Discover the Cradle of Olympics Greece

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Athens is a safe capital at night and Gazi and Psiri are the places where night life abounds. Cafes, bars, restaurants, singing and dancing, clubs, theatres and galleries, youngsters and tourists everyone, talking, smoking, drinking and eating all at the same time- these sights showcase the hub of where youngsters and night birds want to hang out.

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Discover the Cradle of Olympics Greece

  1. 1. Discover the Cradle of Olympics- Athens, Greece Part 3 Posted by Elizabeth D’Costa on 24th, August 2012 Welcome back to the final part in my three (3) part article series on Discover the Cradle of Olympics - Athens, Greece, in the most recent posts I covered Tour In Greece such as the Acropolis Tour and other Greek Tours in and around Temple of the Olympian Zeus, today lets continue with the Panathenaic Stadium 9. Panathenaic Stadium Built in 566 BC, there was no place more historic that Coubertin could have chosen to revive the Olympic Games in 1896 than the very place where the games had been held in 4 BC. The Romans later used it as one of their arenas but it was rebuilt in 144 AD by Herodes Atticus for the Panathenaic Festival. Known as Kallimarmaro which means ‘beautiful marble’, the stadium was restored for the 2004 Olympics. Access is limited but the sight of this magnificent structure brings the first ever games and the olive branch wreath alive. 10. Temple of Poseidon There could not have been a better site than Cape Sounion for a temple dedicated to the God of the Sea himself. Located at the tip of the Attic Peninsula overlooking the magnificent crisp blue waters of the Aegean, the setting for this temple would have pleased Poseidon himself . A late afternoon drive there would take you to a tiny beach below where you can swim in the warm waters, drink the traditional ouzo, come up to the temple and watch the most dramatic sunset and pay your respect to Poseidon and his sea. Best Places To Travel In Greece | Travel Deals To Greece Travel To Athens ATHEN’S MUSEUMS
  2. 2. 11. National archeological Museum This is Greece’s largest museum sheltering around 20,000 exhibits of ancient Minoans, Greek, Byzantine, Egyptian and Greco-Roman frescoes, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, a 3600 -year old mask, ancient Egyptian relics, statues, and the list goes on. A 2000-year old prototype of a computer found in a ship wreck off the Antikithera Island leaves you wondering how technically accomplished the Greeks really were. You need a good 2-3 hours here to appreciate and let at least some of it sink in. 12. Byzantine Museum The roots of Christianity and the history of the Byzantine Empire are encased in the relics and exhibits here. The collection is large and marks an important part of Ancient Greek’s history and its influences. 13. National Art Gallery The premiere art gallery in Greece, it explores the Greek art movements from the post Byzantine period leading to the 20th century painters. International art exhibitions are also held here. If you have the time, stop by the Benaki Museum containing ancient art, manuscripts, historical games, weapons and much more, and the Numismatic Museum, containing around 500,000 ancient coins. A philatelic museum containing stamp collections from the 1800’s would interest hobbyists. And they never forget the children… There’s even a Hellenistic Children’s Museum with interactive and imaginative activities for the tykes and youngsters. The Museum of Greek Children’s Art holds workshops for children and exhibits the works of young artists to promote art appreciation and development. 14. Monastiraki Flea Market When you are done with history or so filled with it that you need to process it in your mind without looking for more, head to the markets. Monastiraki has the old-world charm wrapped around it in the classical houses and buildings you pass by. But the main attraction is the market with a chain of shops offering anything from clothing, fur and vintage vinyl records to cafes and taverns where you can relax and sip the afternoon away (to process history, of course!). On Sundays, the hill people arrive with colorful blankets to lay out the contents from their mysterious bags filled with exciting paraphernalia that may catch a prospective buyer’s attention. Guided Tours of Greece | Travel Deals To Greece
  3. 3. 15. The Mount Lycabettus Here is another place that comes alive in the summers with its cafes, music and mostly its spectacular view. An amphitheatre on top has seen the likes of world famous performers like James Brown, Peter Gabriel and others who visit Greece during the summer festival. There is a train that takes you up the mount so that you don’t worry too much about stressed knees or an extra supply of glucosamine! 16. Gazi and Psiri Athens is a safe capital at night and Gazi and Psiri are the places where night life abounds. Cafes, bars, restaurants, singing and dancing, clubs, theatres and galleries, youngsters and tourists everyone, talking, smoking, drinking and eating all at the same time- these sights showcase the hub of where youngsters and night birds want to hang out. 17. Piraeus When it’s all been said and done… sail away with me to another world- The lyrics of these two famous songs are apt to describe the journey by boat from the Port of Piraeus. As you leave the port and gaze back at the hillside scattered with whitewashed houses, perfectly geometrical rooftops and windows that form an interesting symmetry on the slopes, the Acropolis and the temples look alluringly at you, inviting you back to land. But you turn away and sail off for another one of the Greek Isles, to discover that Athens was only the tip of the iceberg. Greece indeed has much more to offer. Best Places To Travel In Greece | Travel Deals To Greece
  4. 4. Greece Vacation A tourist has three main reasons to travel- curiosity, comfort (relaxation) and a thirst for adventure. Greece offers a perfect getaway to a tired traveler’s soul. It invites you to probe into her history that is one of the oldest in the world, to stoke your curiosity with ancient Greek myths and legends and relax and refresh yourself amidst her natural beauty. The Greek Isles, mountains and pine-scented hills overlooking an azure blue Aegean Sea can unmask the coldest of hearts to surrender to its charm. Horace well described this sentiment when he wrote about the Roman invasion, “Greece, although captured, took its wild conqueror captive.”

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