The guidebook I had read said that Athens was a difficult city to love, but I found the opposite. I found Athens to be friendly, easy to navigate and full of surprises.
We had only two days in Athens after taking a cruise, and we made the obvious visits to the Acropolis, the Parliament and tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and several museums. We also took time to enjoy some of the green spaces in Athens. We walked in the National Gardens,and enjoyed the scenery and the greenery at Lykavittos Hill.
We also enjoyed seeing slices of the life of Greek citizens: a christening at St. Georges Chapel, a Sunday morning bike ride for all ages on the main street in front of our hotel. a juggler entertaining cars stopped at a red light, and a man sitting in front of his apartment playing his guitar.
I would recommend Athens to any traveler who wants to visit a city that is interesting and full of attractions. My only caution is that there is a lot of walking, and at places like the Acropolis, few handrails. It is not a place for people who cannot walk and take stairs.