Mother-Daughter Travel Guide to Greece Part One: Athens
First stop on our mother-daughter trip was Athens, Greece. Although I'm not a big city girl or history buff I knew that I wanted to explore Athens for a few days before heading to the island.
We booked our flights and airbnb (check out where we stayed) but other than those arrangements we did little planning or research. I met with a photographer friend who gave me some helpful tips and awesome recommendations after her trip (thanks Rachel!) which was helpful to navigate the city in a short amount of time. I'm hoping this post will do the same for any one who is looking to travel to Athens in the future.
Arrive at the airport - Stelios (our aibnb host) arranged for a taxi pick up with John Georgitsis (firstname.lastname@example.org). It was about a 30-45 minute drive from the airport to the apartment and Georgitsis was like a local tour guide. He was way beyond a normal taxi driver and I highly recommend using him if you need a taxi service while in Athens.
Our airbnb was walking distance to everywhere we wanted to go. So because we arrived in the afternoon we walked in town and explored and hopped around for appetizers and drinks at A for Athens and 360 Views. Both had panoramic views of the city and had heaters outside so you could enjoy the view, if you decide to travel in the winter months. I highly recommend visiting right before sunset.
We woke up and enjoyed crepes and juice on our way to explore the Acropolis. Again, we chose to walk everywhere so bring comfortable shoes!
After visiting the Acroplois we headed toward Plaka, which has a village feel with cobblestones and shops.
More exploration of the city...
Our last night in Athens we headed over to Gazi (right near our apartment). Our airbnb host described it as the "hipster area" of Athens. Although we only visited at night you could tell this was a very up and coming area. Lots of delicious restaurants and cocktail bars aimed at a younger crowd. We wish we would have spent more time in this area.
The next morning we enjoyed expresso at home before heading to the airport to fly to Santorini. Usually I'm not a big expresso drinker but when in Europe..
More to come... Mother-Daughter Travel Guide to Greece: Part Two: Santorini