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Athens Greece

The home of Greece's great archeological sites

Athens is the capital and pre-eminent city of Greece. It's also Greece's main arrival destination. No city mixes history and a chaotic energy better than Athens and you will know that the moment you arrive.

 

Athens City

Athens is city with stunning archeological sites, colorful neighbors, overcrowding and smog like you’ve never seen it. For many travelers, the general impression is one of a poetic chaos. Roads are packed, taxi drivers are nuts and shops seem to spill off the sidewalks and into the middle of roads. Yet, in the middle of this chaos you’ll find peaceful places such as the Acropolis, even though it is packed with tourists.

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Athens, Greece
The city of Athens

Despite its chaotic energy, smog and overcrowding, Athens is one of the most interesting places to visit, not the least being the capital of Greece - home to some of the greatest thinkers and philosophers, democracy, and both old and modern Olympic Games.

You can’t mention Greece without talking about the Greeks impact on civilization since two and a half millennium ago. The city is littered with sites of extremely important significance. This is not the place where you’ll stand in front of an old structure where Sir so and so fought Sir so and so to the death in a duel that established something faintly important. Instead, you’ll stand in front of monuments where civilization took a quantum leap forward, the cradle of democracy.

The Acropolis is the dominant archeological site in Athens. It is one of those rare locations you can visit where the massive number of tourist do not diminish the impact. Towering over Athens, the Acropolis has seen better days until you consider how old it is. The Pantheon and Erechtheion are the two standing structures and both are impressive.

While contemplating the Pantheon, one can’t help but be impressed by the ability of the Greeks to build such a towering, stone structure when much of humanity still considered a hut a luxury. The Erechtheion is amazing because it contains the famous Caryatids, the columns molded into the form of female figures. Standing upon the mount, you’ll have a view of Greece that will reveal the chaos and a sense of the age of the city.

There's more to Athens

Athens has much to offer beyond the Acropolis. Books have been written on the subject. Large books. I’m not going to try to cover them here, but you should try to get over to the Tower of the Winds, where the Whirling Dervishes got their start.

Walking through Athens is like walking through history. They say time travel is impossible, but Athens seems to suggest otherwise. Don't wait too long to experience this both chaotic and spectacular city.

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