Matsimitsu

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Day Three

Walking around Plaka, Psyri and Lycabettus Hill.


Plaka

After getting home around midnight last night I took it a bit easier today and just wandered around the city center, eating good food and drinking nice drinks.

Athens phone boxes Athens store
Church in Athens
Inside of church in Athens Another church in Athens
Church in Athens

While I was taking photos of the church above, these people were riding by. They stopped at the statue where the driver explained a few things and then moved on. A pretty neat way to view the city,

Cycle tour

Psyri

Where Plaka is nice and neat, Psyri is a bit more rough around the edges. It used to be a pretty shabby neighbourhood, but since the Olympic games in Athens it has been gentrified... mostly.

Meat market in Athens
Athens graffiti Athens graffiti
Athens graffiti Athens graffiti
Psyri neighbourhood
Athens graffiti Athens graffiti

Greek Parliament

On my way back to the apartment for a quick afternoon refresh (the sun was out in force and it was 35 degrees Celcius) I came across the Greek Parliament where guards stood besides the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Greek parliament Woman waiting for the tram

Athens national garden

I have to cross the National garden to get to my apartment, a nice place to buy a cold drink and enjoy the shade before heading on.

Athens national garden
Athens national garden Athens national garden

Lycabettus Hill

After a refresh and a delicious Gyros dinner and a few beers I walked a couple of kilometers to Lycabettus Hill, just after sunset. It gives a great view of Athens by dawn.

Athens by night

On top of the hill (that takes about 10-20 minutes to climb) is a church and a restaurant.

Athens by night Church cross

The next day my flight was in the evening and I spent the day taking the tram (T5) to the coast to spend the day at the beach.

From there I took a bus to the airport and a flight back to Amsterdam where I was woefully unprepared for the cold Dutch evening weather with just T-shirts in my bag.

Acropolis by night