The couple that selfies together stays together because they have to take multiple selfies to ensure they get a perfect one.
My husband likes to get down and dirty for some of his pictures. When he realized I was photographing his technique he refused to continue in that manner until I gave him my phone so I couldn't take anymore pictures.
Finally, FINALLYm we made it to the top, and it was more than worth it.
From this peak you have a 360 degree view of Athens. It's INCREDIBLE. There's a small church and a restaurant at the top (neither of which we went into), but I'd go back there just for the view. We stayed at the top for well over an our just looking, talking about the future (more trips, cats, and tiny humans), taking pictures, and making out. The restaurant wasn't playing Grecian music... they were playing that "You know it raaaaains down in Aaaaafrica" song, and I just thought that was hilarious.
Our next stop was the National Gardens. It was another long trek but it was all downhill, so I didn't complain much. On our walk we saw this tree and I insisted that I could jump up onto it. We have a video of me trying to run and jump and I think it was my 3rd jump where I finally got my balance. If I ever get it together enough to put together a video of our trip, you'll see it. Until then you get this picture of me sitting on a tree.
Both of us were disappointed in the gardens. Don't get me wrong, they were incredible beautiful, but we were expecting more color, I think. There were very few flowers, but it was very shady which we enjoyed because it was getting pretty warm outside. You could spend hours in the gardens, but we just took a quick walk through because we had more destinations after this one.
True life: 90% of the reason I wanted to take a kissing picture was because I wanted to check out the messy bun I'd thrown together while we were walking.
Third hairstyle of the day: the braid. Hair ADD? What, me?
Our next destination was the Philopappos Monument on Philopappos Hill. It was another hike, and on the way there is a prison where it's rumored that Socrates was imprisoned, and some random monkey bars. The walk up this hill was really nice, and again, beautiful. I haven't been able to find information that confirms for me that Socrates was absolutely definitely without a doubt imprisoned in one of these cells, but it's definitely possible. I was surprised at how little there was at this point to tell us about what we were looking at, and I was also surprised at how spacious the cells were.
The Philopappos Monument sits high atop a hill, and from the hill you can again see both the Acropolis as well as Mount Lycabettus. There were several signs explaining who this monument was dedicated to, and if you're interested here's a link to the Wikipedia page, because what's more reliable than Wikipedia?
Behind me is the Acropolis. I want to say that Mount Lycabettus is directly behind me but there's a good chance I'm exremely wrong.
Next, we walked over to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Here's some advice: if you're going to go to a museum, be prepared to both 1) be there for an obscene amount of time, and 2) look at the same things over and over and over and over again. At first we were both really excited about all the old things we were looking at, but there are only so many clay pots you can look at before it's like, "Ok, enough is enough."
True story behind the below picture: the main reason I wanted Keith to take it was because of the cool raspberry colored wall behind me. I thought it would look really cool on Instagram. Yes, I was in ancient Greece and I was thinking about Instagram. I ALREADY TOLD YOU THAT'S HOW MY MIND WORKS, OKAY? RELAX.
Apparently I'm not mature enough for these museums because most of the statues made me giggle because they looked inappropriate. Don't believe me? I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHS. If you can make it through without giggling then I salute you.
|It's like the statue is saying, "HELP MY CLOTHES ARE FALLING OFF AND MY LADY PARTS ARE EXPOSED"|
AND a clay pot because we only saw like one or two (thousand) of them.
That was about it for that day. We decided to go to that restaurant with the amazing gyros (ordering a more reasonable amount of food this time) and then call it a day. During our walk, we took some more pictures of the streets because it was just crazy to me how close these cars were parked to each other!
I think I mentioned it before, but during our whole trip to Greece, Turkey, and Hungary, the only sodas we saw were Coke, Coke Light, Fanta, and Sprite. I tried a Fanta and was really confused because it was YELLOW. It was like, grapefruit Fanta and I was expecting orange and my mind just couldn't get itself around what was happening. We also ordered a plate of goat cheese and a plate of pita bread and they got the goat cheese right but I'd neverr had pita bread like what they gave us, but you know what? IT WAS DELICIOUS and carbs are everything.
My goal is to not go two more months before I post the next part of our trip. If you've ever been to Athens I'm really curious about your experience, so please tell me about it in the comments below! Or not. You know, whatever.