Arch of Hadrian

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  • Day33

    Athens Greece

    June 17, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Well we've had a breif but enjoyable visit to this great city. Our b&b is right in heart of tourist town at base of the Accroplis. We struggled to find parking for car but after about the fourth try we prevailed but not before we were relived of 40 euros for two days! The apartment is quiet but bustling with tourists from early until late. We climbed accropolis hill at 8 am before main crowds arrived from cruise liners. Then we did the Ho ho tour and came back for lunch and compulsory book club (rest). Lloyd went off for an afternoon adventure to Piraeus city and harbour on Ho ho bus and the girls went shopping! Final evening saw us eating out in this magical time warp of a city.Read more

  • Day14

    Athens Day 6

    August 8 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Our last full day in Athens arrived far too quickly!

    We hailed a cab towards shopping district in the morning to get some essentials for the rest of our trip (bearing in mind we left England with two small hand luggage cases)! I also got my nails done whilst Craig had a quick pint in one of our favourite bars - he guiltily only admitted this to me the other day hahah!

    We spent the rest of the afternoon packing up the air BnB and getting ready for the flight to the Maldives the next day.

    Before long it was time to meet our guide Robbert (a Dutch entrepreneur living in Athens) for the bike tour. After around two minutes of cycling the heavens opened and there was a torrential downpour. We sheltered under some trees but the rain wasn't going anywhere so we made a mad dash for a bar a few minutes away, ordered three pints and waited for it to blow over.

    Once the rain stopped we resumed the tour and visited some of the most famous ruins in Athens. The highlights were the stunning Philopappos Hill - the birth place of democracy which also had a great view of the Acropolis, Hadrian's Arch & Temple and Hadrian's library.

    After a fab few hours the tour was over but we were getting on so well so we decided to to carry on the evening together. First stop was a sports bar, then a craft beer brewery and finally a tavern bar ran by his friends (with free Ouzo). Throughout the crawl we learned about Roberts multiple business ventures, from wooden bikes, to solar energy, to plant subscriptions (I even reviewed a business plan at one point but not sure how helpful I was after that many Ouzos).

    We ended the night in a beach bar with some cocktails, completely oblivious to the headaches that would naturally accompany them the next day!
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  • Day4


    June 16, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    In der Nähe des Akropolismuseums fanden wir auch den Hadrianbogen. Er ist frei zugänglich und wir hielten uns kurz dort auf.
    Der Bogen wurde von Kaiser Hadrian erbaut, der die Stadt erheblich erweiterte.
    Er ist 18m hoch und sollte anzeigen wo sein Neubauviertel begann.
    So trägt das Tor zur Seite der Akropolis hin die Inschrift "Das ist die Stadt des Theseus, die alte Stadt." und auf der anderen Seite "Dies ist die Stadt des Hadrian, nicht die des Theseus".
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  • Day7

    Athens: The Acropolis

    November 11, 2013 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    The acropolis in Athens is ground zero for the culture of the western hemisphere. The Parthenon affected me as deeply as it did when I saw it the first time as a twenty-one-year-old student. The proximity of Egypt, Greece and Italy explains a great deal about the spreading of art and culture in the ancient world. As we were sailing from Italy to Greece it occurred to me that western Greece and the “heel” of Italy are only about forty-five miles apart. On the acropolis we saw not only the Parthenon, but also the Propylaea, the Odeon and the Treasury. The magnificence of these buildings is overwhelming. What a tragedy that much of the damage to the Parthenon occurred because it was used as a target for Turkish artillery practice.Read more

  • Day7

    Athens: The City

    November 11, 2013 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Walking on the Plaka, sipping coffee at an outdoor cafe, seeing the lights of the Piraeus, and enjoying the re-creation of a Greek stadium for the modern Olympics--all of these are part of the modern Athens. It is a city that is rooted in the past, but with a powerful present and a vibrant future.Read more

  • Day665

    Some Athens sites

    February 9, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Well my parents were due to fly into Athens at 19:30 but due to fog their flight to Gatwick was first delayed then cancelled. Sod’s law, the flights before and after were fine. This meant obviously they missed their flight to Athens. Bryony was able to find another flight but it was from Heathrow and arrived at 03:30 and to quote a famous film ‘what does the 0 stand for, oh my god it’s early’. Thankfully they made it though and after a long lie-in we started to explore the city. Here are some of the photos of the sites we visited.Read more

  • Day666


    February 10, 2019 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    I was getting very confused looking at the signs around the city. The signs said Acropolis but the tickets were for Parthenon. It took me a while but I have finally figured out that the hill is called the Acropolis and within it is the Parthenon, the Odeon of Herod, and Theatre of Dionysus. They are very impressive, as John would say, ‘piles of ancient rocks’, though not so much of a pile nowadays as a lot of architectural reconstruction has taken place. The Odeon, which is like a small theatre is used in the summer for performances. We also watched the Sunday ‘changing of the guard’ with the brass band and funny walks and uniforms of tutus and pom-poms. I suppose in reality their uniforms are no more ridiculous then Beefeaters outfits.Read more

  • Day63

    Arch of Hadrian, Athens

    October 31, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Next stop for the day was the Arch of Hadrian and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. The Arch of Hadrian is most commonly known in Greek as Hadrian’s Gate and is a monumental gateway resembling a Roman triumphal arch. It spanned an ancient road from the centre of Athens to the complex of structures on the eastern side of the city that included the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It is believed that the arch was built to celebrate the arrival of the roman Emperor Hadrian on the occasion of the dedication of the nearby temple, completed in 131 or 132 AD.

    Not far from the Arch is the Temple of Olympian Zeus, a colossal ruined temple that was dedicated to Zeus, the king of the Olympian gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC but it was not completed until the 2nd century AD, 650 years after the project had begun. During the Roman periods it was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world. The temple’s glory was short lived, as it fell into disuse after being pillaged in the 3rd century AD. It was never repaired and was reduced to ruins thereafter.

    Because we had already visited the Acropolis and seen the amazing structures there, we decided we didn’t need to go into the site and instead checked it out through the fence. Even from a distance the size of the temple pillars, upright and scattered on the ground was very impressive. Once again we were left questioning how on earth these mammoth structures were constructed.
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  • Day2

    First day in Athens

    July 12, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Got in in the afternoon so just wandered around a bit and got some ice cream, then after a nap I went up to the rooftop bar at the hostel for sunset

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