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Wyndham Hotel/ Pagans Dairy Products/ Winery

Sunday, June 23

Today was another adventure-filled day in Athens. We started our morning with a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s greatest museums dedicated to ancient Greek art and artifacts. Walking through the halls of this magnificent museum, we were transported back in time, marveling at the vast collection of treasures that spanned from prehistoric times to late antiquity.

One of the highlights was seeing the famous gold funerary mask of Agamemnon, a breathtaking piece of Mycenaean craftsmanship. The intricate details of the Bronze Age frescoes and the classical sculptures were equally impressive, offering us a glimpse into the daily lives, beliefs, and artistic achievements of the ancient Greeks. It was a truly enriching experience that deepened our appreciation for Greece’s rich history.

After our museum visit, we had some free time. Given the intense heat and all the walking, we decided to head back to our hotel for a quick nap. It was a much-needed break that recharged our batteries. Once we felt refreshed, we ventured out to explore the local shops. Athens is full of charming boutiques and street vendors selling everything from handcrafted jewelry to traditional Greek ceramics. We found some lovely souvenirs to bring back home, each piece a reminder of our incredible journey.

Later in the afternoon, we got ready for a special visit to the Wyndham Grand Athens, a luxurious five-star hotel in the heart of the city. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by the rooms manager, who offered to give us a tour of the hotel. The lobby was beautifully decorated, exuding a sense of elegance and sophistication.

The manager showed us a variety of room styles, each designed with a perfect blend of modern amenities and classic charm. However, we were surprised to find that the gym and spa were relatively small for such a large hotel. Despite their size, the facilities were well-maintained and offered everything one might need for a quick workout or a relaxing spa session.

Next, we visited the hotel’s conference and banquet rooms on the bottom floor. These rooms varied in size and style, capable of accommodating different types of events, from corporate meetings to lavish weddings. The rooms were well-equipped with state-of-the-art technology, making them ideal for any event. We discussed the types of events they typically host and how often, with everyone having the chance to ask questions and learn about the hotel’s operations.

To our delight, we were then invited to the rooftop terrace for a surprise treat. We were served fresh, cold lemonade, which was incredibly refreshing after a long day. The rooftop offered spectacular views of Athens, including a stunning perspective of the Acropolis. Sipping our lemonade while taking in the panoramic views was a highlight of the day, providing a serene and beautiful end to our tour of the Wyndham Grand Athens.

As evening approached, we gathered for a group dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. The food was decent, though not particularly memorable. By this time, we were all pretty tired from the day’s activities and the intense heat. Despite our fatigue, we decided to venture out for some dessert. We found a charming little café nearby where we indulged in some delicious sweets before heading back to our hotel.

To cap off the night, we decided to relax on the rooftop of our own hotel. The view from our rooftop was equally amazing, offering a breathtaking night-time vista of Athens and the Acropolis illuminated against the dark sky. It was the perfect spot to unwind, reflect on the day’s adventures, and enjoy each other’s company.

 Monday, June 24

Today, we embarked on a journey to the Domaine Hatzimichalis winery, located a few hours from Athens. This winery is renowned for its exquisite wines and picturesque vineyard. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly and taken on a comprehensive tour of the winery. We saw the entire wine production process, from the vineyards where the grapes are grown to the fermentation tanks and aging barrels where the wine develops its distinct flavors.

We also visited the wine cellar where the wine is stored and learned about the different techniques used in wine production. The tour was incredibly informative, and we gained a newfound appreciation for the art of winemaking. After the tour, we had the opportunity to taste some of their finest wines, which were absolutely delightful. We also took plenty of pictures to capture the beauty of the vineyard and the winery.

Our next destination was the town of Erythres, where we were greeted by a lovely family who owns Pagans Dairy Products. The owner welcomed us warmly and shared her inspiring backstory. She then showed us her garden and the mini lab where they test their products. We were treated to a sumptuous feast with two huge tables filled with freshly made food and a variety of cheeses from their dairy store. The homemade dishes were delicious, and the cheeses were some of the best we had ever tasted.

After enjoying the meal, we stopped by their souvenir shop to purchase some bread and cheeses to take back with us. It was a wonderful experience, and the hospitality of the family made it even more special.

Upon returning to the hotel, we felt a bit hungry and decided to go out for dinner at a local spot called Tarantella. This super local restaurant offered authentic Italian cuisine, and it did not disappoint. I ordered the spicy tomato pasta and bruschetta, which were both incredible. The service was outstanding, provided by two ladies who had been best friends since childhood and always worked together. Their camaraderie added a special touch to the dining experience.

To our surprise and delight, they brought us complimentary dessert – a Chocolate Calzone. It was absolutely delicious and a generous gesture from them. After dinner, we took Ubers back to the hotel, where we worked on some homework before calling it a night.

Reflecting on the past few days, the journey through Greece has been nothing short of extraordinary. From the ancient wonders of the Acropolis and Delphi to the modern luxuries of the Wyndham Grand Athens and the culinary delights at local eateries, every moment has been filled with discovery, learning, and joy. This trip has provided us with unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for the rich history and vibrant culture of Greece.

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