Athens

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Athens in the summer, do I need to say more?

What I loved most about Athens was the restaurants and cafes. It was so easy to find a nice place to eat or have a drink. This is something that I always find hard when abroad (and then on those weak moments when you are so, so hungry you just wanna go to the first tourist restaurant or McDonalds) but in Athens I didn’t have this problem at all.

I especially recommend taking a walk in Plaka neighbourhood. It is the oldest section of Athens and most of the streets have been closed to automobile traffic – though you should still keep a watchful eye for a speeding motorcycle or delivery truck.

Continuing from Plaka you arrive at Monastiraki, a characteristic area of “old” Athens, with narrow streets and small buildings where the city’s traditional bazaar (Yousouroum) is held. Bought myself some lovely soaps and ouzo from there as a souvenir.

On the hottest day of the week (maybe I should check the weather forecast sometimes!!) I decided to walk to the top of the Lykavittos Hill. It is the highest point in Athens – and the view from the top is definitely worth the climb! You can also take a funicular to the top if you don’t feel like working out.

Did you know Acropolis means ‘high city’ in Greek? You can’t visit Athens without going to Acropolis as it is probably the most famous and most visited monument in the world from the Antiquity times. It is the symbol of Athens and its most famous landmark.’

All in all – I only stayed couple days in Athens, but I had a really good time. I feel like there’s still a lot to see and experience in this historical capital of Europe, so will definitely visit Athens again.

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