Friday, October 23, 2009

Acropolis (Athens, Greece)

I have heard so many stories about the Acropolis. Finally, I have the chance to see one of the greatest pieces of art or architecture or both. We also heard that the Acropolis museum finally opened (lucky for us). That is one of the key reasons why we came to Athens; of course to see the Acropolis but also the new museum.

We had an early breakfast at the hotel and took the metro to the Acropolis. You have to walk about 10 minutes from the metro to the museum. We arrived at 10:00 am and there was nobody. We paid for our ticket and walked in.

Walking to the museum; we could see the Acropolis sitting high on the hill. The Acropolis museum is absolutely amazing. I cannot do the museum justice by trying to explain how beautiful it is or trying to explain the very long history of the planning for the museum to finally open.

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After walking through the museum; we climbed many steps to get to the Acropolis. But along the way, there were amazing geological sites like the amphitheater.

It was a sunny and very very hot day. Due to the heat; it seemed like the effort to walk up to the Acropolis was more difficult. However; when we arrived at the top, it was worth the climb. Though the Acropolis is being renovated and cleaned up (it has been going on for several years now) and the locals say it will never be finished. It is a stunning sight to behold.

I would suggest you go to the museum first before walking up to the Acropolis. In the museum there is an open theater that runs a video explaining the magnificent history of the Acropolis. So; when you are up at the Acropolis, you appreciate more what you are seeing because you understand the history.

The front view of what is left of the Acropolis. What you will notice is that there is no vegetation on the hill. It is only rocks and stones. I am not sure why this is but we were all looking for shade from the blistering sun rays.

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