|The Greek Parliament Building, located across from Syntagma Square and McDonald's|
|Train ride up, these are the photos the kids will do, funny faces or hiding.|
|On the metro|
Ero and Katerina and I went on a little shopping trip to find a new pair of pants for myself while Arthur and Nik went back to the hotel, so much easier to shop with out the boys.
|Th LONGEST WALK EVER! The white lines above are the Olympic Stadium, close to the Golden Mall.|
|Chocolate Donut filled with Chocolate Nutella eating it at the Chocolate Factory|
Well, we finally made it to the Chocolate Factory, which by the way I might add, Arthur didn't even recognize it from the street level and almost AGAIN took us the wrong way, but I did recognize it from the google maps that he showed me and insisted on just going around the corner for the entrance for the chocolate factory. Well (I'll be using that word a lot) Katerina did not like the smell at the entrance, haha, it was a very strong chocolate smell, so we just went to the cafeteria and ate the chocolate they had for sale, instead of spending 20euros on tickets and not getting any chocolate we spent 11euros and ate all of the chocolate. Now it was time to go to the Athens Mall, I would have just hailed a Taxi, but Arthur again insisted on walking, we walked half way there, found an amazing donut shop called California Donuts !!!! Yippee, finally a good ol' American donut, I got a delicious donut with Bavarian Creme inside, I normally get the one topped in chocolate but since we just came from eating a massive amount of chocolate, (I ate all of the kids leftovers, chocolate overkill) I got the powdered sugar bavarian creme donut, plus with a Cappuccino coffee for only 2.50 euro, that is a steal! I seriously want to move right next to this shop!
|Trying to get her to put her shoes on after watching the movie.|
Nik did okay in the movie, it was a little to much for Katerina, she is still a little young and the whole time kept talking about wanting to watch the " Scooby Doo" movie, cause Arthur told her there was one, when in fact it was a "Snoopy" movie, again, me, grr...
We enjoyed Kentucky Fried Chicken at the mall and some ice-cream, then went in search of the Lego store (which Arthur had promised the kids legos) but they didn't have a lego store at this mall, SOOO.... back to the other mall, this time with an immediate Taxi, I was not going to be walking again. We got the Lego that Kat so desperately wanted, an Ariel princess one with the prince and a boat. Since we were back in the vicinity of the chocolate factory we took the bus and it dropped us off right in front of our hotel, easy peasy. We slept very well that night.
|Picking out sweets for the cousin, but taste testing first.|
|Found the perfect sweet, cream filled honey soaked filo "cigar"|
|Changing of the Guard.|
|Waiting for the bus, tired from walking up the big hill.|
We catch the bus and of course it is the right bus but going in the wrong direction, we drove ALL over Athens, a 15 minute trip turned into an hour bus ride.
|Running on the bus, cause we have so much energy, and it's a long ride.|
It was a nice visit with his Uncle and family, his wife has a very large family and they were all there to celebrate Arthur's cousins name day, so it was kind of like an American Thanksgiving party, loads of food, the only difference, the men eat first and at the coffee table/turned into dining room table and the women stand around the kitchen eating, but of course after the men have been served (Yes, Greeks are very sexist)
If your partner wants kids and you don't you can always invite us to your house, my kids are little terrors and they will make anyone rethink having children. They wrestled the whole time, ran between rooms by going out on the veranda and running around to the next room.
|Ducking to avoid the camera and wrestling behind the couch.|
|left to rt., Arthur, Uncle, Auntie, cousin Kristos, cousin Fotini, and Nik behind.|
|be prepared to have your purse rifled through if you meet my children.|
|Ero, Katerina's Nouna (Godmother)|
HERE is a link to the map of where our hotel was just off of Syntagma Square, we stayed at Arethusa Hotel, I would recommend it, it was very nice and in a convenient spot. We ate at Attic Moon, now if you eat Chinese food often then of course you don't want to come all the way to Greece to eat it, but if you don't get to eat it often I can also recommend this place, come hungry and eat family style, yummy!
I really wish I had stopped at this sweet shop one more time before leaving, they had the most amazing sweets, even macaroons. We don't have to many good sweet shops here in our town, of course that probably is a good thing for my waist line :)
Now the return trip Thursday morning was so much fun, for the kids, we again were in first class and this train had a kids padded play room, so awesome, we just let them in there and they wrested for a good 2 hours, came back to our private compartment and slept for another 2, it was a very nice return trip home.
Is your husband as bad with making traveling plans?
Or your kids as wild as mine, trust me, they are wild!