A hot hot summer in Athens. Take some notes: 1. Do not visit Athens in summer ! (in fact do not visit the Acropolis in summer :p)
Note 2: Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Bernard Tschumi’s museum of Acropolis. The restaurant on the top of it is just great!
“lt is made of three concepts: light, movement, and a tectonic and programmatic element. Together these characteristics turn the constraints of the site into an architectural opportunity, offering a simple and precise museum with the mathematical and conceptual clarity of ancient Greek buildings.”
This picture is taken from the Acropolis museum. The view is breathtaking.
Note 3: You can actually take photos with five cores! These are original ones! The sixth is in British. No need to hide from museum stuff and to be embarrassed when they cry out “No photos please!”
Note 4: Visit Aegina! It’s the nearest island when taking boat from Athens. The round trip is 20e. Check the local bus timetable before leaving. We had an adventure with a local taxi driver- we actually jumped from the taxi onto the last boat that was ready to leave! This moment is never to be forgotten. :D
Note 5: The temple of Aphaia on the island of Aegina is the most special I’ve ever seen. No tourists, no rush, just stones from the 5th century BC, the incredible blue skies and some 40 degrees in the air! Life can be more beautiful than you could even imagine it!
Note 6: Benaki museum is MUST! Its restaurant on the terrace is so cozy and chic!
Note 7: When in need of some shadow take a walk in the peaceful National Gardens. Make some contrapposto pose like a real kouros! :)
Note 8: Some cardio work out is needed during the holidays! So put a comfortable shoes and climb a mount Lycabettus (277 meters, the highest point in the city). It’s really crowded during the sunset but all you need is just a little patience and after the sun is gone there will be no more crazy people taking selfies with Parthenon. Then you could really enjoy the splendid view.
Note 9: It’s summer, go swimming! We enjoyed beautiful sandy beach in Vouliagmeni, a seaside town at a distance of 45 km from the center of Athens. Local buses and tramways can take you there. The entrance is 4e.
And the last but not the least one (note 10 I suppose): Athens is really romantic city! The old quarter of Plaka is adorable for sweet summer promenades in two. The mount of Areopagus is also very romantic spot that used to be an old Athenian judical court . It is the place where young people gather to play guitars and to hang out. The view is magnificent. There you can see an inscription of St. Paul’s speech to Athenians.
Ok THIS is the last one, note 11: Discover Greek cosmetics: Apivita and Korres (<a href=”http://instagram.com/p/rMnPDiKhl8
/?modal=true”target=”_blank”>link to see what I’ve got there), and finally go shopping in the street Skoufa instead of Ermou.