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  • Day3

    All that Jatz

    September 24, 2017 in Greece

    We landed in Greece, cleared customs in record time and headed for the metro station. First little glitch... We forgot that Greece is basically a cash economy and could not purchase tickets. We spent the next 20 minutes searching for an ATM. All cashed up we navigated the metro like locals and with some helpful directions were at our accommodation for the night.

    Our accommodation was a quaint little 1 bedroom apartment in Athina. In this instance quaint refers to the fact our entire apartment was smaller than my bedroom.
    Our host Stefano, gave us the ground rules including don't flush your toliet paper (and can I tell you this is a bizarre feeling). A quick shower left us feeling envigorated and it was time to explore.

    * Note: Mum/Dad, I remember you once complained your apartment didn't have hot water. We were instructed to turn the water on at the mains 30-40 minutes before showering and turn it off just before showering.

    We found a little warren of eats at the foothills of the Acropolis and stopped for a bite to eat at All That Jatz. The service here was fantastic, largely due to the carafe and half of free wine we were given. With full bellies and heads buzzing we headed back to our apartment to catch up on much needed sleep.
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  • Day13

    Ruins of Ancient Greece

    October 4, 2017 in Greece

    We continued our mega tourist day with a walk though the Ancient Agora. The word agora means public space and this space is huge; we could of easily spent an entire day in this space. The space was originally a residential and burial area but by the early 6th Century BC it was redesigned into a public space. This space has been continually excavated by archaeologists since 1931. However it had been previously excavated over the years dating back to 1859. So as you can imagine there is a lot to be seen.

    The Stoa of Attalos, a trade centre and commercial hub built in approximately 150BC has been restored and now houses an museum focusing on Athenian Democracy. We skipped this however given the lack of signage in the grounds if I was to visit again I might start here to get a better understanding of the area.

    The highlight for me was Temple of Hephaestus which was constructed between 449 - 415BC and is the best preserved building from this time period. While not as grand as the Parthenon, it's completeness gives you an idea of the grandness of ancient Athenian architecture. The building is so well maintained due to it being in use until 1934. It served as a Greek Orthodox church until 1834 until King Otto (the first King of Greece) decreed the building should be used as a museum. In 1934 the use of the building as a museum discontinued and archaeological research on the site began. If you are wondering Hephaestus is the patron god of metal work, craftsmanship and fire.

    The other ruins are interesting too, there are a number of houses that are remarkably well preserved. But I really like the idea that I have now walked the same streets as Socrates did thousands of years ago.

    Nearby is Hadrian's Library, the highlight for me in this area was the statue of Nike (goddess if victory) despite losing her wings, arms and head she was beautiful. Also I love that the religious figurehead for winning, victories and competitiveness was female. Girl Power!

    The Roman Agora was again more ruins, I probably found this area the least interesting out if the three. Mostly like being a combination of it felt like it was more of the same and it wasn't particularly well sign posted so I wasn't sure what I was looking at.

    If I was to do this again I'd look at downloading some sort of audio tour to my phone before visiting any of these sites just so I could have some better context at what I was looking at.
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  • Day8

    Ancient Agora

    March 17 in Greece

    Walked down from the Parthenon for about 10 minutes to the Agora, passing lots and lots of street vendors. Google maps was helpful in directing us the right way. Spent the next few hours walking through the Agora, once again helped my Rick Steve’s audio walking tour. After finishing up at the Agora, caught the metro to Victoria station, not far from the National Museum of Archeology. Kept a death grip on my phone while on the subway.Read more

  • Day2

    Tempel des Hephaistos

    April 15 in Greece

    Der Tempel des Hephaistos im Zentrum Athens ist einer der besterhaltenen griechischen Tempel und ist größtenteils aus pentelischem Marmor erbaut.

    Der Tempel ist auch unter den Namen Theseion oder Theseum bekannt, da man in byzantinischer Zeit glaubte, die Gebeine des legendären griechischen Helden Theseusseien hier begraben. Anhand von Bauinschriften und zahlreichen Funden des Metall verarbeitenden Gewerbes in der näheren Umgebung konnte der Tempel dem Hephaistoszugewiesen werden, dem Gott der Schmiedekunst.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Thisseío, Thisseio, Thiseio, Thisio, Θησείο, Тисио, Тісіо

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