After a brief wait at Plaka, our Airbnb host arrived, bought us fruits from a stall and walked us to our studio for the next two days. I am so glad that our studio was close to Plaka district. It was still lively at 9pm and there were plenty of restaurants to choose from.
After dinner, we took a stroll around and get a first glimpse of the Acropolis.
The next day, we bought Acropolis tickets(for 6 Euro with student ID) so we could see the many ruins in Athens. After spending some time at the ruin near Plaka, we board on a mini tourist train to Acropolis.
The mini-train wasn’t anything special, but price was cheap enough and it did save us some energy. Acropolis was very spectacular and it reminded me a great deal of Rome.
The view from the top was pretty impressive. You can see the entire city of Athens, with ruins doted among modern buildings.
We hiked up some steps to get a closer look of the all-mighty Acropolis:
After visiting Acropolis, we hopped back on the mini-train for other sites. There was a group of senior citizens from Toronto who were going around Athens in circles by mini-train because they were tired of walking. We got into talking with them and had a good time comparing ways of life in Hong Kong, US west coast and Toronto. “Move to Toronto so we can come to your wedding!” one of the ladies suggested.
Eventually, we hopped off the train to see other ruins on the pass, but after visiting a couple of them, they all look the same.
On the way back, we went to a pharmacy for some cough medicine, and a restaurant to buy cheap Gyros for dinner. We decided to head back to our studio early since we will have an early flight to Geneva the next day. Just before we entered our apartment, my boyfriend couldn’t find his phone anywhere. At first, we thought it was pickpocket, but we didn’t go anywhere crowded so it was virtually impossible for anyone to steal from us. We traced our step back to the Gyro place, then to a bakery we stopped at earlier but it was already closed. Eventually, with his find my phone app, we figured out that his phone was at the pharmacy we visited earlier. The pharmacist waved at my boyfriend as soon as he saw him, and returned his phone promptly. Mini-Crisis averted!
We didn’t go into any museums this time, as we were pretty museum-out after Paris. But next time, when we are back, we will be sure to check them out. We will also go to Meteora to see the monasteries!
This is one of my blog posts for our trip report in Greece. For other posts, please see:
- Idyllic Mykonos: Worlds Away
- Two short days in Santorini
- The All-Mightly Acropolis and Other Ruins in Athens
- Paris to Athens: Our Whirlwind Europe Itinerary