3rd April 2019 by emmadurnford

3rd April 2019

Happy Birthday Dad - he would have been 76 today.

We had a slower morning today before we headed out using all three metro lines to take us out in the direction of the Port of Piraeus. We got off a stop early and passed a number of Olympic stadiums built for the 2004 Olympics. We visited two horseshoe shaped bays, the first of which - Mikrolimano - was really pretty and the second a lot bigger and busier. They were attractive but not quite what I was expecting. We cut across the peninsula to the actual port itself which was not worth the time and effort. It was rather run down and very industrial although I suppose that is because it is supposed to be the biggest port in the a Mediterranean.

We were flagging at this stage and decided that of all the places we had visited, the first little bay was the nicest for a late lunch. With lots of roadworks and an unfinished team route we started to walk towards the bus station but gave up and grabbed a taxi for only slightly more than a couple of bus fares - much easier.

We enjoyed fresh sardines, baby calimari, a Greek salad and chips with a large beer. We thought we had finished but somehow we also ordered a baclava to share! We took the tram back this time and all on the same ticket which was great value and enabled us to see more of the city.

I was too full for dinner so after a rest we headed out for a wander around the very attractive Plaka district just a few minutes from our apartment. The cafes and restaurants looked lovely arranged up the steep flights of steps. One last coffee and a Danish before we heard back to prepare for our last full day in Athens tomorrow.

Footstep count for today 17,741
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