As I walked along the streets of Athens, just about every restaurant had a man out front trying to lure me inside to eat with a big smile and warm, welcoming gestures. While traveling alone it made me feel very welcome. For dinner I ate often at a really neat restaurant called, “In Town.” I always had the Greek platter with delicious Greek salad, vine leaves (dolmades), spinach pastries, TZATZIKI!, and a mouthwatering baklava for desert. I enjoy Greek food to the extreme and it’s my absolute favourite! I met a great bunch of people from Australia and we went out for some ouzo after a fun dinner with Greek dancers.
My favourite part of Athens was experiencing the Parthenon. I made sure to get there extra early – arriving at 8 in the morning. The crowds at that time weren’t bad at all, and I got to see the soldiers do their morning march in honour of the country.
I listened to our guide explain the history of the Parthenon and how it was originally built in dedication to Athena and to honour the Gods. Something this old is still so beautiful. With its old history comes imperfections that contribute to the fascinating architecture. At night I would watch the sun set on top of a very high hill across from the Parthenon. Seeing the site lit up in the nighttime was so magical.