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Ancient Athens: Historic itinerary of 3 days

Posted on November 29, 2010 | Historic DestinationNo Comment

Welcome to the 3000-year-old city! Is there anyone who does not know about this legendary Greek city? Well, the ancient Athens does not leave any room for the answer to be ‘no’. If you Visit Athens, you will realize that this town is the home of contradictions that fascinates as well as resists people. However, the most admirable feature of Ancient Athens is its assorted scenery that has emerged from the miscellaneous cultures populating and invading the city throughout its chaotic past. And yes, the presence of preserved Ancient Athens does not mean that the city has not progressed to modernization. The biggest evidence for this is the hosting of the 2004 Olympics here.

Today, Athens anticipates you with masses of tourists, abundant noise, and sandy streets; but the museums and the ancient remains overcome these cons as they are the homes of some of the most valuable treasures. Further, although the streets are sandy, the life there is quite colorful in terms of limitless entertainment revealing rich history and pulsating traditions. Finally, the efficient and fast transportation along with the proximity of the Athens Attractions make your 3 days satisfactory, interesting, and memorable.

On the first day of exploring Athens Attractions, I targeted the main places including the ancient ruins. Among all the ruins of the Ancient Athens, the most impressively largest is the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Even today, both the locals and tourists pay homage to Zeus who is the Greek king of the gods. Other highlights here are the Doric temple relics and the Hadrian’s Arch. The former since 560 BC is committed to Zeus. Both of them are worth a visit for their antiquity and the reflection of daily life around the temple in those days. Then, it was the turn of Parthenon, the greatest testament of Greek architecture and one of the most visited Athens Attractions; which is dedicated to the daughter of Zeus. Nestled at a distance of 700 m away from the Temple of Zeus is the Syntagma square that is overlooked by the Parliament house. Just take some time to halt here where the presidential guard called Evzones safeguards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After each hour, post changing ceremony takes place, a tradition followed seriously, but the unusual footwork make it a bit amusing. Opposite to this starts the Ermou Street that is known for shopping where you can find all types of shops and restaurants. Spend an afternoon here when you can shop with many Greeks as shopping is their favorite pastime. Lastly, I took a tour of the stunning National Gardens in the evening whose shaded lanes are the true tranquil escape from the hustling city side. Other attractions here are a Botanical Museum, a café, a duck pond, and children’s playground. At night, I headed to Psiri, the town with horrible history, but with bright modern nightlife.

On Day 2, I explored the Greek history by first heading towards The National Archaeological Museum that is among the greatest of its kinds on the planet. This is where you will find a few significant Greek artifacts since the prehistoric era. Check out for the greatest treasure called the Mask of Agamemnon – this is a funeral mask in gold that possesses mysterious roots that are yet not certainly known. To reach here, catch an underground train and alight at Victoria. Next, I discovered one of the most vibrant places called Monastiraki that is the home of the popular ‘kebab street’. Indulge yourself here in the ideal traditional Greek food. If you have much time, then this is the place where you will not get bore at all. Do visit the Monastiraki flea market, which is crowded on Sundays as that is the day when it has much to offer.

Visit Athens specially to explore the Acropolis, the famous archaeological site that offers the breathtaking view of the city. Come here when the sun is setting as you can avoid the afternoon’s hot sun and can also spot the glow of the Pentelic marble. While coming down, just amble via the Agora that is the hub of the ancient Athenian life below.

Day 3 was dedicated to the Groeek island of Hydra n the Argo Saronic Gulf that is accessible in just short period of time. Just wake up early to reach here on time so that you have an entire day to explore what a charming life can be spent here on a Greek island. To come here, you can decide to catch a bus, taxi, or underground train and alight at Port of Piraeus. Then, from here, hydrofoils will take you to the island after every hour. Buy tickets online or from a ticket booth here. This voyage is of 1.5 hours and that after your arrival, a vista of colorful boats in the harbor and the view of the white as well as brown houses slanting up the slopes will welcome you. The tranquility is felt as soon as you notice that no cars are permitted here. In Hydra, swim off the rocks, amble around the port, relax while gazing at the clear turquoise water, discover the meandering village roads on foot, go for shopping, and taste mouth-watering cuisine in one of the many restaurants.

This time visit Athens in this way and feel the fun that you can have at its maximum!

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