Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Trip to Greece, Part III: Athens

Read Part I: Crete
Read Part II: Santorini
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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.

A. headed to the Acropolis

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.

view of the Acropolis

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.

the Parthenon

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.

village sausage

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! ;)

changing of the guard

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.

grilled corn

For our last dinner in Athens, we enjoyed some gyros and pastourma pie from Sabbas.


pastourma pie

I took one last photo of the Acropolis from our hotel, and we said goodbye to Greece.

Acropolis at night

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!


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

I'm awestruck. Period. No words can describe the beauty of Greece and of these photographs.

CB said...

Greece looks like such an amazing place through your camera. I forgive you for missing TWD this week. Just don't let it happen again ;)
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

My First Kitchen said...

That fried zucchini looks UH. MAZING. I've always wanted to go to Greece, so I'm doing a little vicarious traveling through your photos. And THAT was the view from your hotel? Man. I'm trying not to be jealous.

Megan said...

Wow - I'm getting hungry looking at all the wonderful food. I've never been to Greece but it sure looks and sounds terrific.

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Oh well, I suppose a trip to Greece is a good substitute for a kugelhopf post! What beautiful pics and such an interesting travelogue.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful photos, especially the Acropoli sign.

Liz said...

I loved Greece! And like you, I really enjoyed the food...I think I ate more feta there than I have in the rest of my life combined. Gorgeous photos, it really took me back.

Anonymous said...

Kim it looks beautiful! Your pictures and stories of Greece were such fun to read. Aren't those pom poms just such turn ons?? I know, I fell for them too.

LOL! Looking forward to your return to the kitchen soon!

Jaime said...

looks like you had a great time!

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