After seeing the staple tourist sites of Athens, day 2 called for a little wandering around.
Walking through a city is one of my favourite things to do when touring, there are so many sights you would miss by staying in the main areas or taking public transit. Plus, it really helps me get a feel of what it would be like to live there. Because, really, I am always on the lookout for a European city I can pack up and move to.
Cruising through Athens, there are ruins and historic features at every turn. Seriously. Everything feels like it is important enough to snap a photo!
Wandering through the tiny, and unorganized streets, you are bound to see a few gems.
After a couple of hours, our feet – and our stomachs – demanded a break.
Drinks, apple pie smoothies, burgers, and pizzas! We found this little urban-looking bar called Sq. and happily seated ourselves.
Boy were we glad we did! I wish I could tell you where it was, but the lack of a real street pattern had me all turned around.
After a sufficient break we headed to the Panathenaic stadium – the ancient roman (turned Olympic) stadium.
Covered in white marble, rows and rows of seating surrounded a large track and field area where athletes used to compete.
Taking turns, we sat in the best seats in the house – the royal thrones. If only..
I could hear the crowds roar as I performed my best royal wave.
Stepping onto the track, we donned our athletic roles and pretended to be competing.
I, of course, won. And proceeded to punch my competition off the podium.
I must admit, the “cheap” seats were probably the ones with the best view.
The Acropolis no longer seemed that big.
Inside the stadium housed the Olympic torches – Sydney being my favourite. You might recognize this one though.
We exited through the tunnel, feeling the adrenaline of the athletes who once passed through.
Heading home, we walked through the national gardens – but by this time I was a bit too hot to take pictures.
Back home we went, to pack, nap, and prepare for an early ferry to Naxos.