In case you missed it: Our Wedding, Mykonos, Paros, & Santorini
Our last stop on our honeymoon was Athens. We took a small plane from Santorini to the Athens airport and then jumped on the Metro into to the city. We stayed only steps away from the Promenade and Parthenon!
Our first night we had dinner at Daphne’s, an amazing romantic garden restaurant in the heart of Plaka!
I had the Moussaka, a traditional Greek dish consisting of layered eggplant, ground beef, egg custard, and tomato sauce – kind of like a lasagna!
The next morning we hopped on a double-decker tour bus to see the city! The whole thing was very touristy, but it was a fun way to both get oriented and see a lot of the city, as we only had one full day in Athens. We made several stops around Athens including Parliament and the National Gardens where we saw the changing of the guards.
The Panathenaic Stadium – the athletic stadium that hosted the first Olympic Games in 1896. It was reconstructed from the ancient stadium where the athletic games were held in honor of goddess Athena.
Next stop, the New Acropolis Museum – a museum built in 2009 to house every archeological artifact found on the Acropolis. Many parts of the museum have glass floors where visitors can see the continued archeological excavations going on below. The top floor of the museum was easily the standout of the whole thing. It houses the friezes that surrounded the Parthenon. To accurately display the artwork, the floor is built to the same dimensions as the real deal, and is even angled from the rest of the museum to match the orientation of the Parthenon.
View of the Parthenon from the New Acropolis Museum. If you planning a trip to Greece I would highly recommend this museum; we really enjoyed it!
We stopped for lunch and coffee at the museum’s café. I got a Cappuccino Freddo, an iced cappuccino with sugar and cold frothed milk on top. Everyone in Greece seemed to be drinking these so I had to get one of my own!
After the museum we hiked up the Acropolis to see the Parthenon up close!
On the way up we saw the Theatre of Dionysus, one of the earliest preserved open-air theatres in Athens that was used for festivals in honor of the god Dionysus.
We could see the whole city of Athens from atop the Acropolis!
The Parthenon – We finally made it up to the ancient temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena.
The construction of the Parthenon began in 447 BC, was completed in 432 BC and is considered to be the most important surviving building of Classical Greece. With its decorative sculptures and incredible pillars, the Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece and of Athenian democracy.
Other the years the Parthenon has survived years of destruction and wear and tear. The scaffolding currently surrounding the Parthenon is evidence of continued excavation and preservation. The Greek Ministry of Culture is currently carrying out a program of selective restoration and reconstruction to ensure the stability of the partially ruined structure.
From the height of the Acropolis we could also see what remains of the Temple of Zeus. Build between 472 and 456 BC, this ancient temple was built in honor of Greek god Zeus.
After a long day of sight-seeing we ate dinner at a restaurant with a rooftop view of the Parthenon at night!
We spent two nights in Athens and then headed back to the airport to catch our flight home to Chicago. After an amazing 12 days island hopping in Greece we were ready to come home!