On our drive from Athens to Mycenae, we had a brief stop in Corinth. The perfect place to take some photos is the Isthmus Bridge (which overlooks the Corinth Canal). We were only there for about 15 minutes, but it was definitely worth the detour. I almost forgot about my fear of heights as I was watching the boats pass through!
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!
On my second day in Athens, I walked from our hotel (the Royal Olympic – will show you guys later!) to Syntagma Square. I was told it would be a short metro ride, but I ended up walking instead. I always prefer to get there by foot if possible!
The main square of Athens.
I’m taking a break from posting about my Greece trip (are you guys tired of me yet? haha) and sharing some pictures from around here lately. Not gonna lie – I still have a lot of travel photos to go through! I’ll share more after the weekend, but in the meantime…
Matcha/milk S W I R L from Bumsan Organic Milk Bar in K-town.
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:
Of course, when I was researching things to do in Athens, I came across the National Garden and immediately added it to my must-see list. I heard locals go running here, and I even saw a bunch of people enjoying their picnic lunches in the sun. If I lived in Athens, I’d probably do the same!