ATHENS THE CAPITAL OF HISTORY HERRITAGE AND BEAUTY
Athens is a city that embraces contemporary design and architecture, bussing bars and design-driven hotels, while the classics never go out of style.
Athens offers high quality of life, embracing contemporary design, art and architecture, friendly people, buzzing nightlife and good food. The best thing about living and working in Athens is that you can easily escape from it to beautiful seaside landscapes or snow-covered mountains, the nearest Greek island being only a 40-minute boat-trip away. Despite problems such as traffic, parking, relatively high prices and lack of parks, overall it is a rewarding place to live and work.
It is a fact that Athenians work hard and long hours, yet coffees and meals of shared (mezze) sometimes go on forever. During the weekends, lunch can easily slide into supper. The visit to the Acropolis citadel, and the visit to the New Athens museum are my best memories. It worths every single penny. After a sweaty hike up marble steps smoothed by centuries of sightseers, the first monument to see in the Acropolis citadel is Propylaea, Greek word for entrance. Walking through Propylaea one is faced by the Nikis Temple, Erechtheio and the Parthenon. Huddled below the Acropolis are the Dionyssus and Herodion theatres, the ancient Agora and the tiled neo-classical roofs of 19th century Plaka. Beyond, modern Athens stretches as far as the sea and the mountains surrounding it.
I remember when I walked up the Acropolis and visited all the Ancient sights how proud I felt for beeing born Greek!
Pláka is one nice neighborhood near the Acropolis. On its main streets there are lots of souvenir shops (all of them sell over-priced olympic stuff now), all kinds of bars and restaurants. It's calm and feels like a small town, especially because the streets are narrow, not welcoming traffic. A great place for a night stroll.
THE TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS
Also known as the Olympeion, THE TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS is located on Amalias Avenue about 500 meters south-east of the Acropolis.
The Temple was built of marble from Mount Pentelus. It consisted of 104 Corinthean columns, each 17 meters high. Only 15 of these columns remain standing today.
What Kind of Column is That?? 3
The first two column styles I talked about, Ionic and Doric, are the types that the Greeks used almost exclusively. The Romans, however, liked the Corinthian style, and you can see an example of this at the Temple of Zeus. Its columns are done in this style, which can be distinguished from the Ionic by the elaborate nature of the carvings at the top of the column. The base of the Corinthian column is also larger, but it is easier to tell the difference by the top carvings, for me.
Petit_Prince, Lilasel, AndyRG, Mardaska, Gmadmax
Petit_Prince: A French guy who lives in Madrid. He's very enthusiastic about VT; spokeman of VT for that evening ;-) Really nice guy & took excellent photos of people. Thanks for showing us your portfolio of travel pix & thanks for the lovely gift. :-)
Lilasel: The first Latvian I ever met! That's a very good sign. Perhaps I'll have a chance to visit your country soon :-) Personally, I think Andreas is enchanted ;-)
AndyRG: Sorry, Andreas. My battery went flat soon after. That's a great sin, I know! Hopefully, we'll have another chance in the future. Thanks for your warm hospitality & for the homecook meal offer! :-)
Mardaska: Marianna is truly fair! Especially for a Greek! It's been nice meeting you, Marianna!
Gmadmax: Ah, the man who appeared with 6 young ladies! George didn't get there until almost after midnight! Lucky chap, lol...
Aggeliki: She works in Graphic Arts & I would never have recognised her had she not told me who she was! Sorry about that. I didn't expect you to be there but it really was a pleasant surprise for me :-) Thanks for being so nice :-)))