I’m not lying when I say that I left Athens after barely two days feeling smarter, and more appreciative and understanding of history. Some fun facts:
- A misconception that I was guilty of thinking (and let’s not judge if you knew better), but the Acropolis is not the beautiful temple sitting on top of the rock, it is the rock. The word Acropolis means highest, outermost (acro) point of the city (polis) which is typically chosen as a point of defence. The most commonly photographed temple atop the Acropolis is the Parthenon, which was first built as a temple to the goddess of Athena, the city’s patron.
- The official distance of a marathon (42.195km) is the distance a soldier had to run to Athens in his full armour to relay the result of the battle of Marathon. He died from exhaustion.
I’m going to mention food again, and I would just advise that you prepare for me to mention it in every single post because we basically did a food tour of the Mediterranean. Athens was our first taste of delicious Greek food which we indulged in with marathon dinners. Moussaka, simple Greek salads, dolmades, loukamades, olives, and the holy grail of all Greek foods…tzatziki. They don’t disappoint with the serving sizes of this wondrous dip, dishing it up on a large plate for you to enjoy with bread as an “entrée”. I would just eat it for my main meal.
I’m going to be honest and say that I didn’t find there to be much else to the city of Athens, it is their capital after all. The ruins are incredible, and the city’s eventful history seeps out of every site that you see, and this is why you visit Athens. If it’s picturesque, quaint, traditional buildings and beautiful landscapes you are after, you go to the islands. That’s where we went next.