Athens is busy, dusty and hot, ancient and fresh and pleasantly more colourful. The reassuring presence of its famous landmarks tricked me once more and I skipped them. Walked a lot (the city was always a delight to walk, just keep your eyes open, especially on the ground) and met good friends. Took the wrong turn as much as I remembered to forget myself and nibbled from the street stalls. Bought a book and sipped nice coffee, laughed and thought and chatted and I could have used more time. It might not be the most friendly city at times but it's always great fun and I have a soft spot for it.