Athens

Athens Travel Blog

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The view from a rock near the Acropolis. Also the background on my mobile/cell.

In November 2004 my friend Charlene said that this year her and her mum were going to Greece. I said something like "oh I would love to go to Greece" well why don't you come came the reply. Next thing I know I have a flight booked to Athens for 27th June and a backpack. After two exhausting months studying for AS-Levels we were finally off on our Greece trip. Me, my best friend Charlene and her mum, Jill. Never do biology, chemistry, maths and history as-levels and a classical greek gcse at the same time guys it will kill you.

Anyway we had to be at the airport at the ungodly hour of 9am meaning of course that Charlene and Jill were late. If they were on time I would have been worried. Pretty uneventful flight to London then awful turbulence on the flight to Athens.

The theatre of Dionysos from I think somewhere near that rock.
Finally got to Athens and got our amazing first view of the Acropolis. It made the whole flight worthwhile. Grabbed some food and crashed out at 10. Saw a nice Byzantine church that me and Charlene were gonna check out the next day.

Next morning we were up at 8 with our bodies protesting because they were convinced it was only 6am. After breakfast we headed over to Hadrian's Library. Not very impressive mostly just piles of rubble with no explanantions of anything. Though the guidebook says it was closed to visitors. Maybe we shouldn't have been in there then.

So we headed for the main attraction in Athens, and a personal dream, the Acropolis. However having to leave our bags and not realising that there was only 1 tap up there we left our water bottles at the entrance. Not a good idea in the Med in June but anyway.

One of the buildings on the Acropolis. Notice the scaffholding.
Mild dehydration aside the Acropolis was one of the highlights of the trip. Having studied Classical Greek for the last 18 months I really wanted to see this place. It didn't disappoint. The building work did distract from the brilliance though. They were literally taking it apart and rebuilding it again. The buildings were beautiful and the view down over Athens was even better.

We came down and went over to the Ancient/ Roman Agora. I was never sure were they two different places. The temple of Hephaestus was beautiful and until recently was used as a christian church. The god of craftsmen, this guy was butt ugly yet married to the goddess of love. Well not that they had much choice. The museum gave a very good explanation of Greek history through the ages and lots of amazing displays and I don't normally like museums.

The Caryatids who stand guard over Athens from the Erechtheion.
Walking though the collenade (I can't spell)  where Socrates used to teach was cool as part of our course involved translating part of Plato's the defence of Scorates. We were constantly being told to get off the grass by the bossy woman who was running the place.

If you ever come to Greece then get a student pass we got in free to all these places and the Archeological Museum later as well and there was a ton of discounts in various other places as well.

That night after dinner in the view of the Acropolis we ate dinner and then went looking for the church we had seen the night before. An hour later we were in Omonia completely lost and when we finally got back we discovered the church was around the corner from out hotel just the opposite corner than the one we had gone around. Jill had nearly had a heart attack. She's just slightly overprotective which bugged me as I'm not used to it.

Tommorrow we're on to Delphi, naval of the world and the home of the most powerful oracle in Ancient Greece.

 

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The view from a rock near the Acro…
The view from a rock near the Acr…
The theatre of Dionysos from I thi…
The theatre of Dionysos from I th…
One of the buildings on the Acropo…
One of the buildings on the Acrop…
The Caryatids who stand guard over…
The Caryatids who stand guard ove…
A typical street scene from Athens
A typical street scene from Athens
The one photo of that stupid churc…
The one photo of that stupid chur…
Athens
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