After a hectic summer and autumn, Andrew and I took a short holiday in Greece, to relax and spend some time together. We were lucky to find a perfect balance of sightseeing in Athens and chilling out by the Aegean Sea, by basing ourselves in the lovely beach town of Vouliagmeni.
I knew there was no way I could visit Greece without visiting the Acropolis in Athens.
I’ve been fascinated with Greece since high school, when my favourite English teacher brought photos of his visit to an ancient amphitheatre to class. When he explained how the incredible acoustics still worked, I knew I wanted to see it for myself. In university, I was lucky enough to take a classic Greek drama course as an elective, as well as two theatre electives that covered Greek tragedy and comedy.
I remained fascinated by the ancient Greeks’ emphasis on incorporating art and culture in every aspect of their lives.
So after a day of relaxing by the beach in Vouliagmeni, we decided to spend Sunday sightseeing in Athens.
Andrew and I love road trips. Driving ourselves allows us to stop when we like, go where we want and explore places we wouldn’t see otherwise. This is how we were able to visit the Poseidon Temple in Sounion, Greece.
One of my favourite days on our recent trip to Vouliagmeni and Athens, Greece started with a spur of the moment decision to rent a car and go exploring. After searching the phonebook for a local rental agency, we decided to ask the hotel staff for advice.
While hordes of tourists descend on Europe’s most popular cities from June to September, we prefer to take advantage of the benefits offered by travelling in the low-season.
One of the best ways to explore a city’s culture is through its food, and one of the best places to experience the food culture as the locals do is at the city market.
We love visiting food markets. On our recent visit to Greece, we discovered the bustling Athens Central Market, and got a sneak peek at the Athenian food scene.
There are many sites, around the world, known for their changing of the guard ceremonies. Certainly, the most unique is the Grand Change of the Evzones – the changing of the Guard in Athens, Greece.