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.
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!
You can see the Acropolis behind Timon!
On our way to the entrance of the Acropolis, we saw the famous 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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’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.
After we left the Greek Parliament, we continued wandering around the area. I felt like we were back to the present!
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.
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