Monday, May 31, 2010

Athens, Greece

After being delayed for over an hour and several gate changes later we actually took off for Athens. Pretty uneventful flight and we were in Greece in no time. The only weird thing that happened on the plane was that the woman behind me FREAKED OUT when I put my seat back. She yelled "NO"! and slapped the back of my seat with both her hands! Hello!? Last time I checked it was not illegal to put your seat back but I was so taken aback that I just put it back up! Moving on......thankfully our driver waited for us despite landing well over an hour late. I never thought about it really but it would have sucked if he wasn't there because it might have been a little hard to find our hotel. We made it there safely (no rioting or molotov cocktail hurling to be seen) and had dinner in a nice tourist trap in the Plaka. Here is the view out of our not so stellar hotel in Athens. It was really the only redeeming factor about the place.The hotel was called Hotel Myrto and here is what Deaner's pillow looked like.I am wondering if they stole it from the hotel down the street or something? A little bit odd if you ask me!

Saturday morning we were up bright and early and out the door for our visit to the Acropolis. I'm not sure exactly what I was thinking but I really thought that there was going to be a bus or shuttle of some sort to carry my butt up this trek.Sadly, when we purchased our tickets the ticket taker looked at me and said "oh no, you better take it really slow". This was my first and final clue that my own two feet were going to be carrying me up the "slight incline". I have to admit that I was a little worried but there was never a doubt that I was going to do it. We took it slow and it actually wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. And Deaner was proud of me because I didn't complain at all! Here are SEVERAL shots of us from ALL angles of the hike up!I posted this one on Facebook earlier and someone commented that the caption should be Two and a Half Deaner's.The whole experience was really cool. Definitely one that I would recommend to anyone before they hit up the Greek Islands. I'll be able to prove to Evans one day that he has been on some pretty great vacations already!We saw several more things in Athens on Saturday including the ancient Greek Agora and a few more things. By this time I was getting very hot and maybe a tad bit cranky. Hey, I am seven months pregnant after all and climbed all the way up the Acropolis!

Anyways, we made it to Santorini without any hitches this morning. Apparently we got special treatment because of the baby bulge. We got sent to the "special services" desk at the airport and they put our bags on priority so they were the first ones out on the baggage belt in Santorini. Awesome! However, I was asked several times how far along I am so I think we might be skipping Venice in July and not risk the flight restrictions etc. Our driver was waiting for us and dropped us at our stunning hotel by noon. I am currently blogging from our private balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea. Not too shabby. It is time for bed but I'll try and post again with more pictures tomorrow. This place is unreal. Happy long weekend to everyone!!


Jenny @ Practically Perfect... said...

How fun! Sorry about the stinky hotel in Athens, but it sounds like your current one is making up for it :-) And that is so rude that the woman behind you slapped your seat and yelled at you! Weird!

Anonymous said...

OMG, I totally had a lady ask me to put up my seat. Like tap me on the shoulder & ask. I told her there were plenty (and believe me, there were plenty) of seats for her to move to but I was not sitting straight up for a 5 1/2 hour flight while 7 months pregnant. I can not believe some people. ugggh.


Chubs said...

Looks awesome. I am glad everything calmed down and ya'll were able to get the trip in. I reserve judgment on you planned mid-summer jaunt.

susanne said...

That DOES look like a long hike up to the Acropolis! They need some donkeys there for poor pregnant ladies. HA - I'd PAY to see that!!