DOIN' IT GREEK STYLE!!!!!
The wife and I just landed in Athens for an 11-day excursion in Greece.
Getting here was a bit of a fiasco. We were forced to travel in coach because our first class wait list never cleared. Our fellow passengers "in back" was the surliest crew I've ever witnessed on an aircraft. Half were a slew of elderly Americans on some sort of group tour, the other half were old Greeks returning to Athens. These crotchety, LOUD old Greek men kept us awake the entire time with their non-stop shouting and gesticulating, obnoxious dumping of garbage into the aisles, pestering the stewardesses for two meals, etc. They really were the worst.
Once we landed though it was smooth sailing. I love the run-down, rustic and dirty charm of Athens and am so relieved it is not some grotesque Disney front. The city and its people have a grit that is real and authentic. We can see the Acropolis from our balcony window, lit up at night in all its 3,000-year-old glory. The ruins are amazing ... it reminds me of Rome but smaller. Tonight we roamed the winding back streets of the Plaka district, sitting outside sipping Greek coffees at outdoor cafes and me discreetly eyeing the swarthy, dark-haired boys passing by. The weather is perfect but not too hot. Tomorrow we hit the National Gardens and the |Archeological Museum, and plan on popping some Xanex while enjoying the Temple of Nike.