This afternoon we arrived in Athens. A guide named Roberto greeted us and some of our other group members at the airport. On the way to our hotel, Roberto taught us how to say yes (“nay”) and no (“hokay”) and told us all about the Greek capital city.
As we were driving, he pointed out the Parthenon high atop the Acropolis. We also got our first peek at the Aegean Sea and drove by many Olympic stadiums.
Our Tour Director, Gloria, met us at the hotel to give us our room keys. Later, we met the whole group over glasses of ouzo, a Greek aperitif that tastes like anise, before heading down to dinner. The buffet was great—lots of hot food options but for us the main attraction was the salad bar stocked with amazingly ripe tomatoes, feta, mozzarella, fresh greens and more.
After dinner, we made a spur-of-the-moment decision to take a cab to the Acropolis for sunset. We climbed the Hill of Muses to see the Parthenon lit up just across the way.
The light was incredible and the weather was so nice, it was hard to tear ourselves away as it started getting dark—especially with a full band and choir performing just below.
After walking for a bit, we took another cab back to the hotel and went to the roof to have a look at the rooftop bar and pool. The views and breezes were too much to resist, so we grabbed a glass of wine before turning in for the night. We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect first day of our trip!
Jessie and Jenna are making their way through Greece, from Athens to the islands of the Aegean. Follow along as they blog on tour!