HEY BIG SPENDER. Last Sunday Panu and I went on a little shopping spree at Westfield shopping center in London/White City. And boy was it busy. It’s crazy how many people and in particular families use Sundays to go shopping at a mall. I really hope it’s just the frantic pre-Christmas time. Anyhow, for my upcoming trip I was in desperate need for warm jumpers and a proper coat. Needless to say that it didn’t stop there and in my bag went also a pair of heels, sunglasses, a statement necklace, and one of my favourite perfumes, because I ran out a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a coat – every year it’s such a hassle finding one – so I either go back to the stores and make up my mind or I will tragically freeze to death. Wish me luck!
PEAK LEVEL. This is the last post about the trip to Athens. I promise! And it’s gonna be short and sweet. For everyone who isn’t that familiar with the sight: the Athenian Acropolis and its monuments belong to the UNESCO World Heritage and it dates back to the 5th century BC. It was a bit surreal, but so impressive to walk on the ground of this ancient complex, which is a universal symbol of thought and the arts. Thanks to the great weather the view from up there was pretty perfect. I would have loved to stay for sunset, but at 5pm sharp we were harshly interrupted in our “oohhs” and “aahhhs” and were shoved outside by yelling ladies who apparently serve as security guards. And believe me, you didn’t want to mess with them.
THE ASCENT TO THE ACROPOLIS. I still have a couple of posts about my trip to Athens in my luggage for you. Hopefully you aren’t too bored with it yet. Anyway, since our first try to visit the Acropolis failed miserably, we had to climb up the hill again the next day. We didn’t really mind though. Walking through the streets of Athens is so exciting, because behind every street corner you see something new and interesting. Ancient architecture in contrast to modern buildings, walls and walls of graffiti, colourful flower displays… and the list could easily go on. I wish we would have had more time to explore the city and especially some districts outside the very center. Well, you gotta leave something for the next visit.
THE BEACHES OF ATHENS. We couldn’t have possibly left Greece without having been to the sea. I don’t know about you, but I for my part need some element of water in the city I live in, whether it’s the sea, a river or a lake. While I can’t really say that the city beaches of Athens are a traveller’s paradise, it is still wonderful to sit on the rocks and enjoy the sunset. And that is exactly what we did.
CAFÉ DELIGHT. While sightseeing in Athens we found our way to a charming café called Pure Bliss. It’s conveniently located in the centre of the city and makes for a perfect place to recharge on a busy day. The interior is really lovely, full of vibrant colours and interesting furniture pieces. They don’t have too many vegetarian options, but I can recommend the vegetarian burger and especially their homemade lemonade. So if you’re visiting Athens make sure to stop by.