I arrived really early at Athens International, but it was a nice airport with stores and restaurants to keep one busy... not for 10 hours like me, but for a bit. It even has a local museum with artifacts excavated from an area local to the airport. Various buses can take you to the city center. X95 took us to Syntagma Square for 3.20Euro.
Eight thousand years of Greek history come alive in the Benaki Museum (??????? ???????). Enjoy prehistoric works …
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1 Koumbari St and Vas. Sofias Ave Athens, 106 74 Greece +30 210 367 1000
Not a bad museum... it closes a bit early 1700, but the nice lady at the ticket desk suggested starting at the top and working my way down. The museum has a nice collection of Greek Independence article, Byzantine, and Orthodox articles.
So, I went for a run around the National Gardens then after running around in those plant trails, I decided to go up the hill to see what this Lykavittos was all about. I ran along the Parliament building and ran into some junior Evzones practicing their high kicks. Ok, the climb up the hill was expectedly tough. No fair, and there's a restaurant up there and a dude offering water if you want it for the good old price of 1Euro. Great view of the city and the sea, great sunset visibility.
Now it gets interesting, the road back is not so straight forward, and as I was running, I didn't have a map. I got lost! As always you can landmark your way back, FIND THE PARTHENON!
Found it! and got back on the west side of the Akropolis (Dionysus Theater side)... and back to the hotel.
If you're looking for something slower here, then I'd recommend Santorini other some of the other islands. Oia is a busy tourist town, but there are plenty of out of the way places here. Lava Oia was one... thanks, Ms. Petridou.
Hotel Atlantis was a very nice hotel. Renovated, but well. The funny thing about a lot of the bathrooms in Europe is the size. They have a habit of cramming the toilet and the standup shower into a very small space.
The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the 'navel …
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Delphi Chryso Fokidas, 330 55 Greece
We got there after mistaking Arahavos for it, we stopped for 10 min to readjust and drove on until we ran into Delphi's archaeological sites and stopped there to see the lower sites and check out the artifacts in the new Delphi Archaeological Museum.
Later that evening we found our hotel the Fredriades Hotel and had dinner at the taberna next door. Great little city...
The next morning I went for a run up and down the hills olive groves, breakfast and then to the Oracle of Apollo... unfortunately the site was closed due to falling rocks. Maybe next time.
The trip to Delphi was nice. Hotel, nice. Restaurant, nice. Run, very nice - it was mostly uphill, but still, nice. The only unfortunate thing we didn't get to see was the theatre and the Temple of Apollo. It was closed due to falling rocks (?). Mount Parnassus was big!