Sep 17, 2013

Athens: The Acropolis


After driving around Athens and getting a quick feel for the city, we made our way up to the attraction I'd been waiting all cruise to see...The Acropolis. We could see Acropolis Hill from the Temple of Zeus and as we drove by Panathenaic Stadium, but nothing compares to walking up its cobblestone streets and standing before the Parthenon with your own two feet. I was nothing short of awe-struck as I stood among such history, gazing out over the entire city of Athens with views of Lycabettus Hill in the distance. I kept flipping back to my college art history class in my mind, trying to wrap my brain around all the things I was finally seeing after studying them so intently many years ago. I've talked about those "pinch me" moments I've experienced in various other cities we've visited around Europe. Well, you can go ahead add the Acropolis to that list. Even the cloudy skies and sporadic rain drizzles couldn't wipe the smile off my face. After D and I walked around the Acropolis for about an hour, getting wind-blown and blissed out on ancient Greek architecture, we made our way back down the hill to start the next leg of our Athenian tour. Coming soon...a drive along the Athenian coast and the wonders of the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion!

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19 comments:

  1. I'm SO jealous! This looks like such an incredible place to see. Goregeous! I hope I can get my husband on a Mediterranean Cruise someday. What great photos too!

    xoxo,
    Amanda
    The Pretty Pinhead

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    1. It was the best vacation of our lives thus far! Shouldn't be too hard to convince your hubby! :)

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  2. Wow! So Beautiful! That's amazing! Looks like you had a great time!

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  3. We didn't have enough time to walk up so we could only admire it from below but I was still pinching myself. It's just one of those iconic structures that is almost unbelievable!

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  4. So stunning! I had a similar experience walking up... even as an anti-history buff {if there even is such a thing} I couldn't help but be awestruck by the sheer size and scope of the Acropolis. It was truly incredible :) xxx

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  5. So cool!! Can you believe people actually walked around there, so long ago? I <3 history.

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  6. How amazing! This is something my 7th grader is studying in school right now and I just showed her your pictures! She wants to go there! What an awesome adventure!

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    1. Oh fun! I hope you guys get to go there someday. It's really better than the history books say! :)

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  7. I know exactly what you mean - the Acropolis is just jaw-dropping... Your pictures brought me back to our visit a few years ago, thank you for bringing back those memories! I'm stopping by from the Friends Around the World linkup, a big hey y'all from SC - looking forward to hearing more about Germany and your travels in Europe!

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  8. really beautiful post! I am lucky enough to live in Athens, since I was on Acropolis the night with the full moon on August. Really amazing!

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    1. You are a lucky ducky! I can only imagine how gorgeous that must be!

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  9. WOW! That looks unbelievable!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    http://acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  10. I've always wanted to go to Athens. Looks wonderful!

    Northern Belle Diaries

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  11. Oh my what marvelous photos, I am so jealous you have been so lucky to visit so many wonder and marvelous places

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    1. Thank you! I'm feeling pretty blessed about it myself. :)

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  12. I actually think the cloudy skies added a nice 'moodiness' to the photos :)

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