Today was our last breakfast in Greece. For the first parts of our trip on the islands we mostly ate simple food we got from the grocery store. In Athens there were so many cheap and tasty takeout options that we mostly did that. A taxi driver told us about the excellent pastries that Greeks usually have for breakfast, so we tried them in Athens. They are layers of filo dough with various fillings such as spinach, cheese, mushrooms, meat, or some combination. They also have some sweet ones with cream or chocolate. They also have their own version of sesame seed bagels, which Meg really liked. The pies are very filling, which was good, because we did a lot of walking in Athens.
The Greeks also make several different tasty coffee drinks. Greek coffee is similar to Turkish coffee. The grounds are very fine, and simply left at the bottom of the cup. It is surprisingly smooth and not too bitter. They also make several different frozen coffees. We enjoyed the blended frappe.
This complex includes the Temple of Hephaestus (the best preserved of the Ancient Greek temples), an early water clock, a museum constructed in Greek styles in the twentieth century, and more roots of democracy, religions and culture from through the ages.
Our first full day in Athens started with a beautiful sunrise over the Temple of Zeus. We spent the morning exploring the Acropolis. We had a yummy Greek lunch, then we checked out the Ancient Athenian Agora, Hadrian’s library, and the slightly newer Roman Agora. It was a fun day, and we are happy to put our feet up.
The same day we explored the Ancient city of Akrotiri, we woke up in Santorini and fell asleep in Athens. City life is pretty different from island life. We are looking forward to exploring the city and its sights. We are staying near the National Gardens, Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympic Zeus. Everywhere we look around here is another ancient sight, so we will be busy.
Today we went to the ancient site of Akrotiri. It was buried in a volcanic eruption sometime in the 17th century before Christ. This makes it almost twice as old as Pompeii. However, it’s likely that most of the population evacuated before the major eruption due to the proceeding earthquakes. They were a super advanced civilization and had indoor toilets with buried sewage pipes (more advanced than most for the time). We loved learning about how the active excavation team makes theories about what each finding represents, including public and private buildings, religious offerings, and different merchant activities.
We woke up to a beautiful sunrise and then took a catamaran around Santorini. We saw colorful rocks and beaches, swam in the ocean and a Vulcan ich sulfur hot spring, and Meg made friends with some Swiss girls.
The last picture is Rob with the baby spinach package, where baby is in English and spinach is in Greek.
We said goodbye to the apartment we stayed at in Naxos and boarded a ferry to Santorini. It’s a trip for me to watch semi trucks driving on and off a boat. The boat ride took about 2 hours. Now we have a whole new island to explore.
Santorini seems pretty different from Naxos, although both are beautiful. Naxos is a Mountain of marble. Santorini is built on the rim of a volcano. The island is a crescent backwards C. Roads are steep. We went to Oia to see the sunset. It was mostly grey clouds while we were there, but the transition from light to dark was still stunning. The winding roads and shops were charming.