A Walk through Athens: Honeymoon Day 8

Today we flew out of Rome and into another culturally and historically rich city – Athens! Landing and settling in our hotel in the late afternoon, we took it easy and took a walk and grabbed something delicious to eat.

We the receptionist of our hotel for restaurant recommendations which is usually a hit since the locals are the best reference, and this occasion was no exception.

Chicken Souvlaki
Gyro platter. 

Which one to choose??

We set out with no particular destination in mind and ended up crossing paths with a couple cool sites.
Hadrian’s Arch used to give way to the ancient neighborhood off the eastern borders of Athens named after the founder, the Roman Emperor Hadrian.

Olympieon is the former Temple of Olympian Zeus and was once considered a symbol of tyranny as it was constructed under the rule of Peisistratus, a tyrant.

The New Acropolis Museum is one of the world’s most modern museums built with translucent floors so visitors can get a glimpse of the archaeological site directly below it. We didn’t get to go in, but the reviews have us giddy to enter this gem’s insight into ancient Greece and the origin of western culture as we know it.

The Hellenic Parliament, once royal residence, ministry offices, museum and hospital, is most famous for its Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an image of citizen-soldiers of Ancient Greece. It sits just across from Syntagma Square and is guarded 24/7 by the Presidential Guard with inscriptions that read: “… and one bed is carried empty, made for the unknown ones”, and “The whole earth is the burial ground of famous men”.

Kapnikarea is a prime example of a Byzantine church and dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin to the Temple. Interestingly enough the name is said to originate from the first owner of the church who was a tobacco tax collector – kapnikos foros.

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