Upon our arrival in Athens, our guide gave us the normal run through of common sites, including the Olympic stadium that hosted the 2004 games. On top of bringing a really awesome transportation system to the city, builders also discovered close to 30,000 artifacts in the ancient ruins while digging the subway lines (some of which are on display in the train stations).
We stopped our first night at a small gyro stand. One thing I’ve learned: paninis are to Italy as gyros are to Greece. Both offer really cheap, authentic food! I was a little nervous at first because the meat was slowly rotating around a heat lamp at the front of the stand. I hesitantly pointed to what I thought was beef, and paid a little under 2 Euros for it– what a deal! Eating a gyro lets you experience a mouthful of flavors all at once, and I mean that in the most literal way. Tomatoes, tzatziki sauce (a cucumber and mint yogurt), French fries, meat, and hot, thick, pita bread. Yum!