Flying Back In Time and Exploring the Ruins of Ancient Athens

September 7, 2014

Acropolis in Athens

After about 5 hours on the boat we arrived to Athens. The city was ugly and intimidating. It reminded me of Sao Paulo. There were ugly graffiti everywhere on the walls around the city. We stayed near Syntagma Square, where the Greek Parliament is located. We were a bit shocked by the state of the city. My friend was a bit nervous walking around the city late at night. I don’t blame her. The whole place looked so sketchy and dangerous even in the daylight. In the evening we went to St George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel for dinner. From the rooftop restaurant you can see the Acropolis lit up at night as well as the entire Athens below you. The food was OK, we only had a Greek salad and a shrimp dish baked in a casserole with Feta cheese. Things to To Do In Athens

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I spent the next day sightseeing. I walked up to the Acropolis. I walked across the Monastiraki Flea Market on the way to the Acropolis. It reminded me of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

Monastiraki Flea Market - Top Things to To Do In Athens

Monastiraki Flea Market – Top Things to To Do In Athens

Monastiraki Flea Market - Top Things to To Do In Athens

Monastiraki Flea Market – Top Things to To Do In Athens

I saw so many ugly graffiti on the way there. If it wasnt for the ancient ruins, it would be the ugliest European city.

Ugly Graffiti Everywhere in Athens

Ugly Graffiti Everywhere in Athens

Ugly Graffiti Contest in Athens

Ugly Graffiti Contest in Athens

I walked up to the Acropolis. It was on the top of the mountain. It was enormous and beautiful! The sun was shining bright on top of us. The Acropolis serves as an eternal symbol of education, democracy and inspiration. I made friends with every Asian tourists up there, because they usually take really nice photos and I needed people to take photos of me as I was alone.

Ancient Ruins in Athens - Top Things to To Do In Athens

Ancient Ruins – Top Things to To Do In Athens

Ancient Ruins in Athens by the Acropolis

Ancient Ruins in Athens by the Acropolis

The view was spectacular from up there. I could see the entire city and all the famous ruins were below us. The Acropolis was very beautiful and surprisingly well maintained. After taking a ton of awesome photos of the city and the ruins, went to see the Ancient Agora and the Roman Agora.

Ancient Agora in Athens

Ancient Agora in Athens

I found churches everywhere. The Ancient Agora was also well maintained. It was spread out in a very large green territory. The best thing of the Ancient Agora was the Temple of Hephaestus. It is the best preserved ancient temple in Athens. After this I walked towards Syntagma Square. I walked down Ermou Street and checked out the shops. Every brand was represented on the street and you could find a church on every corner. I walked by the Parliament, walked through the park behind it. I enjoyed the shades of the beautiful palm trees. I continued towards the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

Ancient Ruins in Athens

Ancient Ruins in Athens

This ancient ruin looked so cool from the Acropolis that I definitely wanted to see it before heading to the airport. Only some pillars remained from the front of the temple, but these pillars are so huge that I can only imagine how massive this temple was thousands of years ago. It was great to see it. I saw another ancient building called Zappeion on the way there. After I have seen enough ruins, I headed back to the hotel to pick up my luggage and departed from this beautiful city to head back to the island of bad food and bad weather.

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About Barbara

Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

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