One of the most unique parts of our visit to Athens was the opportunity to drive along the Athenian coast to visit Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. We had the option after roaming around the Acropolis to shop on the Plaka (which fortunately we also got to do later) and visit a few history museums, but being a non-museum goer (D and I only enjoy a few select museums, we're not big history buffs) we chose to go see another part of the extended city and enjoy some time by the sea. The drive from Athens to Cape Sounion was a little over an hour long. Normally, that would have deterred us from going, but the views along the coastline drive were too gorgeous to miss. While the rainclouds still lingered around, we were still able to get a good feel for Athenian beach life. From the numerous opulent homes resorts we passed on our drive, it's safe to say the economy is alive and kickin', at least where coastal life is concerned.
As we got closer to the Cape, we could see the Temple of Poseidon standing high atop a cliff. It was as if the temple commanded over the entire cape, sea, and villages below. Very appropriate for a temple dedicated to the god of the sea. We drove up a winding road to the cliff where the temple was perched to find that not a single soul was there. Just one woman in a tiny hut selling entrance tickets for 2 euro. You can imagine my excitement when I realized I was going to be able to experience this ancient temple in all its glory without a gaggle of tourists ruining photos. It was like a blogger's dream! We spent about 45 minutes taking it all in...the mythical temple, the gorgeous sea views, the tiny partridges that were running willy-nilly across the rocks. I couldn't have been happier that we chose to escape the hustle and bustle of Athens to see a bit of history by the sea.