Saturday, 25 September 2010

Greek Island Hopping Adventure, Paros to Athens.

The Blue Star Ferry; the roll on roll of type, left Paros Port with its strange passenger loading pens at 10.45. the Ferry was not full but had a lot of passengers on board, lots of dogs as well. The wind was still blowing and so the sea was choppy. I was OK for the first couple of hours, but after that turned a pale shade of green as the feeling of sea sickness set in. At last we arrived into Piraeus. The getting off the ferry was a bit hap hazard with all the mopeds and cars revving their engines at the mass of foot passengers in front of them.
As soon as we were off the ferry we crossed the bridge straight in front of us and this led us into the station. The ticket for the Metro cost 1 Euro, this ticket lasts you 90 minutes. So all that was very straight forward. We got off the Metro at Syntagma, this is directly opposite the Greek Parliament building. I had booked an apartment, but I had not appreciated how good the location of the Apartment was. It is located in the Pagrati part of Athens, this proved to be perfect for all the sights of Athens.
The apartment is called ‘Athens Green Apartments’, they are fully equipped with all the usual amenities, nicely decorated and have AC, WiFi, TV,ect. The location is absolutely perfect for a city stay.
To enjoy the last rays of sun we climbed up Filopappos Hill and got our first view of the Acropolis on one side and the sea on the other. The area of Pagrati is home to some of Athens best restaurants, and not touristic ones. Having had a busy day we just walked up the street to the local Taverna, and the biggest surprise of all was the bill....this the least we have paid for a meal in Greece, it was just 25 Euros, compare that to Mykonos, its incredible how expensive Mykonos is.