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Travel: Athens- Downtown

Posted Sep 02 2011 12:00am

After 2 weeks in Tanzania and 1 week in DC unpacking, jet lag and packing again, on 8/27 Star and I took a taxi to IAD to start our honeymoon! :lol:

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After stopping by Chicago and Frankfurt, eating and drinking and free wifi at Red Carpet Club (the benefit of being UA Executive Member, yeah!) which made the stopover so much more enjoyable, we arrived Athens.

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Greece has been my honeymoon destination for many many years. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful and romantic pics of the islands and always wanted to visit. But I saved it for the most romantic occasion and I’m glad I did! :)

Day 1: We arrived Athens in the afternoon. We checked-in at Crown Plaza City Center

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it’s a very nice hotel. small but pretty

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we refreshed ourselves and got ready to explore the city

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After walking 10 min I felt HOME!!! Seriously, Athens is soooooo much alike Buenos Aires, my second hometown!!!! It’s shocking that in very corner I see Buenos Aires. The buildings, the streets, the cafes, even trees are just like those we have in BA. I immediately liked the city.

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In Buenos Aires we have kiosk on every street, in Athens they have kiosk stands in every corner!

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By sunset we got to the Parliament

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and we caught the changing of guard ceremony
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Although the guards change hourly, there is a big ceremony once a week. These ceremonial guards, the Evzones, stand motionless at the tomb of their Unknown Soldier. They are volunteersGetting into this unit is an honor, and they have to be over 6 ft. tall. The uniform is based on the clothing of the Klephts, mountain fighters who fought the Turks from the 15th Century until Greek independence in the 19th Century. These guys do what looks like a balletThey move in controlled slow motion, in perfect sync, first dragging their foot backward, then raising that leg out straight before taking each step. 

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There are many policeman close the the parliament and on the street in general.

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Then we had our first greek meal!

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fresh breads

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we started with Greek Salad: cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, onion, olive, capers and feta cheese all heavily seasoned with olive oil.

Let me say, we both didn’t like it. :( Maybe because the cheese is too strong or because too much olive oil in the salad.

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we also shared a lamb kebab with pita bread, tomatoes and yogurt sauce.

It looks pretty appetizing, but I didn’t like it much either. Something is not right with the food combination…. for my taste.

The next day we had the Acropolis tour, after the tour, we walked through Plaka and Monastiraki

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stopped for some local frozen yogurt

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Flea Market to get some souvenirs

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I got some earrings

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the Metropilis (Cathedral)

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Presidential residence

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the running man made with glass

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another greek meal

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Greek sausage

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a second chance for the greek salad.

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still don’t like it. I gave up!

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friend small fish

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grilled whole fish which was delicious!

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apple strudel

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cheesecake

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and lemon licor, highly alcoholic and highly sugary! :)

to be continued…

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