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Trip Report First - but not last - trip to Greece

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My husband and I just returned from a fantastic 11 days in Greece: 2 days in Athens, 1 in Meteora, 1 in Delphi, 2 in Santorini, 4 in Naxos, and a final night in Athens.

Athens Highlights:

- Airport arrival and transfer. We arrived at about 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Getting through immigration was quick and easy. The airport is quite manageable in size - ATM machines readily available. We used Welcome Athens (highly recommended) for the transfer into the city (about 40 minutes). We booked them online a few days in advance, provided our flight number, and they were waiting in the arrival hall with our name on a sign. It was 38 Euros, standard taxi price to city center. They gave us a “welcome" package: two bottles of water, an Athens map, and a reusable bag. Highly recommend them. We got a text upon landing that our driver was waiting. Made things so easy after the long flight.

- Hotels.
— Zillers Boutique Hotel at the beginning of the trip - in a great location in Plaka just across the street from the Cathedral and a block over from a main shopping street. Very comfortable suite - quiet, clean, good bedding, nice bathroom, great breakfast on the the rooftop terrace with an Acropolis view - and the staff was superb.
— AthensWas the last night before flying home. We really liked this place, too. It was a bit larger and slightly more upscale, on the edge of Place by Hadrian's Arch. Lovely room and bathroom. Also extremely nice staff.

- Restaurants.
— Dinner first night at Kuzina - very good food, especially enjoyed the zucchini balls. They have a rooftop terrace but it was booked. (Get reservations in advance for the better restaurants - especially for a view.)
— Second night - 360 Degrees. Managed to score a rooftop view - made for a very special evening. Because we arrived early (before 7), it appeared they gave us a table that was reserved for later.
— Last night of of trip - best meal we had anywhere was at Mani Mani - slightly off the beaten path but well worth seeking out.

- Sightseeing.
— The Acropolis - no surprise - was our favorite place. We arrived when it opened at 8. We'd purchased tickets the day before at the less-crowded Temple of Zeus, enabling us to skip the ticket line and get up to top of the hill in time to see the raising of the flag. Biggest advantages to the early arrival: light crowds and comfortable temperatures. Despite all the pictures, I’d seen, the Parthenon exceeded my expectations - nearly brought tears to my eyes as I thought about the long history on that spot.
—Number 2 was the Acropolis Museum. We went mid-afternoon, which gave us a terrific respite from the heat. We waited in line only about 10 minutes. Fantastic museum - and my husband doesn’t usually like museums.
— Also enjoyed the Ancient Agora, Temple of Zeus, and strolling around the Plaka. And loved the gelato. We took the little tram ride around the city, but didn't think it was worth it - took too long, saw too little, and it didn't come often enough to make it a good means of transportation.

Will post highlights from the rest of the trip later: Meteora, Delphi, Santorini, and Naxos.

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