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. A mazing photos you got a good eye this just makes me want to go to Athens so much. you could try signing p with istock photos where yo gain commission on photos that people use for logos or magazines and such.

  2. This post really deserves a spot in Freshly Pressed. 🙂

    Ever since I got a copy of Edith Hamilton’s mythology, my fascination with the Greek mythology, along with Greek cultures and especially landmarks, never wavered. Seeing a multitude of photos of the Greek city I would visit first if ever I get the chance (and the money) to travel to Europe made my heart skip several beats. To put it simply, this post is truly enchanting.

    I hope you go around Europe more. Or write about Greek mythology (if you are well versed with it). Looking forward to a string of stunning photos in the future! 😀

  3. Your pictures are incredible. What kind of camera do you use? Just got a DSLR myself, your pics are inspiring! 🙂

  4. An old acquaintance, a world traveler herself, told me the same thing …….. See the world as a traveler not a tourist !

    Your post and photographs inspire me and I hope other to get on with their travels.

    • Mych, the first photos are taken from the Lyccavetus hill and the next from the area of the Acropolis.
      Those with the sandal shoes are taken possibly at Plaka, under the Acropolis rock.

  5. Wow! I’ve always loved the Romans and Greeks; their architecture is absolutely fascinating and you’re an excellent photographer to capture all of it as you did. I haven’t seen a shot of Athens like that in a long time. Are either of the two dogs in the picture Atticus?

  6. I loved your pictures. The ones of the sunset from the Acropolis are breath-taking, really beautiful!

    Before I visited I had heard that Athens was just a big, dirty city; but I agree with you, it is a beautiful city worth visiting. Athens is full of history, amazing food, and extremely friendly, helpful and welcoming citizens.

  7. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful. I have always wanted to visit Greece. I loved Greek mythology as a child and Athena-the goddess of war-was always my favorite of the Greek Gods.

  8. Athena AT HEN A; goddess of the weave

    iam reminded of lunchtime in high school, when i chose to read in the library, Bulfinche’s (sp?) mythology. Now am understand (une der toi) ding cycle-ology, Medicus, Comedis, Re-ligon, Fillovsophie ande Moore. Than Q portal pixars!

  9. These pictures are so beautiful. Thank you so much. Nice choice of a name for your doggie follower….To Kill a Mockingbird is also one of my favorite books.

  10. I love these photos..I try to visit Athen once. Athen was the center of knowledge and philosophy. It is one of the most important historical cities of the world. I live in Iran and my country has a rich cultural heritage.
    It’s a historical country.we have historical places like Takhte Jamshid in Marvdasht near Shiraz.
    Here are some photos from Takhte Jamshid.


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