Athens in three days: Day one

Now that I have a “normal” life again, I’m afraid that most of my posts will be about quick weekend trips around Europe. For the Easter weekend, I bought a (slighlty overpriced) Easyjet ticket from Berlin (where I live now) to Athens. I had never been to Greece and, to be honest, I enjoy collecting countries, so it was definitely worth it. Plus, my mum liked the idea and she flew from Spain to meet me there. Look, that’s her in the plane saying hello:

11149315_1585869845028934_2172216046625759700_n   The first stop on Friday morning was the Acropolis: 11169936_1585869815028937_4080964909666367484_n  Please don’t hate me if I say that I enjoyed the views from the Acropolis more than being in front of the Parthenon. For example, you can see Mount Lycabettus (we went there on Sunday):     11173350_1585869811695604_5125502337936669600_n   And you can also have a look at the Temple of Olympian Zeus (that we also visited on Sunday (Sunday was indeed a busy day:)) 20185_1585870728362179_6355733355121870910_n In the Acropolis, you can also see the Erechteion, a temple well known for the Caryatids, six women working hard as columns in a porch:

Erechtheion - Caryatids

Actually, the Caryatids you see here are just replicas. The original ones can be found in the Acropolis Museum, right down the hill. Except for one which, “somehow“, is alone in the British Museum in London. Poor girl.

Afterwards, we started going down until we reached the Ancient Agora. The same place where guys like Socrates and Plato used to hang out some thousands of years ago. In the Agora, you can visit the well-preserved Temple of Hephaestus:

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Too many old stones for this post, let’s have a cat now:

Greek cat

This cute thing didn’t stop looking at me while I was having a salad in a restaurant near the Agora. Athens was full of street cats, but they seemed to be healthy and well fed. I’ll try to control myself and not include any more cat pictures in this post.

In the afternoon, we went to the Acropolis Museum. I can only post pictures of the outside, since cameras are strictly forbidden inside:

Acropolis Museum

The museum seen from the Acropolis looks like two thirds of a giant Rubik’s Cube in the middle of a rotation:11178262_1585869918362260_5726561034638530231_n

Or maybe I have too much imagination.

When we were finished at the museum, we were already so tired that we decided to go back to our hotel and recover some energy for the following day.

Oh well, I’ll be honest: we took a quick tour of the city in the Happy Train.

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http://www.athenshappytrain.com/gallery

Please don’t unfollow me on Facebook for being such a guiri.

On our second day in Athens, we made a day trip to the island of Aegina. More about that on my next post 🙂

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