Athens

Athens is a city I have been dreaming to visit since I was young. Being a history and an art lover, I have always wanted to discover and see one of the pillars of our civilization by myself (political, art, architectural and cultural-wise). I was really excited when I got the opportunity to travel to this beautiful city 2 summers ago and I wanted to share my travel experience with you guys!

One of the first history sites I wanted to see was the Acropolis. If you are unfamiliar with this site, it is a citadel constructed in Ancient Greece that is located above the city of Athens. The site of the Acropolis shows many major historical, architectural and archaeological ruins of great significance, such as the Parthenon, the old Temple of Athena, the Erechtheum, the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus and much more. This site is absolutely breathtaking. I highly suggest you to go visit this site as you will be amazed by the beauty of the ruins!

TheAcropolis

Next stop: the Temple of Zeus, the Arch of Hadrian and the National Gardens. The Temple of Zeus is a major and enormous ruined temple located in the very centre of Athens. From the 104 columns originally standing, only 15 remains. I was taken away by the beauty of the Temple. Seeing it with my own eyes felt as if I was living in a dream. Imagine standing in front of a historical temple from the ancient times!

In 131AD, the Athenians erected a gated archway to honour the emperor Hadrian. With its 18m tall, the arch is one of the most beautiful ruins in Athens and it is located at the northwest of the Temple of Zeus. We then visited the National Gardens, which is a public park of 15.5 hectares located in the centre of Athens. Beside marvelous flours and plants, this garden encloses ancient ruins, tambourines, columns, mosaics and much more. This is also one of the most beautiful parks I have ever visited and I would go back anytime to admire the splendors of Athens.

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Lastly, my family and I visited the Acropolis Museum. This amazing and beautiful museum is featuring and focusing on the findings and on the ruins of the Acropolis. Around 4000 pieces are exhibited over a surface of 14 000 square meters. Imagine the beauty of the site! The permanent exhibition features multiple collections: the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, The Archaic Gallery, the Parthenon Gallery, Propylaea – Athena Nike – Erechtheion, and the Gallery from 5th BC to 5AD. The collections are wonderful. I highly suggest every art and history lover to have a guided tour.

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Images credit: My own / tourist360.com / judiele.com / greece.com

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83 Comments

  1. March 2, 2015 / 3:28 am

    Oh lovely! I am travelling to Santorini this September. I cannot wait. All the history, art whitewashed cave-like houses =) Athens looks stunning

    xx Hanna

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    • March 2, 2015 / 8:01 am

      Santorini is beautiful! I have been there twice and I would go back anytime. I am sure you will absolutely love it! 🙂

  2. March 2, 2015 / 3:39 am

    Greece is one of our favourite places to go and Athens is so interesting! Your pictures are lovely x

    • March 2, 2015 / 8:02 am

      Thank you! Athens is an amazing city, I really want to go back to visit more places (historical but also modern sites!)

  3. March 2, 2015 / 6:21 am

    Me too I’m really curious to visit Athens, I’ve been in several Greek Islands but I can’t wait to visit it, it looks gorgeous!

    • March 2, 2015 / 8:03 am

      Oh which islands did you visit? I went to Crete, Mykonos and Santorini and I loved them all <3

      • March 2, 2015 / 8:15 am

        Me too i’ve been in Santorini, and i visited Rhodes and Cyprus .. beautiful…

  4. March 2, 2015 / 7:55 am

    It looks so beautiful there! Glad you got to go after always wanting too! Traveling is somthing I have always wanted to do!

    • March 2, 2015 / 8:05 am

      Athens is a gorgeous city! Traveling is such an amazing experience 🙂 Which cities/countries did you visit? My dream is to do an Eurotrip for 4-6 months and visit as much countries as I can!

      • March 2, 2015 / 8:18 am

        Aside from a few states I haven’t gotten to do any 🙁 but a Europe trip and seeing Paris is a big goal of mine.

        • March 2, 2015 / 8:49 am

          Europe is my favourite destination, I am sure you will love it! I wish I could live there haha.

    • March 2, 2015 / 8:50 am

      The pictures don’t do it justice, Athens is much more beautiful in real life! <3

  5. March 2, 2015 / 8:53 am

    I took Medieval ancient history last semester (mainly because of core requisite) and I learned so much about all of the rulers you mentioned. I probably forgot half of the things I learned by now but it’s so interesting to see all of the historical architectures. I can’t wait till one day I get to travel like this and finally see it all in front of me! I can imagine how thrilled you must’ve been! 🙂
    Great photos too. Thanks for sharing!

    • March 2, 2015 / 9:07 am

      Haha same for me! I took history of art classes and I forgot so many things but with a guide, everything comes back 🙂 Thank you, I am glad you liked this post! Seeing everything with your eyes makes this experience even more amazing. It was the same feeling when I visited Rome and The Vatican!

    • March 2, 2015 / 10:55 am

      Thank you! Athens is such a gorgeous city <3

  6. March 2, 2015 / 10:32 am

    I love Athens and Greece in general! I went about two years ago and it was incredible. We stayed at a hotel where you could see the Acropolis lit up at night and it was beautiful. But Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes were my favorite islands that we visited.

    Sabrina
    theconcernsofsabrina.com

    • March 2, 2015 / 10:56 am

      Oh wow the sight must have been so beautiful! I also visited Santorini and Mykonos but didn’t get the chance to visit Rhodes – we took Crete instead. I would go back anytime!

  7. March 2, 2015 / 12:04 pm

    Wow Greece is one of my dream vacation destinations! Your pictures are so beautiful. Someday I’ll go there. I’ve only been to Italy, France, and Spain so far but the wanderlust-er in me wants to explore more!!

    • March 2, 2015 / 1:56 pm

      Thank you! Greece is gorgeous, I highly recommend to visit Athens but also the islands – you will fall in love with this country 🙂

  8. March 2, 2015 / 12:37 pm

    Wow, these pictures look amazing! I have been wanting to visit Athens after I took an Art History class. Hopefully I will get to visit some day soon. 🙂

    • March 2, 2015 / 1:57 pm

      It is amazing when you get to see all the ruins and artworks with your own eyes! If you go, I really recommend to visit the Acropolis Museum – the collections are breathtaking 🙂

  9. March 2, 2015 / 4:08 pm

    Beautiful pictures *__* I hope I’ll get the opportunity to travel to Greece one day. Btw. when you’re going to be on your Eurotrip, don’t forget to come to Zagreb, I’ll be your travel guide 🙂

    • March 2, 2015 / 4:19 pm

      You will absolutely love Greece if you get the chance to visit it! And absolutely 🙂 – I just googled Zagreb and it looks so beautiful, you are lucky to live in such a charming city!

      • March 2, 2015 / 5:21 pm

        I believe I will adore it 🙂 I don’t actually live in Zagreb, but in a place near it, however, my mum’s and my goal is to move in Zagreb, I mean, it’s a capital 🙂

        • March 2, 2015 / 6:22 pm

          Haha yes, capitals are always filled with activities and energy! You should come to Montreal too one day 🙂 I will be your personal guide too 😉

          • March 3, 2015 / 3:15 am

            I would really love too. I’m coming when I get enough money 😀

  10. March 2, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    Thank you! 🙂 Oh wow you are lucky, I only saw Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete! If you do, please thank some pictures for me <3

    • March 2, 2015 / 9:53 pm

      I agree! I would go back anytime 🙂

  11. March 2, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Stunning! Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • March 2, 2015 / 9:54 pm

      Thank you! I am happy you liked the post 🙂

    • March 2, 2015 / 9:55 pm

      Thank you so much! Greece is such a dream destination, I could live my entire life there <3

      • Amelia Vesper
        March 2, 2015 / 11:17 pm

        Oh me too!! I want to go back so badly!

  12. March 2, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    i LOVE to visit there too, i’m visiting turkey this may, so i guess it’s nearby too. Nice post babe!x

    • March 2, 2015 / 9:56 pm

      Oh you’re lucky! I went to Turkey last June and I really enjoyed it – take some pictures for me <3

  13. March 3, 2015 / 12:27 am

    Your photos of Athens are so beautiful! It has actually also been my dream to visit Greece but I’ve also heard that it’s pretty expensive to travel to? But I’ve just come back from a month-long trip to a couple of other countries in Europe so at least that’s a start, eh? 🙂

    • March 3, 2015 / 6:02 am

      Thank you! It is expensive but not as much as Venice I would say (it is the most expensive city I have ever visited). Oh where did you go? My dream is to do an Eurotrip for 4-6 months <3

    • March 3, 2015 / 6:03 am

      Thank you so much! It was such an amazing travel experience – I really suggest you to go too! I am sure you will absolutely love it 🙂

    • March 3, 2015 / 6:03 am

      It is so much more beautiful in real life than in pictures! I would go back anytime 🙂

  14. March 3, 2015 / 3:40 am

    Athens looks beautiful! I went to Rome last week for a couple of daysand since visting all the ancient Roman buildings there I have been wanting to go to Athens to see the ancient Greek ones! <3

    • March 3, 2015 / 6:04 am

      I have been to Rome but only to see The Vatican, it is so beautiful! Greece is as amazing, I couldn’t believe I was standing in front of thousands years old ruins <3

  15. March 3, 2015 / 6:43 am

    So amazing!! Greece is like my number one country to visit ever! This is awesome! (:

    • March 3, 2015 / 8:05 am

      You will really fall in love with this country! I highly suggest you to go to Athens and the famous islands such as Crete, Santorini, Mykonos , Rhodes and so on 🙂

    • March 3, 2015 / 8:05 am

      Thank you! Me too and on my go-back travel bucket list <3

  16. March 3, 2015 / 9:32 am

    The photos are stunning! Makes me want to go on a holiday right now 😀

    • March 3, 2015 / 3:40 pm

      Haha me too! I really want to go back – I was writing this post and I felt so nostalgic!

  17. March 3, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Great photos! I’d love to make it to Athens someday!

    • March 3, 2015 / 3:41 pm

      You really should, it is such a wonderful city and I am sure you will fall in love with the city as I did <3

  18. March 3, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    Looks so gorgeous! Lovely pictures, Athens is on my to-go-places list, let’s see when can I make it… 😀 xx Aditi

    • March 3, 2015 / 10:09 pm

      It truly is! I really hope you can make it soon – you will absolutely love your trip 🙂

  19. March 3, 2015 / 10:12 pm

    Truly a beautiful city & also my dream vacation, hope to visit all of Greece someday. What an inspiring post, thanks so much for sharing!

    • March 4, 2015 / 6:43 am

      I am happy you liked it! Greece is one of the most beautiful country I visited. There are hundreds of Greek islands but I really recommend visiting the big ones as they are the most popular and so gorgeous!

  20. March 4, 2015 / 6:55 am

    This looks amazing! I really hope to get there one day 🙂

    • March 4, 2015 / 10:59 am

      I hope you do too! It is such a charming city 🙂

  21. March 4, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I am dying to go to Greece and see all of these things in person!

    • March 4, 2015 / 10:16 pm

      Thank you! I cannot recommend Greece enough – it is such a magical destination <3

  22. March 4, 2015 / 10:08 pm

    Oh my gosh ! This is breathtaking!!! I have always wanted to visit too. Whenever I go to Europe next I WILL visit. Wanted to let your know your blog is beautiful too!! Lovely pictures 😀

    • March 4, 2015 / 10:17 pm

      Take some pictures for me! I really want to go back – I feel as if I would never get tired of seeing all these sites and ruins. And thank you, you are so sweet!! 🙂

      • March 5, 2015 / 11:06 am

        Yes, for sure! All the ancient history and ruins and then the delicious food, I’m sure. Would be a dream come true!

  23. March 7, 2015 / 10:43 pm

    You have been so lucky to visit Greece,it’s one of my dream destination too <3

    • March 8, 2015 / 12:19 am

      You should really go, it is such an amazing experience! I was lucky to go twice and would love go back again <3

    • March 9, 2015 / 6:59 am

      They make me want to go back! Athens is such a beautiful and amazing city <3

  24. kunjo
    March 9, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    I’ve been here! It’s amazing!

    • March 9, 2015 / 7:33 pm

      I really want to go back! I think I will never get fed up of Athens <3

  25. March 10, 2015 / 10:25 am

    Thank you for the history! Greece is on my list of places to visit. Post-grad, I want to see a few of the Cyclades islands like Santorini and Mykonos. How was the food!

    • March 10, 2015 / 1:22 pm

      The food is amazing – so tasteful, delicious and fresh. I went to Santorini and Mykonos as well, and the sights are breathtaking. Please take some pictures for me when you go after your grad!!

      • March 13, 2015 / 7:44 am

        I’m just excited to go somewhere nice and eat good food until I can’t breathe lol Will do Arielle!

    • March 10, 2015 / 9:01 pm

      You should definitely put it on your travel bucket list! It is such a charming city 🙂

  26. March 14, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    Nice post! Athen is on my wish list. xx

  27. March 15, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    Yes! Love it! Hope the day will come soon! xx

  28. July 16, 2015 / 5:22 am

    I’m studying ancient history next year at university so this post was right up my ally! Thank you for sharing your experience in Greece the photos are beautiful <3

    • Arielle
      July 16, 2015 / 8:11 am

      Thank you! I am glad you like it 🙂 You should definitely go to Greece and Italy one day, they are gorgeous countries and it is so amazing to see their historical sites!

      • July 16, 2015 / 8:29 am

        I think there are trips involved in the course, i’m so eager to go after reading your post!

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