– George and I absolutely LOVED Athens. It was a huge change of pace to be in Athens after spending so many days on the islands, but it was a welcome change. I think we connected with Athens so much because we are both such city people. Some aspects of Athens felt like being at home (like when we stumbled upon some amazing graffiti art), while others felt authentically Greek. Athens was by far the least-touristy city of the places we visited in Greece, which was another big reason why we loved visiting.
– On the evening that I wore this dress, George and I stumbled upon the cutest little corner restaurant for dinner called Zorba’s. There was live Greek music playing from another restaurant just up the hill. The man out front of Zorba’s enticed us by saying “good music up there, good food down here” and he was right! We enjoyed spending the evening dining on the patio, listening to music, drinking wine, and feeling depressed that we would eventually have to leave such a beautiful city.
– On this same evening, we witnessed a protest at Syntagma Square while walking back to our hotel. We happened to be in Greece at the height of the economic crisis, just before the vote took place that ultimately rejected the bailout conditions on July 5th. The funny thing is that we didn’t even realize that what we witnessed was a protest until we read about it in the newspaper the next day. There were huge crowds, people waving giant Greek flags, and someone on a microphone speaking in Greek (obviously we didn’t understand what they were saying). We weren’t sure exactly what was happening, although we were well aware of the economic crisis at hand. Despite the fact that we witnessed a protest, we never witnessed any violence, and we never, EVER felt unsafe in all our time in Greece. We joked that we were putting a lot of money back into Greece’s economy, but I recognize that this is a serious issue that I hope will be peacefully resolved soon. If you would like to keep up with the current crisis in Greece, or are unsure of what is happening, this article is a great read.
– Our cab driver who picked us up from the Athens airport and drove us to our hotel was so interesting to talk to! It was a long drive so we chatted about a lot of topics, including the economic crisis and how the media has been portraying it. We had so many friends and family message us while we were gone that were concerned that we were going to get stuck in Greece without any money, and even offered to send us money. While we appreciated their concerns, there was absolutely nothing for us, as tourists, to worry about. Our cab driver told us about how he hopes that the issues in Greece do not turn off potential tourists from visiting. The Greek economy makes a very large percentage of their money off of tourism, particularly on the islands where a lot of families rely on tourism income in the summer to help get them through the entire year. He told us that what he hopes is that people like us who have visited in person and can tell our personal anecdotes from Greece to others. So right now I figured that I would do my duty and tell you all that there should be nothing stopping you from visiting Greece!
– If you have any comments or questions about Greece, or just want to chat about it, let me know in the comments or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dress: Francesca’s / Sandals: Sole Society / Bag: Michael Kors / Necklace: Stella and Dot