We had explored Ephesus in a heavy thunderstorm, walked in grooves formed by chariot wheels in the streets of Pompeii, thrown a coin in the Trevi Fountain and climbed 414 steps to the top of the Campanile (Giotto’s Tower) for a bird’s-eye view of Florence. As family vacations go, our European adventure was a complete success. Athens was the final stop on a 10-day European cruise aboard Carnival’s new ship, Vista, and we were happily exhausted. Wanting to see Athens, but also wanting to be sure the vacation ended on a high note, I needed something with a little pizzazz for our final stop. We Bike Athens, complete with high-tech, easy-pedal e-bikes, let us tackle the ups and downs of Athens without ever breaking a sweat.
We rolled through ancient sights and bustling modern neighborhoods. Because we were pedaling with a bonus boost, in just under three hours, we saw more of Athens than many folks see in three days, from the Acropolis to the Temple of Olympian Zeus to the changing of the guard ceremony at Syntagma Square.
Easier to operate than a Segway, e-bikes offer a great way for families and multigenerational groups to learn about the sights without going into history overload. And zipping through town is just plain fun. Expect envious looks and friendly waves along the way.
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Editor’s Note: Photo by Dana Rebmann.