Trip Start Sep 16, 2009
6Trip End Oct 05, 2009
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Where I stayed
We had the benefit of staying in the extremely cool "Fresh Hotel" which was a short walk from Monastiraki station and gave us excellent access to all the historical sights. Aside from a comfy and functional room, the roof deck was a sweet place to hang out, offering excellent views of the city and ancient Acropolis.
Arriving the first evening, we made the short walk to the hotel, checked in and got a surprisingly good pasta dinner at the rooftop restaurant. With full bellies, we hit the hay and woke up early for a full day of sightseeing. After an incredible breakfast downstairs, we hoofed it about 15 minutes to the base of the Plaka neighborhood and found our way up the hill, passing the ancient and Roman Agoras in the process
Regardless, the views were awesome and we really enjoyed the experience.
On the way down the hill, we attempted to use our 12 Euro "all sight" tickets to enter the New Acropolis museum. We were told that our tickets were only good for the old musuem...which makes no sense being that they closed it down. Shrugging it off, we took a lovely stroll through Plaka, admiring the semi modern architecture (it's all relative!) and window shopping all the way back to Fresh. With the late afternoon ahead of us, we elected to hit the roof deck and enjoyed a great lunch and a couple of Mythos drafts as we read books, relaxed and watched the sun set over the city.
Though we had to leave the next morning, we were happy that we were able to enjoy a quick stop in this unique city. While Nina really liked it, I was only pleasantly surprised. It's deinfitely someplace I would be happy to visit again, but not by design.
Athens is a cool city, but it aint no Rome.
On to Italy!