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Hip Hop Acropolis

It’s been staring down at us since we first arrived here in Athens, but today we finally had the chance to climb up and walk across its beautiful stone surface… Built upon a high rocky outcropping sometime in the 5th century BCE, the Acropolis is one of Greece’s most iconic landmarks and the site of the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the temple of Athena Nike. These buildings all hold great historical significance and demonstrate Ancient Greece’s impressive architectural ingenuity.

Despite suffering calamities like cannonball barrages, Nazi occupation, and the passage of thousands of years, the Acropolis still stands today as one of Greece’s most treasured historical monuments. It is truly a marvel to walk along the top, and the view of the city below is nothing short of breathtaking.

After making our way down from the Acropolis, we quickly stopped by the Benaki Museum to check out its extensive collection of Byzantine art. With so much walking around, we decided to recharge with authentic Greek coffee or ελληνικός καφές. It is a much stronger and more bitter coffee than most Americans are used to, but it nonetheless provides the necessary caffeine jolt to keep our sightseeing eyes from dozing.

We’ll need that energy tomorrow when we throw on the swim trunks for our day trip to Mycenae, Nafplio, and the luscious blue shores of the Argolic Golf.

-Jamie Lansdowne

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