Mondays on the Move with Kate is a travel series following the adventures of Caldwell Travel’s Kate Godfrey as she explores the world and shares her experiences. This month Kate is in Athens, Greece, exploring the wonders of this ancient city.
Greetings from Athens, Greece! The temperatures are in the 60’s (Fahrenheit) and the weather is fantastic, featuring plenty of sunshine! Being February, this is greatly appreciated and has made walking around the streets of Athens that much more enjoyable. I’ve been eating at outdoor restaurants (pita, Greek salad, fresh seafood, olives, feta cheese). Everything has been delicious! Don’t worry – I have also enjoyed an abundance of shopping opportunities. And of course, I’ve been visiting museums and archaeological sites. The best so far has been the Parthenon, which is a truly wonderful structure. Massive marble columns stand 45 feet high gleaming in the steady Greek sun. Over 2,500 years of history impose itself upon you, complete with characters from Greek mythology staring back at you in relief. Plus there are other incredible buildings that are included in the Acropolis complex: Propylaea, Erechtheum, and Theater of Dionysus. The Parthenon and Acropolis complex are truly incredible sites and should not be missed when visiting Greece.
I’ve also spent a fair amount of time exploring the neighborhoods in downtown Athens. Plaka and Anafiotika are two of my favorites. Plaka is full of charming restaurants and good souvenir shopping; and, Anafiotika (pictured above) is right at the foot of the Acropolis and looks to be a slice right out of a Greek Isle. It’s very hilly and fully of tiny winding streets with beautiful homes and great views of surrounding Athens. I also recommend climbing Filopappou Hill for a stunning view of the Acropolis, Parthenon and the city of Athens.
A trip to Athens would not be complete without a visit to a few world class museums. So far I have visited the new Acropolis Museum (pictured above), which is an incredible collection of statues and artifacts from the Greek Bronze Age up through Roman times and Byzantine Greece. The museum has only been open for 18 months and has already garnered a lot of rave reviews. If you come to visit, I highly recommend staying to eat a meal at the outdoor restaurant overlooking the Acropolis.
The rest of my Athens itinerary is a busy one: I have plans to visit the Benaki Museum and the National Archaeological Museum, as well as several churches, the Roman Agora, the Ancient Agora, Temple of Zeus, the National Gardens, and much much more.