Take Twelve Trips – March 2018 2 #take12trips

Take Twelve Trips is a travel challenge I joined back in 2016 to help maximise my travels and explore the world. The world has truly been my oyster and I am excited to visit more places with my loved ones. Recently {last weekend} I was in Athens, Greece where I spent an incredible 48 hours. The OH recently asked me if I actually get to do and see anything in just 48 hours. It surprised him just how much I can pack into a getaway and how much I tend to see during these excursions.

“The best things in LIFE are the PEOPLE we love, the PLACES we visit and the MEMORIES we make”.

 

This quote hangs in my bedroom and everyday I read it to myself like an affirmation of sort. Traveling has been my greatest adventure so far, I have found myself becoming a storyteller. The places I have been, the memories I have made and the friends I made has made me whole again.

Looking back over the last 2+ years, I am glad I decided to join the Take Twelve Trips travel challenge. The challenge is not set in stone, you choose when during that month you want to travel. You also chose where you want to travel too whether home or abroad. I have often chosen to travel abroad more than home, this has been a personal preference.

Take Twelve Trips – March 2018 2 #take12trips

I can not exactly remember when I booked my trip to Athens, but I suspect it was between Christmas and New Year. Often times I spend some alone time and just start searching for good deals of flights and hotels. Those who know me know I always book my hotels via Booking.com {affiliate link} but recently I used Expedia. What I have loved about using Expedia is that on some hotels and flights, I get nectar points. The trip to Athens was no different and it earned me loads of double nectar points.

Because Athens wasn’t the only trip I booked months in advance, I only started preparing for it a few days before. Whilst I am organised in most areas in my life, putting together an itinerary isn’t an area I am organised in. You wouldn’t believe me but I only learned how I was going to get from airport to hotel on the day. I put together a rough itinerary the morning of my day 1 in Athens. But that’s ok, I love getting lost but also not just sticking to the touristy places.

Getting around Athens

When I booked my hotel via Expedia, I didn’t really check that my hotel wasn’t in Athens. It turns out I booked a hotel in Piraeus, 30 minutes away from Athens driving. But all was not lost, using the X96 bus from the airport to Piraeus port I arrived in no time at all.

Having a hotel so close to the port had its advantages especially with 20 degree heat we hard. I was able to enjoy my stroll along the port and check out the shops that docked in and out of Piraeus. After an hour soaking up the sun, I got on a train from Piraeus and got off at monskirati. This allowed me a nice walk to famous flea market, Hidrain’s library and finally to Acropolis. The hike up Acropolis was definitely worth it and the view of Athens just incredible. After 45 minutes to an hour I left to catch a tour bus which took us to most famous sights with a history lesson.

I enjoyed checking out the sights on the bus and made note of those I wish to return to the next day. Sadly for me 25th March turned out to be there Independence Day and most streets where blocked off by the military. I still managed to visit the Temple of Zeus and other sites but just from the outside as most were closed for the holidays.

Athens was definitely worth the visit, in between the homeless persons, the dirty streets lies the gem of Greek history. It’s not the cleanest of cities but everything you see has history, from the old buildings to the new building. There is a mismatch in architecture in some parts but in others it just adds to the charm of the city.

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