06 Jun - Time is our enemy as we left the beautiful Santorini behind. For Athens, we planned about a day to spend in the city while trying to cover as many landmarks as possible. Athens has a great heritage with its recorded history spanning 3400 years - from ancient monuments, to Romans and Byzantine artifacts and finally Ottoman sculptures. Athens by itself houses 2 UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. As the Daphni is closed to public for restoration, we made visiting the Acropolis our top priority.
the Acropolis of Athens
Wondering among the ruins
Open air plaza
The classical theater
A bird's eye view of the city of Athens
Excavation in progress of ancient city
After we are done with the Acropolis, we headed to the Temple of Olympian Zeus to take photos of its ruins
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Athens Parliament House
Though it seems peaceful now, little do we know that it will be at the center of demonstration as Greece falls on the brink of bankruptcy and risk being kicked out of Euro a few weeks later.
Athens flea market