Location: USABeing the birthplace of western civilization, Athens was filled with ancient monuments. It actually exceeded our expectations and was a surprisingly nice place to stay, especially the Plaka region which had paved walking streets with no cars. And you can't forget the Greek food... its the best!!
Syntagmatos Square, the centre of the city is surrounded by Greek parliament buildings
The Parthenon was completed in 438 BC and is Athens most iconic symbol on the Acropolis. They have set up a restoration project which is the reason for all the scaffolding
Theatre of Dionysos on the south side of the Acropolis. Performances were very important even back then
View of the Plaka region with Lykavittos Hill in the background
Its always nice to get some water relief from a fountain!
Temple of Olympian Zeus which was begun 6th century BC and took more than 700 years to build! This is the only section left standing but originally there were 104 columns, each 17m high with a diameter of 1.7m
The Temple of Hephaestus within the Ancient Agora which was the market place and focal point of civic and social life in Athens. I actually got whistle blown for standing on the ruins to get this photo...whoops
The Acropolis with Hadrians Arch in the foreground
The traditionally costumed evzones which guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the parliament building on Syntagmatos Square. They have a semi-ceremony with the changing of the guards every couple of hours
The pichet makes another appearance in a taverna with a cute little garden.. it was very romantic ha ha!
As per usual we seeked out some sun-lounge and parasol action and found a great beach about an hour away with a bar and music, it was awesome! I'm having a Nescafe Frappe which were all the go in Athens. We didn't really see the appeal, just terrible cold instant coffee - obviously Greece hasn't been introduced to Starbucks. We much prefer to drink cocktails!
Sunset on Athens beach, truly amazing! We had a really great day