

Caryatids at the Acropolis. Map of Plaka Athens Things to Do

The Acropolis

Our first full day – at least together -in Athens, Scott and I were scheduled for a half day, private walking tour with Ari through <<<PKTravel>>>. Click <<<HERE>>> to visit their site, we were very happy with our tour.  They were very accommodating, and understanding even though we had to reschedule this last minute when Scott

Cats of Athens

One of the things I didn’t expect in Athens, was the sheer number of stray cats.  They are everywhere.  They are quite brazen about slinking around under your table as you eat, hoping for some dropped goodies, and were quite expert at avoiding being touched.  They have adapted to the environment quite well. I took

Lamp inside Melissinos, the Poet Sandal Maker's, shop. Map of Plaka Athens Things to Do

Melissinos, The Poet Sandal-Maker

Months before departing on our trip, I knew one of my stops in Athens would be Melissinos Sandal Shop.  I also knew that Scott would be bored out of his mind there, so I would have to either go without him, or make it a short stop – no matter how accommodating Scott was trying

Changing of the Guard, Athens

After our lunch we decided some walking was good, (did you see how much food that was??) and seeing something that didn’t lock us in to any time commitments was even better – given Scott’s screwed up body clock and the aforementioned possibility of face-planting.  So we headed in the direction of Syntagma Square and

Diogenes Lunch in Plaka, Athens

I am no longer husbandless!!  I no longer get a weird look when I am asked reason for travel, say “anniversary trip” and they look around for my other half. The dear husband had been through the trials and tribulations of international travel that seem to always happen to him.  So, he unpacked, we caught

“You Look Up, You See Acropolis, You Know Where You Are.”

So, as I get up and get started, enjoying a cup of coffee on my terrace, staring at the Acropolis, I find myself husbandless.  Some of you may think, “Whoo-hoo!  Party!”  But, I’m not really the “Whoo-hoo! Party!” kind of person.  Plus, this is my 20th Anniversary trip.  And I’m husbandless. The plan now is

The Athens Gate Hotel Review

The Athens Gate Hotel was my choice for the Athens portion of my 20th anniversary trip with my husband.  I read reviews and researched online, looking at location, pricing, views, and amenities of many options in the same general area, and in the end Athens Gate Hotel came out on top.  As we’ve all learned,

The Tale of a Terrace and a Pod

I sat on our terrace, watching the sun set and the lights begin to illuminate the Acropolis, and texted with my husband.  We spoke briefly on the phone, but his battery was about to die.  I tried to feel bad for him… stuck in a pod in Moscow…   I had arrived in Athens, and

The Best Laid Plans – Subject to Protest

Soon, after weeks apart while my husband travels for work, I will get to meet up with him in Athens.  Our 20th Anniversary is this summer, and we are spending two weeks together in Greece and Italy.  I’ve been looking forward to this trip for over a year. But the thing about travel is, you