September in Greece, Part III: Athens

Our last few days in Greece were spent in Athens. Our hotel, A for Athens, was centrally located in the city's old town, at Monastiraki Square—a major tourist spot with tons of restaurants and shopping—and it sat just below the Acropolis. The view was amazing! The only downside: you can hear drummers in the square till the wee hours in the morning.

One of the first things I like to do when traveling to new, distant places is check out the local food markets. It's a great way to get a true sense of the people, the lifestyle and find out from the locals what's good to eat! Plus, it's always so colorful and full of (real) life. Here's a little piece of the action captured from my phone. It was loud, crowded and wonderful! (Love the girl waving at the end.)


We spent an afternoon walking around the neighborhood of Monastiraki, which has a ton of great antique shops and beautifully aged architecture. 

This Victrola was in great condition—and it still played records. 

A small street strung with lamp shades.

What was most surprising to me about the area was the amount of graffiti everywhere. There wasn't one wall or building that wasn't tagged up in some way.

And of course, there was the Acropolis—reachable by foot from Monastiraki Square. You can also get there by bus or trolley, but I recommend taking the long, scenic route.

The road up...

Unbelievable views...

Statues along the way as we walked through ancient Agora...

The statue of David (Calle)

The legendary statue of Crazy Legusus

The statue of Saint Peter (Connell)

View from the rock of Areopagos

Just below the Acropolis, there is the theater of Herod Atticus, which is still used for concerts and performances. 

We were lucky to catch dancers rehearsing for the evening's performance.

And finally, we made it!

The incredible Parthenon

Maidens of Caryatids on the Erechtheion

The Acropolis has been under an extensive restoration and conservation program since 1975. Many of the ruins are being restored with new marble. The contrast is amazing to see in person—and really allows you to imagine what this place must have looked like centuries ago.

At the very east side of the Acropolis is the Greek flag. From here, there are beautiful unobstructed  views of the city. A great way to end the visit.

Greece was, by far, one of my most memorable trips. I definitely plan on returning. It is a mythical place that takes you back to a time of gods and goddesses—and is truly heavenly!

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