Today I am writing to you from inside the heart of the Greek city of Athens. Yes, that is correct! Greece! I am so excited to be here, as Greece has been on my travel bucket list for as long as I can remember. My mother is here with me in Berlin until next week so we decided to take a small trip to Greece as a going-away treat. We got here very early this morning and it is currently about 16:00, as it is an hour ahead of Berlin. It was quite nice when we first arrived but now its getting a bit cooler and cloudy. Better than Berlin though. My cousin, who is watching my pets back at home, told me that it hailed today! It hailed! Im Frühling! I couldn’t believe it. Well, tomorrow its supposed to be quite warm and sunny so I can’t wait!
Anyways, we had a few hours to kill while we waited to check into our AirBnb (which I highly recommend using instead of booking a hotel, as it can be cheaper and gives you a more homey and local feel), so we ultimately did what one naturally does in Athens: visit the ruins!
I loved Greek mythology when I was in middle school, and quite frankly, I still do today, so seeing something so rich with mythological history was incredible. We went to the Acropolis, which is an ancient citadel, and features the very famous Parthenon! The Parthenon is a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena (who the city is actually named after when she gave the people of the city an Olive tree and won the city-naming completion against Poseidon, god of the Sea), goddess of strategic war and wisdom. You can pick her out of a Greek god crowd by looking at her armour, or shield, which usually has a depiction of the snake-haired Gorgon Medusa on it. The Parthenon was built around 440 BC. It was destroyed and repurposed many times throughout history by empires such as the Ottomans in the 1400’s.
To see it in pictures is one thing, but to actually go there and look upon the columns and marble of such an ancient building is whole other thing in itself. I was speechless, and my mother actually cried!
I hope you get to visit it one day, and if so I recommend using RyanAir, as that is one of the cheapest airlines that Europe has to offer! Until then, bis bald!