Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Greece: September 2009: Athens

Greece is one of my favourite Countries that I've travelled to so far. The colours, history and landscape is one that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Over the past 4 years my partner and I have travelled The Cyclades, The Peloponnese, Thessaly, The Argo-Saronic, The Ionian Islands and The Sporades, visiting upto 20 different Islands. It helps that my partner is actually half greek so it makes communicating and travelling alot easier!

Last year, we island hopped for 2 months visiting Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos then travelled down to Paros & Anti-Paros, Naxos, Mykonos and finally Syros. It was a fantastic and amazing experience and an opportunity to be so lucky to do so much.
This year our holiday consisted of 12 days where we had to fit in visiting family then alittle break on our own. We decided to visit Poros, part of the Argo-Saronic which barely qualifies as an island as its 350m from the mainland and Nafplion, a lively, beautifully sited place with slightly faded elegance from the days when it was the fledgling capital of modern Greece.

We have explored central Athens over the past few years, so this year the new Archeological Museum that opened in June was the main attraction.
It is a stunning building, imposing in size but elegantly proportioned is without a doubt the masterpiece of Franco-Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi and his associate Michalis Fotiadis.
As you near the entrance, centuries of history is immersed in the excavations of a 4th century BC settlement, visable through the glass floor. This was an unexpected discovery when the museum's foundations were being laid, thus the whole museum had to be raised on concrete stilts.

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