Holiday Tales – Part 4 The Streets of Athens

Our trips always used to be meticulously planned – by me. Husband couldn’t care less. We visited cities like Paris and Rome before Poohi was born, and it was a different type of schedule.

Armed with a map, and guide books, we would get on the local transportation, walk through little alleys, following our instincts, and sometimes other tourists, or sometimes just the road. We would reach cute localities, or little alley ways where we would actually get lost. But it used to be so much fun! Both of us were in agreement that we could not go with guided tours, because we love doing our own thing.

It had been a while since we last did a European city. The last was Switzerland, when daughter had just turned two, and it was not exactly city sightseeing, and she was happy to be in her buggy, so we were free to go wherever we wanted to, to some extent, at least.

I was in two minds if Athens was a good idea or not. I did not want her getting bored with all the archeological stuff, but as I mentioned here, she loved it! The other part that I was worried about how much she would enjoy the aimless walking through the city, that both of us loved so much.

Well, all I can say is, she sure is a daughter of ours πŸ™‚ She had just as much fun as we had on the streets of Athens. Even on the first day, on that torturous trek to the hotel, she was in her element. She was cheerful, delighted by all the cats and kittens that she saw on the road, pointing out whatever caught her eye. That just meant that we had the kind of holiday that we all love!

We ended up in a place called Plaka, where the souvenir shops enthralled me. I love these shops, there is something about souvenir shops that I love πŸ™‚

That’s me making a beeline to those gorgeous pots!

Look how pretty they are? They have events from Greek mythology painted on them. I could not afford to buy them, so brought back pictures instead πŸ™‚

Daughter, proving that she has indeed, inherited my genes πŸ™‚

Daughter did get a little tired. So we got on one of these.

Tourist transportation of a different kind..

One of the domed churches of Athens

All roads lead to the Acropolis. See the Acropolis shining up on the hill ahead?

More ruins, much to daughter’s delight πŸ™‚ We came back here in the daylight to see it properly.

Isn’t this cute?

The streets of Athens is full of cats..

of all kinds πŸ™‚

Trees flanking roads, full of oranges!

Aren’t these the cutest? We stumbled across a market place, which had the cutest of things! Most were handmade and so very creative.

Remember those balconies full of greenery that I was so enthused about?

And as I said earlier, all roads lead to the Acropolis.. There it is , all lit up at night..

Two days of Athens, and we were looking forward to Santorini. We were all excited, and waiting to get to the island. Little did we know that a ghost town awaited us…..
to be continued…

22 thoughts on “Holiday Tales – Part 4 The Streets of Athens

    • I loved the pots they are SO beautiful … WOWOW..

      I loved them too!

      and the red bus .. this is where the little one had a nice sleep you said πŸ™‚

      Oh yes πŸ™‚ You remembered πŸ™‚

      cat’s no not a fan of those

      No? I find them so cute πŸ™‚

      and the last pic wow breathtaking that is simple beautiful

      It was a beautiful sight! We reached there by accident, and were so very glad that we did!

  1. So, the Acropolis takes the important place in Athens! It looks so beautiful in every angle. Liked the pots and handmade goodies.

    Poohi has got your thick hair too!

    I liked the red bus and the small battery cars too! The cars are so comfortable. Kew gardens has got this type of cars.

    Enjoyed reading your holiday tales, Smitha!

  2. Now suddenly it does look like Athens eh… a lil less like India ! πŸ˜›

    the bus looks really beautiful… I am guessing the sun in Athens is not so severe and nice to stroll in or sit in ? eh ?

    • Waist length hair? Me? That is what my mum dreamed for me πŸ™‚ I have never had hair longer than shoulder length – I have to chop it off as soon as it reaches that length πŸ™‚

  3. Aww Poohi is such a seasoned traveller already πŸ™‚ I luv it!:)
    Luv ur header, and those balconies and those cats in all forms!

    These pics remind me of the market in Leh! Just so colourful that I went on clicking bcoz I cud nt buy all of them 😦 Leh ws just our first halt and I could not increase our luggage *sob* U make me wanna do a post on markets of Leh now he he πŸ˜›

  4. That’s an enthusiastic li’l darling you got there πŸ™‚ She was a joy to have on that trip, wasn’t she?

    I love that last photo!! Awesome!
    By the way some of these photos bring back memories of the sights I saw in Turkey… πŸ™‚

  5. OMG!!! such lovely pictures Smithu…you are so making me want to go there now….

    lol @ poohi is surely your daughter πŸ˜‰

    I loved the plaka shop…wow re…and the bus and the tourist train looks sweet πŸ™‚

    fun fun fun !!!

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