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. Hola!
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    Éxitos con tu blog.


  2. This is on my list of cities to visit, thank you for the introduction 🙂 Did you partake in the street food in one of the photos? What was your favorite place or food of your trip?
    Congrats for FP!

  3. Thanks for the time you put into taking these beautiful photographs. I really got a sense of place and feeling, and so wanted to be there! It’s definitely on my bucket list of places to see!

  4. My aunt lives near Athens. I wish I could go visit her but only my mom has gone to visit her which is so unfair. Anyway my mom said that when she got dropped off by the bus at Athens she saw people smoking stuff on the streets like weed, or crack that’s why she didn’t want me to go with her because of my safety

  5. Το ανήλικο παιδάκι που ζητιανεύει το θεωρείς εσύ μέρος της προβολής της πόλης ή κατάντια, νομίζω η ηλιθιότητα βασιλεύει……..

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  7. I love this ! I am going to Athens in April, I can’t wait! Are there any more particular areas you would recommend? i hope to study classics at university, there is so much I wish to see!

  8. The Poet! My mother spent much of her youth in Athens and had her sandals made by him all of the time. I lived there as well, years later, and did the same…
    Lovely post. Thank you!

  9. Oh man, I love the coloring on your photos! Did you use Photoshop to edit them or did they come out that way naturally? The one from the motorcycle seat looks like a print I’d buy someplace. I especially love the third photo in this post…

    Did you ever read The Sheltering Sky ? It makes the same distinction as you have between what it means to be a tourist versus a traveller.

  10. Your shots of Athens are incredible. I travelled there 2 summers ago and I can tell you from experience that you captured the city’s beauty with your images, a daunting task indeed. Well done.

  11. you have outstandingly captured athens. you have caused me ptyalism over athens, i can’t stop day dreaming of getting there. your passion in blogging and photography is something really commendable. you inspire me to keep up with my travel blog. thanks man!

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