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Ancient Stuff in Athens

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A November 2005 trip to Athens by lcampbell

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Quote: A whirlwind trip, only 3 days, to explore all the ancient stuff of Athens—plus a side trip or two!

Ancient Stuff in Athens

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Athens view Photo, Athens, Greece
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The main reason most people visit Athens is for what I call the Ancient Stuff. The Parthenon and other temples on top of the Acropolis, the Temple of Hephaestus at the Agora, and the Temple of the Olympian Zeus are just a few of the structures built in 5th century BC. There are also ancient theatres, Roman baths, home sites, and a jail.The ancient mixed with the modern is always a real shocker. Picture a view of the Acropolis from the nearest Starbucks.But visiting all the Ancient Stuff will not get you anywhere close to the Mediterranean Sea. For that, there is a tram to the coastal beaches (see Transportation section). After riding for 20 stops, we were strolling in the sand ...Read More

Hostel Zeus

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We found this hostel online. Website www.hostels.com gave it an 80% rating at the time, but the reviews were mixed (some of the reviews being quite bad). We took a risk, wanting to believe the better reviews because the price was so attractive. Now we know we should have scraped up a few more bucks!Our Room:We chose the option of a four-bunk room. The room was small, but the beds were comfortable enough. There was a miniscule sink in the corner, as well as a mirror, table, and hutch (not lockable). Our window would not always close, but we were on third floor, so I don’t think it was much of a security problem. It was more of a noise and temperature problem.We had s...Read More

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Hostel Zeus
27 Sofokleous Street
Athens, Greece
+30 (210) 3211551

Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion

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Attraction | "Temple of Poseidon"

Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion Photo, Athens, Greece
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Poseidon was an interesting fellow. First he was swallowed by his father, Cronus, along with some siblings. To prevent Cronus’s next son, Zeus, from the same fate, mother Rhea hid Zeus in a cave. When Zeus was older, he overthrew and vanquished his father, but not before making him vomit up his siblings, including Poseidon. Now, I don’t know about you, but getting swallowed and then vomited up by my dad would definitely mess with my head. Anyway, the universe ended up being divided between three of the siblings. Zeus was god of the sky, Hades was god of the underworld, and Poseidon became god of the sea. After beginning life as he did, Poseidon could hardly be blamed for some behavioral pr...Read More

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Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
Cape Sounion
Athens, Greece

Day Trip to Napflio

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View from the castle Photo, Athens, Greece
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I loved being in Athens with my friend Shannon. Earlier in the trip, we had almost missed our flight from Berlin to Athens. Our response? If we miss it, let's just take the next flight, regardless of where it goes.Needless to say, we made the flight (by 1 minute!) and spent a couple days exploring Athens tourist sights. But, like me, Shannon is always itching to move, so we wandered to the bus station to see where we could go for a day. We had three possibilities, of which we knew virtually nothing about. To choose, we decided to use a similar strategy as the one we conceived at the airport – we would take whichever bus leaves first.We ended up going to Napflio, a small coasta...Read More

The Ancient Stuff - Acropolis

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Temple of Athena Nike Photo, Athens, Greece
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It is possible to see most of the Ancient Stuff around Athens in 1 day, but 2 days would be best. The AcropolisMost of the Ancient Stuff around Athens is clustered in one area—the Acropolis ("upper city") and surrounding land just below. The Acropolis is a giant limestone bench, perhaps 100m high, which dominates the landscape. Originally the site of more ancient temples, which have long since disappeared, the structures that stand on top of the Acropolis today are the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike. All were constructed in the 5th century BC.We entered the Acropolis area from the west side. Bags are not allowed, so we checked our backpack...Read More

The Ancient Stuff - Around the Acropolis

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Temple of Hephaestus Photo, Athens, Greece
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There is plenty more to see in a big circle around the base of the Acropolis. My friend and I started on the north/northwest side at Monastiraki because this is where our hostel was. Monastiraki is a commercial zone, with small shops and restaurants. The main attraction is the Sunday flea market, and this is also the place to find jewelry vendors. From Monastiraki, we entered the Agora, a site that preserves the main living area of Athens communities from 6th century BC to 5th century AD. The main flashy structure is the Temple of Hephaestus. Hephaestus was the son of Zeus and Hera, and is the god of "fire and crafts," or blacksmithing. Athena’s "close call" regarding her virginity was wit...Read More