Our First Couplemoon (Part I)

Our First Couplemoon

Before 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. 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.

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 loads of hungry pigeons, falling sick while flying to Santorini, watching what is left of the sunset surrounded by noisy Chinese tourist, 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.


Our First Couplemoon

This trip was purposely planned to coincide with Shine’s 30th birthday, hence, we shall start of this post with this cake from Bengawan Solo that Lisa and Mama bought to surprise him onboard with. We had a very long journey towards our stop over at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Our First Couplemoon Charles de Gaulle Airport
Our First Couplemoon Charles de Gaulle Airport
Our First Couplemoon Charles de Gaulle Airport
Our First Couplemoon Charles de Gaulle Airport

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 to guess the pronunciation and tally it to our map.

Our First Couplemoon Athens International Airport
Our First Couplemoon Athens International Airport

Thankfully, we stopped at the right station and did manage to find our hotel right smack in the middle of Plaka.


Central Athens Hotel

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.

Our First Couplemoon Central Athens Hotel
Our First Couplemoon Central Athens Hotel
Our First Couplemoon Central Athens Hotel

Upon 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.


The Acropolis Museum

Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum focuses on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artefact 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.

Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum

By 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 cosy little restaurant we saw while walking to the museum, somewhere near our hotel. I gave my best friend my surprise at the end of our dinner with a little note.

Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon The Acropolis Museum
Our First Couplemoon

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

birthday note to you, 2015.

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.

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