Travel Lessons & The Revolution – Athens, Greece

Instead of starting with the usual apology for being absent for a while, I will just jump straight into my next story.

Athens – well, what a city. A city that is old, dirty & incredibly busy… yet absolutely beautiful & maybe just a little bit magical. The city is ancient & a brilliant word to describe it would be sprawling. At first glance, it seems over populated, sidewalks need to be weeded & the buildings need a new coat of paint, but that’s just the rough exterior – once you start making your way around, you’ll find quint little café’s & picturesque churches hidden in the narrow streets.

Smiling because I have my baklava.

Before going to Athens, I knew I definitely wanted to go to the Parthenon at the Acropolis. I guess so does everyone else who visits Athens. I made a huge mistake though & I did not do research about the opening hours. This, kids, is a massive error to make while traveling & something you would think I would know by now. I went down to the reception of the hotel & asked if I’d be able to get an Uber to collect me from that area. The receptionist politely informed me that the Acropolis was closed that day. I was a bit shocked & I thought how could something so popular be closed – as it turns out, it does close for a day just after Easter. I’m not sure if it closes on other days of the year, but when I was there, it was closed. If I had read up on it, I would have been better prepared & that is the travel lesson I learned in Athens.

Since we couldn’t get to the Parthenon, myself & a few friends decided to walk around the area just below the Acropolis for a while. The streets are ancient, very narrow & generally peaceful. Two of the girls in the group wanted to go into one of the little street-side shops, myself & my friend from Georgia waited for them outside. I really need to stress that the streets are narrow & it was so quiet.20190427_185317

We were talking when out of no where a group of 80+ American young ladies, who I assume were on some sort of university tour, sort of filled the street we were in & made their way passed us. I think it goes without saying that they didn’t pass quietly. I was firstly shocked, then confused because it was so loud & chaotic & the whole situation just appeared around us without warning. I was already giggling at my surroundings when my Georgian friend looks at me & with extreme concern on her face she asks “What is this? The revolution?”

Keep traveling, keep safe.

DanVenture Travels

Because the baklava was delicious. 

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  1. I’m going to Athens again in 2.5 months and I can’t wait! Nice tip about checking the times for the Parthenon because I actually just checked that last week to make sure we won’t run into any problems. Cheers to more travels!


  2. Shame you missed out on seeing the Parthenon. Funnily enough there’s a replica (full size, I think) of the Parthenon in Nashville which is closed on Monday’s – guess which day I turned up!
    Still pretty cool to see from the outside though. Hopefully I’ll see the real thing sometime soon 🙂


  3. I loved this little snippet of Athens you’ve given us. I’m travelling there at the end of this month and need all the tips I can get! will certainly be checking the opening days as the Parthenon and Acropolis is not something I’d be to pleased to miss out on. Hoping I can get in and explore and maybe even a good post will come out of it!


  4. The Possum – Having returned home in the Hunter Valley after taking our motorhome Matilda to travel the east coast of Australia, we have the pleasure of reading, and following your post. Thanks for sharing.


  5. I went to Athens last year and I actually enjoyed it a lot. Definitely looking forward to visiting again. Sorry to hear you weren’t able to go to the Parthenon. You missed the Parthenon and I missed baklava lol!


  6. Great post. I may visit Athens next year .. didn’t know you get bakalava there it’s my fav. Had so much of it in Turkey 😀


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