After a 12 hour flight and short layover in Qatar, we made our way to our apartment, admiring the plains, valleys and low mountains that surrounded the city from our taxi’s window. Our apartment was located above a souvenir shop along Adrianou Street in Plaka, at the foothills of the Acropolis and a skip away from the flea market neighbourhood of Monastiraki.
Our first morning in Athens began with a quiet breakfast in, and then a walk in the oldest and perhaps most scenic section of the city. We liked sitting on our balcony simply observing everyone go about their business. Voices echoing down the street, locals chattering on the sidewalk and innumerous tourists filling up the street; some on their way to the Acropolis, others exploring and soaking up all that Plaka had to offer.
We visited the Acropolis, the New Acropolis Museum, got happily lost in Monastiraki and explored Plaka until nightfall. Our host, Nadia recommended the Happy Train for a quick tour of the city and its historical landmarks. It was fun getting around in a flashy red train.
THE NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM
Request for the Family backpack – it’s a pack filled with fun activities to encourage your little ones to explore and learn about the exhibits.
The 60 minute tour begins at Syntagma and Monastiraki Square and follows an amazing route through the historical center of the city, past old neightbourhoods and the hill of Acropolis. A wonderful way to get around the city and lots of fun for adults and children alike.
GO ON A CULINARY FOOD WALK
The best way to learn about a new city is through its food. Visit local markets, sample artisanal cheeses and explore hidden seafood eateries – you won’t regret it!