Trip Start May 18, 2007
12Trip End May 31, 2007
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The rooms here was marginally larger, but the atmosphers inside and outside was much better. The outside looked neat and clean, and we could see lots of restaurants close by. The inside had a family feel as opposed to the cold Best Western lobby, with cushy sofas and a TV, some plants etc. We had 3 beds in our room, and barely enough space for littler a's carriage and our suitcases, but somehow we managed, packed the backpack with essentials and set off for the Acropolis. To get there from the Nefeli, we had to walk up a mildly steep road, complete with terraced steps, and then turnleft and walk down to the Dionysious, the pedestrian walkway in the heart of the tourist area. It's a wide, cobbled road with trees on the right as well as a few monuments, like the ampitheatre etc, the Acropolis up on the hill, and on the left really expensive looking apartments, with the entry lobbies decorated in magnificent style in some of them. It's meant to be a purely pedestrian walkway but quite a few vehicles sped past us as we walked down so it's best to be careful.
The weather was nice, not too cool or too warm and comfortable for walking around. It was a stiffish pull up a steeply cobbled walkway to the entry gate for the Acropolis. We learnt that prams weren't allowed up, so we had to check them in at the foot of the walkway and lug R and littler a - not fun climbing up!
The walk up the hill has some spectacular views of the city.
The Parthenon is covered in scaffolding too, but still looks marvelous.
We all gather back at the Parthenona nd make our way down the hill. It's hungry time for everyone and we walk down to Adrianou which has innumerable side streets dotted with restaurants, looking for a good place to eat. We wind up at one which has seats available and order. They have vegetarian burgers, fries and some other vegetables, so we decide to try those. The burgers come without the bun here, and are ok. It's one of the most expensive meals we've had so far, costing us over 65 Euros.
We decide to head back to the hotel and get some sleep before setting off again. In the evening, we just wander around Adrianou, since we're all feeling a bit tired. We decide that we're all museum-ed out after our previous holidays and just want to take in the atmosphere. A discovers a lovely little shop selling Gelati and gets his usual holiday cravings for icecream, so we indulge pretty heavily.
That evening we're not in the mood for Greek so we find a small square off Adrianou with a variety of restaurants - there's even a Starbucks - and opt for Italian food. The food, when it comes is wonderful and we all love Italian food so much it tastes like home food to us. the kids play happily, and we watch some Greek dancers at a nearby restaurant perform - it gets repetitive after a while - and listen to Greek music while enjoying our meal.
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