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Athens

Making the most of limited time!

sunny 26 °C
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One thing that I discovered this morning is that it's daylight at 4.25am! Not enough sleep! We raced around our apartment and were downstairs at 5am with our bags. The taxi was waiting for us - thank goodness. About a half hour journey out to Budapest Airport - we took off on time for Munich - with Lufthansa, a pretty good airline. After an orange juice and a giant choc chip cookie (oh my stomach!), we arrived at Munich and had a short 40 minute stopover before taking another flight to Athens. Redmond and I - feeling like dead dogs right now!
The weather in Munich when we arrived this morning was raining and 7 degrees, the forecast for Athens is sunny and 26 degrees. Maybe we can finally pull out the shorts and T-shirts.
Little shivers of excitement - we are back in Greece. Love this country!
Getting off the plane we felt the warm air - ahhhhhh! It is a beautiful day! When we originally booked just a night in Athens on our way to Chania it was for a reason. We were last here in 2010 and on the day that we were going up to the Acropolis - there was a general strike in Athens, and the Acropolis was closed to everyone. We couldn't believe our bad luck as this was the only day that we were here and we missed out on seeing Athens main attraction. We had actually been up there 10 years ago - but really wanted to see it again. Today we did.
We arrived at Athens Airport at 12pm and checked in to the Sofitel Hotel at the airport - about a 1 minute walk from the Arrivals section. At 1.15pm we walked to the Airport Metro train station and caught the train in to the centre of Athens. This is our third time in Athens, so we are getting to know our way around fairly well.
It's about a 50 minute train ride, but we weren't deterred! We arrived at Syntagma Square, changed trains and travelled the 1 station to Akropoli. We walked up the hill and all the stairs and spent the next 2 hours walking around this amazing site - which looks out over Athens.
What a sight! We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day - and the city of Athens, with it's white, cream and tan coloured houses, apartments and buildings - lay before us, basking in the sun under a stunning blue sky.
After we had taken scores and scores of photos and had walked all around the Acropolis site, we came back down on to ground level and had a trundle through the little streets, ending up in Monasteraki about an hour later. We had an early dinner there - Souvlaki and a Heineken each. We marvelled at how much can change in a day - at that same time yesterday we were on top of a bus travelling through the city of Budapest - and here we were tonight, having dinner and mixing with people in a different country. Mind boggling - and exhausting!
We made the trip back to our hotel on the train - the sun and beer has taken it's effect on us. Glad to get home to our hotel room. An early night tonight - the bed is comfy (YES!). We are shattered - but happy - a brilliant day!
Monastiraki in the late afternoon in Athens.

Monastiraki in the late afternoon in Athens.

At the end of our visit to the Acropolis. Brilliant afternoon.

At the end of our visit to the Acropolis. Brilliant afternoon.

The restoration continues. The lighter stone in the wall fits perfectly with the orginal.

The restoration continues. The lighter stone in the wall fits perfectly with the orginal.

The Porch of the Caryatids. These ladies are replicas - the originals are in the Acropolis Museum at the foot of the Acropolis itself.

The Porch of the Caryatids. These ladies are replicas - the originals are in the Acropolis Museum at the foot of the Acropolis itself.

Red in front of the Parthenon.

Red in front of the Parthenon.

Selfie - Athens in the background.

Selfie - Athens in the background.

Red and Anne at the Acropolis - Athens.

Red and Anne at the Acropolis - Athens.

Lykavittos Hill - Athens. There is a tiny church at the very top.

Lykavittos Hill - Athens. There is a tiny church at the very top.

The Acropolis Museum in the foreground - Athens in the background. The Museum is innovative and absolutely absorbing - it cost 130 million euros to build.

The Acropolis Museum in the foreground - Athens in the background. The Museum is innovative and absolutely absorbing - it cost 130 million euros to build.

The Parthenon - Athens.

The Parthenon - Athens.

Renovations on the Parthenon are constant.

Renovations on the Parthenon are constant.

Looking back at the entrance to the Acropolis - Athens.

Looking back at the entrance to the Acropolis - Athens.

The mighty columns of the Acropolis - Athens. Work started on the Acropolis roughly 2,500 years ago.

The mighty columns of the Acropolis - Athens. Work started on the Acropolis roughly 2,500 years ago.

The Acropolis - against a beautiful blue sky.

The Acropolis - against a beautiful blue sky.

Part of the Theatre of Herodes Atticus - in the grounds of the Acropolis.

Part of the Theatre of Herodes Atticus - in the grounds of the Acropolis.

Our first glympse of the Acropolis.

Our first glympse of the Acropolis.

Posted by Gibbo54 11:32 Archived in Greece

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