Athens

Before New York City, London and Rome, there was Athens. Athens was the centre of the Greek world for a long time. It was the centre of the beginning of what we like to call Western civilization - home of philosophers like Plato and Socrates, of playwrights like Aeschylus, Eurypides and Sophocles. It was the birth place of democracy. There is no denying that our cultural and intellectual roots can be traced back to Athens.

I fell in love with this city, almost immediately. I say almost because our first impression was largely biased by the fact that it was 9pm, we hadn’t eaten since 1 and we were incredibly lost (more on this later!). But as soon as we found our hotel, dropped off our bags and walked through the Plaka to a great restaurant nearby, I knew that I was going to love Athens.

You could see the Acropolis from our hotel balcony.

It was pretty freaking cool.

But that wasn’t the only thing.

The Theatre of Dionysus, where you can imagine a stunning performance of Antigone or Oedipus the King:

Theatre of Dionysus, photo by me

The Erechtheion, the other temple on the Acropolis:

The Erechtheion, photo by me

The Karameikos, the earliest Athenian cemetery:

Three graves in the Karameikos, photo by me

The massive Olympieion, temple to Olympian Zeus:

Olympieion, photo by me

And the beautiful Hephaisteion, overlooking the Agora:

Hephaisteion, photo by me

Just to name a few. We were only in Athens for four days. I could have stayed weeks.

4 Comments

  • By Emily Jane, May 26, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    More amazing pictures, wow, I remember seeing architecture a little like that in Cyprus but nothing so majestic. I’d love to go to Athens!

  • By Eleni, May 26, 2010 @ 11:02 pm

    Nice! It’s crazy thinking how long those have stood there, and that actual people once performed Antigone etc. in that theater.

  • By Eleni, May 30, 2010 @ 12:47 am

    Hez - I just gave you an award on my blog!

    Geek Girls Unite! blog award

    I love having you as my geek girl blogger friend!

  • By Lisa, June 10, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

    I am loving all your photos! I am so envious of you..I can’t wait to visit Greece SOON hopefully!

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