The Acropolis of Athens is one of the world’s most recognized historical treasures and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There’s nothing I can tell you about it in this blog post that you don’t already know or can’t find through an authoritative source. What I can do, though, is tell you how I felt about it.
That’s the Acropolis (on the right) as seen from the Temple of Olympian Zeus near the end of my first full day in Athens. I had been waiting for more than a week to visit the Acropolis because I wanted to do so with my colleagues and students from West Texas A&M University, who arrived later for their Study Abroad adventure (I was already in Greece for an academic conference).
The site itself — even with the restoration work — is breathtaking, and I mean that literally for me because I’m really nervous around high places. It took a few moments to settle in and appreciate the views of the city. Other travelers know this: it’s so satisfying to finally see something in person, especially when it’s something you’ve been familiar with since discovering the stories of Greek gods and taking your first Western Civilization class.
A for Athens has a rooftop bar with an outstanding view of the Acropolis at night.