I have been yearning and dreaming about going to Greece and seeing the ancient ruins of the Acropolis and visiting the sunny Greek Islands in the Aegean Sea. I’ve recently made those dreams come true. During my visit to Greece I was able to visit Athens, Delphi, Meteora, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Mykonos and Santorini. We were supposed to go to Crete as well, but we ended up cutting our trip short due to political and economical turmoil in Greece therefore we cancelled the Crete portion of our trip. I will have to save Crete for another time.
Being in Athens was hot, hot, hot!!! I was dripping with sweat daily and getting some color on my milky white skin. I am not a fan of the sun so I was definitely uncomfortably icky, hot and sweaty. Besides the heat, Athens itself was congested and dirtier than I expected. I’ll be honest; I felt Athens lacked the European charm that most European cities I’ve visited emanate. However, the archeological ruins were spectacular and breathtaking. I loved seeing the different ruins and of course photographing them. The Parthenon was beautiful even though it’s under construction for restoration. The caryatids were gorgeous. I was incredibly happy to finally be there standing next to the famous Parthenon!!!
We spent our first day exploring the Acropolis, the new Acropolis museum and then wandering the streets of Plaka. Everyone says Plaka is touristy, but hey it was clean and it had the charm that I felt the rest of Athens lacked so I enjoyed walking around the Plaka area. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind dirt and grime, but for some reason I had in my head a cleaner and more charming expectation for Athens so when those expectations weren’t met I guess it stuck out in my mind.
Here are a few images from my first day in Athens. Check back soon for more blog posts of Athens, Delphi, Meteora, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Mykonos and Santorini!!! Thanks for stopping by!!! Happy Aloha Friday!!!
Some scenes from Greek streets…and yes, there really is that much graffiti around the city…