May 15-18: Arrival and Athens

We arrived safely in Copenhagen after three looong flights and immediately went to find outlets and pastries. :) Getting out of DC after our connecting flight to Charlotte was a bit of an adventure. One of the flight crew was on another flight so we couldn't leave until she arrived...an hour and a half later. So our three hour layover in New York turned into a delayed cross-terminal train, a frantic check in, and a sprint through international security. Oy.

Still, we made it onto our plane--in the front row of second class meaning TONS of leg room. We're a big fan of Norwegian Airlines for anyone considering international travel.

Denmark was chillier and cloudier than I'd expected. The buildings reminded me a lot of Holland and everything seemed so serene...so Denmark, I'm coming back for you and staying longer than three hours.

Our flight to Athens got in around 7pm and it took us a while to figure out the metro enough to get to our apartment. Our host met us and she is so unbelievably lovely. (We're leaving for Santorini tomorrow and she's calling us a taxi to make sure it's a reputable company. Best. Ever.)

We ate a quick dinner and crashed. Our first day in Athens, we meandered out the door after getting breakfast from a bakery across the street, and found our way to the Acropolis. (Metro tickets are only 0,60€ for one way!)

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After trekking all over the Acropolis (the center of the ancient city) and the Agora, we found a restaurant to eat lunch in and watched the street for a while.

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It. Was. So. Good. I might never leave Greece, just because of the food.

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After lunch, we decided to just wander around Athens and get a sense of the city. It was finally starting to sink in that we're in Europe and every view was just breathtaking. (I have about 50 photos of the Acropolis from different angles around the city.)

We stopped at a traditional souvlaki stand for dinner and ate on our apartment terrace. 2€ for alllll this and I was stuffed.

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Today, we went back to the Acropolis stop because it's museum day and everything was free! (We heard that this happens the 18th of every month, so if you're planning a trip to Athens...) It was really nice to have some context and be able to relate what we saw yesterday to the reconstructions in the museum.

After exploring all four floors, we desperately needed sustenance and left to find a restaurant. In Athens, if you just walk down the street, a proprietor will come up and ask to show you their menu and show you in. So that's just been our strategy so far. :)

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I got a Greek salad and we split a piece of baklava. Heaven, basically.

More meandering and a ring purchase later, we found ourselves across from an old park and decided to go in (for free, again. Bless museum day.). Turns out it was the Temple of Zeus that we'd been half-heartedly searching for yesterday!

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Such incredible views.

Our flight for Santorini leaves at 7am tomorrow, so our taxi is arriving at 5. Time for dinner, packing, and bed.

Xoxo.