Mariah Mikel is a student at the Iowa State University and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Athens, Greece.
During my first few weekends in Greece, I decided to stay put and explore Athens before I become busy jetting off on weekend trips around Europe. I wanted to explore Greece’s rich history and see the beauty within the ruins. I must say that Greece is very beautiful and I cannot wait to explore more of this amazing country!
- The Acropolis & Museum
The Acropolis, the highest point in downtown Athens, is a must see for anyone traveling to Athens. The museum shows real-life statues and pieces from the site and provides information about the ruins and the history behind them. My favorite part was going to see the actual Acropolis up close – It’s just a small hike, but the views are worth every step!
The religious sanctuary of Delphi was very important back in the day and was sacred to the god Apollo. The ancient Greeks considered Delphi as the center of the world. It is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Athens and it is perfect for a day trip!
Arachova is a small ski mountain town that is only a 10-minute drive from Delphi! Arachova was filled with winding roads, shops galore, delicious eateries, and overall breathtaking views. High-end ski shops and designer brands are sprinkled in with the old mom and pop butcher shops and cafes. It was a wonderful mix of the old and new.
Only a 20-minute metro ride from the center of Athens is Piraeus! Piraeus is Athens’s port where all of the ferries and ships come to dock. What motivated me to visit Piraeus was because I wanted to see the Mediterranean Sea in all of its beauty and boy it did not disappoint!
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Your pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you!!! :)
It looks like a great place to visit. It’s on my bucket list. Enjoy your time there.
Thank you Eric!