The Chronicles of Athens, Part VI – Up To The Parthenon

Getting back into the swing of things.

Athens wasn’t the most beautiful city I went to, not by far. Like Milan, it was more of a practical kind of city, nothing fancy shmancy like Rome or Venice, but just…understated and quietly historical.

That being said, of course, it is still the city of the Parthenon (the Parthenon) which makes it somewhat awesome.

The thing is, though, the Parthenon is quite a bit smaller than I would have imagined it to be. Not to say that it’s small by any account, since it’s kind of huge, especially considering the work that had to go into it in order to build it, but the pictures on all the postcards and your history books do make it look quite a bit bigger than it is in real life.

But I suppose that’s the point, right?

Stupidly, I suppose, I had gone to the Acropolis museum but was having trouble finding the Acropolis itself. (It also took me forever to figure out that the Acropolis was actually what the Parthenon stood on, but that’s okay.)

This is the view from just outside the Acropolis museum. See, not so impressive, right? People were talking about how you can see the Parthenon from just about anywhere in the city, but that’s just not true.

Well, maybe if you look really hard for it?

I know this is kind of weird, but it reminded me a little bit of the scenes in Lion King.

But of course the Lion King was based in Africa and…Athens is in…Athens. Greece.

But can’t you see Simba walking down these steps?

Or at least running down the hill? Am I crazy?

Oh, but the cool thing was – I went on the day that there was a International Museum Day, so everything was free :0

And this thing, which was entirely too big for me to take a picture of.

Everything was huge, just not as huge as you’d expect it to be. You know?

Ya kno?

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