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My husband, one daughter, and I arrived in Athens for a long weekend in the middle of the night. We arrived at our hotel, the Athen's Gate, around. 3:30 in the morning. We were graciously greeted by two of the staff, and were offered some fresh water and some sweets. It was uplifting, and a wonderful start to our weekend to be greeted so warmly.

We had two rooms, which were adjoining, with our own hallway connecting the two. The rooms were immaculate, modern, and with nice amenities. Considering the hour, we collapsed in bed for a good sleep. Imagine waking to a view, from wall to wall windows (and glass door to our patio) of the Temple of Zeus, right across the street! Good Morning Athens! We started our day with a spectacular breakfast ( which was included in our room price) on the rooftop of our hotel. There were offerings for everyones's pallet...... Assorted breads and pastries, pitchers of juices, chafing dishes with hot items including bacon, eggs, and potatoes, assorted cereals, wonderful Greek yogurt with many options of things to add to it, the makings for Greek Salad, wonderful olives, and more! Then, you get to enjoy this feast while enjoying some of the most amazing views in the world! On one side is the Temple of Zeus. On the other side is the Acropolis. In another direction is the sea. And, on the fourth side is the highest peak in Athens ( forgive me for forgetting the name). What a location to start our day! Perhaps the only thing better was sitting with a glass of wine later in the day as we watched the sun set behind the Acropolis.

Our days were filled with hours spent exploring ancient ruins. After walking through the Plaka we arrived at the Ancient Agora, and descended slightly below street level to enter a different world. What an experience! We were fortunate to have purchased tickets here which included admission to several other sites. The following morning we arrived up at the Acropolis just before it opened. Upon opening, we were the only ones with tickets already purchased. The others had to wait for the ticket office to open. Can you imagine having such an amazing site to yourselves for almost 20 minutes! We were able to capture this in pictures with no one else in them! Upon our descent, we looked up to see a wall of people, and were so thankful our visit was so serene.

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