My Greek Experience...
Highs: Seeing the Acropolis; views from the Acropolis; the island of Hydra; narrow streets within
Athens; the metro system; sunset from Hydra.
Lows: Not having enough time to do the true 'Greek Isles' experience; not having friends with me to
sample more of the food (especially the 'mezes'); the outrageously high prices (3.5 Euros was standard
for a cappuccino).
Best Moment: Without a doubt, it was my time on Hydra. It made me yearn to go to more
islands in this country!
Smells: The aromas of food coming from the restaurants; unique plant smells in the Botanical
Sounds: The sea; birds chirping in the Botanical Gardens; boats.
Sights: Acropolis (including the Parthenon under scaffolding) - 12 Euros including admission to
other ruins; other ruins including Zeus' temple; the island of Hydra; stray dogs and cats.
Tastes: Tsaziki; octopus; dolmades; ice cream; yogurt; gyros; Greek salad; feta cheese; 'souvlaki';
eggplant salad; baklava; stuffed tomatoes and other veggies.
Purchases: Clothes from H&M.
Street Food: Bready items; donuts; gyros; ice cream.
Local Food Finds: Honey; olive oil; ouzo.
American Companies Out Here: McDonald's; Starbuck's; Subway; Nine West. (*Note: H&M
is also out here!)
Other General Info...
Visa needed? No.
Type of currency? The Euro.
Things Greece Is Known For: The Acropolis; ruins; islands; Olympics.
Religion: Greek Orthodox.
Costs: About 200 Euros (including the purchase of my clothes and my ferry ticket).