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  • Day2

    Athen bei Nacht

    June 14, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Unser zweiter Tag in Athen, Abends.
    Wenn es etwas kühler geworden ist beginnt das Leben und überall sitzen Menschen vor den Bars, Restaurants und Cafés.
    Alle Straßen sind erleuchtet und man hat richtig Lust noch draußen zu sitzen, die Atmosphäre zu genießen und dem Treiben zuzuschauen.
    Natürlich gibt es auch mehrere gute Punkte in der Stadt von wo aus man einen guten Blick zur beleuchteten Akropolis hat.
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  • Day59


    November 17, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    In Athen ist für mich bis jetzt am deutlichsten zu erkennen gewesen, dass das System des Staates Griechenland hinkt. Die zahlreichen Obdachlosen aller Altersstufen verteilen sich auf die gesamte Stadt und somit ist nahezu jede vor der Witterung schutzgebende Gebäudenische besetzt. Davon abgesehen bleibt mir vor allem der Rush-Hour Verkehr in den Abendstunden im Gedächtnis, den ich bis hierher als anstrengendsten empfand. Während die Fahrzeugführer vierrädriger Vehikel weitestgehend berechenbar fahren, scheinen alle Zweiradfahrer auf Selbstmordmission. Mit Kippe im Mund und Handy am Ohr wird ohne Helm durch die engen Zwischenräume der wartenden Autos und Busse derart durchgebrettert, dass ich Schwierigkeiten hatte, einen kollisionsfreien Spurwechsel durchzuführen.

    Nach einer Nacht im Hostel treffe ich dann auf Max, mit dem ich die klasse Zeit in Athen und Umgebung verbringe.
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  • Day3

    Plaka Area

    May 12, 2015 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Majority of the group decided to do the ME TIME optional, we started by walking through Plaka area and made our way to Abepna where we were spoilt with a three course traditional Greek meal. The food was AMAZING we had plenty of it! While there we got to listen to and watch traditional dances, they even pulled a few of our group up to dance with them.Read more

  • Day62

    Gate of Medrese (Madrasah), Athens

    October 30, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today is the day Brad gets to visit the Acropolis and he is so excited about it. Seeing it lit up on the hill when we were out last night was a bit surreal. There are so many ancient ruins throughout Athens that are just a part of every day life here. So much history and so many interesting things to see. On our way to the Acropolis I saw this beautiful door and decided to photograph it. It stood out, probably because of its colour or its position, and it wasn’t until we were back at our room that I discovered the importance of that door.

    It is called the Gate of Medrese and is a visible reminder of dark times. The doorway is all that remains of the Ottoman era Islamic Madrasa (Theological School) of Athens. In the center of the courtyard was a large plane tree that became a gathering place for leaders of the Muslim community. Over time, this tree became the symbol of the Madrasa.

    The school was built in 1721 and was later converted to a prison. During its years as a prison, the living quarters became overcrowded, inhumane prison cells, and the plane tree became a hangman’s tree for hundreds of executions. Those not executed were subjected to torture and slavery.

    The Madrasa was nearly destroyed during the early part of the Greek War of Independence. After the liberation of Athens, the Madrasa was rebuilt and used as barracks by the Greek Army for the remainder of the war. After the Greeks’ victory, it was converted yet again, this time into a prison for both Turks and Greek political prisoners. The new Greek government revived the hangings on the plane tree for “deserving” Turks and traitorous Greeks.

    The prison was finally closed right before the 20th century, and the Archaeology Department began demolition in search of older and more important artefacts. By 1915, all that remained was the main door and a small portion of the adjacent exterior walls. The tree was destroyed by a lightning strike in 1919, appropriately closing a chapter on the horrific things that took place on and around it.

    The door is now a symbol of its history, a dark reminder of what has been before.
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  • Day66

    Tower of Winds, Athens

    November 3, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Opposite the Gate of Medrese is the site of an ancient octagonal weather station named for the eight Greek gods of wind. Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes or the Tower of Winds, is an octagonal Pentelic marble clock tower in the Roman Agora and is considered the world's first meteorological station.

    The structure features a combination of sundials, a water clock, and a wind vane. It was supposedly built by Andronicus of Cyrrhus around 50 BC, but according to other sources, might have been constructed in the 2nd century BC before the rest of the forum. In summer of 2014, the Athens Ephorate of Antiquities began cleaning and conserving the structure; restoration work was completed in 2016.

    The octagonal structure was made almost entirely out of Pentelic marble, the same kind used for the Parthenon, which is rare to find in any structures other than temples. Built to measure time, it is also known as a horologion, meaning timepiece.

    Each of its eight sides faces a point on the compass, and features a frieze depicting each of the eight ancient Greek wind gods, giving the tower its name. Beneath the friezes are eight vertical sundials where the shadow was cast on hour lines that, while faint, are still visible today.

    The interior of the structure contained a complicated internal water clock, which was driven by water flowing down from a large well under the Acropolis. This was essential for use on cloudy days or at night when the sundials were ineffective.

    Once again it is amazing to see a structure built so long ago and even better to see that the people of Athens take the restoration of these sites very seriously.
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  • Day64

    Around Athens - part 2

    November 1, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    We had to change some of our plans due to Brad’s vertigo and ended up staying in Athens for six nights instead of the planned four. Because we were unable to extend our original booking we had to stay elsewhere for our first two nights and today we were moving to our original booking. With check out times and check in times to consider we spent the morning exploring the area behind our accommodation. It is very interesting to see the different sides of Athens and we enjoyed our morning stroll.

    While waiting to check into our apartment we decided to try the local waffles with banana and Nutella and we have to say it was very sweet and really not as enjoyable as we thought it would be. It looked good though. We were joined for brunch by a family of cats and they did enjoy some of the ice-cream from our plates.

    We finally got to check into our apartment for the last four nights of our trip and we were very impressed. Considering the entrance was a battered door covered in graffiti in the middle of the markets we were a bit unsure as to what to expect. I think the thing that surprised me the most, besides the weird mannequin at the top of the steps, was the shower situation. Basically, the toilet was in the shower area and I wasn’t impressed, until I had my first shower that is. Best shower of the whole trip, great pressure and warm water – perfect. Our apartment is wonderful and one of the best we have stayed in when it comes to amenities and location. It is a great place to enjoy our last four days before we make the trip home.
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  • Day1

    Dining at the feet of the Acropolis

    September 3 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Since we are not normal people, the first thing we do (after turning on the AC) is turning on our work laptops to check on emails (me), have a job interview (me again) and prepare job applications (Ludo). 🙈

    By the time we are done, it's already 9pm and the only grocery store still open is luxurious organic food shop, where we spend 20 euros on a box of cherry tomatoes, two yogurts, 3 pears and a bottle of soja milk. That will do for tomorrow's breakfast, but I guess tonight we will have to dine out... 😁

    On Trip Advisor we found the name of a café that us supposed to have decent prices and a nice view, but we are open to anything, really. After leaving the apartment, we start exploring the neighbourhood walking towards the Plaka area, finding us surrounded by pictoresque stone alleys with bistros and cafés perched on the hilly ground and stairs... Not to forget stunning archeological sites like the Roman agora. Everything is colourful, joyful and beautifully lit. The only problem are prices...

    We keep walking until we find the café suggested on Trip Advisor and we have no doubts: this is the place! It's called Klepsydra and is characterised by an outdoor dining aerea with beatiful lights and decorations and the café section consisting of tiny tables and chairs placed on the stairs leading to the Acrópolis. We obviously go for the café section and enjoy a beatiful meal made of fish, gyros and "Greek spritz" (I home my Italian passport won't been revoked)... 🍹😬

    And while we enjoy our meal with the amazing view of ancient Athens in front of us, we finally realise we are on holiday!
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  • Day2

    Areopagus Hill

    September 4 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    By the time we start descending from the Acropolis, the sun has started setting. While walking down, we notice a very crowded hilly formation on the right handside of the Acropolis: out of curiosity, we head there and immediately realise why it´s such a popular place: from here, you can enjoy a stunning view of the sunset and of the whole city of Athens!
    Pure magic!
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  • Day1


    October 18, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Wir sind mit Lufthansa von Frankfurt nach Athen geflogen ❤🌍 Nach der furchtbarsten Taxifahrt unseres Lebens sind wir bei unserer schönen, zentral gelegenen Airbnb angekommen. Der Gastgeber hat uns dann für den Rest der Reise einen sehr netten Taxifahrer empfohlen. Diesen konnten wir dann für jede Fahrt per WhatsApp buchen. 🚙🛣👌 Wir waren spazieren, indisch essen und ein paar Kleinigkeiten im Tante Emma Laden einkaufen. Am nächsten Morgen ging es für uns um ca. 7h ab Piräus per Fähre nach Paros. 👌🥰🛥🛫Read more

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Aérides, Aerides, Αέρηδες, Эридес, Ерідес

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