Athens..our 1st stop of many..on our honeymoon…
Flight path: Singapore –> Bangkok –> Athens, Greece(Elefthérios Venizélos) International airport
Arrival into Athens and boarded the subway, conveniently located across the airport. At the cost of 10 Euro, both of us were able to get to Syntagma Square. Compared to the leonardo da vinci express in Rome, our other destination, this is compared cheap!
Anyway, on the train, it is a 1/2 hour ride into the heart of Athens. We met this nice old gentleman whom we met on the metro who was kind enough to guide us to our hotel, Hotel Hermes along apollonos street.
What do you know, we are of the opinion that Greek are friendly! And we don’t quite remember meeting anyone that is not. They usually are not very tall, rather dark and have black hair that is not straight.
Breakfast along the road and taste of cappuccino…
Traditional Greek Bread..we found the street.
Something that we did not try. Kinda regret now!
# Taking the day easy, since we have another day in Athens before we meet up with the contiki group. Acropolis to be conquered tomorrow!
After that, we went to see the Evzone soldiers doing their hourly change over parade. The time was 0900hrs.
Change of Guard by the Evzones Soldiers. Happening every hour in front of the tomb of the unknown soldier, syntagma square. It is very interesting to see the way they march. After seeing them do this, I though we in Singapore do marching a lot more better. The north korean beats anyone in marching.
The byzantine Church which we saw in the middle of Plaka.
The painting on the dome of the church. All Byzantine Churches looks the same to me..
Not too sure what this is. But most of the greek men I seen have one. Probably something religious like the rosary. Btw, the most of the greek are greek orthodox christian. I don’t really know the difference…between roman catholic and that. I should have asked the contiki guide!
Brettos Pub.Many bottles of different colours. It really makes me wanna go in and order something blue. Anyway, there are many stores along plaka that sells greek liquor such as the Ouzo and of course we saw absinth in all kinds of colors. Alcoholic content ranges from 60% to 80%. Goodness!
Sliced Meat served with french fries, onion, Tzaiki Sauce(Yoghurt), Chunks of delicious tomatoes served on a pita bread…freshly toasted! Yummy!
Gyros for late lunch…
The busy busy plaka
Along the way, we see many indians selling squashie toys.. They are all over plaka selling their golden pigs, tomatoes, eggs. A sales demonstration is always on.
Cappuccino Freddo. Delicious strong brew of expresso topped with freshly whipped fresh milk. If you ask me..this has to be the best cappuccino I ever tasted. Cost =$1.80/$3.60(Takeway/Seat In)
This paint looks as if it is about a hot woman but on a careful look it actually is an altered map of the land of Greece along with its many islands. Crete is down right below.
Well, spent most of the day roaming around the plaka area. It has been a nice day after all. Next time, if you are staying in Athens, do stay in electra palace hotel, the only hotel that we discovered that has a unblocked view to the Acropolis from Plaka. Be warned it is a 5 star hotel. Very expensive.
See you tommorrow!