After talking to the tour desk on board the ship, we were given a couple of passes that will allow us to walk off the ship here in Piraeus. Saturday morning, we had to be out of our staterooms by 8 AM, so we killed time reading by the pool until about 11 and headed for the pier and the taxi line.
Our documentation told us it should cost about 20 Euro to get from the boat to the hotel and the first taxi we approached agreed and we jumped in. During the 30 minute ride, the driver told us about his family and how he would like to visit the US once his son finished med school. He was friendly and welcoming, as was just about everyone we’ve met on this trip.
He dropped us in front of the Acropolis Select Hotel, where they had copies of all the vouchers I misplaced and warmly welcomed us. As the room wasn’t ready, we dropped our bags and hit the street.
For the three days we were in Athens, we ate every lunch and dinner outdoors. And every meal was started with a large Greek salad. The tomatoes and feta were fresh and delicious and unlike anything you can get at home. I had heard Europeans complain about American vegetables and now I understand what they mean.
Yes. Yes, we have lucked out.
In mid afternoon, we headed back to our hotel to see if our room was ready.
But hey! That’s Athens out there!
In the old town, the streets were full of life at 10PM. In the distance, up on the hill, you can see the Acropolis all lit up. Like a lighthouse, we used it to navigate the neighborhoods, day and night.
So far, we really like Athens.