Walking through the streets of Athens, Greece, heading up towards the ancient Acropolis, it’s hard not to imagine how life was at this fortress on the mountain, once upon a time. To know that centuries ago, historical figures like Homer, Plato, Socrates and others used to wander these slopes, heading to the Parthenon to worship the goddess Athena, the patron saint of the city, is a humbling thought, to say the least.
Founded over 3,400 years ago, Athens really does make you feel like you have travelled back in time. With remnants of many different eras, Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman periods, every turn can bring you upon one marvellous site after another. For the archeology buffs out there, this city is something to discover.
The Acropolis, the Ancient Agora of Athens, Hadrian’s Library, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, take your pick. At each site, you will find beauty the likes of none other than the goddess of beauty herself, Aphrodite.
After admiring this ancient city you will be happy to sit down and enjoy some of Greece’s best dishes. Whether it’s a typical mouth-watering souvlaki or gyro (available in vegetarian choices, of course), a fresh Greek salad with delicious feta, or anything lathered in a healthy does of tzatziki, be prepared to un-knotch that belt. Finish that off with some local ouzo, and count yourself lucky if you leave Athens, or Greece for that matter, without putting on a few pounds. Though depriving yourself of these delicacies is unimaginable.
Words can barely do the beauty of Athens justice, so take a look for yourselves!
Temple of Athena Nike
Theatre of Dionysus
Ancient Agora of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus
Temple of Olympian Zeus
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