Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Arrival in Athens

So... I have arrived in Athens!!!! I took this picture from my window (which opens!)...
Just to prove it's really me, here, in this place, taking these pics...
So, how did I get here?
If you have been to Athens, I am staying in the Monastiraki area, about a block from the Metro station. Right below the Acropolis. Ruins everywhere, a big square with vendors selling fresh fruit and olives, huge flea market streets....
This is my street. I kid you not.
This is the inside of my elevator. Yes, there is an elevator, but it's a little different from what I'm used to...
OK, now to the flat. It's like this place is plunked down on top of the city, one amazingly incredible flat, renovated by the 2 architects who own it.... down on the street it is hard to imagine that this exists just upstairs....
Here's my "picture" window...
This is the view from where I sit at the kitchen table, on my laptop. Thank goodness I've been able to "borrow" some wifi here.
This is the view looking the other way in the flat:
I will post some more pics another time... for now, I am here. And I am experiencing my first big dose of culture shock this trip, and I was only partly ready for it. I'd spent one night in Athens on my way to Rhodes, but it was in the Syntagma Square area, which is more tourist based. A bit of culture shock, but not much. And Rhodes was mild, mild, mild....
Athens is chaos. Period. Much good, but a little mind blowing. I am reading Dinner with Persephone (review here), which has done alot to explain what I am seeing... I really gotta finish that book!

Anyways, I'll say more another time... but for now, I got enough provisions that I can tuck myself inside, enjoy the view (which is about to get spectacular with the sunset and the lights...), have a few drinks and just decompress.
Tomorrow night my sister arrives from Canada to spend the month with me here, I can hardly wait...
There is so much to see here, and so much history, I am looking forward to it. But veeeerrry glad we can have a relaxed pace here.
Oh, and one more pic, look closely, and you see the eyes of a slightly dazed woman... you should see the pics I took before I remembered to smile. Heh.

7 comments:

Peter M said...

Enjoy your stay...email me if you need any ideas on where to eat.

Anonymous said...

OMG ~~~~~~~~~~~ WOW ~ Pdk

lgialouris said...

Nice flat! Great location. Don't forget that Monastriaki means little monastary. While you're touring, remember to enjoy touring all the monastaries in that area - there are so many! Have a great stay in Athens!!

lgialouris said...

One more comment: Don't drink tap water - no one in Greece drinks tap water, buy bottled water. :) FAGE yogurt is the best brand (In my opinion) it's very rich, mix some of that honey in it, add chopped walnuts... pure heaven!! I'm not sure you'll find any orange marmalade or anything like that. You've already sampled the bitter orange treat the Greeks enjoy. They do sell candied cherries, but they're also very, very sweet. I'm enjoying your blog, totally jealous that I can't be there too! Have a good time!

CaliforniaKat said...

"Go with the wind" as Greeks do. Also, the metro runs every few minutes with time of arrival posted on the board. M-Th it runs until midnight; F-S-Su it runs until 2 am.

Don't forget to validate your ticket on the platform.

Anonymous said...

Something tells me this stay will be a highlight of the year--between sister, Acropolis views, comfy lodging & Greek honey, what's not to love?
@ParisGetaway

Roberta said...

thanks all for your feedback and tips! and I'm not drinking the water ;-)