Travelogue

Athens 2015: Our First Couplemoon (Part I)

IMG_2867Before I begin this travel series, I would first like to mention that I know the term ‘Couplemoon’ does not exist. It was made up by Lisa. It is when a couple travels together who aren’t married yet. Well, there are Honeymoon for newly weds and Babymoon for expecting parents so why not a Couplemoon for couples? After all, a couple who travel together, stay together.

I’ve certainly learned a lot about Shine through our week together far away in the land of the Gods – Greece! It all started with a Groupon voucher that he decided to surprise me with in September last year and we planned our trip from there. Our trip took us through a the icy cold winds of the Mediterranean, standing in awe in front of the Parthenon, feeding a shitload of hungry pigeons, falling sick while flying to Santorini, watching what is left of the sunset surrounded by noisy Chinese tourist (they are everywhere), dodging donkey poo while walking down 600 steep steps, riding on a pirate ship, hiking up the volcano together and tasting the best lamb ever! So lets get to it.borderIMG_2886This trip was purposely planned to coincide with Shine’s 30th birthday, hence, we shall start of this post with this humungous cake from Bengawan Solo that my dear sister and Mama bought to surprise him onboard with. IMG_2884We had a very long journey towards our stop over at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport.IMG_2885IMG_2888IMG_2891Then, it was off to Athens next.

Upon our arrival at Athens International Airport, it was raining quite heavily with temperature as low as 9 degrees. We decided to take the Metro to our hotel. Everything was announced in Greek so we had guess the pronunciation and tally it to our map.IMG_2893IMG_2892Thankfully, we stopped at the right station and did manage to find our hotel right smack in the middle of the Plaka.borderathens2015centralhotel
Address: Apollonos 21, Athens 10557, Plaka, Athens.

Located right in the middle of the Plaka District, The Central Athens Hotel is the ideal location to stay as it is of walkable distant to the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, the Museum, shopping and food are just around the corner.
IMG_2894IMG_2898borderIMG_2926Upon our arrival at our hotel, we freshened up after our very long flight and got ready to go to visit our first point on our itinerary – the Acropolis Museum. It was a cold rainy evening and the streets were almost vacant. I was a little worried that the museum might have closed but thankfully, the hotel staff informed us that it closes at 10pm on Fridays.borderathens2015acropolismuseum
The Acropolis Museum focuses on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on its feet, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. The museum was founded in 2003 while the organization of the museum was established in 2008. It opened to the public on June 20, 2009. Nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square meters.

The museum is located by the southeastern slope of the Acropolis hill, on the ancient road that led up to the “sacred rock” in classical times. Set only 280 meters away from the Parthenon and a mere 400 meters walking distance from it, the museum will be the largest modern building erected so close to the ancient site, although many other buildings from the last 150 years are located closer to the Acropolis. The entrance to the building is on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street and directly adjacent to the Akropoli metro station, line 2 of the Athens Metro.IMG_2927IMG_2928IMG_2930IMG_2931IMG_2932IMG_2933IMG_2934IMG_2935IMG_2936IMG_2940IMG_2941IMG_2942IMG_2943IMG_2944IMG_2945IMG_2946IMG_2947IMG_2948IMG_2949IMG_2950IMG_2951IMG_2953IMG_2954IMG_2955borderBy the end of our tour around the Acropolis Museum, it got batshit crazy cold and the rain was getting heavier by the minute. We managed to stay calm and dry under our coats and umbrellas and made our way to a cozy little restaurant we saw while walking to the museum, somewhere near our hotel.IMG_2966IMG_2967IMG_2969IMG_2975IMG_2976IMG_2970IMG_2977I gave my best friend my surprise at the end of our dinner with a little note.

Forever is a long time but I wouldn’t mind spending it with you by my side. I love you.

Our relationship has been one crazy roller-coaster ride. But getting to know him and having him love me has been one big blessing. It’s amazing how fast time flies and I’ve already known Shine for almost three years now and we’re still learning more about each other everyday. I hope you love your new watch love.

Stay tuned for our next half of our couplemoon in Athens coming up next!

Athens/Santorini 2015 Our First Couplemoon:
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

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