Athens Part One – Long Walks, Short Nights, And Amazing Days

“Consider the postage stamp; its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there.” – Josh Billings

The ferry from Santorini landed in Athens about 1:15 in the morning.  I had rested some on the ride over and wasn’t tired.  I was planning to take the subway to right near the hostel but it was shut down so I decided to start walking.

The streets running to my destination were all large and easily navigable so I decided to walk for a while.  I thought I would go until I was tired and then flag down a cab.  I started walking and just kept on going.  Hauling a 40-45 lb bag on your back makes for slow going. But even after a couple of hours I was still going strong and soon enough I had walked over five miles.

I arrived at the hostel about 3:30 in the morning.  The guy at the counter was unable to prorate the rate for the night and was going to have to charge me the full price for just a few hours.  I was going to walk around for a while and then he told me there was a couch in a common room that I could use.  I headed up and slept for about four hours.

The four hours were plenty.  I got up, grabbed some coffee, and headed to see the Acropolis.  I have to say that the construction going on at the Parthenon kind of took away from the effect, but it was still pretty impressive.

Afterwards, I went down to see other areas of the Acropolis and loved it.  Then I headed over to a park area and went up to a place overlooking much of Athens that has a phenomenal view of the Parthenon.  I sat up there for a while just relaxing and taking it all in.

Later on I headed back to the hostel to check in and meet my roommates.  We had a great time just hanging out and drinking some wine.  Later in the evening, we made our way to a restaurant/bar that you had to go underground and out into an open courtyard behind the building. It was a pretty cool area to visit.

Here are some photos from the first day…

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