A Beautiful City for Athena

Athens, a city worshipped by people and gods. The beautiful capital of Greece is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is said to be the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Named after the goddess of warfare and home to Plato’s Academy, this city gave rise to many wise men of ancient times.

My introduction to the magical city began at the Acropolis, where I was enchanted by the beautiful remains and the stunning Acropolis Museum. There I also learned about the city’s “catch, neuter, and release” program, which populated the streets with stray dogs. One of these free spirits, which I named Atticus because he found me and my friends at ‘the Roundabout of Atticus’ and because I’ve always wanted to have a dog by that name after reading To Kill A Mockingbird, followed me and the gang loyally from the Acropolis all the way to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, where we sadly parted ways when us humans headed for the subway.

Between visiting the Port of Piraeus and walking around Old Town Plaka, I also visited the Poet Sandal Maker who directed me to his favourite Greek restaurant nearby. After a satisfying feast there, I ended the day at the top of Lycabettus hill, overlooking the entire city. When the red and orange colours burned in the sky as the sun set over Athens, I remembered a great piece of advice I once heard: see the world as a traveller, not a tourist.


246 responses to “A Beautiful City for Athena

  1. It’s posts and photos like this that make want want to travel! Great photos, especially the one of this kid playing the accordion.

    Do you shoot with film?

  2. I love Greece! We took our honeymoon there 10 years ago then went back in 2003. I particularly remember the leash-less dogs running around the platka – and your picture reminded me of that. funny. Have you been to Delos? It is essentially an open air museum that has yet to be fully excavated. You can touch 2000 year old pots in the ground with your toe, nothing like that! I just wrote about the Venus De Milo (which was found on the island of Milos) on my blog. It’s a humorous take on the statue and why it was found without its arms. Hey, loved the pics! Love your blog.

  3. For me, Greece is a dream destination with my girlfriends !! Looking at your photographs it makes me want to go visit right now! Amazing pictures. Kudos on being ‘freshly pressed’!!

  4. wowzers. Great shots. I’m infatuated with Greece and will be teaching there soon! I love how you captured the beauty and everyday life.

  5. I am greek and I really like when I hear or read that somebody loves and likes his/her visit here. Imagine how I feel when I read this wonderful post for the city where I live for the last 6 years. I am really glad and proud!

  6. I really like your photos. They are the perfect means to get in touch with faraway places, never seen. Luv, Nicoletta from Italy

  7. Beautiful photos! What camera did you use? You should have kept the dog with you!

  8. Awesome history and looks like a crazy hectic city. Great pictures! I’ve always wanted to visit Athens, now you just gave me more reason to, thanks!

  9. The history in the old architecture is just amazing, you captured it nicely…when I see blogs like this I want to get on a plane to far away places and bask in the differentness of the world…thanks for sharing

  10. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing it with us. I’m from Malaysia and lived in the UK while I was studying there. London’s amazing and I hope you have a blast there!

  11. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. It shows Athens in another way outside the common tourists’ leaflets! Excellent narrative. Athens has a very long history and the photo’s show it. Congratulations with your very nice blog.

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  13. These are lovely pictures. The interesting thing is, I visited Turkey, and I believe they have the largest number of Greek structures and artifacts after Greece itself, so it was great seeing Greek civilization there. Greece itself is on my list and I intend to get myself there as soon as I can manage it.

  14. And please take into account that Athens doesn’t have favelas and the like phenomena, as it happens in countries with great gap between rich and poor. Until now, the average Greek can live with dignity. Of course, I don’t know what exactly the plans of big bankers are for Greeks or for Europeans in general…

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