The End of Our Athens

Our hotel in Athens was not so far from the first hotel we had a few hours sleep in on our first night in Greece.  Up the road from the Hotel are several restaurants, we chose what we believed looked to have the most authentic locals.  The waiter wasn’t rude but we were so used to having friendly, helpful people that his direct manner was a slight shock. The food was still delicious. We had a traditional Greek pasta and salad.
The morning had us call a contact from the café in Thessaloniki and he gave us a gift to make Greek Coffee. His family has been producing and exporting coffee for 3 generations, I’m pretty sure. He gave us some tips on where to eat and what to see, advising us (most importantly) not to have Mousaka because it is usually frozen.
We saw the Acropolis but refused to pay the €20 to go in and deal with the absurd crowds. Our tip: walk to the other mountain and you get a great view of all the architectural accomplishment, a great view of Athens itself and you have your own space to enjoy it. We had a small picnic and philosophised.

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