We left London on a bleak, cold morning and stepped out into the sun and heat of Athens – it was beautiful! We had four days in Athens but used one of them to do a day trip to Delphi.
On our first day we took the metro from just outside our apartment and emerged at the Ancient Acropolis.
We climbed the hill and saw the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Parthenon and the Erechtheion. We enjoyed the beautiful views over Athens and then climbed down to see the Theatre of Dionysus.
After lunch, we explored the excellent museum of the Acropolis, where a lot of the original artefacts from the Acropolis are displayed. A lot of the original statues have been removed from the Acropolis for their preservation, so it was great to be able to see the originals.
We then took a bus to Lykavittos Hill, where we climbed up then looked down over the Acropolis, which was lit up for the night and looked beautiful.
That night we heard about the planned strikes in Athens the next day…which affected all monuments, transport and services, so we changed our plans to go to Delphi and instead headed via tram to one of the beaches south of Athens, where we enjoyed a swim and some sun.
We had dinner at Monastiraki square, listening to musicians and enjoying the fun outdoor vibe.