It doesn’t seem possible that today is already my last day here in Athens. I first arrived on Thursday, and immediately fell in love with the character and charm of such a historic city. Our hostel, located in the city center, has an amazing view of the Acropolis and is across the street from the National Gardens of Athens. The surrounding neighborhoods of the Plaka have something new to find on every street and in every store. My favorite find was an art gallery of a local man. It was particularly unique because beneath his gallery was his own personal studio. When he had gone to dig out the studio area, artifacts dating back from ancient Greece had been uncovered.
However, the highlight of Athens was getting to see the Acropolis. Despite the heat wave that is hitting the city, our group went early this morning and it was beyond worth venturing to in the 110-degree weather. The views of the city were simply breathe-taking (and not just because of the heat and 20-minute hike), making the trip a great way to say good-bye to Athens. Tomorrow morning we leave for Paros Island, and I cannot wait to see what the islands have in store for us!