We spent a couple of days in Piraeus, and it seemed mandatory to check out the Acropolis and find out what all the fuss was about.
The first thing that strikes you is that Athens is utterly chaotic. Most of the city is composed of modern rather tacky looking apartment blocks with only the occasional older building in site. Sticking up in the middle of fairly vile looking 70’s style concrete disasters and 2500 – 2000 year old buildings of breathtaking proportions and style. If it were the UK it would be like seeing a cityscape of 70’s style concrete planning disasters, and awful council developments punctuated by Stonehenge and Salisbury cathedral. Still you can’t help but be impressed with the antiquities and the realisation that tge Greeks have all tbs cool names, Zeus, Athena, Dionysus, Apollo, Atlas, Hermes, Prometheus, Achilles etc. etc. One of their gods was Chaos and he certainly has survived into tbe modern age! Having said that so far have been incredibly impressed by Greek marina officials who are courteous, helpful, friendly and efficient.
What is a mystery is how the Greeks seem to have invented science and philosophy. How did Greek men maintain logical thought long enough to come up with the square of the hypotenuse when sundry Greek goddesses keep wandering into their field of view? By this I mean of course Greek women, who seem to possess more than their fair share of feminine beauty.
The Parthenon is impressive, though they don’t seem to have finished building it yet!