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[If you came here looking for TWD, sorry — I didn't have any spare time this week :( Check out the rest of the TWD blogs for their Kugelhopfs!]
Wow, it's been a while since I posted my last installment! It's been a busy couple of months, but now it's finally time to finish my write-up of our Grecian vacation.
We ended our trip with two days in Athens, where we took the opportunity to sightsee. Obviously, our first stop was the Acropolis. They have very official signage that points the way there.
It's a long walk up that hill, but it was worth it to see all of the spectacular ruins. In this view, you can also see the Arch of Hadrian in the front, just behind the trees.
Once we got up to the top, and after some more time waiting in line in the blistering heat, we finally got to see the Parthenon up close. It's currently undergoing restoration, but is still a sight to behold.
After we got our fill of ruins, we came back down to the city and had some lunch, where we enjoyed some delicious village sausage and fried zucchini.
At this point, I seriously needed a nap, so I slept in our hotel while A. walked around a little bit more. He came and woke me up a little while later so we could go check out the changing of the guard. This... was... hilarious. Sorry, I know that it's considered an honor to be one of these guys... but look at those shoe pom-poms! ;)
The next day we had an adventure trying to get to the Athens beach. (Travel tip: don't take the X96 bus... it goes to the airport! I would tell you the bus line we took, but I don't remember — anyway, a good sign is when everyone else is also wearing bathing suits.) It was a beautiful beach day and it was great to relax on our last day of the trip.
One of the more ubiquitous street foods in Athens is the grilled corn, which is cooked up on small round grills and served with a little salt. We were really excited to find a guy selling it right outside the beach complex exit.
For our last dinner in Athens, we enjoyed some gyros and pastourma pie from Sabbas.
I took one last photo of the Acropolis from our hotel, and we said goodbye to Greece.
We had such a wonderful time in Greece, and I highly recommend it to anyone thinking of traveling there! I think Santorini was my favorite, although I enjoyed touring around all of the different places we visited. We ate way too much food, but it was all so delicious that we really couldn't help ourselves ;) In short, it was a wonderful experience, and I wouldn't hesitate to go back!