Athens, wow! Not overly impressive on our first taxi ride to the hotel. Along the way were some nice buildings and hotels, then the driver took a left to our hotel and it was a fairly run down area. Lots of graffiti on the buildings as many were deserted. I heard of the financial problems for Greece but I didn't honestly know the impact to the city. But it did feel safe. Many hard working people trying to make a living. A large, very large outdoor market where they sold not only fruits and vegetables but also raw meat. That made an impression on us due to the smell of the newly butchered meat. Our hotel was on the route of the 'hop on - hop off' tour bus. That is a great way to see the city. We usually ride the entire route before deciding at which stops to get off. The Parthenon temple was built on the Acropolis 447 - 432 BC. The Parthenon is visible from much of the city so we didn't feel a need to stand in line to get up close. Our hotel had a roof top bar that looked over the Parthenon and is quite stunning at night when it is lit up. Saw the government buildings and the guards at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Athens was our last city before heading home. Go with an open mind and notice how friendly the local merchants are.