Good day to all of my friends around the world. I hope you are as relaxed as if floating on a Cloud!
When the sun is bright and high, I always think of my favourite European capital, Athens. Athens shines white in the bright Greek sun and is a fabulous place to explore and enjoy life!
Is that glow all natural?
There is so much to see and do in Athens 24-hours per day! Athens is great for a city-break if you only have a bit of time but it is fantastic if you can take at least a week to explore it properly.
The Phenomenon of the Parthenon
Here’s a Pro-Tip: The best times to visit the Acropolis are either the early morning, when the temperatures are cooler and the tourist buses have yet to arrive, or the early evening, when the sun begins to dip in the west and the entire site has a golden glow.
Acropolis means “high city”
Close to the Plaka is the exciting Monastiraki neighbourhood. Monastiraki is alive at all times of the year despite its incredibly ancient history. Monastiraki is full of shops, small industry, restaurants and interesting nooks.
Plaka is beautiful and vibrant day or night!
Kolonaki, is a little higher in elevation and is thus cooler in more ways than one. I enjoy exploring and dining in Kolonaki at night. Finally, no trip to Athens would be complete without a visit to Piraeus, the port of Athens. Walk along the waterside and then dip into a restaurant for one of the freshest seafood meals available in Europe.
Reaching Athens is easy because the airport at Markopoulo was newly made for the Summer Olympics in 2004 and it is convenient to navigate. There is also a very convenient train that connects the airport to the ultra-cool subway system in Athens.
Here’s another pro-tip… The Athens subway is an efficient and fun way to see the city. Each station has a museum of the artefacts that were uncovered during the construction of the station. Don’t miss seeing some of these gems!
There are hotels to satisfy everyone’s tastes and budgets in Athens. Large chains like the Marriott and the Hilton are present but there are also excellent boutique hotels all over the city. A landmark in Athens is the Grand Bretagne Hotel on Syntagma Square. The rooftop restaurant has the best night time view of Athens of any vantage in the city.
Foodie or not, this is paradise!
Shop for antiques and other eclectic items in Abyssinia Square in Monastiraki. Commerce has been going on there for centuries and there is a good buy for everyone!
I hope you exercise your right to vote for a trip to Athens!