Be warned, this is a photo heavy post – I hope you’ve got fast internet!
I recently got back from 10 days in Greece with my family. I had such a fab time, and took so many photos, so naturally I was going to blog about it. I really enjoyed writing my Marseille post, so I might make Travel posts a regular thing on Peppermint and Panda Eyes. At least as regular as I can, I don’t travel anywhere near as much as I’d like to!
Day One – The Acropolis
Our hotel was just a five minute walk from the base of the Acropolis and Dionysiou Areopagitou Street (which is the longest walkway in Athens). We went up there on the first day, because you can’t really go to Athens and not go to the Acropolis, can you? It was so hot and so busy, but obviously so worth it. It was amazing to see the Parthenon, and the views down onto Athens were just incredible.
Day Two – The Ancient Agora
I think day two was my favourite day. First, we went to the Ancient Agora, on the northwest side of the Acropolis, which was the heart of Ancient Athens. Amongst the ruins of the town, the Temple of Hephaestus and the Church of the Holy Apostles are still standing strong. The Stoa of Attolos has also been restored to house the museum. Then we walked to Monastiraki Square, where there were hundreds of flea markets and antique shops, and downErmou, the main shopping street of Athens. At the end of Ermou is Syntagma Square and the Hellenic Parliament building (where there was a guard guarding the traditional guards!). Finally, we walked through the National Gardens, where we practically collapsed from exhaustion and the heat and got a taxi back to our hotel.
Temple of Hephaestus
Church of the Holy Apostles
Stoa of Attalos
Monastiraki Square and Ermou
Syntagma Square and the Hellenic Parliament
Day Three – Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Zappeion
We were catching our flight to Skiathos in the afternoon of day three, so the morning was a bit of a rush. We nipped down Dionysiou Areopagitou Street to Hadrian’s Arch (the same Hadrian that built Hadrian’s Wall – they aren’t joking when they say the Roman Empire was massive!) and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which we’d seen from the top of the Acropolis. Across the road from there was the Zappeion, which is a beautiful building built in 1869 as part of the revival of the Olympic Games.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
One of my favourite regions of Athens has to be the Plaka, which is a bit like a little Greek village in the middle of the city. The narrow streets are filled with souvenir and jewellery shops, restaurants and buskers. We ate there every night; one night even going to Daphne’s, where the likes of Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Vivenne Westwood and even the Queens of Norway, Jordan and Spain have eaten!
I would 100% recommend Athens to anyone as it’s such an interesting and beautiful city, I loved it so much. It’s easily my second favourite European city, after London (let’s face it, home was always going to win!). There was such a great atmosphere, and there were so many friendly animals roaming the streets. You could really see the layers of the city, and the mix of ancient and new, which was really beautiful. For example, at one point in the Ancient Agora, we were looking at some ancient statues, and above the boundary wall we could see modern houses and buildings. Then a train appeared in front of the wall, completely covered in colourful graffiti – I just wish I’d been quick enough to snap a picture!
Stay tuned for a future post (or two!) on Skiathos!
Panda Eyes xx