Athens–Day Two

After a surprisingly good continental breakfast in the hotel, we took a Hop On Hop Off bus tour, something we like to do when visiting a new city. We saw some awesome sights, most notably the Acropolis. We opted not to climb up the hill due to the heat and crowds. We just gazed in wonderment from our open top bus.

Later in the day, we took a walk through the famous Monastiraki Flea Market, described as being like a Turkish bazaar. From there, we walked in the opposite direction through a collection of reteil shops and stalls. The farther we walked, the more upscale it became– leading to exclusive clothing, jewelry, and fur stores (apparently furs are not politically incorrect here). One of the jewelers, a charming Greek who claims to have relatives in Los Gatos, caught our attention; plied us with ouzo; and convinced Bob that he should buy me a bracelet I was admiring–It’s my unbirthday/anniversary gift, and I love it!

That evening we had another great Greek dinner at a taverna near the previous night’s estiatoro, followed by a nightcap on our balcony that has a partial view of the “golden” Acropolis.

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