Mittwoch, 16. Oktober 2019

Magical Athens Part 5

Athens is vibrant and colorful. During my walks I found amazing and inspiring street art.

I believe, this is my favorite: Loukanikos, the famous riot dog!

Dienstag, 15. Oktober 2019

Magical Athens Part 4

On my last morning I decided to inject more culture and visit the National Archaelogical Museum. It shows tons of artifacts, such as pottery, statues, jewellery and bronzes.

the mask of Agamemnon

A highlight, the courtyard, which you can reach via the basement. It's a tranquil haven with olive trees. 

There's also a cafe for refreshments, like this delicious spinach pie!

Montag, 14. Oktober 2019

Magical Athens Part 3

The view from my rooftop Terrace morning, noon and night! 

There are tons of Rooftop Bars in downtown Athens but I there was no need to visit them because I had my own at my apartment house. I loved it and went up several times a day to take countless pictures.

Playmobil Pirate

Never not sketching.

Sonntag, 13. Oktober 2019

Magical Athens Part 2

I found Athens to be quite green and spent a lot of time hiding in the shade of the National Gardens, when the hustle and bustle of the metropolis got too much for me.

Citrus Tree



Citrus Tree

Constantine XI Palaigolos

In the afternoon I decided to check-out Lykavittos Hill as I heard there was a cable car. So I headed of from the Metro Station Evangelismos only to find a steep climb ahead of me. I was fooled by google maps which pretended it was a 10 Minutes walk. At least the city provides benches for tired hikers. 

 The ride on the cable car takes only 3 minutes and you get this stunning view!

Mandatory Olive Tree

Chapel of Agios Giorgios

Looking back, it's not surprising lot's of tourists take a yellow taxi up to the Teleferik station. 

Samstag, 12. Oktober 2019

Magical Athens Part 1

When I was searching for the destination for my next trip, someone recommended Athens. I've been wanting to visit Greece for some time now but I hate beach holidays and I don't do ferries so I didn't know where to start. But I love a city trip and so here I am!

I found a tiny apartment near Monastiraki Square and surprised myself by finding it straight away. As you can see it has everything you might need.

Kitchen, lounge, bedroom.

As it's downtown it gets a bit noisy at night with lot's of bars in the surrounding streets.

On my first morning I rose at 6:30 am to be in time for the 8:00 am opening of the Acropolis. That was a pleasant surprise, I guess it's down to the heat and hordes of tourists. In London, I always have to wait until 10 am to get started.

I had dithered a long time about what time of the day would be best for my visit, early or for sunset but in the end I thought it best to be rested and fit for the climb instead of tired after a long day of sightseeing.

It was quite windy and fresh and I could have done with a cardigan or a beanie as it was a sweaty climb even just to the entrance.

Luckily it was a quiet morning and the crowds only started to come when I was ready to leave.

The 360 ° view is amazing and in the distance you can even spot the Aegean Sea.

The marble columns shone in the morning sun against the deep-blue sky. It took me about 45 minutes to walk around but then I don't read signs (very short attention span).

Then I walked down the hill straight to the Acropolis Museum where I aimed for the cafe for a second breakfast. The building was designed for effect, namely an unhindered view of the rock and the monument.

There's a terrace cafe with a breathtaking view of the Acropolis and the Lykavittos Hill, which you can visit even without a ticket, should you find yourself nearby and in need of a rest.

The terrace from below.

Funny faces

Owls and Athens

The ticket for the Acropolis is 20€ and for the museum 10€ but it was worth it.