In Athens, the streets are paved with marble.

Today (May 17) was our last day in Athens — although I’ll be back for a couple of days when the rest of the group leaves for home — and we finished our time there with a great urban adventure.

I’m glad to report that I had my veggies for breakfast today: the cucumbers and tomatoes I mentioned in an earlier post.  Also feta and a couple tiny phyllo pastries.  I feel very European.

We had been invited to tour the Goulandris Natural History Museum in Kifisia, an Athens suburb.  So after breakfast we headed to the train station, purchased tickets, and boarded a light rail train.  See?  Adventure!

Get on the train to Groovy Town (Kafisi).

Get on the train to Groovy Town (aka Kafisia).

Kafisia is a more affluent area of Athens, and contains something we hadn’t seen much of in the center of Athens: trees.

Charming green space ... behind a fence.

Charming green space … behind a fence.

We walked to the Museum, passing high-end shops (seeing some familiar names: Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, Gucci) and cute cafes.  Once there, our tour took us through the newest exhibits:

Humans and our environment

Humans and our environment

… and some of their oldest:

My new best friend

My new best friend

After lunch at Simply Burger (yes, I know — but it was tasty!), we headed back to the Plaka shopping area.  And that’s where we found the marble streets!

Fantabulous -- but slippery.

Fantabulous — but slippery.

After a dinner of pita and dips (perfect, of course), we went to bed early in preparation for our early departure tomorrow.  On to Santorini!

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