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

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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.

Comments

  1. Oh. Em. Gee. I am seriously GEEKING out here, like, near tears at how incredibly awesome this day must have been! Gaaaah! Must get myself to Greece!

    xox
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  2. When I was Sadie’s age, my family was stationed in Germany and they took us all over the place! Sadie will get to look back on these photos someday and it will be so special to her; I’m so glad my parents thought to take my places even before they were sure I could remember. I do remember, somewhat.

  3. Wow, this really is amazing! We did a similar thing when we were in Israel in neglecting to buy an unlimited pass to the national sites! Oh well!

    • You live and you learn right? We bought it once in Chicago and it was so worth it – just have to remember to actually think about it in other cities/countries!

  4. Oh, God, this is really reinforcing my desperation to travel to Greece. What a great trip!

  5. It makes me so happy that you liked it that much! 🙂

  6. Acropolis is definitely worth a visit, though the crowd and heat can be a turn-off sometimes. But it’s still definitely worth a visit, as are the other archaeological sites in Athens. Kerameikos with its death-themed archaeological site and museum is fascinating, as is the much less crowded Ancient Agora. But my favorite site in Athens has got to be Plaka with its lush gardens. I love Plaka!
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