Following The Yacht Week most of us stayed in Athens for a couple of days.
Hotel Minoa was a cheap and cheerful place within walking distance of the city centre. The staff were friendly and full of suggestions. It was probably the best value hotel I’ve ever stayed at (though having not seen a proper shower, toilet, bed or any air conditioning in a week we would have been fairly easy guests to please!).
We did a lot of walking. On our first afternoon Hana, Brad, Kara, Renee and I walked all the way up to the Acropolis. Entry was 12 euro – the most expensive thing in an otherwise cheap city. Definitely a must-do in Athens.
Renee is a Classics and History Buff so we scored a free, unofficial tour guide.
We walked back to the hotel via the Panathenaic Stadium. Entry here was only 3 Euros and included am audio tour. We took lots of photos on the winners podium and in racing start poses.
After a full on day we spent the next one lazing by a very fancy rooftop pool at Meila Hotel which had views across Athens. It cost 20 Euros to visit not being hotel guests, but this included use of a towel and a free non-alcoholic beverage. We spent almost 6 hours there.
A taxi driver told me the unemployment rate is around 67%. There were lots of cars, and lots of people, but very little ever seemed to be open, including the pawn shops which seemed to be everywhere. This seemed to be a mix of businesses which had closed down and were covered in graffiti, and those just on summer holidays.