From the second we emerged from the Monastiraki station in Athens, we found ourselves on winding streets overlooked by the Acropolis just blocks away. Big box retailers play neighbor to fenced-off ruins, and sidewalks are occasionally made of glass so you can see the history below the city. Accordion players walk by your table as you eat on the street, and the walls are covered with colorful graffiti. It feels both intensely modern and timeless all at once.
Athens is fairly walkable—many sites were just a few blocks from our hotel (A for Athens, which I highly recommend). We found the city full of good restaurants, welcoming people and lots of cheese.
Here are some highlights and tips from our visit. All photos were taken on my Sony a6000.