Travel: Athens

Greece is one of the countries that I was always so determined to include in my bucket list. Thinking back, I have only the fondest memories of Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. Each of these places was just captivating and wonderful in their own ways.

View of Athens from the window. Having flown from frosty London, seeing this was just heavenly.

They say Athens is a perfect destination for ancient history lovers. Now I may know literally zero of ancient history but  I can still relate albeit not in smarty-pants kind of way. How many movies out there have used all sorts of Greek mythology storylines? Ie Brad Pitt in Troy, Gerard Butler in 300, even King Triton (Ariel’s dad from Little Mermaid)?? Leaving mythology aside, the Ancient Greeks have so much influence on the world's development. Think Pythagoras and the Olympics people! I could not afford not to pay a visit to Athens just to see what it is like.

The ruin of Temple of Zeus, which was dedicated to Zeus, the king of the 12 Greek gods.

I took this picture from the rooftop of the hotel I stayed at. That hill you see is called the Acropolis (Acro means high and Polis means City) and that structure on top of the hill is called the Parthenon. The Parthenon is a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Who is Athena? Athena is one of the 12 Greek gods, daughter of Zeus. The city of Athens is also named after her. Ahhh i can see you putting the pieces together.

View of city of Athens and Mount Lycabettus from the Acropolis. Myth says Athena dropped this piece of mountain accidentally.

That structure with the green lush surroundings is a temple dedicated to Hephaestus, also one of the gods but the only one who didn't have any power. He was said to be the blacksmith of the gods and also married to Aphrodite, goddess of love.

Hiking up to the Acropolis requires some comfortable shoes as there are lots of narrow, rocky and winding streets with plenty of staircases

I didn’t stay in Athens for too long so it worked out well to stay at Plaka, a neighbourhood in central Athens, which had most of the famous ancient ruins within walking distance. Even though it was a touristy area packed with souvenirs shop and overpriced restaurants, the area was not crowded at all. If any, i'd call it lively and was also very easy to find restaurants serving traditional good food at great value, I mean 90 cents beer, winner!

View of the Parthenon from the restaurant and my last of hundreds pictures of Athens. It's been a great adventure.

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  • Erika

    You took some really great pictures that capture the spirit of the city. My trip to Athens still stands as one of my most favorite trips of all time and it’s great to find someone else who enjoyed it a bunch, too. I just loved the color of the city and the people, the grittiness mixed with history, and the fresh and cheap food!

    • willsheloveparis

      Hi Erika, thanks so much for dropping by. Yes you are absolutely spot on with your recall :) amazing amazing city. Although I must say I could never see myself living there what with the demonstrations riots even on the days I was there, it still is a wonderful destination for the adventurous :)

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