My third trip in Athens, Greece
This was the second guided trip we chose. We had to be on the bus at 12:30 a.m. but even with this early start we reached Athens, the capital of Greece only at about 7:30 a.m.
Our first stop was the city's harbor where we made some photos of the ships but we were too tired to really enjoy it.
The traffic in Athens is awful. We were staying at a red light when some guy with motorbikes arrived and went in front of the whole line of cars, then a taxi who saw this also went in front of them... so neither the motorbiker nor the taxi driver were be able to see which color is the light and when it turned green the other drivers sounded their horn to announce them that it's time for leaving :)
Our second stop was the old Olympic Stadium. We made some pictures here and took a walk in the nearby park. Then we went on to our main target: the Acropolis.
It was around 12:30 p.m. when we arrived to the entrance of the Acropolis, the sun was shining and there are very few trees. Luckily we waited just a few minutes for our tickets, an then our guide showed us the way in. We stopped at many places to hear when was it built, etc. The best part was when our guide showed us a building and then a picture of it from a book how it was in the past. After taking some pictures at the Parthenon (from at least 10 meters... you can't go closer) we also went to see a museum. This was quite interesting, with many old things which were found here. But the funny part was that we could take pictures of the statues and everything only if we weren't in the picture... I really don't know why don't they let you take a picture of yourself near a beautiful statue...
After leaving the Acropolis we went to the city center. The old part of it is very nice with narrow streets and little windows on the buildings. From the new part I remember only the main street where very expensive shops can be found... If you go to the end of this street you will see the Parliament. We knew that in every hour the elite soldiers who are standing in front of it (like at the Buckingham Palace) are changing each other and there is a little show then... they not simply walk away when the new ones come, but they march and make funny moves. The square in front of the Parliament is full of pigeons, and if they see something eatable in your hand they fly to you and try to escape with it :)
After making some photos near the soldiers we went back to our bus and left Athens. That was a nice trip but if the weather would have been cooler it have been much nicer.
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Thermal Bus Company, operated under Ethel, is the main bus operator in Athens. What’s unique about Athens’ bus system is that more than 200 of its buses are run on natural gas. The metropolitan area is also served with electric buses or the ILPAP. These buses are able to run on diesel in case of power failure. Taxis are common modes of transportation in Athens. They are inexpensive and in demand especially during rush hours. The Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is Athens’ state-of-the-art air terminal located near Spata. It services international and domestic flights and has gained recognition as “European Airport of the... Read more »
Recent reviews for Athens
Athens - first impression - May 15, 2008, by Wazling
I've never seen such a different city before that time. On the one hand there was everything historical and full of antique things, on the other hand the place was very dirty and spoiled sometimes, mainly if you went away from the tourist... Read more »
What to visit in Athens - Apr 1, 2009, by Wazling
Athens as a city, is a big fat man, who's dirty and not able to move. Culture of course you can have there a lot, for example with the Parthenon, the Agora and so on. You can spend days there, only visiting ancient Greek places and... Read more »
Don't miss it in Athens - Apr 15, 2009, by cipristb
Probably the main point of atraction when you visit Greece capital, Athens, may by the Acropolis where the visitors can see the Parthenon. The Acropolis has become during the time a Greek simbol. It is situated in the center of Athens, at... Read more »
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