After my trip to the islands, I went back to Athens for a couple more weeks of visiting friends and the local places of interest, such as the Zappeion and the National Gardens where I like to go for a shaded walk on hot, hot afternoons.
Or to climb the hill below the Acropolis and stroll through the narrow lanes of little Anafiotika, the tiny village built above Plaka.
Athens always amazes me. I can look at this view out over the terra-cotta roof-tops of Plaka toward Lykebettus and no matter how many times I see it, I marvel. I don't think I'll ever tire of Athens. It's my second home. And my heart is there.