Four Days in Athens, Greece (Pt 2 – The Acropolis)

If you’re just catching up to our trip to Athens, Greece, you can read the first recap here:

We knew going into our trip that at least one day would be dedicated to visiting the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (After this trip I want to go back to our previous travels to see how many UNESCO sites we’ve visited.) We also knew that this day had to be an early start because we were told by numerous sources to get their as soon as we could to avoid a) the heat and b) the crowds. We tried our best but it was still a) hot as Hades and b) crowded.

Sadie was a trooper. This little four year old rarely complained, walked almost the whole time and was such a good little traveling buddy. We kept complimenting her and cheering her on as we walked and walked and walked or climbed and climbed and climbed and we also tried to explain to her how lucky she was to be in Greece and at the Acropolis. How so many people only dream of seeing these sights with their own eyes and how amazing it was that we brought her there. I think it kind of stuck with her cause she would repeat it back to me at random times so I am hopeful she will continue to understand how privileged she is.

One note here – I think a mistake that we made was not buying the master pass to the major ruins. We wound up buying individual passes to each place we visited (probably three in total we paid for) and could have ultimately saved some money buying the pass that covered all of them instead of paying a la carte as we went. I didn’t think it would be worth it for whatever reason but lesson learned!

We started off by walking from our hotel to the Acropolis entrance, bought our tickets and started the slow descent up, wandering through the grounds and checking out ruins as we went. See that building at the very top of that wall? That’s where we were headed!

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First we passed the Theatre of Dionysus and then climbed those steps to the top of the hill.

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The Acropolis - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

The Acropolis - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

After climbing and walking a bit more we got to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus which is still used today for concerts! How awesome is that? I would LOVE to go to a concert there, especially at night with the entire city lit up beneath you.

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The Acropolis - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

This area below where Dave and Sadie are standing really freaked me out. It’s kind of narrow and has stairs leading down with no banisters or anything and also the floor is made of pretty slippery rock. I have a massive fear of heights and also slight claustrophobia and so we were up there and a huge tour group came through crowding everyone and I got super nervous. Definitely moved off away from this area as soon as possible.

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This is the entrance to see the major ruins – the Parthenon, the Erectheion and more.

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Once you’re through the passageway the history books come to life. We kept remarking to each other that we couldn’t believe we were actually there, standing in front of those monuments that we had only read about in books.

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The Acropolis - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

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The Acropolis - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

The Acropolis - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

The Acropolis - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

The Acropolis - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

The Acropolis - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

The Acropolis - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

There were some incredible views from the top of the Acropolis. We had a birds eye view of the entire city including the Theatre of Dionysus, the Temple of Zeus the Olympian and the Panathenaic Stadium.

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The Acropolis - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

The Acropolis - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Sadie insisted in taking photos in this little circle in front of the Parthenon. 🙂

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The Acropolis - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

I was going to include the Roman Agora in this post but I think it’s too long as it is so I’ll save it for another day! I still can’t believe we were standing in front of these amazing archaeological sites only a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to at least a dozen countries but the Acropolis is perhaps one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.

Four Days in Athens, Greece (Pt 1)

A great perk of my job is getting to travel not only across the country but also internationally. Most of the time I am stuck in the hotel running the event but luckily my bosses are great and when we go to Europe the event team gets to tag along to the fun activities too. This trip to Athens, Greece was even better than most because once I was done Dave and Sadie joined me!!

We had four quick days to try and cram as much as possible into our agenda and I think we got a lot accomplished! Despite the heat. OMG it was hot. We were in the midst of a heat wave but we made the best of it. I have a LOT of pictures to share (and quite the demand to share them) so I’ll be breaking our trip up into a few posts.

This post will be about our first two days. First we visited the Temple of Olympian Zeus which was right across from my event hotel. It was amazing to have this right outside – we hosted a welcome reception with this glowing at us across the street at night and were able to see it from the rooftop garden each day at lunch. Stunning!

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Temple of Olympian Zeus - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Sadie was a fabulous tour guide. She would ask Dave what something was and then would tell me after he told her. 😉 Temple of Olympian Zeus - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Temple of Olympian Zeus - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com
The temple is housed in a small park and besides the ruins in these photos you can also see some scattered remnants of buildings dating back to the Greek and Roman regimes.

Another stop was Monastiraki Square which hosts a large flea market and shopping area as well as the Church of the Pantanassa. We did quite a bit of shopping here!

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Monastiraki - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

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Monastiraki - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Monastiraki - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Monastiraki - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

We stumbled upon this street in the neighborhood of Psyrri and had no idea what it was. I thought it was the lamp district or something! Turns out it is a neighborhood effort to make a desolate alley into a more welcome, cozy spot for people to visit and shop. How cool! I only wish I would have seen it at night when they are all lit up. Pittaki Street - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Pittaki Street - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Graffiti absolutely covered every inch of Athens. Most of it was what seemed like random tagging and some political messaging (a tag outside our Airbnb said “Stop buying shoes”… ok) but we also found some pretty great pieces here and there.

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Street art - Athens, Greece | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Like I mentioned the days were so incredibly hot. 100 degrees at least. In order to get out of the heat for at least a little bit we hopped on The Athens Happy Train. Was Sadie thrilled? Yes. Were we thrilled to get a little shade? Yes. Other than that – not worth anyone’s time!

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Next up – The Acropolis and the Roman Agora!

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