Postcards from Athens

Zsófia Albert

Zsófia Albert

Zsófia Albert is the Contributing Editor at Global Storybook (Hungary).
You can read more about Zsófi here.
Zsófia Albert

This week I had the chance to spend a few days in Athens, the capital of Greece.  Although the trip was work related – my company sent me to attend to a conference – it wouldn’t be me if I wouldn’t try to make out of it as much as possible and see all the “must see” places.  I have been to Greece few times before, but never to Athens, so I was very excited to explore its rich historical heritage and cozy old town part with the narrow streets and welcoming taverns.

I didn’t make any major plans or preparation this time (except being determined about climbing up to the Acropolis).  My lovely Greek friend (hello Dafni!) gave me some hints and directions about where to go and what to do in a limited time I’ve had, but that was all.  As the sessions finished and I could finally sneak out of the conference room, I just started to walk wherever my feet took me, enjoyed the early summer sunshine and immersed in the mediterranean atmosphere.

So this time I won’t write any details and background info about Athens and its sights (probably someone else will share a post about it in the future).  Just come with me and let me show you all the beauty I have seen – through the lens of my camera.

arriving to Athens - Egina island

Arriving to Athens – Egina island from the plane.

view from the rooftop terrace of the InterContinental Hotel

View from the rooftop terrace of the InterContinental Hotel.

narrow streets and Hadrian's Arch in the background

Narrow streets and Hadrian’s Arch in the background.

Roman market and the Tower of the Winds on the left

Roman market and the Tower of the Winds.

Climbing up to the Acropolis

Climbing up to the Acropolis.

“Herodium” – odeum of Herodes Atticus with the city in the background

“Herodium” – odeum of Herodes Atticus with the city in the background.

Erechtheion

Erechtheion

Old Temple of Athena

Old Temple of Athena

Athens, Greece

And then there was this view – it’s breathtaking!

Athens, Greece

It’s amazing to explore such a glorious place we read about in school years ago.

Athens, Greece

Columns of the Parthenon.

Athens, Greece

Stopping for a beer in this cozy tavern on my way down from the Acropolis.

Athens, Greece

Colorful sunset from the hotel window.

Parliament at the Syntagma Square

Parliament at the Syntagma Square

Athens, Greece

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier guarded by the presidential guards. Take a look at their funny pom-pom shoes!

Athens, Greece

Fruit market at the Monastiraki Square.

Athens, Greece

Tzistarakis Mosque, now functioning as an annex of the Museum of Greek Folk Art.

Athens, Greece

You will find everything you need in the bazaars of Monastiraki – from cheap army clothes to real antique treasures.

The Church of the Pantanassa

The Church of the Pantanassa

Athens, Greece

Loved the beautiful, colorful flowers blooming everywhere in the city.

Athens, Greece

If you take the green metro line from Monastiraki, you can easily get to the seaside.

Athens, Greece

Get off from the metro at Faliro station and take the tram line 3 from there – it runs along the coast and takes you to such beautiful places like this one.

Athens, Greece

What a view!

Athens, Greece

The water was still cold, but i couldn’t resist to a barefoot walk on the coast.

Athens, Greece

I never get tired by the sight of the endless blue sea.

Athens, Greece

Saying goodbye to Greece from the plane.

Have you ever been to Athens or Greece?  How did you like it?  Let me know in a comment or write a post about your own experience!

All Photo Copyrights © 2016 Zsófia Albert

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