In Athens "3,000 years of history fit into three days"

Dedicated to Athens is a publication of the Financial Times, in which the columnist accompanies the readers on a journey to discover new galleries, restaurants, and museums.

Starting from Dionysiou Areopagitou, the journey begins with the journalist wandering in the historical center, where he faces the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

As mentioned in the publication entitled "Three days - and 3,000 years of history - in Athens", the traveler is in the heart of our modern city, but at the same time on the outskirts of one of the historical monuments of humanity. At the gates of the Parthenon, young street musicians decorate the walk with notes, painters capture the moments and faces of travelers, while the taverns of Plaka frame a scene that could have come from the past.

On Hadrian's Gate, there is an inscription on one side of the Acropolis that says: "This is Athens, the old city of Theseus." But on the other side, the inscription sends a different message: "This is the city of Hadrian and not Theseus”.

A few meters down, the reporter finds a luxury restaurant with fusion cuisine. "This is Athens," he emphasizes. "The coexistence of the ancient and the modern".

On his three-day trip, the journalist takes his readers on a journey and explains to them his simple plan for discovering the city. Athens is now considered an ideal destination even for a three-day getaway.

Ancient Athens

The columnist then proceeds with a summary of his three-day visit:

Day 1: Ancient Athens

Accompanied by a tour guide, who brings to life the ruins and scenes from the time of Pericles. Scenes from 1830, from the hard work after the nation's independence and two decades after Lord Elgin removed parts of the Parthenon frieze. "The tour guide may not mention the controversy...but the rocks tell the story themselves." Although the tour guide does not speak, the General Director of the Acropolis Museum does not hold back and describes the frieze as "the most perfect thing ever made by human hands".

Day 2: Modern Athens

The second day coincides with Open House Day. Opportunity to tour the city's architectural landmarks. Lots of architecture, passing by the National Theater, and eating at a beautiful restaurant in the alleys below Syntagma Square.

Day 3: The marriage of the two elements

Port of Piraeus. Destination Hydra. A short boat ride in the Saronikos and from there to the spiritual home of Leonard Cohen. No question why he chose the island, and why he wrote his lyrics and legendary songs there. An island where cars are prohibited. It remains the place of poetry and dreams. Swimming, philosophical discussion, and food again.

The way back begins and the journalist mentions that in Athens "3000 years of history fit into three days".

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