The Acropolis

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.

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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.

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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.

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I tried to climb up on the wall for a pic, but the height was a little daunting.

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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.

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The skill illustrated in the detailing and creation of massive statues was a bit ridiculous.

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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.

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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.

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Hot and sweaty we went for a bite to eat and decided to resume our exploration in a few hours.

 

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