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Our trip to Greece actually started in Israel, in Tel Aviv. We boarded a Delta flight in Guarulhos heading to New York and from there, we took another flight to Tel Aviv, where we only stayed for a day and a half as on the way back we would spend more days to get to know the country. We got a rate of R$1235.00 per person round trip (Brazil - USA - ISRAEL - USA 3-DAY STOPOVER IN NEW YORK - BRAZIL), we found the best destinations a year in advance.

Since we managed to get to Israel, we researched whether going to Greece was cheap, and found a fare of R$290 one way per person (TEL AVIV - ATHENS - SANTORINI - TEL AVIV).

If you like classical cultures, Athens is an open-air museum where you will find archaeological remains wherever you go. We visited the main tourist attractions in Athens, which has a great historical wealth, in which we were able to see where much of the Western influence comes from.

We saw the Parthenon, Acropolis and Temple of Zeus, we all managed to walk from one to the other!

In Greek, Acropolis means “City on Top”. It was built between 450 and 330 BC In ancient Greece, it was a defense district that also brought together the city's main administrative and religious buildings. The Acropolis is beautiful, with a great view of the city. We visited Pathernon, one of the main temples in the complex, built between 447 and 438 BC and dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, the protector of the Athenians. It was built under Pericles' government. It was later converted into a Christian church from the Byzantine period and, later, it became a mosque. In 1687 the Turks used the Parthenon as a gunpowder store when Athens was surrounded by the Venetians. An explosion destroyed much of this work of art, until then reasonably preserved.

What to eat?

Given its abundance and flavor, Greek cuisine has Arabic influences and values light and natural foods, as well as seafood. Among the typical dishes, the meal starts with horiatiki, a salad made up of cucumber, tomato, feta cheese, red onion, olives and olive oil. We ate more on the Greek cruise that had food included than in Athens itself.

Among other starters, there are also keftedes, meat dumplings, and pita bread, of Arab origin, accompanied by tzatziki, a pâté made from yogurt, garlic, onion and olive oil, an essential item in Greek cuisine.

Pastas are very popular, such as moussaka, eggplant lasagna and patitio, a type of oven-baked pasta. If you have the opportunity, be sure to try the authentic Greek barbecue, called Souvlaki, made with pork or chicken, with the option of having it accompanied by pita bread, French fries and tzatziki sauce, the name of this delicacy is GYRO GREEK, in We finished eating so much as the price was only 2 EUROS, in the photo we put a Greek chocolate empanada with broken oreo cookies, too good!

When you're thirsty, try iced coffee called frappé, with or without milk. Many restaurants also produce their own wine, growing grapes in their own backyards, but we didn't try it because we're not close.

What to visit?

1. The new Acropolis museum, comprising an area of 25,000 square meters, is a modern archaeological museum focused on findings from the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens.

2. The Temple of Zeus is one of the most visited attractions in Athens. The construction of the Temple of Olympian Zeus began during the rule of Peisistratus, in the 6th century BC. Due to several factors, the work was only completed 7 centuries later, in 132 AD, under the rule of Emperor Hadrian. Hadrian's ArchHadrian's Gate , an impressive 18 meter high marble arch that separated the old city (city of Theseus) from the modern city (city of Hadrian), was built in 131 AD in commemoration of the Roman emperor.

3. Monastiraki square, is a great option for a good meal, it is full of typical tavernas with delicious Mediterranean food.

4. The Ancient Agora is one of the most beautiful places in the city of Athens. The Ancient Agora of Athens was the center of the city's social, political and commercial life in ancient times. It was made up of a wide open space surrounded by many public buildings with many different functions, within it you will find monuments in excellent condition such as the ancient commercial center of Athens, which now houses the Agora Museum and the Temple of Hephaestus, one of the ancient temples better preserved. It was built between 460 and 415 BC


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