Greece – Meteora Monasteries

Meteora, Greece

The best known monasteries of Greece are the Meteora Monasteries.
These wonderfully located Greek Orthodox monasteries are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

First Monasteries of Meteora were built in the 14th century; in its peak, there were 24 monasteries. In a meantime, many of the monasteries were destroyed or bombed, and currently there 6 six active ones.

Greece – Athens

Athens, Greece

Athens, the Greek capital, is probably one of the oldest cities in the world.
Obviously, tourists will find amazing ruins in Athens, but also more modern buildings and attractions.
One of a must see is a changing of the guards in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square; look at these shoes (winter outfit in my picture)!

Greece – The Acropolis of Athens

The Erechtheum, the Acropolis of Athens, Greece

The Acropolis is probably the best known ancient site in Athens. It’s a great place, lovely located in one of the hills. The Acropolis of Athens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You find there several ancient buildings or ruins, i.e., the Parthenon or my favorite – the Erechtheum – seen in today’s picture.

There are actually many acropoleis in Greece, but the one in Athens is the most famous.

I’m a big fan of ancient culture and love to visit all of the sites with ruins; so I’ll say that visit to the Acropolis of Athens is not completed without going to the Acropolis Museum. It’s a large and wonderful museum, with lots of the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens.

Greece – Athena

Athena in Athens, Greece

Which came first: the chicken or the egg?

Which came first: Athena or the city of Athens?

According to the ancient myths, Athens took its name from Athena; however, these days, people rather believe that Athena took her name from the city!

Athena (Athene) is the Greek goddess of wisdom and patron goddess of Athens.

Greece – Capital

Greece

What’s the capital of Greece?
-That’s easy, Athens; not so much confusion as with Australia or Canada. 😉

I’ll show you 4 posts about Athens, because it’s a nice city (it is! especially for tourists!), has been an important place, and it’s simply worth visiting!

Today, a question. Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Have you ever wondered about its name? Why the city is called Athens, i.e., in a plural form; why not a singular form?
Does it depend on a language? Maybe, a little bit; but in many language the city has also a plural form; e.g., in Polish it’s plural, and we say in Polish “Athens are”; in English it’s plural, but we say “Athens is”.
It’s complicated… And I don’t know the answer to my question. In different areas, city was called both, in a plural as well in a singular form. Plural form may indicate the size of the city – it’s consisting of different parts; or maybe it’s just a problem with translation, or something typical for ancient cities, or some grammatical “rules that had been forgotten in years”? Any ideas?

Peru – Final Impression

Peru

Today, the last day of my Peruvian month on my travel blog. I hope, you enjoyed these few pictures.
My trip to Peru was relatively short; I just had a chance to go there, after visiting Chile and Argentina, so thought “better short than nothing”. Hopefully, I’ll have a possibility to visit this beautiful country once more.

Tomorrow, a new adventure starts; stay tuned! 🙂

Peru – When to Go

Peru

You can go to Peru basically all year round. However, the best weather for visiting Machu Picchu should be between May and September, or even between June and August, but then you have to be prepared for crowds.

I was in Peru at the end of March/beginning of April; and in some places you could still experience the power of last raining season (on the picture).

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