Greece trip report, things to do and see in Greece

 

Greece



Often associated with summer sun and beaches, Greece is a country with a glorious past that is now the sick man of Europe thanks to the eurozone debt crisis. As usual, however, the rich elite actually responsible for Greece's financial downfall have escaped trouble free while the ordinary people have to bear the brunt of the drastic austerity measures being imposed on them.

 

Meteora

Meteora is a region of huge rocks on top of which monasteries have been constructed with seemingly no easy access to them {because they were intended to be so}. These monasteries were built by monks looking for solitude, and building atop a rock that requires ropes, ladders, and a strong body to reach, certainly reduces the number of people who are going to come for a visit. Today only 6 monasteries survive that can be visited, although there some abandoned monasteries too.


 

Thessaloniki

A student town, Thessaloniki is full of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history. The city does not get as many tourists as the other parts of Greece so is much cheaper and friendlier.


 

Athens

Dating from 5th century BC, it was at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire. The main hallmark - the Acropolis - can still be seen to this day towering over, in addition to a few other stunning Greek ruins sprinkled all around the city. So Athens is fantastic for history buffs although I was hoping to witness Ancient Greek traditions such as declaring your love for somebody by throwing an apple at them have not survived the test of time. Even some more modern customs such as dancing and smashing plates have sadly been phased out.
Athens is a very lively city though there are very visible signs of the economic setback. Many buildings are antiquated, clinging to a long, proud history of time.


 

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