Like a good tourist, the acropolis was my first stop in Athens.
Over 2500 years old, its crumbling structure looks over the city, protecting it like the goddess Athena.
It was a bit of a hike up the hill (especially in the heat) but the incredible views of the ever expanding city kept my mind occupied from looking at the distance ahead.
Finally reaching the top, you’re rewarded with views of the ancient theatre – a tribute to the god Dionysys, the temple of Olympian Zeus, the modern museum dedicated to the acropolis, and a 360 degree view of Athens.
I tried to climb up on the wall for a pic, but the height was a little daunting.
Heading up to the acropolis, the sheer size of the columns is incredible. A few have been restored to show their true composition of white marble, but a lot have been crumbled or knocked down as a result of various bombings.
It was a little tragic to see such destruction, but it made what was left standing that much more meaningful.
The skill illustrated in the detailing and creation of massive statues was a bit ridiculous.
After a thorough photo op, we had become quite sweaty from standing on a mountain during the sun’s peak hours. Trekking down the hill we were treated by a frozen lemonade stand. This place must be a cash cow!
A little bit sour, but awesomely refreshing.
Finishing up the self-guided tour, we hit up the theatre to check out the seating. Surprisingly, here, we were treated to the sight of both a dog and a turtle just cruising around the gardens.
Hot and sweaty we went for a bite to eat and decided to resume our exploration in a few hours.