Thursday, 8 October 2015

a day in athens


On our first full day in Athens we wanted to enjoy more of the fabulous historic sights but we also wanted to get a taste for the local culture and way of life. After a delicious breakfast in a typical Greek bakery we set off on our way to find out what Athens has to offer.
As we made our way to Monastiraki Square, we came across a local meat and fish market called the Dimotiki Agora which is one of the cultural landmarks of the city. The fish is fresh from the Aegean Sea and the market if full of hungry locals and tourists.
We carried on to Monastiraki Square which is directly next to Hadrian’s Library; a large archaeological site in the middle of the city. The Acropolis ticket gives you admission to enter the library where you can see ancient ruins and building materials, as well as meeting turtles who are on their own adventures through the city. Because we were so amazed by the Stoa of Attalos, we decided to visit again which was perfect timing as the heavens opened over the city. Here we were able to take shelter from the rain. As the rain was coming to a stop, we walked through the grounds to the Temple of Hephaistos which served as a Greek orthodox church in the 7th Century. Unfortunately you can’t go inside, however the temple has been very well preserved and is worth a visit.
Feeling a little washed out from the rain, we visited a charming café on the boarders of the Ancient Agora to drink our daily cappuccino freddo and rest our tired feet before the long walk ahead of us. The next stop was the Hellenic Parliament which is located around 25 minutes east of Monastiraki Square. The walk is definitely worth it as you can make your way through the small alleyways of the city stopping in the cute boutique shops along the way. As you approach the Parliament you reach a busy square which is full of tourists and is also a popular place for the locals to hold the famous peaceful demonstrations in the world’s first democracy. As you near the Parliament itself you can enjoy the simplicity of the structure. However, having been there, we would not go out of our way to visit the parliament as there are plenty of other far more interesting sights in the city.
From here we headed south towards the Plaka, the ancient streets of Athens which is also known as the ‘Neighbourhood of Gods’. The Plaka is one of the most authentic parts of the city with many traditional shops and restaurants for tourists and locals alike. The Acropolis Museum is located between the Plaka and the Acropolis and is an amazing feat of design. As you approach the museum you walk along glass bottom walkways and underneath lie the ancient ruins. You can toss a penny into the well and make a wish. As you head through the Plaka towards the south you are met by the stunning architecture of Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. The Acropolis ticket also allows entry to the area. The arch is situated on a main road through the city and the surroundings compliment the beauty of the structure. The Temple of Olympian Zeus took 638 years to build. Unfortunately the temple fell into disrepair after the barbarian invasion and was later quarried for building material. In spite of this, the temple is a wonderful attraction and the one fallen column which is spread across the grounds brings the history of the area to life. 
As the sun was starting to set, we made our way back to the grounds of the Acropolis where you can climb onto a rock which is overlooking the city and is a popular place to watch the sunset. Above the noise and secluded from the traffic you can relax and enjoy a romantic moment.
After running across the city to all the sights our feet were begging us to take a rest. As we made our way back through the city to the hotel we came across Mitropolis Athens Cathedral where we were lucky enough to experience an outdoor concert performed by the choir. This was the perfect ending to a perfect day.  

Monastiraki Square
Monastiraki Square


Hadrian's Libary

Hadrian's Libary











Dress: Shelnside
Flats: H&M (similar here)
Bag: River Island (similar here)





Stoa of Attalos

Stoa of Attalos




Stoa of Attalos

Temple of Hephaistos

Temple of Hephaistos












Mitropolis Athens Cathedral




Hellenic Parliament







Sidestreets of Athens

Plaka


Plaka






Hadrian's Arch


Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum
Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum

Hadrian's Arch

Hadrian's Arch

Temple of Olympian Zeus


View from the Temple of Olympian Zeus towards the Acropolis











Streets towards the Acropolis


Streets towards the Acropolis
Steps of cafes











sunset from the Acropolis
















1 comment:

  1. Hallo,
    wow, was sind das für tolle Bilder! Richtig tolle Eindrücke der Stadt, so dass ich auch mal dort hin reisen möchte. Dein Kleid gefällt mir sehr gut :-*
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