What a whirlwind day one was! After long hours not keeping on our overnight flight from Boston to Munich, throwing back a free coffee in the airport and jumping on the next plane to Athens, I can’t believe we had enough steam to do some sightseeing.
First and foremost we had to make our way to our hotel. The information desk lady at the airport recommended the metro as the most efficient way to get there. So we paid our fare and stumbled on to claim seats since the luggage outnumbered us between carry-ons, backpacks and luggage. The way we commanded an entire 4 person alcove on the train was impressive. We didn’t even balk when an old Greek man insisted on sitting with us and all our luggage at one point. Go for it buddy, if you can wedge yourself in here I won’t even be mad, in fact I’m impressed!
After switching trains (and sides of the platform) we realized that at our stop we had no idea where to go from there. Luckily a very friendly police officer escorted us out of the metro, walked us to a map, and in broken English described how to get to our hotel. Following his directions we made it, put one down in the win column for us.
We settled in and then it was off and running, seeing as we were an hour behind our predetermined schedule we needed to make up for lost time.
By the end of the day we managed to squeeze in:
Pictures at Zeus’ House Ruins
Pictures of Hadrian’s Arch
Had a snack at one of the hundreds of outdoor cafes that litter the streets
Scouted out shopping in Monstraki. I did a little pre shopping and found a pendant that I just couldn’t live without
Pictures of the Acropolis at night from roof deck of our hotel
The 6:30 AM wake up call that awaited us he next day was quickly approaching. Time for bed before we got up and hit the tourist grind again.