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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.
One aspect of traveling is to try out new food and local treats. Having impressed us thoroughly, however, on the first day, we decided to ditch that mantra and for the second consecutive day dropped in at Cookie Land which I wouldn’t hesitate to say is an absolute “sweet spot”.
April 18 is International Monuments Day in Greece which, luckily for us, means free admission to all ancient sites, including the Acropolis. Now, we could claim that we had planned this in advance as a cost saving measure, but that would be lying. We were in fact quite baffled when the lady at the ticket counter handed us a pair of tickets before we had reached for our wallets. Only much later in the day did we realize the reason for our incredible luck.
After a bumpy landing, we jumped on a bus and headed to our hotel. A ticket costs EUR 6.00 and lasts for 3 hours. More than enough time to make it to our stop—even if the bus didn’t exactly follow the route suggested by Google Maps. Missing the mark by a few blocks, we had a five-minute walk back before arriving at the hotel. Just in time before lightning and thunder struck.
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