A train, a boat, a bus and another train later, we made it from Rome to Athens.
We saw loads of brilliant stuff in Athens and most of it was at a reduced price because we were there out of season. Clever us.
On our first full day in Athens, we went to the home of the first modern olympics, the Panathenaic Stadium. Roz is obsessed with the Olympics so she got a bit overexcited.
The whole stadium is made of marble and it’s got some neat features, like these thrones:
And this clever drainage system for when it rains:
It was also the first stadium to have curved seating at the corners so everyone got a good view. Not bad for something that was built 2,000 years ago.
The Acropolis is basically a bunch of very old buildings, including the Parthenon, which sit on a rocky hill that towers over Athens.
It’s amazing to walk around and imagine what life might have been like when it was first built. (Answer: Great if you were a man from Athens but shit if you were a woman, a slave or a foreigner.)
Temple of Olympian Zeus
We also saw the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which helped us understand how columns work.
They gave us a really good idea of how sophisticated Ancient Greek society was.
The Museum of Cycladic Art has some great examples of ancient art from the Cyclades islands. They’re super-simple and were the inspiration for modern sculptors like Barbera Hepworth and Henry Moore.
And the Acropolis Museum helps explain how democracy in Athens - the first documented democracy anywhere - worked. It’s also got some great sculptures from around the Acropolis. All that’s missing are the Elgin Marbles, which the British Museum makes an unconvincing case for keeping on its website.
Whenever we did even the smallest amount of climbing in Athens, we were always rewarded with amazing views of the city:
The views were so good that we came away with our best selfie yet: