Last year, two days after our wedding, we left for our 10-day honeymoon. I had suggested Greece a few months prior, thinking it would be a perfect combo for what we were looking for: breathtaking landscapes and nice architecture to visit, white sand beaches, and, of course, some good food. With our wedding taking place in the south of France, it was also a super easy flight for us giving us as much time there as possible.
Today, I am taking you to Athens, where we spent the first leg of our trip before heading to the Greek Islands.
After landing in Athens, we decided to take the subway to go to our hotel which was a pretty easy ride! We stayed at the Athens Lodge, a nicely-designed boutique hotel located in the Monastiraki District, which was a perfect central location to enjoy the city. After freshening up, we were eager to explore the city and walk around the neighborhood; we realized very quickly that Athens is, essentially, a giant, open air museum just waiting to be explored! We immediately purchased a combination historic sites pass which I highly recommend if you want to visit even a few sites. You can get this pass at any of the included archeologic sites: the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Aristotle’s Gymnasium, and so on. This pass pushed us to see more than we probably would have and I think we ended up visiting 7 out of the 8 included sites!
Seeing the Parthenon with my own eyes was simply mind-blowing. After learning about it at school and then studying it in art history, I felt extremely grateful to be able to visit and experience it. We also visited the Acropolis Museum, which is a nice break from the summer heat and not a bad spot for lunch, and we loved it. Learning more about the greek mythology was really nice and the museum actually houses all of the original Acropolis artifacts for protection and preservation; it’s a great way to wrap-up the Acropolis site visit since it’s just at the bottom of the hill.
Our three days in the city were filled with sight-seeing, late lunches, drinks, and wanderings around the beautiful streets of Athens. I definitely recommend getting a travel book beforehand, we usually get the Lonely Planet ones, since there is no Yelp that we could find in Greece. Our book made it easy to find restaurants on-the-go, just searching by neighborhood and going by Lonely Planets various price points. The food was amazing and the people so welcoming. We stopped at every bougainvillea tree we could find!
After visiting Athens, we hopped on a boat to visit some Greek Islands: Mykonos, Paros and Santorini. Come back next week to hear about the rest of our trip!