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Published: September 13th 2014
Landmark Church in Busy Courtyard
A whole range of coffee shops, cafes, bars, bakeries and clothing shops are located around this church. Buskers entertain with dancing, instruments and singing - sounds a lot like Hay Street Mall - only in Greek language.
The journey from Perth to Athens takes 24 hours with a 7 hour stopover in Doha. We were greeted in Athens by a warm young lady with a happy welcome to Athens communicating confidence that ‘everything has been taken care of’ for the transfer to the Palace Electra Hotel. It was close to dusk and just time for a quick walk through the narrow streets and laneways around the hotel before it was time to call it a day and catch up on much needed sleep.
Two glorious days of shopping and revisiting favourite locations from our previous trip to Athens called us to wakefulness well before the early sunrise. I discovered that I needed to adjust to the rhythm of Athens. Forget early morning gym and swim – these open at 9:00am. Breakfast is a relaxed hour long event of sipping coffee, chatting and catching up of emails and Facebook. The highlight of our two day visit was the time spent on the rooftop looking over the Acropolis. where we enjoyed swimming in the pool, chatting with other guests, cocktails by the pool and then a leisurely dinner with newfound friends from Australia. We shared laughter and stories over
Close Up Changing of the Guards
A rare and special shot showing the facial expressions of these guards.
Santorini wines, local beer, crayfish linguini, Greek salad and pistachio ice cream.
One of my favourite landmarks is Parliament House and the changing of the guards. Young soldiers stand statue still as a symbol of their watchfulness over democracy. Each hour new soldiers step up to take over
Our stay in Athens was wonderful. We felt safe and welcomed but also noticed that Athens seemed a touch weary. Thousands of travellers have trod the narrow pathways and the ancient ruins throughout the summer months. Thousands of Greek people have served, nodded, smiled and spoken in English, French and German. They seem ready to retreat to enjoy the quiet of their ancient city, but there is a new wave of low season travellers demanding their attention.
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