Four Days in Athens, Greece (Pt 1)

A great perk of my job is getting to travel not only across the country but also internationally. Most of the time I am stuck in the hotel running the event but luckily my bosses are great and when we go to Europe the event team gets to tag along to the fun activities too. This trip to Athens, Greece was even better than most because once I was done Dave and Sadie joined me!!

We had four quick days to try and cram as much as possible into our agenda and I think we got a lot accomplished! Despite the heat. OMG it was hot. We were in the midst of a heat wave but we made the best of it. I have a LOT of pictures to share (and quite the demand to share them) so I’ll be breaking our trip up into a few posts.

This post will be about our first two days. First we visited the Temple of Olympian Zeus which was right across from my event hotel. It was amazing to have this right outside – we hosted a welcome reception with this glowing at us across the street at night and were able to see it from the rooftop garden each day at lunch. Stunning!

Temple of Olympian Zeus - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Temple of Olympian Zeus - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Temple of Olympian Zeus - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Temple of Olympian Zeus - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Temple of Olympian Zeus - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Sadie was a fabulous tour guide. She would ask Dave what something was and then would tell me after he told her. 😉 Temple of Olympian Zeus - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Temple of Olympian Zeus - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com
The temple is housed in a small park and besides the ruins in these photos you can also see some scattered remnants of buildings dating back to the Greek and Roman regimes.

Another stop was Monastiraki Square which hosts a large flea market and shopping area as well as the Church of the Pantanassa. We did quite a bit of shopping here!

Monastiraki - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Monastiraki - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Monastiraki - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Monastiraki - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Monastiraki - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Monastiraki - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Monastiraki - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

We stumbled upon this street in the neighborhood of Psyrri and had no idea what it was. I thought it was the lamp district or something! Turns out it is a neighborhood effort to make a desolate alley into a more welcome, cozy spot for people to visit and shop. How cool! I only wish I would have seen it at night when they are all lit up. Pittaki Street - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Pittaki Street - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Graffiti absolutely covered every inch of Athens. Most of it was what seemed like random tagging and some political messaging (a tag outside our Airbnb said “Stop buying shoes”… ok) but we also found some pretty great pieces here and there.

Street art - Monastiraki - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Street art - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Like I mentioned the days were so incredibly hot. 100 degrees at least. In order to get out of the heat for at least a little bit we hopped on The Athens Happy Train. Was Sadie thrilled? Yes. Were we thrilled to get a little shade? Yes. Other than that – not worth anyone’s time!

On the Happy Train - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Next up – The Acropolis and the Roman Agora!

Comments

  1. Looks so cool! I love the ancient ruins and the market!

  2. The lights over the alley are so cool! Love that a neighborhood came together to put that up!

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  3. Greece has always been tops on my to-visit list. So cool that you got to take a trip there on work’s dime!

  4. How incredible! Color me jelly. Greece is definitely on my list.
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  5. Beautiful photos! 🙂 So glad you had a nice time!

  6. Ack, I’m so jealous!!!

    xox

  7. It looks like you guys had an amazing time! I have always wanted to visit Greece!

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