When you visit the Acropolis, you can't help but notice how flat and expansive Athens is, except for this one hill that pokes up in the middle (aside from the hill you're on.) That, people, is Lycabettus Hill, and it offers some of the best views - if you have the stamina.
When you get off the metro station, you start to climb the large hill. Then you start to climb stairs. Then you climb some stairs. Oh, and then you climb some more stairs. Then, you stop and take a breath, and climb some more stairs. These stairs bring you to the funicular - a sort of tram that takes you to the top of the hill, where you'll climb a few more stairs. (Feel free to climb the whole way and not take the ride. Good luck to you.)
Atop Lycabettus Hill, you'll find a pricey restaurant, a bell tower, a church, some wind, a guy and his dog selling drinks to all the staired-out visitors, and some SPECTACULAR views. Especially at sunset. (You all know me and my fondness for sunsets.) Watching the sun go down over this ancient city is chill-inducing. And the view of the Acropolis in the pink light, and then all lit up against the black of night is a surreal, I-can't-believe-how-lucky-I-am-to-see-it experience.
Below are some photos from Lycabettus Hill. Tomorrow, we'll get on a plane and island hop to Santorini. You'll definitely want to return to see those photos!