We spent our first afternoon in Athens at The National Garden (formerly the Royal Garden), the first organized ornamental park of Modern Hellas. The design of the garden began in 1839 with the planting of 15,000 ornamental plants transported from Milan, and the park became public in 1923. Random factoid: while walking in the garden on September 30, 1920, King Alexander was bitten by a pet monkey and he died of sepsis three weeks later. Yikes. *end history lesson*
This garden had everything: plants, flowers, pretty benches, a tiny zoo, a playground, and the most darling children’s library I have ever seen. They had a whole wall covered in drawings with Greek captions. I had no idea what any of them said, but they were fun to look at!