Meeting the Olympians – Athens, Greece


I have always been a huge fan of Greek mythology movies ever since I could remember. On my 16th birthday, I had a movie outing to see Immortals. And gyros were my first favorite non-American dish. I was so excited to go to the root of all the things I loved about Greece and Greek culture for a couple of days.

First night there, I learned that gyros are called several different names at the restaurants, soulvaki, being the most common. I sure wasn’t let down by the Gyros in Athens seeing as how I ate gyros and fries for every meal from Friday till Sunday. I just couldn’t get enough!

I stayed in a very central location which was walking distance from all of the attractions. The Monastiraki flea ma was market was a vibrant area with the lowest souvenir prices I’ve seen in Europe. Cute and authentic pieces for such low prices.

The most notable attraction was the Acropolis. I was in  awe to look at structures that have been on this earth for thousands of years. I was standing in the midst of the settings of all the iconic Greek mythology films I was amazed by. Not to mention, the Mediterranean sunshine was an amazing dose of vitamin D.


The Acropolis Museum was actually one of my favorite museums I visited. Their collection was what made it most interesting. In an area of such historical sites, there’s this modern futuristic museum holding all of the most exciting artifacts. I could stay in museums for hours just reading every single description and watching the short films. I like to put myself in the shoes of the people in each historical period.

It was a brief, yet fun-filled weekend trip. My craving for gyros have only magnified ten times more!