A is for Alpha, Attica, Athens, Acropolis, Agora, Archeology, and my aching feet.
There are layers and layers of many millennia of history, legend, myth, culture, art, religion and war to explore in Greece.
Let’s begin on the Acropolis in Athens.
The Greek Agora
The Greek call their country Hellas and its official name is the Hellenic Republic. In English, the country is called Greece, which comes from Latin Graecia and literally means ‘the land of the Greeks’.
Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization – the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, Western drama and the Olympic Games.
Everyone ought to visit Athens!
Athens Free Walking Tours was a perfect introduction for us.
The Athens Itinerary
Arrived at Athens airport. Took the metro (€10 per person) to Syntagma Square and then walked to the Hotel Adonis in the Plaka.
Day 1: Free Athens Walking Tour, Roman Agora, Changing of the Guard at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Day 2: Acropolis, Parthenon, Mars Hill, Greek Agora
Day 3: National Archeological Museum
Day 4: Laundry, bus to Kalamata
Days 5-14: Peloponnese and return to Athens
Day 15: Panathenic Stadium, National Garden, Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, Cape Sounio
Day 16: Blog and Laundry
Day 17: Wander
Day 18: Metro to airport, fly to Thessaloniki.
Days 19 – 22: Thessaloniki
Day trip to Cape Sounion
Cape Sounion (also written Sounio) is situated at the southernmost point of the Attica peninsula and is noted for its Temple of Poseidon (god of the seas) one of the major monuments of the Golden Age of Athens. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the Aegean Sea.
Our hotel clerk told us where to catch the bus to Sounio. After traveling about an hour an attendant got on and sold us a round trip ticket. The trip is just under 2 hours each way. At Sounio the bus drops off and picks up in the same place. The final 2 daily returns to Athens depart at 17:00 and 19:00. There is a cafe, bar, gift shop and restroom facilities.
We boarded in Athens at 14:15PM, arrived in Sounio at 16:05, and had enough time – just under an hour, before catching the 17:00 bus back. Many like to watch the sunset at Cape Sounion.
The cost was €12.50 round trip per person.
Tap water is good and safe for drinking.
Toilet paper is not to be flushed.
No fees to use public toilet facilities.
Cigarette smoking is common inside cafes and coffee shops.
Hotel beds have not been comfortable.
There are some homeless living on the streets.
We have always felt safe.
For our second stay of 4 nights in Athens we booked via Booking.com a private 1-bedroom apartment with kitchen, living room and balcony in the residential neighborhood of Koukaki. We especially enjoy having a sitting place other than the bed and the space to spread out. The price per night is less than we paid at the Hotel Adonis.
I use Booking.com for most of our accommodation reservations. If you book using this referral link you’ll get a US$20 reward when you get back from your trip – and I too!
We’re getting accustomed to walking again. It’s a good thing too – or we’d have to lay off of eating so much bread and phyllo pies.
How about I Meet You in the Morning from The Peloponnese!