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Athens is the historical capital of Europe with a long history. The city’s values, civilization, and a long fascinating history acquired a universal significance.
To see the Acropolis at its best, sunrise is the perfect time to start your exploration. My favorite site is Odeon of Herodes Atticus-a stone theatre structure, a venue for many great concerts: Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti, Yanni,…
One of the most popular site is the Parthenon – a temple on the Acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron.
The Erechtheion is an ancient Greek temple which was dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon.
It’s so beautifuk to catch the first sun rays on the city of Athens!
Ancient Agora was the heart of public life: marketplace, temples, concert ,…
Temple of Olympian Zeus is the largest temple of the ancient ruins.
After a whole day exploring ancient ruins, it was so refreshing to go to Anafiotika-a 19th century neighborhood on the northern slope of the Acropolis to enjoy some grilled octopus, Greek salad, Alpha Beer, and Greek Yogurt.
One of the interesting things that we did in Athens was walking along Ag Theklas Street to find the shop of Melissinos. Melissinos is a well-known poet-sandalmaker of Greece. His books of poetry, essays, and plays have been translated into English, French, and Italian and the best known work “The Rubaiyat” is on the curriculum of many American universities. The shop has attracted some of the biggest names in art and culture including the Beatles, Anthony Quinn, Sophia Loren, and Margo Fontaine who have worn sandals of the poet. The design of his sandals like his poetry influenced by Greek mythology and history is based on footwear of the ancient Greeks who once walked the streets of the ancient agora.
At night time whenwe got all hungry after all days walking around the ancient ruins, it was perfect to get some yummy food at the Athens’ night market-Monastikari!
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September 25, 2014
We loved to start our day in Berlin with coffee/beer by the river Spree, with accordion for background music, and the spectacular view of the Berliner Dom and just spending an entire day to blend in with the locals: lazily sitting on the steps of the Altes Museum, suntanning on the grass by the Beliner Dom, and exchanging summer kisses.
We were super excited to come back to the City of Lights in 2015. And it was more even special because it was my weekend birthday. So birthday girl had a wonderful birthday dinner at the chic and trendy Kong where the décor is unique with Paris-meets-Tokyo theme and where Carrie met her beau’s ex!
“The national characteristics… the restless metaphysical curiosity, the tenderness of good living and the passionate individualism. This is the invisible constant in a place with which the ordinary tourist can get in touch just by sitting quite quietly over a glass of wine in a Paris bistro.” -Lawrence Durrell
“….The picturesque seaside towns of the Mediterranean have lured the rich, the famous, and the beautiful to the French Riviera. Yet the areas golden sunshine, clear turquoise waters, and pastel-colored bistros also make the Cote dAzur the perfect spot for a South of France romantic getaway…” –