A Week in Athens – part 1

I wrote this post at the end of our week in Athens. I had intended to post this and a lot of others whilst in Greece but there was so much to do there that I just didn’t have the time. Athens is a wonderful city and a would recommend a visit to anyone. Its streets are full of history. Even stations on the new metro which was constructed in the 90’s are full of history. I would love it if the London underground had places like this, one of the first things I saw when exiting The Acropolis metro;

Akropoli Metro

Akropoli Metro

So on with our week in Greece.

Its Friday and the last day of our trip to Athens. Very early tomorrow morning we board the boat to Santorini and its off to pastures new again but until then we still have an afternoon and evening in Athens.

The Acropolis and Parthenon

The Acropolis and Parthenon

Its been a very special week here. There has been so much to see and do with an aweful lot to learn. By the end I think my brain had gone into overload from trying to take so much in! I have really enjoyed my time here in Athens. We didn’t manage to see everything there is in the city but we gave it a pretty good shot and had a fantastic time.

In a very brief itinarary of what we have seen and where we have been is as follows.

Sunday, Easter Sunday in Athens. Whilst a lot was closed, museums and the acrchological sites, we did pack a lot in. After having breakfast at a nice café we took the tourist Hop on, hop off bus around the city centre. This gave us a nice overview of where things were in Athens and ideas about what we could see. At a couple of points we jumped off, firstly to see the Panathinikos stadium. Where the first modern Olympics were held in the 1890’s.
Later when we stopped for lunch and all we could find was a Mc Donalds where I had the dubious pleasure of trying a shrimp burger. (still can’t decide if it was good or horrific!).
We spent the afternoon wandering theough the National Gardens. Before having a lovely evening meal in Plaka.

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Monday was probably my favourite day in Athens. Early in the morning we climbed the Acropolis rock to see the spectacular monuments including the Parthenon, temple to Athena (Patron Goddess to Athens and where the city takes its name from).

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as well as the Erechtheon, the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis, designed by Mnesicles and the small temple Athena Nike. Seeing the Parthenon and the rest of the monuments on the Acropolis was not just a highlight of my trip but of my year. No trip to Greece or Athens would be complete without seeing the Parthenon. From across the city the Acropolis rock dominates the skyline and the Temple of Athena is still impressive and imposing to this day. Walking around the base of the sacred rock and then around the temple site atop I imagined what it would have been like to have been here 2000 years ago in its hay day. The rest of the day was spent seeing some of Athens other numerous monuments.

The impressive outdoor theater of Dionysus, which is still very well preserved was a treat as well.

 

Later we went to see the Temple of Olympian Zeus, patriarch of the Athenian gods. I was started under the Classical Greek civilization but later finished under the Roman Empire.

Temple of Zeus

Temple of Zeus

Later we had one of the many excellent meals we had in Greece.

That was part one of our trip around Athens. There will be more to follow soon.

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