Closed my eyes, took a deep breath, succumbed to a cheek splitting grin and ticked Athens off my 'travel wish list'. And in the same breath, added the city to my 'visit again' list. Literally the first thing I did after returning home from a whirlwind 3 day trip to the grand old city of Athens.
History has always fascinated me - comes from being the daughter of a history teacher, I guess. My introduction to Greek civilisation was through the famous story collection Aesop's Fables, said to have been a storyteller in Ancient Greece. I have a faint memory of a family member reading these stories to me.
Fast forward a few years to several afternoons spent at a coffee shop near college with my best friend. Over a shared mug of coffee - because we didn't have much pocket money - the two of us would pour over books on Greek mythology, fascinated with the emotional parallels with Indian mythology and droolable heroes. An honorary mention of the epic movie Troy here is a must! Eric Bana + Brad Pitt = dreams
Zoom ahead a few more years to 2017. As I struggled to pack for a trip to Bristol to spend time with my elder sister, her husband i.e. my brother-in-law (BIL) springs the idea of a quick trip to Athens during the May 1st bank holiday. Yippeee yaay!
A feeling of loss despite the abundance
Putting aside ticking lists of places, my trip to Athens was a bit disappointing too because...
1 It was during the bank holiday which means everything was closed on May 1. EVERYTHING! Which meant no museums, no sites, no nothing. Thank heavens eateries were open or we would have had to cook. And no one wants to enter a kitchen during their holidays.
2 My sister was a victim of pick pocketing; luckily (or not), the thief made off with a camera only. But that had photographs from the time we reached Athens late in the evening to our first meal in Athens, our first day in the city including trips to the Acropolis of Athena, the Ancient Agora of Athens, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and our trip to Delphi. So many memories, all lost. It put a major gloom on our mood. This also means all the photos you see in this post were clicked on a phone.