The day before the arrival in Athens and end point of this day cycling tour, we stayed just outside Korinthos, in a simple and quiet hotel where the owner greeted us very kindly.
That day we were exclaiming several times with excitement and enthusiasm:
TOMORROW WE WILL ARRIVE TO ATHENS !!
Also feeling a little bit of pitty, a project which we had to do many changes, decisions and efforts seemed to come to an end.
On the other hand, we were happy to continue from now on the two together in the car, well three, bike included.
Now will be the moment where our holidays would start!
This day I had to leave everything ready for the next day. I searched the hotel in Athens and review where would be our meeting point: the Mirador Mount Lycabettus.
That night I slept nothing thinking whether we would meet in the point, if it would be a crowded, whether to drive to Lycabettus or take a taxi, if I would be able to drive in the chaotic city…
Later, imagining the scene of arrival, I realized:
Hey, should I buy some goodies arrival !!
But, what I buy ?!
The morning came and the hotel owner, who already knew of our project, made us some pictures together … and with his kitten :-)
And Evert departed towards Athens!!
It took me 2 hours to reach the city. The multi-lane entrance was full of cars, vans and old black smoke from the exhaust pipes.
Luckily, my years of driving in a city like Barcelona now served me to manage driving in Athens.
The hotel was pretty good, a big city building, where above was the swimming pool overlooking the entire city, it was quite impressive.
The views and the swimming pool compensated the small room and, the worse, the NOISE !!
As soon as I left things in the room, I went down to reception to get some explainations and to get a city map, then, I went to look for goodies he he
Right in front of the hotel there was a Carrefour, what a coincidence! Here I bought a little bottle of champagne.
On the way out I asked where I could find a florist and I was informed that just that day there was the street market. Ok, perfect!
After several indications from very kind greek people and crossing the street market, I found florist shop.
The last man I asked offered to accompany me to translate for the English into Greek, as the lady in the shop did not speak english.
All very friendly, and a very funny scene picking flowers, colors,
and speaking different languages,
just we get a beautiful bouquet.
I was sweating like a pig, but how much I was enjoying !
On the way back to the hotel I stopped at a store looking for “something” although I did not know what, until I saw it on the shelf, that bicycle-bank!
Yes, I know it looks very child, but there was no time to choose! Time was running and still a lot to do!
I ran to the hotel to arrange everything that I needed to carry with me.
Because the weather was so hot, we decided to meet at sunset time, although Evert looked was coming sooner than expected.
Me already in the car, TomTom guiding me to Lycabettus Hill, not far from the hotel, but, Oh my God!! again those horrible hills up in narrow streets brrrrrr, suffering until the last moment!
20 minutes later I was in a little mountain, I decided to turn right,
driving at 10kms per hour,
and there, what a great image,
the Acropolis in the distance.
Much more beautiful place than I was expecting, also because there was nobody there!
Parked right there and began to set the stage: tripod, camera, lenses, photos, video … and wait. As is professional journalist :-)))
Half an hour later:
Holaaaaaaaaa !!! – I heard far away behind the mountain-
Seconds later, Evert appeared, smiling, radiant, happy.
I started to jump, to scream, aishhh what nervous!!
He, staying calm and under control, as if he had not done anything important to celebrate.
Again, the evidence of our cultural differences and ways of reacting to events! :-)))
Something always hard for me to understand :-P
After a few minutes of hugs, kisses and laughs, we breath, drying the sweating, under a burning sun…
I started to give the presents to him, all day waiting for this moment:
Bouquet of flowers
Nothing to envy to the Tour de France!
We spent all the afternoon and evening savoring the moment. Photos here. Photos there. Waiting for the sunset over the Acropolis.
And in this way, our route by bike from Utrecht to Athens came to the end, with an incredible satisfaction very difficult to explain in a post.
From here, the route would continue for a month and a half going back to Holland, but a little bit more different, together in the car and some bike tours in between very interesting.
We will continue with much more!
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