Athens easily blends the modern, the old and the ancient. Not far from second-century Hadrianís Arch
is the more contemporary National Garden
, commissioned by the queen in 1838 and still enjoyed by Athenians today. Nearby, Zappeion Hall
was built as a venue for the modern Olympics and served as the main fencing hall for the 1896 Games.
Not far away is the Plaka
, the oldest of Athensí neighborhoods and home to antiquities like the Lysicrates Monument
and everyday delights like café dining and boutique shopping
. If youíre looking for a truly local treasure, be sure to visit the Monastiraki Flea Market
on a Sunday, when it is alive with buyers and sellers from all over the city.
Even if itís been awhile since youíve turned the pages of Platoís Republic
or Homerís Odyssey
, you might find that Athens provides a millennia-old perspective on more modern political systems. Until you can explore the relics of this great civilization in person, let your computer transport you on this desktop getaway