My family and I spent the first week of the new year in Athens. Being around ruins that still exist after thousands and thousands of years makes one feel not so old.
A few interesting things to know if you are planning on visiting Athens for the first time:
- In most places, you cannot flush your toilet paper. It must go in the trash can. (Tip, stay in a modern-ish hotel or wait to go to the bathroom at a huge, modern museum – like we did!)
- Almost every street is lined with orange trees! They are full of seeds, but you can still eat them. Free breakfast or juice!
- These people really like sesame seeds.
- Don’t bother rushing for your camera to get a photo of the small 11th century Byzantine church. There will be another one in two blocks…. and then another one after two more blocks… and so on.
- You can get a special Greek wine made from pine resin called Retsina. It’s allright.
- Stray cats EVERYWHERE! On the flip side… no rats!
Athens was a really nice city, super friendly people, good food and lots to see. I’d definitely recommend it as a fun city trip. Maybe not in the summer when it’s overcrowded, but the winter was perfect (though we happened to arrive on the one week of the year it was actually cold).