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First-Time Visitors to Athens: Overlooking from Lykavittos Hill

Lykavittos Hill is the highest point in Athens and as such a prime location from which to view the city. If you’re not up for a strenuous uphill walk there is a tram service running from the bottom to the top. Perched inside the hill, we couldn’t find it, though, so we ended up walking all the way which was quite a good workout.

At the top of the hill, over-looking a sea of white buildings as well as the Acropolis and the Olympic Stadium, there is a beautiful little church perfect for those postcard moments.

Slightly below the top level there were two restaurants. We chose the more budget friendly one and had a simple meal of chicken skewers with homemade fries and mixed salad as well as a cup of tea with honey.

We then walked back down to the city which at that point seemed to have been overtaken by large groups of students on excursion. We kept bumping into them. Even at 9 p.m., while visiting the Temple of Zeus after-hours, they were still there, making the most of their Greek history lesson.

As usual we got around by foot, our preferred way to explore any city. There is, however, also a number of city tour busses operating at prices ranging from 15-20 euro per day. We spent three days strolling the streets of Athens. And on the last day we took a taxi from our hotel to the airport—a 38 euro luxury we allowed ourselves for reasons of convenience. It was a brand-new taxi, too, and one which accepted card payment. So we arrived at the airport in style with plenty of time to check in and enjoy the benefits of the Star Alliance business lounge. Not once during the entire trip did we use cash. #cashlesssociety


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