Snapshot: Athens

When I was reading up on Greece prior to our trip, I came across some comments that dismissed Athens as a dirty, chaotic city that’s overrated and only serves as a gateway to the Greek islands.


I don’t know where they stayed or what happened to them in Athens, but our experience so far has been nothing short of amazing. We’re staying at Plaka, under the shadow of the towering walls of the Acropolis, an area where the streets are small and lined with beautiful houses and quaint cafés. It’s very touristy, but you can turn a corner and discover a hidden gem.

We haven’t ventured far from our neighborhood, except this afternoon when we walked all the way to the funicular station in Kolonaki to head up to Lykovittos hill for a 360 degrees view of Athens. It was far, the climb up hundreds of steps zapped our energy, but we were rewarded with a gorgeous sight, and pride for surviving the hike.

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 11 Comments
  1. Dennis says:

    Oh you’re in Greece! You prolly know this already but if you’re ready to walk some more, there’s a free walking tour in Athens.

  2. TW and Jo says:

    OMG! Greece!! Was one of our favourite countries as well! Are you going to the islands?

    • Nina says:

      Of course! We’re in Chania, Crete right now, just got back from a day trip to Gramvousa island and Balos lagoon. Which cities and islands are your favorite?

      • rose :) says:

        hello ms nina i saw u tv chanel 27, the show called the diaries, the show was about pasig river ( pasig ferry ). your so good ms nina

      • Nina says:

        Whoaaa may nakanood pala nun. Salamat Rose!

      • rose :) says:

        yes ms nina kagabi ko lang napanood, di man kita nakita in person ms nina, masaya na ako nakita kita sa tv :)b ecuase of thise blog nakilala kita ms nina, thankyou so much ms nina to create thise blog cz of thise blog my tv granted twice :) i love your blog!

  3. TW and Jo says:

    Our favourites were actually Rhodes and Santorini!

    Do try to make a detour to Santorini if you can. It is one of the most beautiful places we’ve been. I swear.. watching the sunset at Oia made me believe that there is a supreme being in the universe.

  4. Hi, kakainggit ang pics! If I may, I have an almost-stupid question, actually kind of nakakahiya itanong but anyway I will now : how do you fund your travels? I really want to travel but I’m still working, above average (I think) yung income ko nga from work but couldn’t afford, perhaps Its instilled in me na its so expensive to travel. But if I may, can I ask too if you could give us tips for visa (does Schengen includes Greece?) and fundings? Sorry but true blue innocent question lang po :D

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