Monday, July 29, 2013

The Extravaganza of Ruins in Athens, Greece

When I was a kid, I'd make lists of places I wanted to go someday. Athens was always, always, on the list.

What can I say, I grew up to become a travel loving history major!

Being in Athens was a dream come true in a lot of ways. Everyone told us it wasn't very exciting and that we should spend no more than a day there and head on to better, prettier places. While I'll concede that Athens is a little rough around the edges, there is SO much to see there. One day was definitely not enough. But we did our best!

We got started by climbing up to the Parthenon...

It was pretty deserted until we got to the actual Acropolis where the Parthenon is. Then, suddenly, we were swept away by the deluge of tourist groups. Every language, every nationality, every tour company descended at once. So we decided to hurry up and get moving or risk getting crushed.

Finally, the Parthenon! All my nerdy childhood dreams come true!

It was pretty cool to actually stand there, especially after so many years spent reading books and taking classes on it. I'm in Athens! On the actual Acropolis! It was a bit like my reaction while exploring ruins in Rome. Needless to say, I was happy :)

From there we continued to more ruins nearby, including the Temple of Hephaestus.

A group of American students were doing a summer study abroad for an Archaeology class. I was fiercely jealous and totally stood there watching them like a creeper and wishing I could join them.

History nerd paradise.

We took a break for lunch and souvenir hunting before hitting up the history museum in Athens. They built the museum over an ancient Greek town but put glass floors so you can still see it. Could this day get any better for me??

ever present evil eye

After the museum we visited one final ruin before turning in for the day. 

Athens was incredible. Not as sexy as Santorini, but so much history. I loved it.

That was it for Greece! Then we were off to our next stop, Bucharest Romania!

Stay tuned! :)


  1. hi :) I've been reading your blog but realised i haven't commented for a while... 'its so pretty' and 'Im jealous' get boring, right? ;)
    but here I am... grovelling for your help... I've been reading your old marburg blog trying to find answers but cannot. Do you have any idea what richtsberg is like?? We're going to be staying there and Im curious.. Im pretty sure, if i understood correctly, that there was a murder or something serious in the place we're going to be staying!

    1. Hi! I hate to say it, but Richtsberg is a little sketchy. I mean, it's still safer than a big city in the US, but it would not be my first choice if I were to live in Marburg. are you staying in a student type building or your own apartment?

      The thing about Marburg is that it's generally a very safe place. I always felt safe there, and even when I was in the rougher parts of town or at night, as long as I was street smart and with some people I never had any problems.

      I went ahead and contacted some of my old friends in Marburg since they know way more about Richtsberg and finding apartments than I do, so I can let you know what they say or put you in contact with them (all very sweet girls and MA students there). I know finding an apartment in the city center is kind of hard with all the students, but Marburg has nice suburbs (I lived in werhda, for instance) so you can go a little outside the city center without ending up somewhere unpleasant.

      I loved loved loved Marburg, so let me know if you have any questions or want to know about the city. It is a great place to live and study!!