While having breakfast at the hotel cafe, I told Aslan to check his semester results. At first he was reluctant but my reasonings (“You don’t want to be haunted by the thought of failing for the rest of the holiday, get it over and done with!”), he surrendered and accessed the student portal through my phone. He passed with flying colors and will graduate this coming October! Hurray! Oh, what a way to begin a holiday!
Photos of the simple but very filling buffet breakfast:
First stop in Athens after breakfast, the Acropolis of Athens. (Do click on the link to learn more about the Acropolis coz I am a bit lazy to explain in detail, thank you very much…)
Nothing could ever prepare me for the summer heat in Athens. Coming from the Tropics, I thought I could handle it. Until I found out summer in Athens is a completely different kind of heat. It is dry and absolutely prickly hot. It is like being in an oven. I appreciate the sauna we have back home, I find that more bearable.
Our hotel is just about 15-20 minutes walk from the Acropolis. It involved a bit of hiking as the Acropolis is located on a hill but something about being a tourist that made a 15-20 minutes walk seems so effortless. Probably all that excitement helps. So, here are some photos of our walk from Lyssikratous Street to the entrance of the Acropolis, bypassing Plaka.
The Acropolis is visible from our hotel and this is me seeking refuge from the heat of the sun by walking under the shadow…
Approaching the Lyssikratous Monument
Lysikrates Monument: Created by producer or choregos named Lysikrates in 335/334 BC who won the boys’ chorus contest at the Great Dionysia festival
I don’t know how to read Greek but this sign is interesting. Actually, any sign in Greek language looks interesting.
A peaceful stroll through the back alleys of some shops and houses near Lyssikratous Street. We purposely avoided the shops and cafes because we didn’t want to be pulled in.
Look up and there is the Acropolis.
Aslan was already super excited even if we were still quite a distance away from the Acropolis.
It was not hard to get to the Acropolis, provided you go to the right direction which is easy because the Acropolis is always in view from the street below!
Greek Evangelical Church
Not even noon and I am already burned. Gah. Nevertheless, the exterior of this church is artistic and beautiful. I think it goes back to the Byzantine era.
My Cammy’s photo looks dull compared with Aslan’s Debby.
You are almost there when you see this sign…
Greeks are full with philosophies, even on their graffitis.
After a little climb before the Acropolis, we were greeted by this amazing view of the city.
If I am not mistaken this is a temple dedicated to Hephaestus at the Ancient Agora.
It felt like a dream when I was there today. But that feeling was so familiar, like I’ve been here before. Dejavu?
Honestly, Aslan and I both thought we were early and there would be no queue at the entry. Again, we weren’t prepared. Almost fainted when we saw how freaking long the queue to the Acropolis ticket counter was this morning…
Took us almost twenty minutes before we actually got the tickets and entered the site. Ridiculous. On top of that, morning is the worst time to go to the Acropolis. Why? Freaking cruise tours. Not just one or two but maybe a bazillion of those big ass cruise ships. Dayyum. Acropolis was soooooooo crowded, it was almost impossible to take a solo photo, what more to enjoy the site. But, for Athens, we braced the crowd. It was definitely worth it though. So, tip number 1, visit the Acropolis in the afternoon when it is less crowded but don’t go too late just in case it closes early.
Among the things we did to pass the time while queuing.
Wearing thongs is a bad idea when visiting the Acropolis. The marbles can get quite slippery sometimes, even when it is dry!
By the time we got our entrance tickets, the queue got longer and longer!
Entrance ticket cost €12 per adult and it also includes entry to various archaeological sites around Athens such as Ancient Agora, Archaelogical Museum of Kerameikos.
Outside the entrance to the Acropolis.
The Acropolis is a huge site, so as crowded as it could be, when you get to the main area, it is not that bad. But the stairs can be a little hectic and beware of your steps. Either you could slip and fall or roll down a steep hill or step on a tourist who’s resting on the steps.
Wait till you see the amount of people at the stairs…
Theatre of Dionysus
Very high up and steep, so, do be careful when you walk around the Acropolis.
These marbles are not as slippery as the ones near the Parthenon.
One of the many cruise tours. They travel in pack and like to destroy photo ops.
More tourists ahead at the Propylaea or monumental gateway.
Candid of me before going up through the Propylaea
Some of the views from here:
Here are some photos of the Propylaea:
View of the Propylaea from the Parthenon side.
I thought my first time seeing the Parthenon would be something incredible but the following view does kill all the excitement.
With all due respect, the Acropolis is an impressive archaeological site but due to the overcrowding of tourists and terrible eye sore inducing constructions going on, it kills the glorious moment.
But then again, the Parthenon is so beautiful, even with the amount of tourists and scaffolding around it, it still looks stunning! Either that, Aslan is an impressive photographer compared with lousy me.
Nevertheless, we took photos of and with it. Might as well, since we are here sort of thing.
Look at the expression on Aslan’s face.
Aslan took a lot of photos of me taking photos. Meh.
There will be revenge, just wait, Aslan… I will take photos of you taking photos…
The Parthenon of Scaffolding
Aslan refused to pose like I did in the previous photo…
My smile is creepy.
In Greece, it is super rude to pose behind headless statues. It’s no funny business, so don’t attempt to try unless you don’t mind a scolding from the guards.
The rest of the monuments weren’t so bad.
What’s left of the Old Temple of Athena
The ruins of the Old Temple of Athena and further back is the Erechtheion.
I love these statues, so beautiful and graceful looking.
From Aslan’s camera. Meh. I am so getting a new one.
View from the Acropolis is breathtaking.
And windy too but oh, the breeze (Although can be quite warm at times) provided a bit of relief from the dry prickly heat.
Odeon of Pericles (Please correct me if I am wrong)
From the Acropolis, you can spot the temple of Zeus!
Amazing view of Athens and the Mediterranean Sea
What do you know, I did take a photo of Aslan taking a photo…
That is all the photos of the Acropolis for today. We will be going back here again tomorrow with Aslan’s family, so, I will take more photos to show you.
After the tour of the Acropolis, it was such joy to drink sweet and overpriced flavored Greek slushie.
About 6 euros of sweet chilled goodness… Dayyummm…
Until the next part of this entry.