This July I had the opportunity to visit the city of Athens, the islands of Mykonos, Paros and Santorini as part of my family workcations (mix of vacations with work) of 2019.
Not every day you have the opportunity to visit Greece, so part of the motivation (in addition to family enjoyment) was to have images to include in the stock of photographs of pixelme.ca
Planning the trip to Athens
To prepare the trip I bought a book that provided me with good information to plan the trip, and after a few visits to different bookstores, I ended up getting the book from DK Eyewitness editorial (new format).
I really recommend it, its new format has a good balance between the information it provides as well as images, something that for me (and I suppose many of you) is vital.
I see that the DK Eyewitness publishing house is introducing this new book format.
For my next destination it will be my first option to look for, crossing my fingers that for my upcoming destinations this book version will be available.
July is usually a month on average hot, and with a Mediterranean climate, it is expected that the climate is dry and hot.
Indeed the days were very hot, with spectacular sunsets and no rain.
It is the ideal season if you are looking for good images, the only drawback is the multitude of people in each site you visit, but you find that practically in all the sites you visit during the summer season.
What to do in Athens
Choosing what to do in Athens can be a bit challenging, countless places and experiences, from gourmet experiences to mythological ones, but in the end, we were able to create a list of sites to visit, here are the sites we visited:
Who visited Athens and didn’t go to the Acropolis missed an essential part of the stay.
It’s like going to Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower. It is the icon of the city, and also an icon for humanity (UNESCO World Heritage)
It was our first visit, although we arrived before the site opened, the number of visitors was already significant, and just moments of its opening the site was already full.
It is truly incredible that there are still remnants of these ancient temples, untouched in front of all the history that has happened, they have witnessed wars, natural tragedies and how many incredible things could have happened in these 2000+ years, and there they are, as witnesses of the beginning of our civilization.
Visiting them gives a retrospective look at our past and invites us to reflect on humanity and its future.
After an intense encounter with history, it is well worth a good meal and this district is the ideal place to do it.
Many places with a contemporary atmosphere and good offers to eat, choosing a place was no problem.
There are also the picturesque souvenir shops, selling all kinds of souvenirs to take home, and the best thing is that walking through the streets of the Plaka, you can observe the Acropolis.
Sunset at Lycabettus Hill
To enjoy a sunset over the city of Athens, the Lycabettus Hill site is perfect.
It can be accessed either by walking or by a funicular that takes you all the way to the top.
There is a viewpoint at the top, one church and bars and restaurants from which you can enjoy the sunset.
Also at the end of the afternoon you can see the simple ceremony with the Greece flag carried out by military personnel.
The site may be small, so arriving early and taking a good position is my recommendation.
Old nerve center of Athens where daily life was full of political and religious events, including the mint of the time and even schools, you can not miss, especially after its reconstruction.
Although the works were made recently (1950´s), they were made on the original bases and old materials were used, reaching a surprising result.
Whenever I have visited ruins I imagine the majesty of the places before they become ruins, and I am sure that many of you do too.
Visiting the Stoa of Attalos in the ancient Agora I didnñt have to do that exercise of imagination, simply my mental exercise was limited to dress the visitors of tunics of the time (kind of funny).
The Acropolis Museum
Located at the foot of the Acropolis, this new structure was made on excavations of ancient Christian settlements.
A very varied collection, shown in chronological order and in some harmony with the Acropolis.
Being located at the foot of the mountain where the Parthenon is located, it can be seen from inside the museum, which makes this a unique experience.
Knowing that the pieces shown were originally a few meters away, and literally being able to physically observe both the piece in custody and the place where it was found simultaneously, makes your visit a unique experience.
From all this list of things to do in Athens I have created a gallery on my website to order them as Royalty Free Photos, access the site just click this the link.
Until next time!