Four Days in Athens, Greece (Pt 4 – Philopappos Hill & The Roman Agora)

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

We’re winding down in our Greece posts – yay! I’m sure you’re happy. šŸ™‚

On our last full day we headed away from the crowds and headed first to Philopappos Hill. Up there you’ll find not only theĀ Philopappos Monument but also some breathtaking views of the city, as well as the Acropolis from a different angle.

Now it was BALLS HOT this day. Like, 100 degrees hot. We were dying. (And I was a miserable you know what… sorry Dave!) But we trudged on. And the view was worth it!Ā Philopappos Hill - Athens, Greece | www.perksofbeingajap.com | Perks of Being a JAP

This isĀ Philopappos Monument. Philopappos died in 116 and from Wikipedia he was “a Prince of the Kingdom of Commagene who lived in the Roman Empire during the 1st century and 2nd century. He was one of the most prominent Greeks who lived in the Roman Empire.

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

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

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

Like I mentioned, it was SO HOT but the view at the top of the hill was amazing.

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

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

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

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

And here once again my daughter and my husband are causing my anxiety to go through the roof by standing on a perch up high, high in the sky. (Deep breaths…. woo sahhhhh.)

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

I love this photo – it captures all of the Acropolis and the gorgeous scenery.

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

After we headed back down we cooled off in a cafe with some ice cream and then headed to the Roman Agora. We almost didn’t make it in because I was literally and figuratively melting from the heat. But I’m glad we did. It was a lot less crowded than the Acropolis and still had some original statues left in place.

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the Temple of Hephaestus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At the end of four days we were confident that we made the best of each and every one of them. We saw what we wanted to see, did the best with the heat and took away photos and experiences that will last us a lifetime.

Comments

  1. What an amazing trip! šŸ™‚

  2. Those views alone were well worth it!

  3. Looks so amazing!

  4. I hope you frame some of those photos, they are GORGEOUS!

    Also? The idea of being balls-hot while on vacation sounds like my own version of personal hell. I mean, it’s balls-hot here all the dang time (100+ for MONTHS), but I’m inside and not trying to enjoy the scenery, ya know?

    xox

    • If I had to deal with the 100+ degree heat on a daily basis and THEN deal with it on vacation I’d probably only take trips down to the Arctic! šŸ˜‰

  5. Now that I see your photos, I remembered I haven’t climped up there in years. Usually during summer months I only visit Acropolis at night. It’s open a couple of evenings during summer, free entrance, so that people can enjoy the full moon in August and the national museum day (I think!), but for your limited time in the city, you’d have to do that during the day. I’m itching to go back!

  6. Your vacation sounds absolutely amazing! I went to Athens back in high school and would love to go back and see more of Greece! And you’ve inspired me to do more real travel with Noah now that he’s getting older!

    • Go for it! I figure that you can give kids all the world but actually taking them to SEE the world is a memory they’ll always be able to look back on. Plus taking her now will only make it easier as she gets older. She is a pretty good traveler, I can’t really complain!

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