Athens is a city in Greece with a long and fascinating history. It is rich in culture with beautiful architecture, busy streets and squares all creating a window into the vibrancy and colour of the Greek way of life. I was in Athens a few days back for the amazing TBEX conference held there with good reason.
It is a centre for arts, learning and philosophy, home of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato who were great philosophers. It is also the capital and largest city in Greece.
Its name? According to myth, Athens acquired its name when the goddess Athena and the god Poseidon who had many disputes and battles between them were in a race to be the Patron God of the city. In an attempt to compel the people, Poseidon created a salt-water spring by striking the ground with his trident, signifying naval power. However, when Athena created the olive tree, signifying peace and prosperity, the Athenians, under their ruler, accepted the olive tree and named the city after Athena. Hence the name Athens!
While I was there, I couldn’t help but notice its creative and artistic metro stations. The metro houses many Greek artefacts found during the construction of the metro. See some pictures below…
This is the nearest station to the Athenian Acropolis. A visit to Athens is not complete without visiting the Acropolis.
Monastiraki metro station
You can make your way to the flea market here on Sunday at Avissynias Square for a mixture of ornaments, from books to paintings, clothes to trinkets.
Flight time is about 3hrs 50mins from London with many flight options, making it another great weekender destination.
Have you spotted any amazing metro stations? Tell us where…. 🙂