Athens in three days: Day two

Oh, I’m a really really lazy blogger. But I’ve been busy working, moving to a new flat and being a foster mom for the supercute cat Kika. I’ve been doing some more short trips as well in the last months, so at my current writing rate, in 2016 you’ll see a post here for Edinburgh, in 2026 one for Slovenia and in 2036 another one for Napoli.

So, having a look at my phone pictures, on our second day in Athens, my mum insisted on going to the Port of Piraeus. Once there, we found a flying dolphin going to the island of Aegina and there we went. There are many companies travelling there, you might want to check the timetables beforehand: http://www.aeginagreece.com/aegina-island/boat-timetables-aegina-boat-information-aegina/

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Our first stop was the temple of Apollo. From this temple, there is now just a column on the top of the hill of Kolona.

Aegina Apollo Temple

You definitely have to use your imagination to picture how the temple might have looked before, but that poor old column is somewhat charming. From up there you also can enjoy a nice view of the port of Aegina:

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Befor or after seeing these stones, it is a good idea to have a look at… some other stones!, which are conveniently located in the Archaeological Museum of Aegina, at the entrance to the archaeological site of Kolona.

Archaeological Museum Aegina

Bear in mind that the museum and the site are only open from 8:00 to 15:00 in the winter season. We were lucky and arrived there one hour before closing time.

For lunch, we stopped at one of the restaurants by the seaside. Restaurant Aegina

I had a salad which was decent but not worth of a photo, but who cares about food. There were cats all over the place, that makes it the purrrfect restaurant.

Due to some lack of planning, we didn’t manage to see the Temple of Aphaea, so we just walked around the town instead.

The church of Panagitsa, close to the port, is nice to see:

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There was a dog that followed us for a while.

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Maybe he noticed that we were carrying tasty pistachios and wanted to get some.

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I always get extremely happy when I can eat some local food in the places that I travel to, and this was the case with this pistachios, which seem to be well-known internationally.

The cute Chapel of St Nicholas, at the entrance of the port, was one of the last things we saw in Aegina before jumping into a flying dolphin back to Athens:IMG_20150404_172525

All in all, I totally would recommend to spend a day in Aegina while visiting Athens, but please plan in advance and allocate some time for the temple of Aphaea. And be nice and send me some pistachios 🙂

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Athens in three days: Day one

Now that I have a “normal” life again, I’m afraid that most of my posts will be about quick weekend trips around Europe. For the Easter weekend, I bought a (slighlty overpriced) Easyjet ticket from Berlin (where I live now) to Athens. I had never been to Greece and, to be honest, I enjoy collecting countries, so it was definitely worth it. Plus, my mum liked the idea and she flew from Spain to meet me there. Look, that’s her in the plane saying hello:

11149315_1585869845028934_2172216046625759700_n   The first stop on Friday morning was the Acropolis: 11169936_1585869815028937_4080964909666367484_n  Please don’t hate me if I say that I enjoyed the views from the Acropolis more than being in front of the Parthenon. For example, you can see Mount Lycabettus (we went there on Sunday):     11173350_1585869811695604_5125502337936669600_n   And you can also have a look at the Temple of Olympian Zeus (that we also visited on Sunday (Sunday was indeed a busy day:)) 20185_1585870728362179_6355733355121870910_n In the Acropolis, you can also see the Erechteion, a temple well known for the Caryatids, six women working hard as columns in a porch:

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Actually, the Caryatids you see here are just replicas. The original ones can be found in the Acropolis Museum, right down the hill. Except for one which, “somehow“, is alone in the British Museum in London. Poor girl.

Afterwards, we started going down until we reached the Ancient Agora. The same place where guys like Socrates and Plato used to hang out some thousands of years ago. In the Agora, you can visit the well-preserved Temple of Hephaestus:

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Too many old stones for this post, let’s have a cat now:

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This cute thing didn’t stop looking at me while I was having a salad in a restaurant near the Agora. Athens was full of street cats, but they seemed to be healthy and well fed. I’ll try to control myself and not include any more cat pictures in this post.

In the afternoon, we went to the Acropolis Museum. I can only post pictures of the outside, since cameras are strictly forbidden inside:

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The museum seen from the Acropolis looks like two thirds of a giant Rubik’s Cube in the middle of a rotation:11178262_1585869918362260_5726561034638530231_n

Or maybe I have too much imagination.

When we were finished at the museum, we were already so tired that we decided to go back to our hotel and recover some energy for the following day.

Oh well, I’ll be honest: we took a quick tour of the city in the Happy Train.

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Please don’t unfollow me on Facebook for being such a guiri.

On our second day in Athens, we made a day trip to the island of Aegina. More about that on my next post 🙂