Trip Start Dec 23, 2007
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Flag of Turkey  , Izmir,
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Akropolis, which most people think of as being in Athens (which it is) but the word actually just means 'city at the top'; basically a defensive location on a hillside which houses the areas main religious and municipal buildings.  So, the Turkish Akropolis obviously sits on the tallest hillside in the area and though most people start from the top, we started from the bottom and hiked up through the ruins, exploring the agora, the middle city, and the tile mosaics.  Unbelievably, as these were easily the best areas of the Akropolis, the tour groups never even go down there, I guess due to the steep hill they reside on...this is why I loathe taking tours as you usually don't get get the necessary time required to properly explore the area and you often miss the 'hidden' gems of a place.  On the top of the hill, there is the vertigo-inducing theater (easily the most vertically angles theater I've ever seen), the temple of Dionysus, the alter of Zeus, and the temple of Trajan.

We had a great time roaming the grounds and there's really not much more to say!  Definitely, if oyu go there, hik eup the hillside (you have to jump a small fence to do so) and explore the ruins from bottom to top, rather then the normal opposite.

Travel Advice:  We stayed at the Athena Pension, an though the new 'mansion' was not opened yet, it seems like it would be a phenomenal place to stay with its cozy courtyard and original architecture blended in with the new construction.  Regardless, we enjoyed staying at the 'pension' as the owner, Aydin, is very friendly and does a huge breakfast spread!
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