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Published: September 5th 2007
Our flight from the island of Mykonos to Athens took only 30 minutes. Once we arrived in Athens and collected our very heavy luggages, we took a cab directly to the Economy Hotel. As its name suggests, the Economy Hotel is a budget hotel and pretty much offers little to no amenities, but is located near the only point of interest that we wanted to see in Athens, the Acropolis. The lady at the reception desk provided us with a map of the area and highlighted the route to the Acropolis. On the way there, we stopped at a local souvlaki eatery and ordered our last gyros of the trip. I forgot to take a card from the restaurant, so I don’t remember the name of it, but it was really tasty. As we continued to walk towards the Acropolis, there weren't any signs to easily confirm if we were heading in the right direction. It was only after we toured the entire area when we realized that we actually had gone up the back entrance. The heat was terrible and the hike up made it even worse, but we eventually found all of the main Acropolis sights at the
base and atop the hill. The 360-degree views of Athens from the Acropolis revealed the dense nature of the largest city in Greece. I was later told that 4 out of the 5 million people who live in Greece actually live in Athens, It definitely felt that way when we were there.
Our tour through the Acropolis took at least a couple of hours and once we headed back down the hill, we stopped to buy some lemonade ice. It brought back memories of the Amalfi Coast, but unfortunately, this time around it wasn’t made using homegrown Amalfi Coast lemons. The last part of our day consisted of more souvenir shopping. We past through the main shopping area called Placa, which reminded me of La Rambla in Barcelona. As the shops started closing down, we decided to head back to the hotel to drop off our purchases and walk to Varoulko Restaurant, a place that Thao found on TripAdvisor. The walk took a good 20 minutes, and to our dismay once we arrived, we were informed that there weren't any tables available without a reservation. After giving the male host our sob story (the fact that we had traveled
all the way from Hawaii, that it was our last night in Greece, and that we had just walked for 30 minutes to this restaurant based on the awesome Trip Advisor reviews), he somehow miraculously discovered an open table. We were escorted up to the rooftop dining area where the most gorgeous nighttime view of the Acropolis could be seen. Thao and I agreed that although it felt like we were in Hawaii enjoying a nice meal outdoors, once we looked up and saw the Acropolis lit up in all its glory, it definitely felt a bit surreal. From the seafood appetizers to the entrees, our last meal did not disappoint. We were happy and content with both the ambiance and the cuisine. We couldn’t help but reminisce about our last 9 days, reliving the great times we shared in Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens. After this trip, we definitely added a whole host of new stories that will be sure to entertain when we return to Hawaii and hang out with our other girlfriends.
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