One day in Athens, what do you do? Visit Acropolis Athens of course haha, as the tourist I am.
As you may know already, last week I treated myself to a weekend getaway in Athens, Greece.
Like some say, a week-end well spent, brings a week of content! Now, I know it’s entirely true and I wish you already a great start of the weekend.
Acropolis Athens is the place I’ve always wanted to discover and I saw it with my bare eyes. Very impressed by his majestic beauty. We arrived there in the middle of the hottest day ever but it didn’t matter to me. Plus, it just felt like we had the most gorgeous weather with us and we were ready to get our pale faces out there!!!
I am not that much into tanning lately (prevention wrinkles, Rule no.1 p-l-e-a-s-e), but “how good it felt to get some vitamin D in that body”.
And, of course, flaunt my favourite summer dress. Considering I’m a huge fan of dresses, check my pictures with my white Polka Dots dress from Ylana Shop. Because I received a lot of questions about it and for sure It’s a must-have in our closet right now.
A Greece vacation always begins in Athens with Acropolis. Athens is one of the oldest cities of the world and therefore offers a wealth of history, architecture, culture and both ancient and modern civilisation. Set on and around a dramatic hill of rock – the Acropolis – still contains remains of the ancient buildings: Parthenon temple, Temple of Athena Nike, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and the Theatre of Dionysus, among many other statues and ruins.
The Acropolis Athens is the best-known symbol of the city and still, the main attraction.
Before this trip I was kind of confused about the terms Acropolis (means “high city” in Greek and refers to the entire ruins complex) and Parthenon (the iconic temple which sits on the Acropolis) and what the actual significance of the site was.
The Parthenon is a temple, on the Athenian Acropolis, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens consider their patron. The most important surviving building of Classical Greece. Considered the zenith of the Doric order. Its decorative sculptures are some of the high points of the Greek art. The Parthenon is an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy and western civilisation. One of the world’s greatest cultural monuments. The Greek Ministry of Culture is currently carrying out a programme of selective restoration to ensure the stability of the partially ruined structure.
Seen from the right angle, driving or walking along, the Acropolis Athens can still make the grimy concrete of the city fade into insignificance. The religious of this sheer-sided rock, looming 90 metres (300ft) above Athens, was paramount to the ancient Greeks. This buildings from the summit still embodies the essence of classical Greek architecture. Of these, the Parthenon is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, its series of columns supporting pediment and representing the epitome of Athens to many visitors past and present. What remains of it today is the bare Pentelic marble used in the construction, and the refined lines and form that make it an architectural masterpiece.
The corner of the Acropolis Athens where the flag stands offers amazing views over the Plaka district and the rest of the city. It also has a great story of Greek pride behind it. When the Germans occupied Athens during World War II, the guard of the Greek flag was ordered to remove it and fly the Nazi flag in its place. Rather than be forced to commit such treason, he took down the Greek flag, wrapped himself in it and jumped over the ledge to his death.
You know how nice is when you can see the Parthenon and all. Basically the reason people come to Athens. High above the city, I reflected on my impressions of Athens. Before arrival I had been warned that Athens was dirty, dusty city with nothing to do or see apart from the Acropolis Athens. All I can say is that is not the city that I got to know. I found a lively, modern design and ancient history filled city in a great location-both islands and mountains in easy reach!
The only thing that bothered me was the curse of visiting Acropolis Athens with so many people at the same time. Near impossible to get a decent photo alone. Of course, if you want a couple photo and you hand the camera off to a few different people, the result is not what you expected.
Nearby find the New Acropolis Athens Museum, housing nearly 4,000 sculptures and artefacts found in and around the Acropolis. Outside of the Acropolis, the city of Athens has more theatres than any other city in Europe. Just out of the city, Cape Sounion is the appropriate home to the Temple of Poseidon, along the Athenian shoreline. A number of spectacular beaches display a stunning sunset over the Saronic Gulf on the drive out to Cape Sounion.
After visiting Acropolis we wandered Athens in the afternoon heat for hours until the sun set from atop the Acropolis, trying to soak in as much as possible. We saw Ethnikos Kipos (National Gardens) and Parliament. Then the main shopping district with the quaint Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea nestled between the high street stores. Just beyond, the districts of Monastiráki and Pláka immediately south, and the Acropolis above these, contain many of the most interesting places to see.
We took lunch at a lovely outdoor tavern. I filled up on dessert a cute gelato shop, while others apparently enjoy snacking on freeze dried olives. You should enjoy the windy streets and popping into sign-less shops. The charming postcard worthy scenes unfolding on every corner.
Branching off from the frenzied central arteries are the less congested minor veins of the city. Most apartment blocks have generous balconies or full-sized verandas. You glimpse the Athenians emerging from their afternoon siesta to read the paper or water their plants. The hot-weather makes open-air life a necessity. Every district has its own small squares where people gather for a drink or meal. Traditional tavernas are popular as ever, especially in these straitened times.
Despite still battling financial troubles it was amazing to see that over the last few years it does not seem to have broken their resilience, love for their country and seeing others enjoy it too. I hope more people can aim to visit and support Greece tourism much more. It’s not only all about drinking on the Greek Islands but to experience the hospitality, incredible sunsets and of course… the food.
Anyway I find an open, lively and accessible city in Athens, which I want to explore more.
Visit Acropolis Athens!
Seek not good from without, seek it from within.
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