Honeymoon in Greece, Part 2 :: Visiting The Past

Honeymoon in Greece :: Visting the Past

One of the reasons why I wanted to go to Greece for our honeymoon was to visit the historic places such as the Acropolis. Our honeymoon in Greece started with exploring Athens, and the second day was all about visiting the past, in other words, visiting the archeological ruins.

Our hotel was in proximity of the main touristic attractions. In fact, it took us less than 30 minutes to walk up to the Acropolis, which was situated on a mountain.

Walking up to the Acropolis

We woke up at around 7:30am and walked up to the mountains to see the Acropolis. We thought there wouldn’t be that many people at this time, but we were wrong. There were so many people!

View of the Acropolis

You can see the Acropolis behind Timon!

Ancient Greek Theatre

On our way to the entrance of the Acropolis, we saw the famous Ancient Greek Theatre!

Entrance of the Ancient Greek TheatreMy acrobatic husband in front of the Ancient Greek Theatre.

It was already 9am when we arrived to the top of the mountains and saw the famous Parthenon and the Old Temple of Athena. All of these archeological ruins really made us feel like we were visiting the past.

Parthenon Of Ancient Greece

Old Temple Of Athena

There was more to see other than the Acropolis. Located to the northwest of the Acropolis, we saw the Ancient Greek Agora. The word “agora” means a “gathering place”. This place was used for commerce, political and military activity.

Ancient Agora of Athens

Looking at what’s left of this ancient place, I imagine the Apostle Paul sharing the Good News to the Greeks.

Later, we visited the Temple of Olympian Zeus that was dedicated to Zeus, the king of gods in Ancient Greece.

Temple of Zeus, Olympia

Greece-Athens-Zeus-TempleI can’t believe this temple was built in the 6th century BC. Some of the columns still remain until this day.

After walking the entire morning, it was time for lunch. We walked around Plaka and saw many interesting tavernas, but settle for a seclusive restaurant located in between gigantic trees. It looked like a place where Hollywood producers would go to film a movie.

Taverna in Athens

Greek-FoodI quite enjoy Greek food, particularly grilled chicken or pork with the Tzatziki sauce and wrapped into a pita.

Taverna in GreeceHere’s another taverna that we found. You can see the Acropolis far behind it and the many olive trees. Looking at this picture you might have the impression that the climate was extremely dry and hot, and it was, but there was always a cool breeze in the air. The weather was simply perfect! I didn’t have to carry with me one of those portal mini fans.

Not only was our hotel located next to the major touristic attractions, but it was also close to the Greek Parliament. There was nothing special going on on that day except that we saw two soldiers (or maybe guards?) walking slowly in front of the building. I didn’t understand the meaning of it, but I thought it was interesting enough to take a picture.

Greek ParliamentHere’s Timon flying in front of the Greek Parliament.

March Of The Greek SoldiersBefore these two soldiers walked towards each other, they stood at the same place for at least 30 minutes without moving! I originally thought they were statues.

After we left the Greek Parliament, we continued wandering around the area. I felt like we were back to the present!

Athens StreetsWe noticed that all the taxi drivers were driving a yellow Mercedes! Interesting isn’t?

Graffiti in Athens

I wonder if there were grafitti during the times when Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle were still alive.

Our journey in Athens lasted only two days. Our goal was to see the ancient ruins, and we were both pleasantly surprised by what we saw. We ended our stay in Athens by sitting on the terrace located on the rooftop of the Plaka Hotel sipping our non-alcoholic drinks with a beautiful view of the Acropolis.

Coke and Iced-CoffeePlaka Hotel RooftopThis marks the end of our stay in Athens, but the beginning of our journey in Crete, known as paradise on earth.

Stay tuned!

Anna Lou

 

 

photos // all of these photos belong to me

 

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