Stepping into Athens, it feelt as I’ve entered a time capsule to an era of mystics and philosophers. As a solo traveler, I spent two days exploring the city where history, culture, and spirituality coalesce. At the heart of Athens stands the mighty Acropolis, an ancient citadel crowning the city.
Experiencing the Acropolis is an indescribable journey, a sacred spot pulsating with an intense energetic charge. It felt as if I was communing with the echoes of the past. I took a lot of time to explore the site, to read the notes from various locations, and most importantly, I was present, observing the surroundings.
Acquiring tickets in advance is a plus so you don´t have to wait in line for hours.
Adjacent to the Acropolis, the Areopagus Hill offers an unparalleled view of Athens. It’s thronged with people, especially at sunset, their anticipation palpable as they await nature’s daily spectacle. Amidst this communal experience, I found solace, taking time to meditate and journal. The memory of this hill and the Acropolis holds a special place in my heart; they are sanctuaries, forever etched in my memory.
After the Acropolis, I wandered through the narrow streets of Plaka, where ancient history blends seamlessly with vibrant modern life. The aromas from local eateries enticed me, reminding me that every corner of Athens tells a story waiting to be discovered.
Another Athens highlight was the Agora, the heartbeat of ancient Athens. Once a bustling marketplace, it was also a hub for political gatherings, intellectual discourse, and the judicial system. The well-preserved temples scattered throughout Athens are a testament to the city’s rich spiritual past.
Paros: An Island Paradise
After absorbing Athens’ energy, it was time to switch gears and meet my friend Meggie in Paros. A picturesque island, Paros was a breath of fresh sea air after the hustle of Athens. It seduces you with its stunning landscapes, the old-world charm of Parikia, and pristine beaches.
Naousa, a village on the island, was a treasure trove of quaint shops and restaurants. Almon stood out with its vibrant atmosphere and healthy food options. Yet, Kima Restaurant deserves special mention for its fusion of fantastic food and scenic views.
Our wanderings took us to Lefkes, a charming hill town in the center of Paros. Famous for its traditional Cycladic architecture, Lefkes captivates with its narrow white and blue streets, reflecting the azure skies and waters of Paros.
Our trip culminated back in Athens. I felt a pull towards the Acropolis once again, this time sharing the profound experience with my friend. This journey, through Athens and Paros, has been a harmonious blend of introspection and joy, solitude, and companionship. The echo of my footsteps on ancient stones and the shared laughter on sandy beaches will forever resonate within me.
Every Greek island has its own charm, so stay tuned for more Greek Soulful Adventures from other islands of Greece and around the world.