Scouting Out Modern Athens – Our Picks

By Perrin

I was thrilled to visit the illustrious city that is home to some of the only buildings I remember from my History of Architecture class…as well as world-famous olive oil and baklava. Highlights from my trip…

Warmest Welcome: When we arrived at our first Greek cafe, hungry and sleepy from our 26-hour trip, a well-trained parrot gave me a resounding cat-call whistle. I liked him immediately.

Pauly want an American?

Best Recreation: Running. Dan and I set off for a 30 minute jog and wound up on a 60 minute trek. The city gardens alone surprised us with everything from modern art to graveyards to a petting zoo. When we finally found the way out we stumbled upon the grandiose 2004 Olympic stadium. The monument to a tradition that began in Athens itself was even more inspiring than the Rocky steps I used to run during my college days in Philadelphia.

Best Food: “Souvaki Beer Snack.” Given the English name, we suspected that this one´s for tourists but hey, a pile of various mystery meats and cheeses is always irresistable.

Look how big our snack is! It came with a beer.

Best Sites: To state the obvious…Athens has an established old town. I thoroughly enjoyed donning a white dress and pretending to be a Greek goddess atop the Acropolis.

Look! I found a 2000 year-old throne that´s just my size! People were smaller then.

Nighttime Activity: Smoking hookah and drinking Raki.

Dan blowing O´s with the best of them at a no-name hookah bar.

After all this activity, Dan and I took a nap in the shade, guarded by two of Athens´numerous stray dogs. Waking up in the shade of 40-foot tall palm trees beside a similarly relaxed travel companion; reading my book and dipping into our 1 euro, 5 kg bag of olives from the local market; and playing with a pair of gorgeous, friendly German shepherds, I could not have felt more relaxed and content. My dreams, which are generally lucid and overactive, had been calm. I felt that traveling, as I had hoped, is slowly bringing me back to myself and a clear state of mind.

Maybe soon I´ll have a revelation about what to do with the rest of my life.

One of the pups that napped with us. We all wound up in this position.

About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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