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Redemption I . . .

. . . get outta Athens!

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So we realize now that we have been a bit (but only just a bit) harsh on Greece, Greeks and Greekishness. To be fair, our limited initial impressions were formed by: 1) Taxi drivers; 2) Cheap Hotel Staff; and 3)Lack of Sleep! Athens, is, well, Athens – dirty, disorderly and dilapidated (with the emphasis on “dated”!).

With its redemptive qualities close at hand, we learn that we need to look for the positive qualities and be, perhaps, a bit more open. And, as we were advised (thanks Jaime!) Athens is basically about the Acropolis, the Plaka, and that’s about it. We add Lycobettus to our list, and further advise: get the heck out of town as soon as possible!

Redemption started on Friday the 13th oddly enough. D’ell, Emma, Jacquie and I spent a leisurely start to the day: Emma and D’ell by the St George (St G) pool, while Jacquie and I headed to the top of Lycobettus. Definitely a must-do for the view. We were able to look down on the entire city, as well as spot Emma and D’ell in the rooftop pool!

We all headed out in the late afternoon for the Acropolis, attempting to avoid the severest heat of the day, and failing. In any event, the breeze kept us cool even as our skin crisped . . .

Lloyd, D'ell and Emma enjoying a detour (can you say 'lost'?) on our way out of the Acropolis complex.


We walked into the Plaka to look for a restaurant to eat. Instead of the typical methodology employed by those of us of the male persuasion (called: “wingit-and-hope-for-the-best”) Jacquie had me look up a few places prior to our departure, and we found the best rated ($$$) on my list: Daphne’s. No view to speak of, but a beautiful fresh setting. The food was exceptional, and our introduction to Rapsani (a Greek red wine) the evening before, eased our choice of libations. And then it happened . . . the wait staff were nice. After a wonderful meal, we retreated to the St G with hopes for the following day, a drive to the coast south and west of Athens beyond Korinthos, to Nafplion in our plans.


Posted by lloydthyen 23:08 Archived in Greece Tagged round_the_world

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