Hello! It is Wednesday and the five of us are in Athens for one day. Tomorrow we return home.
Everyone got up early, packed and we all headed to the airport in Santorini. We were early and there were no lines, either at the ticket counter or security. Santorini’s airport seems to be very new…organized, clean and good spacing.
The flight to Athens is about one hour and the sights out the window are spectacular – islands, white cities, blue water and boats.
Arriving in Athens we needed a transport to the center of Athens which we had arranged for the five of us. Just a note – the airport is about one hour from downtown Athens and the cost for the five of us was about 50 Euros. (A Euro is valued at approx. $1.20.) We are now in the Plaka, had some great lunch, shopped a little for the things we need – gifts, etc.
Tonight we ate at the top of a hotel with the Acropolis in full splendor – all lit up. Beautiful! Although our B & B is literally downtown in a walking area it is really fabulous. It’s the first time we’ve had a good shower, a larger bathroom and a bigger bed. (it however is up a flight of stairs….no elevator).
After shopping awhile Sandy and I bought a rolling soft ‘suitcase’ to replace my bag that had torn apart and is/was duck tapped.
Notes: We saw very little homeless, in fact none except tonight one man on the side street had a ‘homeless’ sign, and two kids were working the crowd with their hands out. There is however a lot of graffiti.
The price of white wine averages around 3-4 Euros. Yes more expensive in top restaurants. In the islands there is virtually no lamb, in Athens, yes. We asked and they said it was too expensive to ship in. Your table is bare until you sit and order, then they bring place settings. One is expected to sit and enjoy your time at the table long after you have finished. In fact you almost always have to signal the waiter to get your bill. And other times you wonder if there is a waiter or should you ask???
The Greeks are very expressive and most know some if not a lot of English. There have been relatively few Americans visiting. Quite a lot of French, Italians, Germans, British and a smattering of Irish plus other European countries. Many are surprised of our being there from so far away. Example: An Irish flight is only four hours. We travel about 16+ hours. And if you think you can get hold of any airlines (in our case Delta), think again. Not unusual to be on hold for four hours.
All that said, Greece is a wonderful place to visit. The country is so full of history! The people are great and welcoming, the seas are cobalt blue and the food though different is a taste treat!
All of us….Vern and Kathy, Diane, Gretchen, Marsha, Sandy and I hope you enjoyed this little blog sent to you and Ridgefield – the best place on earth!
Very sincerely, and tomorrow morning we start our journey home arriving around midnight. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed our experiences.
Ron and Sandy