There is no doubt that Athens is one of the most visited country in the world. Who wouldn’t want to see the Parthenon?
On October of 2016, we visited Greece starting with Athens. We flew from Dubai to Athens via Pegasus Airlines which we found it affordable.
We love the simple yet charming hotel where we stayed at. The Athos Hotel is just 5-10 minutes walking distance to Monastiraki Square where you can haggle some souvenir items and dine in some cafes and restaurants. There are many aggressive vendors giving you a friendly wristband but later on they will ask for payment. You can simply say ‘No’ and just keep going. The hotel is in Plaka area famous for its architecture and many outdoor seating restaurants.
On the first day, we went around Monastiraki square, we passed the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, more restaurants and into a cobbled streets with more fancy cafes and many cosmetic products. What really interest me, is the famous Melissinos sandals commonly known as The Poet Sandal Maker. You can find many gladiator sandals around but this Melissinos sandals were once worn by Jackie Onassis and John Lennon. I bought two pairs for forty euros each pair. You can find the shop in Agias Theklas Street, just 3 minutes from Monastiraki square.
The rest of the evening, we checked alot of shops and some salesladies were really friendly. We are not sure if its true or not, but the saleslady in of one cosmetic shop and the taxi driver told us that there are many Filipino in Greece. Some are studying and some are on permanent residency. To be honest, I feel happy knowing that.
Athens-Greece is quiet cheaper than most of the European countries I/we have visited. They have good and export quality of beauty products. We bought some soaps, lotions and some bring home cosmetics.
On the second day, we visited Acropolis. The ticket cost thirty euros and you can see other sites aside from Pathenon and Erecthion temples. You can see the stone theater of Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and the Propylaea which is the entrance to Parthenon. October was still hot and humid when we went there, I didn’t enjoy due to the heat. Aside from the steps to hike uphill, the humidity sucked our energy dry. My advise would be to visit when the weather is pleasant like November to March.
The rest of the afternoon, we wandered around Adrianou street, buying things from chess board players of Greeks and Romans, Jewelries, paintings, and more. Our vacation in Athens was fine and we will visit Santorini the next day.
BUT, before the day was over, we were caught off guard and I didn’t know what to say for the insult and humiliation I have felt when we dined in Karyatis Restaurant ( corner of Adrianou and Kapnikareas street). It wasn’t a pleasant experience at all.
We canceled our orders and left the place. The other waiter said something about the availability of the manager. We told him about what his colleague has said and we saw his reaction, he was shocked and he apologized about that.It’s not worth it to make a scene. I asked myself many times, I wonder, that maybe its racism thing that the waiter treated me like that way because I am an Asian and I’m proud to be a Filipino. I don’t see any reasons aside from that.
After that, we become quiet and trying to have a smooth conversation while having our late lunch in Hermoin Restaurant. Some of the Greek foods we tried: Moussaka, Souvlaki, Greek Salad, Gyros and Kebab plus a pint of Mythos beer.
Overall, Athens is a beautiful city to explore and very economical.