Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Date Night in Athens

Taking advantage of the afternoon sun we hopped out of the taxi. Excitement filled the air for our date night in Athens. As we made our way up the mountain side, we paused frequently to drink in the magnificent views of the city below. We trekked passed the ruins of ancient Greece stopping only to attempt the daunting "couple selfie"  before we made the summit of Acropolis Hill.

"The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. In the second half of the fifth century bc, Athens, following the victory against the Persians and the establishment of democracy, took a leading position amongst the other city-states of the ancient world. In the age that followed, as thought and art flourished, an exceptional group of artists put into effect the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles and, under the inspired guidance of the sculptor Pheidias, transformed the rocky hill into a unique monument of thought and the arts. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon, built by Ictinus, the Erechtheon, the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis, designed by Mnesicles and the small temple Athena Nike." - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

The history of it all may not amaze her but the views... those will make it a date to remember. A tip: check out the admission times for Acropolis you don't want to miss on the final entry time. You can also hire a certified guide to take you through if you want. And be sure to pray to Zeus for good weather.

Ya... this view

Pandrousso street market

Ice cream at the ice scream shop!
As it started to get dark we made our way to Monastiraki Square near the Plaka District; a very busy part of Athens. It was here that we found the Pandrousso Street Market which was lit up beautifully. The many shops provided the chance to find the perfect souvenir and the aroma of Greek fare wafted from the many restaurants. We stopped for some ice cream along the way.

Rewarded for my always entertaining dance moves
A traditional Greek feast at a typical taverna in the renowned Plaka district is the perfect way to finish your night out in Athens. I'm talkin' mouth watering lamb and rice with loads of feta and olives - all topped off with dancing (well, some may call it that). The Unique Greek Zorba Dance is the perfect recipe for fun. The dance cast interacts with the audience and pulls them onto the stage to dance along in the show. You and your date will never forget the experience, I'm sure of it. Check out the fun the fun we had in the video below.

Another tip: Planning a date in a city like Athens can be a little overwhelming with all the different things in the countless different neighborhoods. Thankfully there are tour companies like Key Tours who have it all figured out for you

Of course, if the date is going well, it dosent have to stop there. Head over to the local bar Sinatra or Einstein and dance some more. If you have any other places that you would recommend in Athens feel free to let us know in the comments section.