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.
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.