Alright – time to take another break from all these Greece photos! After the weekend, I’ll share a bit from our stop in Olympia. Lots of ancient ruins up next. For now, here’s a look at things around here:
Love the wall art at Main Squeeze in Fountain Valley.
One of the first things I noticed when I arrived in Athens was the Olympieion, a.k.a. the Temple of Olympian Zeus. In fact, we could see the Olympieion from the rooftop terrace of our hotel (the Royal Olympic). We really lucked out with this hotel, as it was in a great location and also had a sweeping view of the city. I’ll share some photos from the Royal Olympic in a bit.
Back to the Olympieion! It’s right next to the Arch of Hadrian, and you have to pay to get in (unless you want to zoom in with your camera through the holes in the fence). There’s not a ton to see, but the entrance fee was only €6. To me, it was worth the money in order to see the Olympieion up close. It’s huge!
One big reason I loved Athens? You don’t have to go far to see ancient ruins. Like you can grab a coffee and then walk across the street to see an excavation site of ancient Roman baths. There’s something neat about seeing a structure that is so old smack-dab in the middle of a bustling city!
And that’s definitely the case with Hadrian’s Gate, a.k.a. the Arch of Hadrian. It’s right next to the Temple of Olympian Zeus (more on that later), and both are just a stone’s throw away from the Plaka shopping/dining area.
Here’s the stately arch in all its glory:
After a visit to the Acropolis, we headed down to the Acropolis Museum. It was a quick walk – maybe 5 minutes. And it’s a beautiful museum! My favorite part? In front of the entrance, the floors are glass and you can see the excavation of ancient ruins down below your feet. So cool.
Model of the Acropolis.
One of the first items on our Athens agenda was of course a visit to the Acropolis. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Now I can gladly check this item off my bucket list.
Whew! I’m finally back from Greece and while it was so much fun, nothing beats sleeping in your own bed. This weekend I’m going through photos (I took over a thousand – don’t judge me!), doing a ton of laundry and attempting to adjust back to PST. I can’t wait to share my trip with y’all but in the meantime, here’s a glimpse of things around here:
Here’s more from my short trip to Palm Springs: the famous Cabazon Dinosaurs. It’s a very random roadside attraction, but these massive dinosaurs look otherworldly in the surrounding desert landscape. I had to pull over to take a few photos!