Today is our final honeymoon guest post while I am away in Hawaii. Thanks for following along!
Hello La vie Jaime readers! I’m Rachel from La Mariposa, a bilingual lifestyle and fashion blog based in Boston. Today I’m sharing some photos and info about my honeymoon in Greece. My husband and I went to Athens and Santorini, Greece towards the end of August last year, which was an ideal time. The weather was amazing (if you like warmth and sunshine!), and it was the end of tourist season, so it wasn’t too crowded. We started our honeymoon in Athens, which I’ll share with you below. Here are some of my favorite spots around town:
TEMPLE OF ZEUS
We flew in and out of Athens because we wanted a few days in the city to see all of the historical structures, which were beyond impressive. We ended-up taking a private, guided tour (highly recommend this- you can get one from any travel agency!) to learn more about what we were seeing and where we were walking. Our first stop was the Temple of Olympian Zeus!
The quality and attention to detail in the architecture of each individual pillar was unreal.. It felt very surreal to see structures that were so old, fill with so much history. I wonder how many people have visited this temple. It must be a ridiculously large number! We somehow were lucky enough to go when there was a small crowd, in the middle of a Wednesday afternoon.
ARCH OF HADRIAN
What I loved about the Temple of Zeus and the Arch of Hadrian is that they are located, like the other historical sites, smack in the middle of the city. It is so easy to arrive to them, and you can buy multi-day passes to visit them again and again during your stay. Our hotel, Royal Olympic, was about a five-minute walk from this area, and at night we had the more gorgeous views of the sculptures glowing in the park.
THEATRE OF HERODES ATTICUS, ACROPOLIS
Here's a view looking down onto the Theatre of Herodes Atticus. It's pretty amazing to think that the way we sit at conference, view movies, and attend shows all probably started from these set-ups, way back in the day!
The Parthenon is probably the most famous building in the Acropolis. I thought it was striking in person, but to be honest, I preferred to view it from our outdoor dinners at night (particularly from Dionysus, my favorite restaurant).. The stage-lighting makes the building seem even larger and more powerful (as if being up above the city wasn't enough!).
As I mentioned, the climb is worth it for the views of the city from way atop. My camera doesn't do nearly as much justice as it should! I should also say, it started drizzling when we got up here, so the sky is a bit flat looking. However, you can see the extend of the city, as well as the Temple of Zeus. I really loved the contrast of the ancient temple against the modern road and cars. I don't think I could ever get tired of that view. Athens is simply gorgeous!
Here’s a few links to other posts about our honeymoon:
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