The last time I was in Europe was in 2011 with one of my best friends. Don’t judge but we were on the Contiki tour! It’s one of those experiences that you have to have once in a life time. We travelled 10 countries in less than 20 days (average 2 days per country)! It gave us a bite size taste of every country! On the first day, the tour guide practically summed up our next 20 days. He said don’t expect this to be a holiday, you will be getting up early and partying until late! And he was right, it was a tour! We needed a holiday after our tour!
This time round I am travelling Europe with my husband of 2 months! It is a nice change of pace from my trip in 2011. This time round, we are doing Europe in style!
We stayed at the Hotel Grande Bertagne. It is well known for its breathtaking views of the Acropolis. It is situated in the heart of the city. It is walking distance to the major attractions (such as those mentioned above) and shopping areas. The other hotel we considered staying at was the King George. It is right next door to Hotel Grande Bertagne. It is more boutique.
Our room faced the cutest courtyard!
I am wearing the Club Monaco Lisette Dress. It is one of the best dresses to travel with as it is practically wrinkle free. After 24 hours of flying, I was able to wear this dress straight out of the suitcase!
The most amazing view from Hotel Grande Bertagne Roof of Garden Restaurant and Bar!
EAT & DRINK
Hotel Grande Bertagne Roof of Garden Restaurant and Bar – We had breakfast and dinner here. It has the most amazing view of the Acropolis!
Restaurant at Acropolis Museum – It has panoramic views of the Acropolis. It was very convenient to eat there while we visited the Acropolis Museum.
There are also many restaurants, cafes and bars in the Plaka neighhood. This is a more authentic experience with many locals frequenting the area.
SEE & DO
Parliament – If you are there on Sunday you will see the ceremonial changing of the guards and even have a photo opportunity with them after!
Panathenaic Stadium – This stadium hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. It is the only stadium in the world built entirely by marble and is one of the oldest in the world!
Monastiraki Flea Market – If you are looking for souvenirs this is a great place to go! After you walk past a row, you will start to see a repeat of shops selling the same things.
Plaka – Walk the streets of Plaka, the oldest part of Athens. It is filled with restaurants, tourist shops and cafes. It is a beautiful neighbourhood to walk around but it is quite commercialised.
GOOD TO KNOW
You only need 1-2 days in Athens to see all the sights. We saw all the major attractions in one day, on foot too!
Go early to all the tourist attractions for a more relaxed experience. It can get very packed!
Download the offline version of Trip Advisor City Guides! You don’t need data or wifi once it’s downloaded. You can access maps, nearby/best places to eat, see, do! This saved us walking around looking like tourists with huge maps in our hands!
In front of Parliament watching the ceremonial changing of the guards!
Walking through the streets of Athens, taking in the culture and beautiful views of quint little laneways!