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February 1, 2018

Greece Travel: New Year in Athens, Greece

Greece Travel: New Year in Athens, Greece

I never thought my parents would say okay for me to welcome the new year in another country - actually miles away from my home country. But they said yes (happy dance!). So I flew from Manila to Athens via Scoot with @rodelflordeliz and we welcomed the new year in Athens.



Read: manila to athens flight via scoot singapore 

Celebrating and welcoming the new year in another country is actually in my bucketlist. This made planing our trip a lot more exciting!

When we were planning our itinerary, Rodel researched on the places to celebrate the New Year in Athens. He listed down these places in our worksheeet (yes excel file!): Psirri, Agia Irini,  Syntagma Square,  or Kotzia Square 

While, here are the best restaurants to dine in on New Year's Eve: Strofi, Dionysos, Kuzina, Hytra. One of the highly suggested roof top bars in Athens is the  Galaxy Bar of Hilton Hotel. The bar offers a set menu for the New Year (a bit pricey though). 

When we arrived in Athens, we thought it would be nice to book a table in our hotel's roof top bar instead. Unfortunately, we didn't get a slot. 

We decided to roam around Monasteraki.


Greece Travel: New Year in Athens, Greece
Greece Travel: New Year in Athens, Greece
Greece Travel: New Year in Athens, Greece
Greece Travel: New Year in Athens, Greece
Greece Travel: New Year in Athens, Greece
Greece Travel: New Year in Athens, Greece
Greece Travel: New Year in Athens, Greece


Bairaktaris Taverna Athens Review
We had early dinner at Bairaktaris Taverna. It has been operating since 1879 in Mitropoleos 63 street, offers traditional Greek cuisine. 

Bairaktaris Taverna Athens Review
Eventhough I was feeling cold dining outside, we enjoyed our dinner 

Bairaktaris Taverna Athens Review
This is when Rodel whispered something to me,
 "We are in Athens" 🤣🤣🤣
He always has delayed reaction on things. ✌️

Bairaktaris Taverna Athens Review
Super big servings, we didn't get to finish it.

Bairaktaris Taverna Athens Review
We wish our photo would also be displayed in the Bairaktaris Taverna

Bairaktaris Taverna Athens Review
Good Meal for only 21 euros

Bairaktaris Taverna Athens Review
We decided to roam around and had coffee in a near-by coffee shop.
I love simple things like this. 

We headed to Syntagma Square around 11:30ish. There were so many people waiting for the New Year. My Uber driver said that it is a popular place to be in during New Year's Eve. We decided to go since it is just walking distance from our hotel. 

Greece Travel: New Year in Athens, Greece
Greece Travel: New Year in Athens, Greece
Greece Travel: New Year in Athens, Greece

When the clock struck twelve everyone raised their phones to capture the Fireworks. 🎆 There were only two at that time. We were waiting for what would happen next. I guess, we went to the wrong side of Athens. 😀

Greece Travel: New Year in Athens, Greece
Winter Clothes/Jackets can make you look fat! Haha 

We decided to follow the crowd and observe how Athenians welcome the new year.
It was 12:05. It was the first day of  2018. I was in Athens. 💓

Watch Rodel's vlog for some real action on that day 😀


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