In Athens, I stayed in the Electra Palace Hotel at the base of the Acropolis. I had a great view with a small balcony and a view of the Parthenon. [Warning, the website contains really annoying flash animation with music you can’t disable.]
My last day in Greece, I visited the island of Aegina (Αίγινα) with Anne, Geoff, Alvin, and Maria, 45 minutes by boat off the coast of Athens. It was the most relaxation I had in Greece, which was not surprising given that I was working many hours the rest of my time there. We spent most of our time in the main city, went swimming a bit, and finished up with a meal on the coast.
Boats bobbled in the water of the waterfront of Aegina.
Many restaurants proudly displayed their seafood. Here, you see hanging octopi.
Anne, Alvin, and Geoff at lunch. I didn’t get a good photo of Maria.
Lunch was delicious. We all shared dishes. Some of my favorites were the fried bait, the stuffed grape leaves and the fresh Greek salad. Of course, I also had wine.
Anne, Maria, and I all went to leave a bit earlier. We just missed one boat. Then, the second boat had major problems and had to turn back halfway. It took almost two hours to actually get back to Athens. I enjoyed the delay and was able to take a nice nap.
I could definitely see taking a month-long vacation on Aegina. I could rent an apartment, swim every day, and cook a nice meal each nice. It would be very relaxing to just chill out every day.