Athens is good for the ego
Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
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I am staying right downtown, with Kika and her roommate, who I have yet to meet. They have a huge, gorgeous apartment which is walking distance to everything. Kika and I sat up visiting last night, until I was dropping from exhaustion! When the travel books tell you to not plan anything on the day you travel, they're right. It was only a 3.5 hour flight, but it took all day.
This morning I got up and headed to see the sights
I visited the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Zeus. While very interesting, they were all wall to wall tourists, and it was scorching hot, so I didn't stay long. After I visited the Plaka, which is a village like area full of narrow cobble streets, lined with cafes, shops, restaurants. You could easily get lost in the maze!
Later I decided to hop on a bus and see where it went! I got a wonderful tour of some really interesting areas, and definitely not where the tourists go. The driver was a bit shocked when we got to the end and I was still there. But, I just hopped on another bus and headed back.
Athens is good for the ego! So far on day one I have been invited to dinner, a few offers to take me for a drink, and one offer to hop on the back of this guy's scooter and he would take me to the beach! All by random men in passing. Obvioulsy I look like a tourist. I'm sure I'll look back on this entry and remember when I was amused by the attention....2 months of Greece, Turkey and Italy may take it's toll!
One thing has to be said for the men of Athens though, there is a dispraportionately high number of them that are absolutely gorgeous! Yum. Oh, and Starbuck's is great, and I have been twice already, not for the coffee (I haven't purchased anything there!) but to find a decent toilet!!