Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Exploring the Athens Acropolis

Author: Dorsey Velasquez

I had never considered Greece as a possible vacation destination, but after watching a documentary on the ancient Greeks on cable, I was inspired enough to take my holiday in Athens along with a girlfriend of mine. Neither of us were disappointed.
After a long flight, we landed at the Athens airport and took a taxi into the city to the hotel. We were on fairly strict budgets, so the hotel extremely basic, but it was central and clean, so that was enough. For the most part, the few days we spent in Athens were spent walking. Since it was our first visit, our main goal was to see the Acropolis, and walking from the hotel, it was almost always in clear view. We just kept walking towards it, taking in everything we saw on our way. As we drew near, we were overwhelmed by its size and beauty, even though it was under restoration work. What a magnificent complex! There is so much to see there - the Parthenon, Temple of Athena, the Theater of Dionysus, and more. We spent several hours there before finally heading back to the hotel, stopping along the way at a small, family-run restaurant for some mousaka, Greek salad, and a little retsina accompanied by some traditional bouzouki music. It was a fantastic day that I will always remember.

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