After our days in Rome, we woke up super early to catch a flight to Athens, Greece, where we were meeting up with our final travel companions – my mom and sister!
In case you missed it:
- Europe Trip Part 1 – Paris
- Europe Trip Part 2 – Amsterdam
- Europe Trip Part 3 – Venice
- Europe Trip Part 4 – Florence
- Europe Trip Part 5 – Cinque Terre & Pisa
- Europe Trip Part 6 – Tuscany
- Europe Trip Part 7 – Rome
Once we were all together at the airport, we took taxis to the Attalos Hotel, where we were storing our luggage for the day and where we were staying when we were back in Athens at the very end of the trip.
We walked from the hotel to get something to eat and we got TONS of food. It came really fast and all at once. They even brought the check at the same time as the food and brought out free dessert. This was a big change from the leisurely 3-4 hour meals in Italy!
Then we went to the Parthenon and Acropolis, which was up on a big hill.
From the top, there were amazing views of Athens.
We listened to Rick Steves audio guide again but it was way too much history and a bit boring.
Do I look like a tourist?
The Parthenon is a former temple on the Acropolis, dedicated to the goddess Athena. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power. That is pretty incredible!
We were all pretty tired from our travels and early morning, so after touring the Parthenon, we headed back to the hotel to get our bags and headed to the port to catch our overnight ferry to Chania, Crete. We arrived too early to the port and had time to kill so we had a couple drinks and then were finally able to board the ferry.
The overnight ferry was similar to a cruise ship. We had two rooms with bunk beds. It was cozy!
Stay tuned as next we are on the Greek island of Crete!