Why visit Athens? Well it’s the capital and largest city of Greece and my second favourite City! See my first here – https://theluxurystoryteller.com/uncategorized/experiential-travel-bangkok-part-1/
The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple. This piece of history needs to be seen. It’s glorious but like any major tourist traction exceptionally busy.
Some history for you – in ancient Greece people came to the city from all over the Country to study and to trade. The city’s most famous building was the already referred to Parthenon which stood on a rocky hill called the Acropolis. Inside the Parthenon stood a statue of the city’s protector-goddess Athena.
Fun fact! Did you know that democracy comes from our ancient Greek friends?
Athens, like a lot of great Cities always feels different when I return, constantly evolving, always got an edgy vibe around it. It’s one of those Cities with an energy pulsating through it’s veins, hard to explain unless you spend some significant time there.
It’s a city where the new and ancient sit happily arm in arm. You can stay in a luxury hotel with all the modern-day luxuries before walking through modern areas, popular bars, tourist shops and fine restaurants and then find yourself by an extraordinary ruin – Pula was also like this as you’ll see in an upcoming post.
Where to go
The Acropolis Museum has enormous windows overlooking the Acropolis. The minimalism of the layout makes it exceptional, it’s worth a visit and I’m really not a museum advocator!
The Kolonaki district is more modern and trendy(apologies to any young people for using the word trendy!) containing a wide variety of bars and restaurants.
A ten-minute taxi journey will bring you to the best view of the city. There, after a minimal wait, you take the funicular to the top of Mount Lycabettus while you’re in Kolonaki. It’s the highest peak in Athens allowing, on one of the glorious sunny Athens days views all the way to the harbour at Piraeus. It’s a beautiful spot with a cafe and the Orizontes restaurant on hand, too, perfect for a quick beer afterwards! Believe me if you’re here in the Summer you’ll need a beer, it’s scorching even for this heat seeker.
Here concludes part 1 of visit Athens!