Athens Day 1 – after the Parthenon

13 Oct

This post is part of our adventures in Greece in September and October of 2013.  To see other posts in the series, click here.

After viewing the Parthenon we headed behind it to the other temple – the one originally with the pillars that we saw in the museum – the temple of Nike.

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These pillars are replicas - the real ones are in the museum

These pillars are replicas – the real ones are in the museum

We made an effort this trip to get more photos together.

We made an effort this trip to get more photos together.

Under the techni-color blue skies, we headed down the hill with the intention of viewing the Ancient Agora as well as another marketplace.

A view from over the fence of the Roman Agora

A view from over the fence of the Roman Agora

Since it was so late though, they had closed for the day (at 2:30!) and we continued down until we found a restaurant perched behind the temples.  We settled in for our first Greek salad, stuffed tomatoes and spinach pie.

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Stuffed tomatoes - a vegetarian lunch

Stuffed tomatoes – a vegetarian lunch

Stomachs full we wandered back to the hotel enjoying the narrow streets of the Plaka neighborhood.

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Hadrian's arch

Hadrian’s arch

We happened upon Hadrian’s arch in the distance and then sneaked into the temple of Zeus just before closing time.  The timing worked perfectly.

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We then hurried back to the hotel so that we could head to the airport and continue our adventure in Crete.  The first day of our trip was a success.

Have you ever stumbled across a great restaurant by happenstance?  Eating when traveling can be hit and miss and so much depends on the atmosphere in addition to the food.  Where did you find a hidden gem?

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7 Responses to “Athens Day 1 – after the Parthenon”

  1. thirdeyemom October 13, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Oh I love Greek food especially the salads with all the feta and delightful feta. 🙂

    • gkm2011 October 13, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

      Yes, the feta was great – and the Greek olives!

  2. sarahinguangzhou October 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    You know I always pick restaurants randomly; I suddenly feel hungry and then see what’s nearby that I fancy. I get very excited if I later find ‘my” restaurant is in a guidebook. I really should try doing it the other way and actually follow a recommendation.

    • gkm2011 October 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

      That has happened to me once or twice and it is an amazing feeling, I agree.

  3. Sherri October 13, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    In Crete there are so many wonderful hidden gems that I couldn’t name one. Love all the photos 🙂

    • gkm2011 October 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

      Thanks! Looking through the photos is like going on vacation again.

  4. jotsfromasmallapt October 13, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    Wonderful photographs…sincere thanks for sharing your honeymoon adventure!!

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