athens, greece sightseeing

Today I want to share some of my favorite photos from our trip to Greece! We traveled during a yearly demonstration against Americans, and luckily we didn’t have any issues. We just stayed in the hotel room the first night while locals were lighting stuff on fire. Lots of riots. Anyway…

On this particular trip we visited the Parthenon, Temple of Zeus and Panathenaic Stadium. Oh, and we got lost on a few roofs and some old lady forced Brandon to carry her groceries. Exploring is fun!

The Parthenon is a temple situated on the Acropolis, a flat-topped rock in the middle of Athens. We made the trip when it was warmer so the entire area was jam-packed with tourists, but the short hike to the top was unlike anything I have ever experienced before. The view from the Acropolis was well worth having to deal with the crowds; you could see the entire city.

Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece Parthenon
Athens, Greece Parthenon Acropolis
Athens, Greece Theatre of Dionysus
Sitting in the Theatre of Dionysus
Athens, Greece The Odeon of Herodes Atticus
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece
Wandering around on roofs and such
Athens, Greece
Right before Brandon was summoned to carry groceries
Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece
Dancing and singing at a fun restaurant
Athens, Greece
The hotel doors were for tiny people
Athens, Greece
Hotel lobby
Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece Temple of Zeus
Temple of Zeus
Athens, Greece Panathenaic Stadium
Panathenaic Stadium
Athens, Greece Panathenaic Stadium
Athens, Greece Panathenaic StadiumAthens, Greece Panathenaic Stadium
Athens, Greece Panathenaic Stadium

We had difficulty finding Panathenaic Stadium because it was tucked away near a park in Athens. But as soon as we spotted it and stepped inside, we noticed that the entire structure was made of beautiful white marble. The stadium was the site of the first modern Olympic games in 1896.

Have you ever been to Athens? If so, what was your favorite part?

       
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  • http://snappystreet.com.au/ snappystreet

    just breathtaking!

    I can’t get over the magnitude of the buildings and surroundings! I hope I can visit one day…

    thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04585816729964741872 Jay

    We must get back to Athens. We only had a few hours there so were only able to view the Acropolis from below but I must check it out up close!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09543798912886827648 Gesci

    We spent 4 days in Athens and it wasn’t NEARLY enough! The history, the food, the really sweet stray dogs…

    When we went to the Panathenaic Stadium there was an elementary school having a field-day sort of event. I couldn’t imagine having something so regular in such an important location!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17739295507898824699 A Country Girls World

    Athens looks amazing! I definitely want to visit Athens and Santorini very soon!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06569440913966464021 2justByou

    I’d love to visit Greece some day. Some Day. It looks absolutely beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing these postcards. =0)
    ~Kim
    http://www.2justbyou.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11970846797105056006 tiarenie

    love your shot of the stadium! we really should’ve entered the acropolis when we went ! grrrr :(

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03340277403271465452 lost in travels

    this is definitely on my wish list of places to go! i love how every time you write a travel post, it’s so incredibly different from the last!

  • http://sweetsmores.wordpress.com/ sweetsmores

    Your photos are beautiful! Greece is one of the countries that’s on the top of my list of countries to visit. I just love places with a lot of history and gorgeous views.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07177081269343759076 Treasure Tromp

    stunning! so beautiful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18404202046269362977 anastasia anezinis

    great post and photos!Another time come to visit Chios island ;)
    have a more great travel moments!
    hugs
    http://freestilcreatingbyvilly.blogspot.gr/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07636855265099660016 Danielle Villano

    Oh my gosh, how beautiful! I love seeing all of these little details – great! I’ve never been to Athens but your pictures convinced me :)

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://awriterinlove.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11780972010240522334 Tyler

    Oh man, so pretty!! Athens is definitely on the top of my list of places I want to travel to :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00983357220871168498 Becky Roode

    Beautiful photographs! Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03517036280716456767 Emily Hornburg

    I would LOVE to go to Athens someday. I’m a huge mythology and theatre nerd – so I feel like Athens would be so much fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16425238115365340973 Natalie Hinkley

    gorgeous photos! I’ll get there one day! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04322820186844573191 Amanda

    I went to Greece in 2008. These pictures bring me right back! Isn’t is gorgeous? I only wish I had had my DSLR at that point instead of my point and shoot, but I didn’t get my nice camera until a few years later. I would love to go back.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03222437193341574739 kayleigh maryon

    I loved exploring Athens. It was fantastic. I also happened to be there while it was Greek history weekend or some kind of special weekend so the Acropolis was free to enter. My favourite part was all the street vendors selling fresh coconut and warm chestnuts.

  • http://themovetoamerica.wordpress.com/ themovetoamerica

    Sadly, I have never been to Greece (only stopped off at Athen’s airport on my way to Egypt). I have read much about it though (ancient history nerd here)!

    Molly @ The Move to America

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07718785240496873133 Andrea Derr

    This is bringing back such great memories for me! I visited Athens and Santorini when I studied abroad in Spain in 2010 and had such a fantastic time there – I’m dying to get back. It would be tough to pick just one of my favorite parts of my visit – loved it all!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16928425133372671479 Kalyn V

    I’ve never been to Greece at all but it is definitely on my “Top ten” list (which seems to be getting longer by the day). Your pictures are gorgeous.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07046072080279598632 Rena m

    Beautiful! This is my #1 trip destination on my bucket list. =)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06625001742281959799 Ashley

    I just love how well traveled you are and how many amazing photos you have from every place you visit! I really hope one day I can visit Athens and see the Panathenaic Stadium … all of it is just so breathtaking. So funny that an old lady made him carry groceries too! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14585681189196096870 Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes}

    I absolutely loved Greece!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06540561714323781169 Becky K

    Oh my lord this is STUNNING.

    I am trying to move money around to try and plan a honeymoon in greece. One of my top destinations on my bucket list!!

    <3becky
    http://www.loosefromthezoo.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10500929811457428397 Marlen

    hahah i can so imagine an old greek lady forcing him to carry her bags- how sweet! and wowza, these pictures are stunning. Can you imagine LIVING there?! “Oh hey, there’s Zeus’s Temple, no big deal.” Madness.

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06301602017219708922 Katie

    how cool that you got to go there! these are great pictures!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06787886183163179543 Michelle

    Athens is such a beautiful place to travel too … apart from those small doorways what is with that! I remember staying at a hotel and drinking on the rooftop by the pool into the wee hours of the night. Lots of fun :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12105477640270793365 BoldButterBaby

    Was this before or after his man boob implant? ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07672672046096104876 Melyssa @ The Nectar Collective

    Wow!!! Just like you like pictures from Asia, I love pictures from Europe because I’ve never been! These pictures are gorgeous and make me want to go even more. I never really cared for history classes in school, but after traveling, I’m so into learning about the history of new places and I bet seeing such old buildings in Greece is really something else!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15806065790207418929 Lisette

    I feel like such a nerd for knowing that your beer glasses said “ALPHA” in Greek. Ok, I’m gonna go hide now.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11227258025124298382 la petite lulu

    This brings back memories! We spent a couple of weeks in Greece with my sisters and kids a few years ago and LOVED it. Athens reminded me a lot of India (strangely, could’ve had something to do with the dodgy district we stayed in!) – I did love the parthenon though, and the ruins at the bottom of the hill which I can’t remember the name of (had great museums though). Fun times!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01461356880543856687 Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk

    Wow I am, like, green with envy over here. I’ve always wanted to visit Greece. I had an obsession with Greek mythology as a child, so seeing these pictures just made me jaw drop. I love it!!
    Also, how tall is your husband? Those doors are tiny!!! Did you notice a difference in the height of those from Greece?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16087469051535545425 Elle-Living in Color

    This is absolutely gorgeous!! I would give anything to see Europe- as I’ve never been before :) thanks for letting me live vicariously through you adventures!
    xo, elle from Living in Color.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16086099955651501342 Brittany Ruth

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13481681666502942696 Chestnut Mocha

    Your photos are so nice, thanks for sharing! I’ve always wanted to visit Greece but haven’t done it yet. Been all around it, but not in Greece. It’s a beautiful place, you reminded me of this little dream :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01079473916722620673 Erika @ CHiMERiKAL.com

    Athens was one of my most favorite trips EVER! And looking at your gorgeous pictures just brought me back there a little bit! :) And it looks like you got Athens when it was bright and sunny, too! :) How wonderful!

    –Erika
    http://www.chimerikal.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227775720242149358 farhan javeed

    nice pictures .. i am off to athens in 2 weeks to pursue my masters :)