Afternoon in Athens

We recently had a family summer vacation to parts of Greece & Italy. Our first stop was right in the Greek capital. Our experience in Athens was very brief - we were off to Santorini the next morning - but I'm glad we fought the heat, exhaustion, and jet lag to see this historical city.

The stadium of the first modern Olympic Games: the Panathenaic Stadium.

The stadium of the first modern Olympic Games: the Panathenaic Stadium.

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Made it up to the Acropolis on the hottest day (so far) of summer.

Made it up to the Acropolis on the hottest day (so far) of summer.

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Cheers to a lovely dinner at Spondi

Cheers to a lovely dinner at Spondi

Olive oil from their garden. It was amazing.

Olive oil from their garden. It was amazing.

Farm Pigeon. Purée celery-hazelnut, polenta flavored with hay, pigeon-hay juice, polenta and stew of its leg.

Farm Pigeon. Purée celery-hazelnut, polenta flavored with hay, pigeon-hay juice, polenta and stew of its leg.

Fine Crusty Puff-Pastry. Bourbon vanilla, soft caramel, "Fleur de Sel".

Fine Crusty Puff-Pastry. Bourbon vanilla, soft caramel, "Fleur de Sel".

View from breakfast at our hotel.

View from breakfast at our hotel.

Although our encounter with Athens was short, it was lovely. I wouldn't say it's a romantic city, but it definitely has its charms. We learned that marble and mid-summer sun don't quite go together and made the heat even worse. (Pro tip: bring sunglasses!) Dinner at Spondi was definitely the highlight of our day. The restaurant is located in a courtyard-like space which hid itself completely from the streets, creating a nice and quiet ambience. Too bad it was dark by the time most of the food arrived that I only managed to salvage two favorites.

We said goodbye to Athens with a breakfast at our hotel which was served on its rooftop, overlooking the view of the city. I would have loved some more time here to walk on the streets and explore with a refreshed body, but for now this will have to do!

 

Photos by my family and me.

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