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Getting Settled in Athens, Greece

Hello from Athens, Greece!

It's been a bit of an adjustment, but I'm really glad to be back in Europe! My New Year's Eve flight from the U.S. was super easy, and I began the new year here in Athens - ready to rock and roll.

One thing I'm very happy with is the climate. The mild, Mediterranean temperatures are quite pleasant. I'm not sure where I got the idea that it might be rainy here during the winter months because it's been pretty much nothing but sun every day. Temperatures are a comfortable 60 degrees (F) or so. I think I'm going to enjoy the next few months!

Something you can't miss as you walk around Athens is the Acropolis and Parthenon. It's quite a beautiful sight (day or night) and fairly easy hike to get a closer look.

The Acropolis

I’ve been here a month and haven’t yet walked all the way up to the Parthenon. I figure I’ve got plenty of time, and I’m actually saving that experience for a really nice sunny day - or even a nice evening - since this ancient archeological site is breath-taking any time of day!

An “acropolis” basically refers to a complex that is built on a high hill, and the Parthenon is the most famous the temple that sits on that hill. There are strong monumental walls that have fortified the summit of the acropolis for more than 3,300 years. The history runs deep.

Here's my view from a rooftop bar, enjoyihg a beer, and taking in this magnificent site!

Plaka Neighborhood

At the base of the Acropolis is the old, historical neighborhood of Plaka - a former nightclub district that the government closed down in the 1970s due to the loud music and unruly crowds it attracted.

Today, it's a truly magical place, with cobblestone sidewalks, cute shops, little churches, and quaint cafés. It's one of the nicest neighborhoods in Athens. Everyone who comes to Athens will walk through the streets of Plaka. It's appropriately known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods." If you get a chance to visit, you'll know why.

Anafiotika Neighborhood

I came across this scenic, tiny neighborhood in Plaka and immediately fell in love with its beauty! It’s an old, historical neighborhood - a hidden gem known as the “Hidden Island of Athens.”

The white-washed homes with colorful doors and windows, cobblestone walkways and pathways, makes this one neighborhood you must see. Not to mention the incredible views of the city. Oh yeah, and it’s a haven for cat lovers!

Bob Tapper: Life Abroad, a documentary travel podcast

To hear more about my January 2023 experience in Athens, Greece, you can always listen to my most recent podcast - and don't forget to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!


So, Year 4 of my journey has begun, and I can't be more excited for what's to come. There is so much to explore here in Greece and I can't wait to experience it and share it. Then I'm back to the U.K. and north England once again. There's so much more to see and explore there as well - plus, I'm back in the acting game continuing my learning, networking, and filming.

I really appreciate those who have been reading this blog. Thanks for following along!


Bob Tapper

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