After 2 weeks in Tanzania and 1 week in DC unpacking, jet lag and packing again, on 8/27 Star and I took a taxi to IAD to start our honeymoon! 😆
After stopping by Chicago and Frankfurt, eating and drinking and free wifi at Red Carpet Club (the benefit of being UA Executive Member, yeah!) which made the stopover so much more enjoyable, we arrived Athens.
Greece has been my honeymoon destination for many many years. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful and romantic pics of the islands and always wanted to visit. But I saved it for the most romantic occasion and I’m glad I did! 🙂
When I had to book everything in May, I didn’t know anything about Greece nor the islands. I didn’t do much research about the island at that time, simply googled “honeymoon in Greece”. I quoted in 4-5 sites that offer honeymoon packages. I exchange few emails with them and decided to book with Antelope Travel. They seem to have many options and the price is reasonable. I’ve contacted with Romina and she’s really nice. We discussed about which islands to visit and which tours to take. She recommends the Aphrodite package that include Mykonos, Delos, Santorini and Rhodes. It is a blend of cosmopolitan islands, relaxing beachs and bustling cities. It has the perfect mix of fun and romance. We shortened it to 12 days instead of 14.
Day 1: We arrived Athens in the afternoon. We checked-in at Crown Plaza City Center
it’s a very nice hotel. small but pretty
we refreshed ourselves and got ready to explore the city
After walking 10 min I felt HOME!!! Seriously, Athens is soooooo much alike Buenos Aires, my second hometown!!!! It’s shocking that in very corner I see Buenos Aires. The buildings, the streets, the cafes, even trees are just like those we have in BA. I immediately liked the city.
In Buenos Aires we have kiosk on every street, in Athens they have kiosk stands in every corner!
By sunset we got to the Parliament
and we caught the changing of guard ceremony
Although the guards change hourly, there is a big ceremony once a week. These ceremonial guards, the Evzones, stand motionless at the tomb of their Unknown Soldier. They are volunteers—Getting into this unit is an honor, and they have to be over 6 ft. tall. The uniform is based on the clothing of the Klephts, mountain fighters who fought the Turks from the 15th Century until Greek independence in the 19th Century. These guys do what looks like a ballet—They move in controlled slow motion, in perfect sync, first dragging their foot backward, then raising that leg out straight before taking each step.
There are many policeman close the the parliament and on the street in general.
Then we had our first greek meal!
we started with Greek Salad: cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, onion, olive, capers and feta cheese all heavily seasoned with olive oil.
Let me say, we both didn’t like it. 😦 Maybe because the cheese is too strong or because too much olive oil in the salad.
we also shared a lamb kebab with pita bread, tomatoes and yogurt sauce.
It looks pretty appetizing, but I didn’t like it much either. Something is not right with the food combination…. for my taste.
The next day we had the Acropolis tour, after the tour, we walked through Plaka and Monastiraki
stopped for some local frozen yogurt
Flea Market to get some souvenirs
I got some earrings
the Metropilis (Cathedral)
the running man made with glass
another greek meal
a second chance for the greek salad.
still don’t like it. I gave up!
friend small fish
grilled whole fish which was delicious!
and lemon licor, highly alcoholic and highly sugary! 🙂
to be continued…