I have to admit, I knew very little about Athens before my recent trip. Having studied Classical Civilisation, I could tell you something the city’s ancient past but not much else. I hadn’t expected the reams of street art, decorating the streets, particularly in the area of Psirri, where we were staying. But it wasn’t just there, as we explored the streets of Athens, we not only stumbled across an array of majestic archeological sites but some more recent artistic masterpieces as well.
All too soon, it was our last morning in Athens. We let ourselves have a bit of a lie in this morning and so stayed in bed until about 9.30pm, although typically I woke up earlier, as I only ever do when I have the chance to get some extra rest. Breakfast at City Circus runs till 10.30am so at 10am we made our way down there and stocked up on food. I basically had one of everything – toast and cheese, a boiled egg and some thick Greek yoghurt, fruit and honey.
When we were originally planning our visit to Athens, my friends and I had decided to take up our hostel, City Circus, on one of their day trips outside the city. In particular, we wanted to do the one to Delphi. The price wasn’t too bad and I desperately wanted to see as many ancient sites as possible. Then we realised that Delphi is a three hour drive from the city and we weren’t sure how much time we’d actually get in Delphi itself. It would be cheaper to do it ourselves and we’d also be able to work to our own timeframe but, the more we thought about it, the more we figured we should stay in Athens. We were only there for a few days after all and there was so much still to see that we would almost certainly run out of time to see everything we wanted to, if we spent a day elsewhere.
On our second day in Athens, I finally got to do what I had really come to Athens to do – visit the Acropolis. It was set to be another hot day but I just hadn’t packed for it, which was stupid really. I had looked up the weather before I left and saw that it was going to be between 20-25°C but I figured that was just nice and warm. That wasn’t hot hot, so jeans and a top would probably be the necessary attire, right? Er, wrong. Obviously that’s wrong. I live in England. Anything approaching 20°C is beach weather. Still, I pulled on my ankle boots and black jeans to go to the Acropolis.
Our alarm went on a few minutes after I finally seemed to have drifted off, after lying awake for basically the entire night. Unusually, or at least it is in my experience of hostels, we got a complimentary breakfast included in our room at City Circus. We came down to the common room to find a few people already sitting around the main table. There were a few options on offer: bread, cheese, jams, boiled eggs, fruit, honey and the thickest Greek yoghurt I have ever seen. There were also cubes of a traditional Greek dessert which I didn’t quite take to.
When The Flatmate and I first moved to London, we tried to do something cultural each weekend, whether it would be checking out a museum or a market. After a while, however, that slowed down. Instead of exploring we’d catch up with friends, eat as much food as we could get our hands on or just stay in and watch Netflix for two days. Since it had been a while, we figured that this weekend we’d try to resurrect our cultural days.
The Undercroft skatepark is an iconic part of the Southbank, regularly drawing in both skaters and crowds. It has also inspired an array of graffiti artists. Over the past year, it has come under threat by redevelopment plans and now a team of petitioners are a regular sight by the spot, as they fight to save it. Click here for more travel photos