Athens, Greece

I'm back with the next in my series of posts on Europe! One place I knew I wanted included in our trip was Greece, so we planned to visit Athens. We ended our trip here, flying from Italy into the city. Our hotel was in an excellent location right in the heart of a shopping district. We had a view from our tiny balcony of the carless street lined with outdoor-style chandeliers. We spent a lot of our free time wandering the nearby stores. 

 

When we arrived we were hungry travelers craving authentic Greek food, even though most of us weren't quite sure what that was! Our waiter at the restaurant was thrilled we wanted to try Greek food and excitedly explained the menu, persuading our choices. We ended up with more food than we needed, but it was very good and we enjoyed ourselves! 

 

Our first full day we had a private tour scheduled. We were picked up at our hotel and given a drive-by tour of some landmarks of the city. Then we went to the Acropolis museum. It was built over an excavation site, so some areas of the floor were made of glass to see - very cool! I felt like a learned a lot on that tour and it was one I thoroughly enjoyed. We ended at the Acropolis. We had a birds eye view of the sparkling city. It really did seem to sparkle! I believe we were told that it's caused by many of the buildings and homes having solar panels. Hundreds of years ago there would have been few, if any, buildings. 

 

One reason I loved visiting Athens was because of the biblical history. It appreciated visiting the city where Paul once preached and we were even able to see Mars Hill from the Acropolis.

 

“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.
— Acts 17:24-25, excerpt of Paul's sermon in Athens

P.S. I have ONE more post coming and it's going to be good!! The next place comes up in conversation on the regular around my house! Be on the lookout :)

Read more about my trip to Europe:

Rome, Italy

Florence, Italy

Venice, Italy

Lucerne, Switzerland

Paris - Part 2

Paris - Part 1

English Countryside

London, England