May 30th, 2016
Stefii and I arrived in Athens after an insanely early morning flight from Chania, and we were ready to hit the ground running! (Not really, we were exhausted and had to wait for a little to be checked in, but we pulled through)! Our main goal for the day was to explore the ruins of the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
We hopped on a ‘Hop On Hop Off’ bus because we were short on time, and headed towards the hilltop. After a brief hike up, we arrived at the entrance. The second you’re in the area, you can’t help but marvel at this ancient site. It looms over Athens, and you immediately walk past the Theater of Dionysus, dedicated to the God of plays and wine. On the opposite side of the hill is the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. You continue your trek upward, and end up in the mecca of Greek ruins.
After entering through the Propylea (which is a monumental gateway in Greek architecture), you come upon the most The Parthenon, dedicated to the Goddess Athena. For me, this is the quintessential Greek ruin, and a rite of passage for your visit in Athens.
You also walk past numerous other sites, including the Old Temple of Athena, The Temple of Athena Nike, The Erechtheion (dedicated to Athena and Poseidon), amongst many others. The views are exceptional as well, with visibility of the original Olympic stadium, the Temple of Zeus, and pretty much any other site in Athens.
We spent our afternoon strolling through Plaka, experiencing the feel of old world Greece. Our last order of business was one more round of Greek food and wine on the same rooftop bar that I stumbled upon my first night, and then a trip to the Temple of Zeus.
The next morning was time for Stefii to depart, and me to venture to Budapest.
More about that, however, on the next post!