Athens, Greece

I had a love and hate relationship with Athens.


Athens is a typical big city that is so cluttered, which in turn, really is atypical of Greece.


I mean there are places in Greece that are populated, but Athens is just a whole ‘nother level.


It’s congested. It feels grungy. Too populated. Noisy. Mucky. Vandalism everywhere. Cars, people, just too much going on.


Good thing we lucked out that there wasn’t any rally going on at the time.


However, I cannot deny the historical presence, importance, and splendour Athens has to offer.


Athena still looks smokin’.


Ooops! πŸ™‚ I kid, I kid.

Athens is like one big historic open-air museum.

Something that I always love about a city.



See more of Acropolis hereΒ  –

I get to visit where the very first Olympic game was held.

It’s nothing when I was there, but just being there is very cool in concept. I was battling with a mosquito, and I felt like a champion coming here. πŸ™‚


I know the pictures don’t show the messy side of Athens, and that it doesn’t look very crowded. But I decided to just show the beautiful side of Athens. Plus, I shove any person who gets in the way of my pictures. πŸ˜€


I don’t know exactly where I put Athens on the invisible list of my most favorite cities. πŸ™‚ A lot of people get turned off by it. But then again, I like it dirty sometimes. Ooops! πŸ˜€ Seriously, I really love how there is just so much to see and explore in Athens.

Seen here are Acroplis and Parthenon, Temple of Zeus, National Archaeological Museum, National Gardens, Parliament Building, Lycabettus Hill, National Library, Athens Academy, Monastiraki Square, Olympic Stadium, and a whole lot more I could include if I wanted to.

As a tourist, in my opinion, I actually love it. But I would not live here in a million years.

Last Calls …




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    • I know, right. I often wonder about how others have artifacts, statues, etc. that don’t originate from them. Actually that’s a lot of that in Greece too. Some artifacts I should be able to see in the same location in Crete, but no, I have to go some place else in Greece just to see it.

  1. Looks so amazing, romantic, historic, thought-provoking…and I do LOVE that very first statue! a mini holiday this πŸ˜‰ Thanks!

  2. I hear you. Rommel. A classic city of great contrasts. Must admit when I was in the Olympic Stadium I did not have an opportunity to battle. Lucky you. πŸ™‚ I will acknowledge they have some delicious food there. Amazing memory kindling photos. Thanks.

    • I decided not to because I wanted the focus to stay on the historic side of Athens. I’m so glad somebody brought that up about food in Athens. Thanks, Eric!

  3. Great shots, especially your illustrating the city as a perpetuator of sprawl. I’ve never heard of anyone pointing that out before.

    • I actually surprised. Before coming to Greece, people have warned me about 1) driving dangers in Greece and 2) Athens unpleasant look. I think they exaggerated both statements. πŸ™‚

  4. I live in Athens the last 35 years of my life. I love to hate this city but I could not live anywhere else…Behind the smog and the depression there are unbelievable places in Athens. Most people (even Athenians) have not the slightest idea such places exist within half an hour drive from the center. Here are some random photos. All these places are in Athens but no visitor ever gets to see them:

    What I always say to visitors is to read some history before visiting. Know the significance of the places. The ruins are not so impressive on their own. When you know what you are visiting, when you know the influence of these ruins into the shaping the modern world then the WOW factor is multiplied.

    • I actually lived in the same kind of city in the capital of Philippines, so I am used to this kind of environment. Not a problem to me, really.
      Very nice climbing pictures you shared here. And thanks for the comment and visit, Planar.

  5. I loved your post! Athens is really a place we all love to hate! But a place we also love! The downtown part is dirty but it hides some of the most historical places to visit and some really fascinating hidden corners!

  6. I love Athens. The messiness, the grit and the dirt contrasted with the historical beauty and relevance. When I stand on top of the Acropolis and look down at the anthill, I am reminded where it all came from. And I love the anthill too.

  7. Are you working for the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism,dear Rommel?Just a rhetorical question to show you my admiration for your photographic work!You did get the real spirit of Athens!

  8. I’ve spent time looking at your pics taken in Greece. I can see that you don’t take pictures, but you sure do make pictures, and I love your word insights too. Thank you!

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