Athens

We left London on a bleak, cold morning and stepped out into the sun and heat of Athens – it was beautiful!  We had four days in Athens but used one of them to do a day trip to Delphi.

On our first day we took the metro from just outside our apartment and emerged at the Ancient Acropolis.

 

Looking at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

 

We climbed the hill and saw the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Parthenon and the Erechtheion. We enjoyed the beautiful views over Athens and then climbed down to see the Theatre of Dionysus.

 

The caryatids on the side of the Erechtheion

 

Reuben enjoying the Acropolis

 

View of the Temple of Olympian Zeus

 

View of Lykavittos Hill

 

Looking back at the Parthenon

 

The Parthenon

 

Reubs at the Theatre of Dionysus

 

After lunch, we explored the excellent museum of the Acropolis, where a lot of the original artefacts from the Acropolis are displayed. A lot of the original statues have been removed from the Acropolis for their preservation, so it was great to be able to see the originals.

 

Original Parthenon decorations

 

We then took a bus to Lykavittos Hill, where we climbed up then looked down over the Acropolis, which was lit up for the night and looked beautiful.

The Acropolis from Lykavittos Hill

 

That night we heard about the planned strikes in Athens the next day…which affected all monuments, transport and services, so we changed our plans to go to Delphi and instead headed via tram to one of the beaches south of Athens, where we enjoyed a swim and some sun.

Chilling on the beach

 

Waiting for the tram

 

We had dinner at Monastiraki square, listening to musicians and enjoying the fun outdoor vibe.

 

At Monistiraki Square

 

Eating moussaka

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate says:

    Looks like heaps of fun. Love the night pics, they’re really pretty.

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  2. Monica Drefs says:

    Hmmm … moussaka!

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  3. Mum Bunn says:

    I love those interesting Greek words. And the sunshine looks wonderful!

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