A July 2006 trip
to Athens by m2fernandes
Quote: Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world. Throughout the city you will find ancient artifacts standing with new technology. Athens has winding roads that can find you lost within beautiful architectures, ancient ruins, and shopping beyond your imagination.
A nice relaxing way to see a lot of Athens on a budget is to jump on the tram. It is located by the Roman Forum in the Plaka area. It costs 5 euro and lasts 40 minutes. It is a nice ride with some brief commentary on some of the sights.
Since the Summer Olympics in 2004, Athens has become easier to get around thanks to the numerous buses and metro system. If you opt for either of these options, MAKE SURE YOU VALIDATE YOUR TICKET and HOLD ON TO IT. If you do not do either of these, you will be cited on the spot. To get to and from the airport, you have a few options. You can take the metro for 6 euro. It is line 3 (or the blue line), which runs every half-hour. Your other option is the bus. You can take X94, X95, or X96, depending on where your hotel is located. It costs about 3.20 euro and can take longer depending upon traffic.
Taxis are available. However, be aware weary travelers! They can often overcharge. Traffic is there and can cause the price of the fare to increase rapidly.
Hotel | "Hotel Hermes"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2006
19 APOLLONOS STREET
Athens, Greece 10557
302 10 3235514
Attraction | "The Acropolis"
Once you finally make your way to the site, make sure you have shoes with traction. Climbing up towards the main gate, you'll see the Theater of Dionysus. Here, they have smaller performances to show tourists some of the Greek culture. The area has much marble, stones, and stairs throughout the site. When you first approach, you'll be entering Athena's shrine. As you walk through, you'll notice there is much construction. They are in the process of restoring the monument.
Continue through Athena's Temple, and proceed to the Parthenon. Here you can envision the activities that took place thousands of years ago. It is still in relatively good condition, but it is thanks to the efforts of the reconstruction team. Don't be alarmed, as many artifacts are available there as well as in the museum on-site.
Besides taking in the ancient buildings, be sure to take a few moments to soak in the sights from above Athens. You can see the layout of the city as well as have a good view of Lycavittos Hill.
With your ticket into the Acropolis, you'll also receive tickets to see Ancient Agora and other historical sights/references throughout the city.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 25, 2006
The Acropolis of Athens
Dionysiou Areopagitou St.
+30 210 32 14172
North Attleboro, Massachusetts