First of all, Athens is an enormous city full of cars, high rises, and lots of people. To get to our Airbnb apartment, we had to drive through it all. Once we found the apartment, parking was another matter…completely non-existent. After we checked in, Cameron and I drove the rental car to the airport then took the train back to the apartment. Thank goodness for Apple Maps!
So, we arrived in the afternoon, and we had the next full day to see everything we wanted then we had a 6 am flight out the following day. Talk about a whirlwind trip to Athens! It turned out perfectly! We visited the Acropolis, the Acropolis museum and did all our shopping in about 36 hours.
We bought sandals from Pantelis Melissinos, the Poet Sandal Maker. If you plan on purchasing some sandals, give yourself lots of time and buy them a day or two before you leave. It’s a busy shop, and they can make adjustments or additions if your sandals don’t work perfectly you. They added additional leather pieces to my daughters’ sandals so their feet wouldn’t slide off the bottom.
The Acropolis is a must-see. Go early. The Acropolis museum was beautiful and sad. Many ancient artifacts had been removed years and years ago for “safekeeping” in London at the British Museum. There are replicas in Athens, so you have to use your imagination…a lot.
There was an impressive lego replication of the Acropolis that had a miniature Gandalf for some reason. We were entertained.
Next, it’s on to Oia, Santorini….