Taking the train from Athens International Airport, the train takes 40 minutes to reach the city center, one way is 10 euros. Athens appears with images that make me think much of Istanbul, the old streets – literally – not the old-fashioned type seen in other major cities in Western Europe. The crowded Athens, the crowds, the motorbikes, the cars ran loudly with the whistle, I felt like going back to Saigon. Seems uncomfortable but suddenly I like the busyness of this place.
Before the trip, I imagined Athens as the capital of ancient Greek ruins, where people worshiped the gods Zeus, Athena, Hermes, Poseidon, not a bustling place with Bangkok’s pace, of Saigon. Arriving in Athens, leaving the Monastiraki train station, I was surrounded by an unknown but crowded floating market. The booths look no different from the shops at the fairgrounds that are familiar to them, and visit a stall to buy fresh tangerines. Tangerines here are strangely delicious.
Arriving at Pella Inn Hostel, where I will rest, step into the balcony, I see an Athens exactly as I imagined it before, overwhelmed by the huge Acropolis building on the hill on the horizon. I was dumbfounded by the beauty of the building, though I only looked from the hotel room door. There are no buildings blocking the beauty of the Acropolis. The whistle honking somewhere still sounded, but when I looked high above the city, I felt like I was going through a different dimension.
After dressing, I went out of the hostel and returned to the bustle of Athens streets. The sky was so short, I and my companions hurriedly climbed the hill, which possessed an ancient block of architecture. On the road to the hill, the ruins like white stone columns also appeared scattered.
Acropolis is located on a giant rock with a flat peak, 150 meters above sea level in Athens, with a surface area of about 3 hectares. Although there is evidence that the hill was inhabited from the fourth millennium BCE, it was Pericles period (about 495 – 429 BC) in the fifth century BC, who coordinated the Constructing important remaining works include Parthenon, Propylaia, Erechtheion and Athena Nike Temple. The Parthenon and other buildings were severely damaged during the siege in 1687 by the Venetians during the Morean War when gunpowder was stored in the Parthenon and hit by cannon fire.
When it was afternoon, Acropolis was the most splendid, although there were many Acropolis in Greece, but only the Acropolis in Athens was considered the original version of the Acropolis. The sky was dyed with golden buildings, gradually turning pink on the sky to create a beautiful scene.
Leaving the Acropolis following the flow of people is no longer watching the dawn under the sky turning quickly. I was constantly surprised because the slopes at the foot of Acropolis were bustling restaurants. Each house is located on a slope, taking that difficult terrain to create an interesting outdoor seating space. Sitting down to have a cup of coffee, eating a plate of Greek Salad must be the most enjoyable feeling in Athens.