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! :)