(we know we spelled it wrong, that was on purpose)
8/7/08 - 8/8/08
Athens, one of our favorite cities so far. Our hotel, Acropolis House, was situated perfectly in the Plaka district of Athens, which is full of little shops and restaurants. We followed our trusty Lonley Planet guide when we got there, and ended up having dinner at an amazing little restaurant where all of the tables were situated on steps. At one point though, a dog chasing a cat apparently bit a Canadian lady two tables up from us. There was much screaming and alarm, with the Canadian lady and her husband freaking out. Well, the bit turned out to maybe have been a scratch, which maybe have actually come from the cat, but was blamed on the dog who was at this point curled up on the ground by the table. Well, terrified of rabies the Canadian couple demanded to know the owner of the STRAY dog for fear of rabies, and ended up going to the hospital. It was a very eventful start to our time in Athens.
The next day we packed in as much sightseeing as possible. We did the the Acropolis, with the Parthenon and other famous ruins, and even took a nighttime train ride around the city. Important note, Greece appears to be amazingly gifted at their lighting displays. Every single sight was lite as though it had been done by some Broadway set designer. Way to work it Greece.
One of the most exciting things that we did in Athens was to head to Stavros Melissos, the poet sandle maker, and get leather sandles made! It was a teeny tiney shop in a somewhat deserted corner of the city, and for pretty cheap, you can go in, pick from any one of about 20 different sandle styles, and you can watch while they custom make the sandles, hammering things and shaving leather, etc. It was pretty amazing.
We also did not have a single bad meal in Athens. The food was cheap and good, gyros, greek salad, sayanaki, spanakopita, baklava, etc. It was all good.
Last note, our hotel was amazing. If you're traveling to Athens you should REALLY stay there. It was super cheap, and the people there were so nice, making calls for us and things.
Devin doing some heavy lifting of the Parthenon
Erin's part-time job at Acropolis House in Athens
Devin holding things down with a Greek Warrior
The poet sandle-maker making our sandles