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Our walk through Athens shows impressions from our stay in Athens on occasion of the TBEX.
We start our walk next to the convention center. In the park you see a statue of Eleftherios Venizelos, a Greek prime minister who is still admired today.
No matter where you move in Athens, almost everywhere you have an unobstructed view of the Acropolis or the Lycabettus with the beautiful little chapel.
We continue our way to the Plaka and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It is the largest Greek temple in Athens. The Temple of Olympian Zeus was completed in the 2nd century AD by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. In the Middle Ages, the temple was presumably destroyed by an earthquake. Nevertheless, the remaining columns impress by their size.
The gate which originally marked the entrance into the sacred district is named after emperor Hadrian.
On the opposite side is a bust of the famous Greek singer, actress and politician Melina Mercouri.
In Athens, you can even admire Greek art treasures outside the museums. Some few pieces are exhibited in the metro stations. We take the metro to Monastiraki Square. From the Monastiraki Square you have a beautiful view of the Acropolis.
In the district Psyrri, we come across the Agios Dimitrios and see the first Christmas decoration on the facades.
At nightfall we reach Syntagma Square. The fountain in the middle of the square shines in different colors from which red is our favorite. Opposite, in front of the Parliament the changing of the guard takes place .
We arrive at the Skyfall bar for the “Appy Hour” party, an invitation of EXPEDIA. From the terrace one has the best view over Parliament, the Lycabettus and the beautiful illuminated Acropolis. We were surprised by heavy rain, accompanied by hail, but the thunderstorm moves on quickly.
Once back at Monastiraki Square, we throw a glance at the illuminated Hadrian’s Library and the Acropolis.