Athens (AKA, The Ruinous Ruins)

Athens was, like every other greek city we've visited so far - very very vey hot. Like, I don't even know how hot this bloody place can get. In fact, it's probably even hotter there than it was in all of the other cities. But really, that's not a huge deal, just a bit of a gripe. When we got into Athens, it wasn't actually that hot - it was late at night. We arrived at the hotel, had some kebab, and then fell asleep. Not really all that exciting for our first day. We didn't even get to see the Parthenon or the Acropolis (probably because it was dark - you can use it to help you find your way anywhere in the sprawling expanse of the city.

The next day, when we woke up, we finally got our first taste of the city. Starting at the library of Hadrian (Above), a gift given by the emperor Hadrian to the city (and no longer standing), we slowly made our way through the ruins at the base of the acropolis. The picture at the top of this post is the temple of Haphestus which is part of the Roman Agora, a group of buildings that served as the democratic seat of the city.

We also visited the Olympion, a massive structure that, when standing, payed homage to the greek gods (Picture above). Piraeus's gate (Below) rounds out my best pictures of the ruins.

We then took the slow windy path up the hill to visit the Acropolis. Though impressive from a location standpoint, there wasn't much left besides the large crows of tourists and the blazing sun. I even took a picture of myself, and amazingly, it seems to hide the large number of visitors - with only a few appearing in the background.

Finishing this, we took a side break to see the first olympic stadium (where the first modern games were held in 1897).

We finished out the day by taking a metro to Piraeus, the port of Athens, and having dinner (a bit overpriced, and extremely salty) on the waterfront.

Overall, the day was packed to the brim, but in many ways, it was everything that we needed to see in the city. It goes to show that I don't have many pictures - and in fact none worth sharing - of the day after. We visited the Acropolis museum, and walked around the city a bit - but all in all, many of the ruins that we visited, and the sights that we saw on the first day far eclipsed those on the second. It's my advice then, to anyone traveling to Athens (who is like myself) to not spend more than 48 hours - in that time you can see the city and it's famous and beautiful landmarks, and you can then be off to some more quiet place. Not like me though. I'm off to Santorini. Stay tuned for updates about how touristy it can get there!