I have been working my way round cities I had visited in my youth, but out of season and with a bit more time. Seville, Rome, Venice, Naples and now Athens. Athens was only a little out of season as I went out on Easter Sunday.
I had picked the Andromeda Suites as my hotel. I rather like these apartment hotels. Feel like being in a flat, but with all the service of a hotel. I was quite happy being a little way out of Central Athens. About a 45 minute walk to the main sights, although there is a nearby metro, so if you want you can get in much faster and at little effort. Or indeed expense as journeys are only 1.40 euros.
I certainly have no regrets about my choice of stay. I had a nice comfortable bedroom
and a clean and neat bathroom (although a small bath even for a short person, but most people shower anyway)
Reception was plush (OTT), if dark.
As I say, it was bit of a way north of Central Athens. The only neighbouring building of note was the American Embassy.
Amongst the museums is the War Museum. However, given my first walk of the week was on the morning of Easter Monday. it was shut. Like almost everything else.
A bit further on one comes to the Presidential Palace, and attractive neo-classical edifice.
Now I thought a pleasant way of getting to Central Athens would be to cut through the National Gardens. I remember these from my student days as pleasant oasis from the heat. As the temperature throughout my stay was around 20C I didn't need the respite, but they are very nice. Not really what one would think of as gardens - not rows of flower beds, nor any straight lines, but endless curving winding paths. For most people that would be a joy. Indeed it seemed it to me as I headed through the park and seeing what I came across.
A small and desperately sad looking zoo. Just goats and birds really.
Oh, and big bunnies
A tortoise. They are native here and saw quite a few of them.
Like London, parakeets have become naturalised
Anyway, after about 20 minutes of wandering around and taking photos I came up to the exit. To find that far from cutting through the Gardens, I had managed to wander full circle and was coming out of where I went in! My famous sense of direction strikes again. I contemplated giving up and circumnavigating the park, but decided it was better to take the plunge again and try a bit harder to work on direction. Still took me ages and there were more distractions. Pleasant ones I might add.