Hello again, friends. I am back from Greece, and I have restored my energy enough to have gone through my photos and edited them for your viewing pleasures. I still can't believe that our holiday to Greece is over, because we had started planning for it back in October last year. I had been looking forward to it for the entire summer, and the fact that it's over means that uni is going to start soon, and I really do not want to think about that.
Anyway, I decided to put all the photos in one big post. And although we went to Athens and Corfu during our time in Greece, I'm just going to share the photos from Athens since all we did was chilling at the beach and going for cocktails at night so I don't have much photos.
The Streets + The Market
During our first day in Athens, we left the hotel at around 9.30 am to walk around the Plaka in the morning. Although we left in the morning, we definitely were not used to the heat. Ten minutes without air con had us sweating buckets and feeling like we are being baked alive. We just walked around and found our way to the Monastiraki market, which was incredibly lively and it was packed with typical touristy souvenir shops. By 12 o'clock we were already dying to get out of the heat so we found a cafe to sit down and recharge before we headed to the National Gardens. I was drench in sweat, and my sunglasses were sliding down the bridge of my nose every second, but I told myself 'when in Rome' and ordered a Greek coffee, whilst everyone else went for iced frappes or milkshakes. Not to mention, I don't even like coffee that much, but I was just curious to try it more than anything. The Greek coffee was kinda like an espresso, and it had a very roasted and nutty flavour to it. I actually quite enjoyed it, despite the fact that I don't like coffee that much.
The National Gardens
For lunch, we found a supermarket on the way to the National Gardens to buy some food. Although food was the last thing on my mind at the time, because I was focusing all my energy on not melting in the heat. Thank god the National Gardens had plenty of trees and benches in shades, so we just found a spot and had a 'picnic' there. Even in the shade, the heat was still quite unbearable.
Greek food is just amazing. Our first proper meal in a restaurant shocked us by how huge the portions were. I had a chicken souvlaki, which had grilled chicken, peppers, pitta bread, rice and chips served on a huge pizza-sized plate. I was quite proud at myself for finishing everything- with the help of a glass of retsina wine to wash it down of course. Another great thing about dining in a busy area is that there's always happy hours or complimentary food or drink no matter where you go. On our first night, we had a free glass of wine each, and on our second night we had gelato and ouzo on the house. On our second night, we had realised that the portions are fucking huge so we decided to share some dishes. I had the stuffed peppers and moussaka- both were absolutely amazing, and seeing these photos is making me want to go back.
We realised that going out for dinner at 7 pm was considered early in Greece, because we were always one of the first people in the restaurants and when we left was the time that the places starting getting busy. I would definitely recommend the streets in Monastiraki square for dinner, because the streets and so lively and you can get a feel for the Greek night life there.
On the first two nights, we went out for cocktails after food which was such a good way to end our night. The sightseeing during the days in Athens were good, but I was dying to get back into our air conditioned hotel rooms the entire time, whereas having dinner and drinks at night was perfect because we were surrounded by the lively atmosphere and the temperature is just right with a slight breeze.
The Acropolis + Other Archaeological Sites
Check out that #aesthetics photo of the ground.
Seeing as we went to Athens, the Acropolis was a must-see sight. On our second day, we got up nice and early to get to the Acropolis at 8 am so we won't get baked under the sun when we are at the top. The climb to the top wasn't too bad, it was just very hot and I wished that it was over the entire time. Apart from that, it was alright. Even though we got up the Acropolis pretty early, it was already packed with tourists, so it was quite hard to get photos without swarms of people in the background. It was surprisingly windy at the top, so we didn't feel hot at all, although I did get loads of sand in my eyes and my shoes were covered with a layer of dust by the time we got down. We split up the Acropolis and the other archaeological sites into two days, so on the next day, we took the metro around the city to visit all the other sites. We didn't get up that early the next day, so it was quite excruciating walking around in the blistering hot sun, and not gonna lie, I had zero energy to appreciate the history when all I wanted was air conditioning.
The Lycabettus Hill
On our last night in Athens, we decided to hike up the Lycabettus hill, which is the highest point in Athens. It's worth mentioning that it's not a proper 'hike' up the hill, you're really just climbing seemingly endless flights of stairs until you reach the top. We finished dinner at around half eight, and started making our way up those stairs. Thankfully, the sun wasn't shining on our backs as we walked up, but even still, I was a sweaty mess by the time we got to the top. It was completely dark by the time we got to the top, and the view was amazing. The city lights against the backdrop of the sky were beautiful. I would recommend doing this to anyone going to Athens, the views are so worth the climb.
Saving the best for last. The cats of Athens.
The first photo I ever took whilst in Greece was of a cat. So that just says it all really. There was also two cats that lived at our studio in Corfu, and on our last day there, we found them sleeping on our balcony chairs in the morning. What a wonderful way to end our trip to Greece.
Writing this post and looking back at the photos is making me miss our trip already. I'm patting myself on the back for keeping a travel journal because I always forget things so quickly. Our time in Greece was amazing overall, but we had a few mishaps with travelling. The morning that we had to catch a flight to Corfu, we had decided to leave at 6:30 in order to get there on time. Me and my friend, who I was sharing a room with, had slept through our alarm, and we woke up with a knock on the door at 6:30 and had to pack and leave within 5 minutes, which we did actually manage to accomplish. It was super stressful at the time, but now it is quite a funny story to look back on.