As summer begins, the warm weather makes me think of my travels to Athens, Greece.
Street in Athens facing Hadrian’s Arch
Architecture of Athens
In spite of the hustle and bustle of tourists, wild dogs and native Athenians, the beauty of ancient Greece shines through.
The Plaka is an open air market at the foot of the Acropolis near the ancient market area of Athens, the Agora. If you know how to haggle over prices, you can find great souvenirs without spending too much.
The Plaka (open air market)
After a day spent souvenir hunting you can relax at one of the Plaka’s restaurants for a good Greek meal.
Outside restaurant near The Plaka
Antique/junk store at the Plaka
The steps are ancient and the slope is steep but the long walk up to the Parthenon offers this view (below) as an award.
The Pediment of the Parthenon
Notice (below) that the columns of the Parthenon are not a single solid piece but several drums placed on top of one another and originally covered with a veneer to give the illusion of it being a single piece.
Ionic column of The Parthenon
The Acropolis (high city) is best known as the home of the Parthenon, but it also contains the beautiful temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and the famous Propylaia (the front gate), the complex of columns and rooms at the entry to the Acropolis.
The Erechtheion with the porch of the Caryatids
At the foot of the Acropolis lies the Theatre of Herodes Atticus (below) and the Theatre of Dionysus, where the famous plays of Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles were first performed.
The Theatre of Herodes Atticus
The area around the theatre of Dionysus
The Acropolis is just as beautiful at night as it is during the day.
The Acropolis at night
This wonderful restaurant (below) on the very edge of the Roman era forum in Athens had food to match the glorious setting.
The Roman Forum
Even when the sun goes down the beauty of ancient Athens shines.
Eating dinner at dusk in the shadow of the Acropolis.