I learned that there are two things one should be careful about in Athens: 1) pickpockets (I saw one in action!) and 2) Greek men (who – in my opinion – waste no time in working their ways with women).
Athens is a city that provokes the senses and stirs the imagination that only the home of the gods can.
If your imagination is easily tickled by Greek mythology, then you will like it like I do. My personal favorites are:
…the ancient ruins, stadiums and agoras. The Acropolis and its Parthenon are a must-see in one’s lifetime.
…the breathtaking city views atop Acropolis and Areopagus (aka ‘Aries Rock’ and ‘St. Paul’s sermon rock’)
…the Monastiraki (flea market neighborhood) where you can sample local food and see all the nice Greek leather sandals
…the street art in Plaka
…the laid-back frappé and pretzel culture
…the ouzo shots
…the cheap gyros and souvlakis
…the generally cheap everything! (compared to Western Europe)
…the characteristic Greek shrug (which involves both the mouth and shoulders)
…the creepy fact that birds can never fly over the Acropolis (google it!)
…the amazing feeling that I walked where the world’s greatest philosophers once did
If I were to go back in time, I would love to be an Athenian and ‘live’ among the gods.
Travel: October 2013