Monastiraki Square in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

A Photo Essay: Athens, Greece

Athens has had its share of bad press and unfavorable views, but I don’t think that negative attention is deserved. We really enjoyed our time in Athens, and found the city, as well as the people, very welcoming. I loved the mixture of the new and old—the city’s history doesn’t date back just several hundred years but over 2,400 years ago. It’s amazing that you can walk amongst a bustling city and see the well-preserved ruins almost everywhere you turn.

Not only is the history fascinating, the city has a unique culture with a modern blend—street art fills the sides of buildings and amidst the ruins, you will find a combination of trendy and historic shops and restaurants. Plus, the food is so delicious and not to mention affordable.

We spent about half of our weeklong visit at TBEX, a travel blogging conference, but through the conference events and our own exploration, we were able to get a glimpse of what the city has to offer. Our home base for most of the week was an apartment in the Kolonaki neighborhood—although it’s not in the center of the city, we really enjoyed staying there. The neighborhood is adorable with block after block of great restaurants, shops and bakeries. When we weren’t relaxing at our apartment, we  set out and wandered around the city searching for street art, went on a food and walking tour with Athens Insiders, and explored some of the many ruins, to name a few. Here is a preview of our week in Athens:

Acropolis in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Monastiraki Square in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Monastiraki Square in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Acropolis in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Acropolis in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Parthenon in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Greek Flag in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

View of the Acropolis from Coffee Shop in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Athens Central Market in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Athens Central Market in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Athens Central Market in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Baked Goods in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Greek Coffee in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Mountain Tea in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Restaurant in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Restaurant in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Street Music in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Old Building in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Street Art in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Street Art in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Street Art in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Street Art in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Street Art in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Street Art in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Ruins in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Parthenon in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Parthenon in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Parthenon in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Parthenon in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

View from the Acropolis in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Ruins in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Ruins in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Ruins in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

View of Lykavittos Hill in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Monastiraki Square in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Streets at Night in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Monastiraki Square in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

Monastiraki Square in Athens, Greece by Wander The Map

 

Have you been to Athens? What are your thoughts on the city?

 

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Flavours of Athens with Athens Insiders
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  • kami
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    Posted at 13:02h, 26 November Reply

    These are some incredible pictures! For some reason I’ve never been much interested in visiting Athens but when I found some cheap flights at the beginning of the year I’ve decided to give it a chance and I was so surprised, this city is pretty incredible! I can see why people might not like it but it surely is well worth a visit and your pics perfectly show why!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:20h, 04 December Reply

      I know what you mean–we felt the same way and probably wouldn’t have went anytime soon if it wasn’t for TBEX. I’m so glad we did too though–it really surpasses our expectations and we had a lot of fun! Glad you enjoyed it too!

  • Tara
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    Posted at 13:12h, 26 November Reply

    We went to Greece in September and had a wonderful time. Your photo essay brought back nice memories!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:21h, 04 December Reply

      Glad to bring back memories and really glad you enjoyed Greece, too!

  • Alli
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    Posted at 09:07h, 27 November Reply

    I just loved your photos. I also loved my time in Athens, and agreed that people were very welcoming and friendly. I went during the riots in 2011 and when all the taxi strikes were on, and locals were always so willing to help me find my way around if I was lost!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:22h, 04 December Reply

      Oh wow, that must have been a crazy time to visit! That’s great it was still so friendly though–glad to head it! Thanks!

  • Dennis Kopp
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    Posted at 16:40h, 27 November Reply

    That is a really beautiful collection of Athens photos, Jenna! Even if the city didn’t appear as beautiful from an objective point of view, I still loved staying there and exploring all the ruins or the street art as well. Thanks to Micah and his great photos, I am feeling “homesick” now and want to go back to Athens again right away… 🙂 By the way, I really like your new bio pic as well… 😉
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:23h, 04 December Reply

      Thanks, Dennis! Felt it was time to get a new pic, lol 🙂 And we get a bit “homesick” too–it really was a great time!

  • Dana
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    Posted at 10:55h, 28 November Reply

    Thanks for sharing this information! Athens has been on my list of “should I go? should I not?” for a while, and I’m glad to hear you had a nice experience there. Lovely photos! Happy travels 🙂

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:24h, 04 December Reply

      Thanks! It’s definitely a unique place, and we really enjoyed it! Would recommend a visit at some point! Happy travels to you, too! 🙂

  • antonette - we12travel
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    Posted at 04:09h, 30 November Reply

    Happy to see you got some great shots of Athens with blue skies, because the last days weren’t that good… I enjoyed Athens but it wasn’t my fave city … too big but at least I loved Acropolis!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:26h, 04 December Reply

      Yeah, we were happy we got a few nice days! Loved the Acropolis as well–thinking about the history is so fascinating!

  • Michelle - Very Hungry Explorer
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    Posted at 18:23h, 30 November Reply

    What gorgeous pictures. I was gutted that I couldn’t make it to TBEX this year, I really wanted to explore Athens. Hopefully I’ll make it there next year.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:26h, 04 December Reply

      Thanks! Hope you make it to both TBEX and Athens soon–it was a great time!

  • Margherita
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    Posted at 05:21h, 01 December Reply

    What a great selection of Athens shots, showing the two souls of the city, the ancient and the modern/quirky one! We spent so much time together there, the photo essay transported me back. Brilliant! Miss you guys!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:27h, 04 December Reply

      Thanks, Margherita! We miss you guys too! Was so fun spending time with you both–hope to do it again soon! 🙂

  • Hannah
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    Posted at 08:38h, 01 December Reply

    Oooh Athens. I’ve never been (yet) but I have a major fascination with Greece and it’s history and of course the myths and legends. I was bummed I wasn’t able to make it to TBEX this year but after spending two months backpacking through Europe in the spring it just wasn’t in the budget. Maybe next year…in the meantime I’ll just daydream while looking at your photos 🙂
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:29h, 04 December Reply

      Yeah, wish you could have made it too, but I can definitely see how two months backpacking in Europe is a budget buster! Totally agree, the history there is so interesting! Hope you make it there soon!

  • Ron
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    Posted at 16:17h, 01 December Reply

    Beautiful country! I really can’t wait to explore Greece…the country, culture, people and (of course) the food is something I really REALLY look forward to experiencing! 🙂
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:30h, 04 December Reply

      It was all great, especially the food!! 🙂 Always fun to try a new countries food-one of my favorite experiences too!

  • Lauren
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    Posted at 22:27h, 01 December Reply

    Thank you for the glimpses into Athens! Would love to visit!!!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:31h, 04 December Reply

      You’re welcome 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Carlotta
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    Posted at 22:27h, 21 February Reply

    That picture with the flag say it all, the colors of Greece are incredible.
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