During our month in Greece we went twice to Athens. First time because we wanted to see where civilization was born and second time because it was convenient regarding our flights out. I’m glad we went twice because we didn’t like it much in the beginning; we thought it was creepy and distressing at times. There’s a lot of poverty in Athens and you can see it all around as people of all ages and backgrounds are begging as well as the youth increasingly tries to destroy the buildings. On havecamerawilltravel.com it says: “The city is in the middle of a graffiti epidemic. It’s a combination of high youth unemployment and underemployment, a general sense of unrest, and authorities being stretched too thin to do much about it. Frankly, the police have bigger problems. The result is an artistic free-for-all on the city’s streets.” But if you just try and ignore the surrounding graffiti, you’ll see beautiful Mediterranean streets filled with romantic wine bars and restaurants. So, the second time we went, we loved Athens because we managed to see behind its sad curtain.
Whilst in Athens we saw the Acropolis (of course), astonishing Ancient Greek theatres and temples, archeological museums and many, many breathtaking examples of how our civilization was created. The most unbelievable relic to see was Aristotle’s Lyceum, which is said to be one of the most significant places in the history of mankind as it was the place where Aristotle’s systemised the organisation of “cosmos” (beauty, world) amongst Morality, Psychology, Metaphysics and Physics. That garden didn’t have a lot left to see, but walking there you could sense the atmosphere of philosophical and scientific intellect.
Price-wise Athens was cheaper than Santorini but more expensive than Kos. We were lucky with our Airbnb booking as we stayed in a room in a penthouse with a good distance to the centre. We found a couple of good and fairly priced restaurants with veggie options, and we always cooked breakfast in the flat. I’d definitely recommend everyone to visit Athens mainly because of its history and archeological sites, but also as its beautiful in it own way.
Accommodation: Airbnb in Victoria area (25e/night)
Favourite restaurant: Avocado Athens (vegetarian and vegan)