Kalimera/Calimera (Good morning/Good day)!
Kalispera (Good afternoon/evening)!
Efcharisto (Thank you)!
Parakalo (You’re welcome)!
These are basic Greek expressions which my friend Kristen and her husband Stelios taught me while we were staying in Athens last year and I still can’t forget them up to this day. Well I don’t know until when will my memory be so if ever I’ll forget these, I’ll just go back and read this blog. Easy. ;p
For those who haven’t read the first part of this issue, please do check on the link below. Efcharisto!
My friends and I came from Santorini prior to exploring Athens and I thought, oh well, Santorini was the cream of the crop; yet later I came to realize, I adored Athens more! Aside from the cheaper commodities, they had a lot of museums and scenes to offer wherein time was a big issue that we were not able to use all our paid entrance tickets! I did not even imagine I would make two parts of this journal. Damn.
So, what are the interesting things to do in Athens? Here is my list.
1. Acropolis of Athens
I have mentioned in the previous post about what is Acropolis, and that it is an ancient fortress located on an extremely rocky outcrop that contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.
Parthenon of course! Who doesn’t want to go there? I mean it’s not Athens without Parthenon.
2. Mount Lycabettus
This magnificent structure is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece at 300 meters above sea level and is one striking ridge when standing at the Acropolis.
3. Ancient Agora of Athens
The Ancient Agora of Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora, located to the northwest of the Acropolis and bounded on the south by the hill of the Areopagus and on the west by the hill known as the Agoraios Kolonos, also called Market Hill.
4. Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the excavation site of the Acropolis of Athens. It has glass floors exposing the prehistoric underground which induced my sudden fear of heights. Yikes!
5. National Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses some of the most valued artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity.
6. Apostolou Pavlou Street
Let’s just say it was a very lively one-way street and it was my second favorite, second from Parthenon.
7. Syntagma Square
Syntagma Square is the central square of Athens. It is where the Old Royal Palace is located and we persisted on going there just to watch the changing of the guards.
There you go guys! I know I did not cover a lot of top destinations in Athens since we only had a limited time yet those were the highlights of the place. I hope you’ll enjoy your next Grecian trip.
TRIVIA: There are affluent number of olive trees in Greece, the ratio of person to olive tree is 1:10. So the next time you visit Athens, don’t bring home the bacon, bring home the olives!
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