Trip Start Jul 14, 2009
94Trip End Feb 18, 2010
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Where I stayed
Athens is just buzzing! Our hotel is situated in such a good location in the Plaka area, it is close to all the touristy sites (you can sit on the balcony day or night and see a great view of the Acropolis), and has a plethora of cafes and restaurants to choose from. There are also heaps of shops nearby in a walking mall (mum, you would have had a conniption, we saw at least 5 boot shops IN A ROW!). There are so many people around as well.
Today is the 28th October, which happens to be a national public holiday
We visited all the really cool sites:
- Panathenaic Stadium - hosted the first modern day Olympic games of 1896 and the current stadium was constructed on the site of the original stadium, which was built almost 2,300 years ago.
- Agora - a grand, ruined Roman building that was funded by Roman emperors
- the Temple of Zeus - built around 1,500 years ago for the worship of the Greek God Zeus
- Hadrian's Arch - originally the city gate linking the Roman quarters with original town of Athens
- Dionysos Theatre - the world's oldest theatre where many great plays have been performed over the years
- Parthenon built on the Acropolis around 2,500 years ago
We were a little disappointed that the structures on the Acropolis are surrounded by scaffolding, and Mark is adamant that restoration shouldn't happen, because over a span of a few years the whole structure will be replaced and none of it will be authentic
The view from the Acropolis was breathtaking. Will try and upload a video we took, but I am sure it won't do the view justice. It is just unforgettable.
Overall, we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, it is a great place to visit, especially if you get a brilliant hotel as we did.
Tomorrow we are off to Budapest! Until next time...