The Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel
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After an 8 & 1/2 ferry trip from Santorini, I finally arrived in Athens at midnight. The ferry was massive, easily held a couple of thousand at a guess. There wasn't many people leaving Santorini, but we had two stops, at Naxos and Paros and the ferry was then so over-filled that people were sitting on chairs in walkways, and anywhere else they …
The hotel room is very good and looks new (except for a hole in the bathroom wall where a handle has been taken out). Despite warnings it looks like you can flush toilet paper, although there is a receptacle as well. Maybe the plumbing was improved for the Olympics? We arrived around 11.00pm and there are not many cafes in this area – the …
Athens was surprisingly nice. We really had low expectations as nobody that had visited really spoke highly of the place. We felt it was very clean, dynamic, and a fun experience. The metro was immaculate as it was built years after other European countries so they were able to capitalize on all of the learned lessons of other countries. …
... wild flowers and intermittent blood red poppies. The first structure we come across is an amphitheatre. We then climb up through the entry way to the base of the Acropolis compound. We get our first close up view of the majestic Parthenon - the temple of Athena. We are told by our guide that the majority of damage was done in 1687 when a Venetian General launched a cannon ball into the inside of the temple, where the Turks at the time where using the temple to store gun ...
... could be reconstructed with absolute certainty, they decided it was a winner. Pieces of the original building were of course used, and the reconstruction is very accurate, according to Dr. Camp, except one detail: the lions embellishing the top of the building are missing their "tongues" that drain water off of the roof. Because of this, the lions "drool" a bit when it rains, rather than working like they are supposed to.
We also got a behind ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel Athens
City was surprising clean despite what others had told me. This hotel was very clean and the upstairs bar had a great view of Acropolis at night. Front desk was slightly rude at times. Fantastic breakfast buffet.
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