Back in the states

We kept a pretty low profile while in London. Lots of Judge Judy and gas station food.

The day finally came and we boarded our very empty plane back to the states.

A quick, not really, ten hours later we had made it to Miami. After a few basic checks we were officially on the other side of immigration and had made it back “home”. Whew!

It was pretty exciting to be back on US soil. Just something about the comforts of the known.

While in London the kiddos and Dad had convinced me to book a house in Orlando with a pool and  spa while we awaited our flight back to the cold white North.

Oh man am I happy I humored them! Ha!

Not only did we get a deal because, well, Airbnb’s aren’t exactly thriving at the moment but it has given us a chance to “self isolate”.  And of course it’s been pretty awesome to soak up some sun and enjoy the water.

We’ve got a few more days here and then we head north. We’ll face a 14 day mandatory quarantine up there, but it sounds like there’s still a ridiculous amount of snow on the ground so what else are you going to do, right?!?

Today we made a video recapping our European Adventure.

I’m so grateful we got this experience. Even with a health crisis at our heels. I mean would the Cunningham’s do it any other way?!?


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“Europe Flights”

Where to start:

When I first started planning our Europe trip, it obviously started with a budget. You can find lots of information on how to prepare for any trip HERE! So at this point, I’ll assume you’re all caught up, and we can move on with Europe specific planning.

First off, you’ll need to set your time frame and determine your locations. Then you’ll need to plan your route and decide what modes of transportation you will use. Simultaneously you should research lodging options and activities and keep plugging all this info into your spreadsheet.

I determined that we had about 7 weeks, and it was in our best interest, mostly for financial reasons, to fly to each new location. Train travel sounds like a dream, but it is expensive, at least for the short time frame I was looking at. Perhaps if you had months and several different countries, a Eurail pass might be beneficial, but every situation is unique, and you just have to find the sweet spot for what you’re doing. We are primarily hopping from city to city via budget airlines. We also plan on renting a car in a couple of spots. Once I determined that flying was our main mode of transportation, I hit Google Flights and started checking routes and prices.

How did we determine our route?

It took me a long time to decide what path we should take. I literally have columns and columns on a spreadsheet where I took each location and priced our flights in every direction. Here’s a little glimpse into the madness:

As you can see, we had a set of areas that we wanted to travel to, and it was just about finding the right order. Cost is always at the forefront of my decision making, but if the price difference is negligible, then I start thinking about flight Length, flight departure and arrival time, and overall flow of the trip. You may have an experience that limits your dates in a specific location, or perhaps prices are significantly higher at one time or another. All these things need to be considered when planning your route.

After I sifted through my research and got a rough idea of our itinerary, I was confident in booking our big flights. We decided to fly to London and fly out of Paris. This was mostly driven by cost. Overall the cheapest cities that I found to fly in and out of were London, Barcelona, and Paris.

Our Long Haul Flights:

We opted for Norwegian Air. It’s here that it pains me to say I overpaid for my flights, ugh! I hate it when that happens. I purchased our flights in late August for a February Departure and a March Arrival. I was so close. Basically, the flights went down about a week after I made my purchase. I overpaid but about $20 on our departure and about $40 for our Arrival. I was happy with the price I paid, but obviously, I could have saved a little more, I just get too trigger happy I suppose! Now that I’ve been tracking the price, I can see that the flights have been roughly the same since the beginning of September and don’t appear to be fluctuating.

Total for our Long Haul Flights:

Norwegian Air (No Seats/Cabin Bag 10kg)

MCO-LGW $160pp

CDG-FLL $189pp

Roundtrip $349pp

Family Total $1396

While it’s not the best price in the world, I still think it was a fair price. This does not include seat selection or baggage. Every passenger on Norwegian gets 1 bag at 10kg or roughly 20lbs. And while we did not pay to select seats, we did wind up getting seated together. In fact, it was one of the best flights I’ver ever taken. No frills, no food, no perks. But we were very satisfied.

Our Hopper Fights:

After we got our long haul flights booked, I was able to hit our reservations at both ends. For anyone who knows me, they know that I am horribly noncommital. But for anyone who understands budget travel, they realize that spontaneity and budget don’t go hand in hand. So for me, I start with the things I know are not going to change, leaving what little room I do have for spontaneity along the way.

The first flight I booked was from LGW-ATH. This was a must because no matter what, we had to get out of London, and once again, it came down to price. Based on all of the research, I determined that this was the cheapest way to get to Athens.

Easy Jet (Prepaid Seats/Cabin Bag 10kg)

LGW-ATH$34pp

Family Total $136

The next flight I booked was from RAK-TLS. Now, this is where it gets a little weird. We really hadn’t talked about Marrakesch, but one of us got a wild hair, and I ran with it. I happened to find an amazing flight from Marrakesch to Toulouse, France. Only $25 per person. I thought, WOW, this was a deal. Marrakesch is generally a little more expensive than say getting from Paris to Rome, so coming across something like this was awesome.

Plus, Olivia had gone on her European tour over the summer and really wanted to take us to some spots along the coast of France and Spain, and the only way this was going to happen was on a road trip. So, we decided that we would fly into Toulouse, rent a car, dip down into Spain and then drive back up to Paris. Back to the amazing flight, I decided to take a chance and book a flight out of Marrakesch even before I had a flight to the city, but I figured it would all work out.

Easy Jet (Prepaid Seats/Cabin Bag 10kg)

RAK-TLS $25pp

Family Total $100

Next up, I booked our flight from ATH-CIA. By now, I had a pretty good plan of where we would be staying and for how long. Marrakesch was still a bit up in the air, but once again, I only had us going as far as Athens, so we had to get somewhere, and Rome made the most sense. At the time of booking, we were either going to fly out of Naples or Rome to get to Marrakesch, either way, flying into Rome from Athens was way cheaper than Naples.

Ryan Air (Prepaid Seats/Cabin Bag 10kg)

ATH-CIA $34pp

Family Total $136

Lastly, I booked our flight from NAP-RAK. This one really got dicey. I track flights regularly, review historical averages, and scour the blogs for good prices. But sometimes you just get sucked into wanting to save even more. It’s kind of like a gambler’s mentality, ha! Anyways, I missed out on a good flight, and then the price shot up and wouldn’t come down. Day after day, I waited and refreshed with no luck. Then one day, the price finally came down, and I jumped on it immediately. This was the last piece of the flight puzzle. While it wound up being an expensive flight, I am pleased with the price we paid.

Ryan Air (Prepaid Seats/Cabin Bag 10kg)

NAP-RAK $75pp

Family Total $300

Check out my new page “Athens”

“Athens, Greece”

Where to start:

When I first started planning our Europe trip, it obviously started with a budget. You can find lots of information on how to prepare for any trip HERE! So at this point, I’ll assume you’re all caught up, and we can move on with Europe specific planning.

First off, you’ll need to set your time frame and determine your locations. Then you’ll need to plan your route and decide what activities fit your budget and pique your interest. If I’m not familiar with an area I usually do a search for Top 10 (insert city here) and that typically gets you started. Then of course as you dive into a specific area the options are endless, literally, you will get so overwhelmed with tour overload, but I’ll give you some tips to avoid option fatigue. Simultaneously you should research flight options and lodging and keep plugging all this info into your spreadsheet.

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT WE DID IN ATHENS

 

LODGING

Obviously, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out where we were going to stay. Typically down in Central America, it’s all about the hostel. But if you’ve read my budget travel tips, when you’re traveling as a group, hostels are not always the best value. Think about it, if the going rate for a bed in a mixed dorm is $10, you’ve already committed to spending $40 and you don’t even have your own bathroom. So it’s best to expand your search to everything from traditional hotels to renting private homes. We never stayed in a hostel during our European tour. Mostly we used Airbnb and Booking.com with a few random sites here and there. All the prices listed include taxes and fees.

Athens – Airbnb – $43 per night

CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE

When looking for lodging it’s all about location. Who doesn’t want to find the best location for the best price? Airbnb is a great resource when it comes to opening up budget areas that traditional hotels can’t access, but it comes with some risk. Reviews are critical when booking an Airbnb. For me, I won’t book on any type of Airbnb site without at least a handful of recent, relevant reviews.

For Athens, I wanted something close to the Acropolis. I suppose that goes without saying, but I wanted to be as close to the main attractions as possible. It can be a little tricky on Airbnb because they give you such a large circle of where the house is located but once I get my circle and I determine how close it is to the main sites, I then do a little research on Google Maps to determine what type of shopping is available and what kind of restaurants are around. I check reviews and I map walking directions from the center of the circle that is given on Airbnb. This will give you a pretty good idea of services, what type of neighborhood you’re in, and exactly what those walks are going to entail.

This Airbnb was great. We did use public transit but only for a few specific things, otherwise we easily walked from the neighborhood to the major sites around Athens in around 20 minutes. The hotels in the area are far more expensive and really the neighborhoods aren’t any better.

ACTIVITIES

If there was ever a destination that came with cheap ready-made activities it’s Athens. What’s great about this city is proximity. It really doesn’t matter where you are as long as you’re near the Acropolis you have access to everything that Athens is famous for. Basically, one area feeds into the other. From the Acropolis, you run into Plaka. As you zig-zag through Plaka, you’ll then find yourself in Monastiraki, and from there you’ll wind your way into Syntagma Square. Athens is an easy city.

A few notes on activities. When you’re researching things to do in an area it’s really easy to get lost in the mix. And it seems as though it gets harder and harder to find Official Websites. There are so many skip-the-line websites and perhaps you decide that the increased fee is worth it, but first, you have to locate the base price on the official website to make that determination. You also need to pay close attention to high season vs. low season prices as these can vary quite a bit.

  • Acropolis – $45 The Acropolis is the large hill that the Parthenon among other buildings sits atop. You can walk around the entire base of the Acropolis for free. To get to the top of the hill and see the Parthenon and other sites you will need a ticket. CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT RATES AND HOURS OFFICIAL WEBSITE The entry fee listed is for 2 Adults and 2 Children during low season. Note that everyone receives the reduced rate during low season, so children and adults will pay the same. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE OFFICIAL WEBSITE You can also purchase tickets onsite and at a little digital kiosk at the base of the hill next to the lower entrance. We did not pay to get into the other monuments around the city, however if you are interested in entering these areas there is a comprehensive ticket that may save you money.
  • Plaka – Free – Plaka is considered the old neighborhood. Basically, the Plaka area consists of shops, restaurants, and a few lesser-known ruins. The area sits at the base of the Acropolis and can be easily incorporated before or after a trip to the hill.
  • Areopagus Hill – Free – If you follow the walkway and continue past the Acropolis Museum then eventually you will see a large hill on the left-hand side. It’s very easy to reach via the footpath and stairs. This is one of the best areas to view the city of Athens, and it’s completely free.
  • The Acropolis Museum – $17 – Funny enough the British Museum has an incredible collection from the Acropolis, but with the entry to this museum you get to see the original statues from the Erecthyion as well as several reliefs, statues, and frescoes from the Parthenon and other sites. Due to the low price, I would say it’s a good deal. Plus you gain entry to the excavation below the museum. CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT RATES AND HOURS OFFICIAL WEBSITE The entry fee listed is for 2 Adults and 2 Children during low season.
  • Monastiraki – Free – If you continue through Plaka you will come to the area of Monastiraki. Streets lined with shops, restaurants, and the Athens Flea Market.
  • Syntagma Square – Free This is the center of Athens. You’ll find the main underground station, several major bus lines, as well as the tram system. It’s along the main road within a 5-minute walk from Monastiraki. You’ll also find the tomb of the unknown soldier here with the guards who protect the area. And every hour on the hour round the clock you can watch the changing of the guard in this center area.

FOOD

So this has to be my favorite spot for food. I could eat gyros all day every day, seriously! I talked about finding the perfect location for lodging and our Airbnb happened to be next to an amazing little gyro shop. I’m telling you it was the most delicious food I’ve ever had. And so cheap! Plus all over the city, they have these amazing little bakeries with coffees and pastries. All at a great price!

Be sure to try pastries and a coffee for breakfast. Try PAX in Monastiraki for great burgers and fries, and top your day off at Filaraki for the best gyro of your life! And don’t forget to pick up some traditional Greek yogurt topped with honey and walnuts or greek donuts for a treat.

TRANSPORTATION

As I said we did quite a bit of walking while in Athens. For us, we try and save money whenever possible so if we can walk it, that’s our go-to. Often times in these bigger cities they offer some sort of travel card. Usually, they start at a 24-Hour pass and go to maybe 7 days or so. We have yet to purchase a pass like this, except for London, but that’s more of a daily pass with per day spending caps. In Athens they have the Athena Card, you can find lots of information on the different passes HERE.

  • Airport Transfer ATH to Airbnb – Welcome Pickups – $45 – I actually used Welcome Pickups. I happened to find them online in search of Airport transfers. As you’ve heard me say before when we are getting to a new city, especially after dark, sometimes we like prepaid dedicated transportation. Then on the way back to the airport wee try and save a little money by taking a more DIY approach. I found Welcome Pickups to be reasonably priced and very easy. The driver was there waiting for us with a sign, had internet available in the vehicle, and waited until our Airbnb host confirmed our entry. Well worth the money.
  • Local Transportation – The only local transportation wee used was the underground for a few stops to the tram line and back. We walked to Syntagma Square purchased an Athena Card good for 90 minutes for approximately $2 per person and used this for our underground and tram ride down the coast. Otherwise, we didn’t use any transit because everything was so close to walk to.
  • Airport Transfer Syntagma Square to ATH – X95 Direct Bus – $25 – Because we had spent so much on our transfer from the airport we thought we would try and save by walking to the city center and then hopping on the direct bus. We pre-purchased our tickets at the metro station the day before, you can easily use the digital kiosks provided as they are quick, take cards or cash, and have language options. I don’t recommend using your credit card at these machines because they have been known to have card readers in them. We been forced to use our card on occasion for whatever reason or another and have never had any problems but we always try cash first. Yes, it meant walking for about 25 minutes with our bags through town, but it saved us almost half the cost of the fancy airport transfer.

TOTAL BUDGET

Lodging Total Lodging Per Night
$296 $42
Food and Misc Total Food and Misc Per Day
$413 $59
Transportation
$79
Activities
$61
Total Athens Expenses Total Per Day Total Per Person Per Day
$850 $121 $30

 

 

 

 

 

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Europe with Teens

We’ve dreamed of visiting Europe for years, I mean, who hasn’t? And for 2020, we finally made it happen. The countries on our list:

England

Greece

Italy

Morocco (Yes, I understand this is part of Africa)

Spain

France

More specifically, we will be spending:

7 nights in London

7 nights in Athens

7 nights in Rome

7 nights just outside of Pompeii

6 nights in Marrakesch

6 nights on a road trip through Spain and France

3 nights at Disneyland Paris

and

7 nights in Paris

Obviously, Europe is a big place. But I think we are hitting the touristy highlights. Some would say that getting off the beaten path is a truer way to soak up the culture and have a meaningful trip, but when it comes to Europe, I think I’ll save that for my second tour. For now, I want to see what has made Europe famous, the Louvre, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. All the greats!

You also may be wondering how Morocco got put on the list. To be honest, I did want a little bit of an authentic experience, and I felt that Marrakesch may offer that, but mostly it came down to cheap flights. You’ll find plenty of budget specific information on each countries page.

As for the kiddos, they are now 15 and 13 and have really matured quite a bit since that first trek to Central America. They’ve been exposed to so much world history over the years, and we really hit the books and You Tube hard prior to our trip just trying to soak in all the history and prepare for actually being here.

During the summer of 2019, I really began to realize that my kiddos were starting to become their own little people. Actually big people. At 13 and 15 I just don’t have much time left with these guys, and quite honestly I wanted to do a big trip to capture this moment in time. Of course, we will continue to travel and vacation and spend time with each other, but you never again have what you’ve got right now, so you might as well do something with it!

Plus, Europe was the only general destination that I could get the kids to agree on, moreover they were both really excited about Europe. So away we went!

Athens Day 7

We started off the day not really sure what to do. We thought maybe we’d make it a school day but Liv’s decided she wanted to get out and about for our last day in Athens. We had heard of a tram that left the city centre and traveled down the coast. So that’s what we set out to do.

You see when you’re in a foreign country, especially one that does not share the English alphabet, sometimes it’s a bit more of a process than deciding to do something and getting it done.

First we needed coffee and pastries.

We found a great little bakery up the road earlier in the week so we picked up a few of our favorites.

We sat by Hadrian’s arch and enjoyed the views.

We continued toward Syntagma Square and went underground to see if we could find some info on the tram.

Athens is a very English friendly city, most signs are in Greek, and what they call Gringlish, ha!

Still, it’s kind of a like a scavenger hunt with clues leading you on your our journey.

First we saw an information center but it didn’t seem like anyone in there really wanted to help us. So we walked along and saw signs for the ticket booth.

Ok we’re getting somewhere.

The line was crazy long but we also needed to figure out our bus for the airport so we set up in line and waited patiently.

About 20 minutes in I felt like giving up, as I was not sure this was even the right place to be, but we had come this far so we might as well see it through.

Finally we were next and fortunately the woman spoke English, mostly, better than my Greek that’s for sure!

We got the bus tickets figured out, but the tram was still a bit of a question. So off we went in search of more info.

Back at the information desk we got a couple of questions answered and then we found some kiosks in English. Alright!

We learned that we had to hop on the metro, ride 3 stops, then switch to the tram line.

Even in New York where everything is in English, Metro’s can be kind of hard to navigate.

We wound up on the opposite platform and started to board the underground but luckily we hesitated just long enough and the doors closed and we soon realized we needed to be on the other side.


Easy enough.


We boarded and rode our three stops, found the green line for the tram and waited.


Hooray we were half way there.


It’s so easy to call it quits when you’re traveling. It seems too hard. Too complicated. But if you just stick with it, keep your cool, and keep moving forward. The payoff is usually worth it!


It was about a 30 minute ride all the way down and we decided to get off at Glyfaldas.


https://youtu.be/NYx0Fsl1m8s




https://youtu.be/fvgP87gxhwg

So glad we made it to the coast! And actually we were in the Saronic Gulf part of the Mediterranean Sea.

After our adventure we ended at my favorite place in the whole world. The food is just amazing!!!!

Fillarakias can you make that out on the sign? Ha!

It means friends, like best buddies!


Now… Off to Rome!

Athens Day 6

Today we headed for the Acropolis Museum, adjacent to the hill. We didn’t know that pictures weren’t allowed, so I managed to get one in before we were chastised.

Kind of cool that it’s the owl, the symbol of Athens. In any case, we had a good day. Nothing too remarkable. Well, except for the fact that we learned that a good portion of the statues and such are actually housed at the British Museum. So, I guess I’m glad we got to see it all while we were in London.

After the museum, we found a cute little place in the Plaka and got some pizza. It was quite tasty. I will definitely miss the food here. So cheap, and so yummy!

Then we went for Greek Donuts. Basically, delicious balls of fried dough covered with honey and cinnamon!

After that, we hit the main road and walked by Hadrian’s Arch and Temple of Zeus. Yeah, we’re the cheap bastards who take pictures through the gates. Ah, well, you can’t spend money on everything!

I’m not sure what tomorrow holds. We had plans of taking the tram out to the coast, but there are strikes here in Athens that are preventing train and tram travel, so we will see. Either way, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and I am so grateful we got to come.

Athens Day 5

We finally made it to the Parthenon. Yeah!

We made our way towards Plaka like we usually do and hit the digital kiosk, kind of like an ATM, to purchase our tickets. There wasn’t much of a line at all. I’ve been reading about 2 and 3-hour lines, but there were only a few people ahead of us. We also utilized the entrance across from the museum, not the main entrance.

In any case, it didn’t seem busy at all, and we couldn’t have picked a better day. It was beautiful out. So the Acropolis is the actual hill that all the temples sit on. The Parthenon is the most famous and prominent temple, and there there are a few smaller temples. The Erectheion, Temple of Athena Nike, and the Proplyae. Our plan was to explore the slopes of the Acropolis, which include the Theatre of Dionysus and the Odeon Herodes Atticus Theatre. When you enter from the lesser-known entrance at the bottom of the hill, it makes the most sense to keep right and follow the loop around, then head up and finish off the loop as you make your way back down to where you entered. It goes a little something like this…

First stop, a platform of stones. You’ll see this is a theme throughout 🙂

Winding our way up the hill!

Next Theatre of Dionysus. Considered the first theatre ever built. Erected sometime in the 6th century BCE. It’s no surprise that the Greek God, Dionysus, was the most popular with the people. He was the God of vegetation, wine, inebriation, theatre, and ecstatic dance.

It’s a long walk up, but around every corner was another amazing picture.

 

Almost there.

The Proplyae. This was one of the early reinforcements to protect the people. You must enter through this area to reach the top of the Acropolis. It’s absolutely stunning and very well preserved.

Once you have reached the top of the hill, you have the Parthenon on your right, the Erectheion on your left, as well as the Temple of Athena.The Parthenon. Built somewhere around 447 BCE. This building has seen its fair share of destruction over the centuries. Most notably, the Ottoman Turks gained control of the Parthenon and turned it into a mosque. But when they faced an attack, they converted it into an ammunition depot, and when the structure was hit, the explosives exploded, causing major structural damage.

 

 

The views from the top of the Acropolis are just unbelievable. This is Lycabettus hill in the distance.

Views of the sea from the top. I think you’re overlooking the Saronic Gulf.

The Erectheion.

 

 

And winding our way back down the hill, you reach the Odeon Herodes Atticus Theatre.

 

This was truly a dream come true. After a long day, we hit our favorite little burger joint in Monastiraki, Pax. Yum!

 

 

Athens Day 4

Not much to report today. Our family sure does enjoy our leisure time. Sometimes I feel a bit guilty about not getting out and about each and everyday from sun up to sun down. But man. That would get expensive and tiring.

Today we opted for a quiet school day with some electronics time.

Dad and I went out this morning and picked up some much needed toilet paper and a few snacks!

The cakes were absolutely delicious!!! Oh man!

And for dinner, you guessed it, our favorite spot on the corner. They know us now, ha! And funny enough, the guy even quoted Dad’s tattoo out loud, I think it made everyone feel better that it actually said what was intended. It’s a win!

Tomorrow we’re headed for the Acropolis. More soon. For now I’ll end with some pics from the terrace.

Athens Day 3


We got a bit of an earlier start today, but I am just not a morning person, ha!

First, I attempted to make coffee with the grounds we purchased but that didn’t go as planned. Traditionally Greek coffee is fine ground and placed directly into the water as far as I know. But considering we had a pot with filters I made it the old fashioned American way but the filter clogged and well you can picture the rest. Plus it tasted terrible. Ah well coffee would just have to wait, ha!

Today we were headed for Monasteraki Square, basically the Athens Flea Market. Another touristy area with shops and restaurants. We were also on the lookout for a tattoo shop for Dad.

We had this idea that he could get the “Everything is Awesome” tattoo in a few different languages on this trip. And then Greece is all about “the eye” pictured above. It brings good luck and they have these eyes everywhere. Funny thing is we have this same eye hanging in our Alaska trailer given to us as a gift by Grammy. So I was definitely excited for him to get some sort of eye as well.

Anyways. Coffee first.



On our way to the square we came across the ruins of Hadrian’s Library. It’s just amazing that everywhere you turn there are ancient buildings that remind you some of the great philosophers once stood here.

After many attempts at coffee and pastry we gave up and switched gears. We opted to find Dad’s shop and start there.


Happy with what he found we all grabbed a burger and then dad hit the chair while the kiddos and I explored Monasteraki.



More of Hadrian’s Library



And finally we found our coffee. It was well worth the wait and so cheap!



Once the kiddos and I finished our coffee it was time to check on Dad and see how his tattoo turned out.


Love it!

Athens Day 2

It’s Valentine’s day in Greece!

We got a bit of a late start. Athens is 2 hours ahead of London. And honestly sometimes travel days are a bit tiring even if you’re not doing much.

In any case we headed for the market. Mostly we just needed some coffee and breakfast items. And definitely some laundry soap.

After we hit the market, only a 5 minute walk from the house, we made a stop at our favorite little wrap shop and powered down some lunch.

Our Airbnb is close to everything so we decided to walk around and see if we could find the Acropolis.

Sure enough we spotted it in the distance within a few minutes.

Once we got across the main road it was clear that we were in the main tourist hub. Burgers and a sports bar were the giveaway.

We didn’t really know what to expect so we just started following signs for the Acropolis and to our surprise you can get some pretty great views without entering the site. We’ll save the real tour for later in the week but for now these views would do just fine.

After admiring the views from Areopagus Hill we continued the loop around the Acropolis which led us to Plaka, the old City. We meandered through the rows and rows of shops and picked up a few trinkets.

Now it was time to head back to the Airbnb and enjoy a little down time.

Athens Day 1

Athens is just about a 3 hour flight from London so in no time at all we’d be there. I had already arranged “fancy” transport, the whole name on the card thing as you exit customs so we had little to worry about.

So often when we travel I try and find the absolute cheapest way to do something but you have to weigh your comfort level too. Considering we would arrive after dark I figured it was worth the extra $15 Euros to spring for private transport rather than do a bus/walk kinda thing.

So off we went!

Our flight was delayed about an hour but thanks to a sweet tailwind we still made it there pretty much on time.

Their immigration and customs was even faster than England so we were quickly on our way. As soon as we hit the exit there was our driver with his little sign. How easy!

Once at the Airbnb our host met us and gave us the run down. Definitely a local location.



After we got settled we headed out for some food. I had found this place on the map and I was so excited to try it out. There’s nothing better than finding good cheap food near your hotel.

And this place did not disappoint!