A trip to the land of gods: Greece (Athens, Delphi)

This is a log of my trip to Greece with my senior, Ferry (again).

We left Trento by train to Milano on Friday, 19th September 2008. In Milano I bought several hamburgers at the McDonalds just in front of the train station which cost for only €0.50 each πŸ˜€ Of course hamburgers aren’t good for health, but they did a good job in stuffing my stomach πŸ˜› Then we took a bus heading towards the Malpensa airport. We slept at the airport since our flight to Athens was on the next day early in the morning.

So on Saturday, 20th September 2008, the plane took off in the morning to Athens. We used the Easyjet airline since it was one of the cheapest flights available. After our arrival in Athens, we took a bus to the Syntagma square, then went to the hostel that we had booked to check in. Unfortunately we arrived at the hostel too early, so we had a lunch at a small traditional fast food restaurant nearby.

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Athens – arrivals’ exit point

Then we visited many famous spots with the guidance of the free city map, wikipedia, and wikitravel as usual. I can’t remember all the details, but I’ll try to write the major outline.

First we visited the temple of Olympian Zeus. The good thing about archaeological sites in Athens was that they were free for students enrolled at a university within the European Union. The problem was that I lost my Univ. of Trento‘s student card 😦 But fortunately I brought the Univ. of Bonn student card so I could enter the sites for free.

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Athens – Temple of Olympian Zeus

Then we headed to the Acropolis. At the foot of the Acropolis we visited the theatre of Dionysus, and not far from it there’s the theatre of Herodes Atticus.

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Athens – Theatre of Dionysus

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Athens – Theatre of Herodes Atticus

Then we went further up and found the gate to the Acropolis, the Propylaea. Advancing forward passed the Propylaea we found the famous Parthenon. And near the Parthenon there was the Erechtheion.

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Athens – Propylaea

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Athens – the famous Parthenon

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Athens – Erechtheion

Then we visited the Areopagus hill where it’s said that the Apostle Paul delivered the famous speech written in the Christian Bible and associated with the spread of Christianity into Greece.

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Athens – Areopagus hill

There were so many archaeological spots we visited that day. In the evening we had dinner and walked around the city center. Then we went back to the hostel. I made the stupidest mistake that night: sleeping without any blanket. In the next morning when I woke up, I was really sick! I caught the influenza, which was really terrible. But I still tried to enjoy the following days as much as possible.

The next day, Sunday, 21st September 2008, we went to Sounion by bus to see the temple of Poseidon.

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Sounion – Temple of Poseidon

We walked about 3 km or so to the bus stop and headed back to Athens. We had our lunch at the city center, then went up to one of the hills (there should be a funicular but we couldn’t find it, so we walked). Then we spent the rest of the day strolling at the city center.

On Monday, 22nd September 2008, early in the morning we took a bus to Delphi. The main thing to see there was the temple of Apollo.

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Delphi – Temple of Apollo

Going further up the hill, we found the theatre of Delphi, and on top there was the stadium.

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Delphi – Theatre

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Delphi – Stadium

Then we went down the hill towards the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia. There we found the Tholos.

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Delphi – Tholos

After visiting the main sites, we took a bus back to Athens, had our dinner, and went to bed.

Tuesday, 23rd September 2008 was our last day in Athens, so we did most of the shopping and also visited some unvisited spots at the city center. Then we went to the airport and took another Easyjet plane back to Milano.

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Athens – posing with the guardian near the Syntagma square

This trip was pretty interesting. Nevertheless, my influenza made it a bit difficult to enjoy.

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15 Responses to “A trip to the land of gods: Greece (Athens, Delphi)”


  1. 1 justina November 26, 2008 at 1:29 am

    seru.. pengen.. hekeekekekekek.. πŸ˜€

  2. 2 Dafferianto Trinugroho November 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    @justina:

    hehehe…. sayangnya pas jalan2 kena flu 😦

  3. 3 Djohan Wahyudi December 25, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Wuaahhh Jalan2 di Greece … aku bakalan ke sana nantik tanggal 7 January ke Thessaloniki … Sekarang walaupun agak kawatir karena riot di Greece tapi gara2 liat blog kamu jadi pengin ke Greece.

    Anyway hope can we can see each other in Europe sometimes.

    Djohan Wahyudi
    YM : djohan_w_id@yahoo.com
    MSN : djohan_w_id@hotmail.com
    add ya …

  4. 4 Dafferianto Trinugroho December 29, 2008 at 10:56 am

    @Djohan Wahyudi:

    Halo Djohan,

    Sori baru cek blog πŸ˜€
    Kamu di program NeBCC ya? Wah, kayanya bakalan asik bgt tuh ke Thessaloniki…. Jadi pengen ke sana juga πŸ˜€
    Sekarang di Reading ya?
    Udah aku add, di-accept ya πŸ™‚
    Moga2 bisa ktemuan pas liburan πŸ˜€

    all the best,
    Dafferianto

  5. 5 Dwidasmara December 30, 2008 at 2:56 am

    Wah mas lama tak jumpa… gimana nih kabarnya… jalan2 terus ya!!! enak nih aku jadi ngiler liatnya… hebat… kapan2 ajak aku dunk hehe…

  6. 6 Dafferianto Trinugroho December 31, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    @Dwidasmara:

    Halo Gus… Kabar baik.. Gimana kabarmu?
    Jalan2 baik buat refreshing πŸ˜€

    all the best,
    Dafferianto

  7. 7 Landhes January 24, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Huwaaaaa
    ngiler saya liatnya
    pengen jalan2 kesana juga jadinya ni…

  8. 8 Dafferianto Trinugroho January 25, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    @Landhes:

    Kapan2 main2 lah ke Athena…. Recommended πŸ™‚

    Salam,
    Dafferianto

  9. 9 erinatruba February 25, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Hi! I’m the Community Manager of Ruba.com. We’re building a website to highlight some of the most interesting places travelers around the world have discovered. We’ve read hundreds of blogs about Greece, and we think that yours is awesome! We’d love to highlight excerpts from blogs like yours (assuming it’s OK with you of course) and to discuss other ways of tapping into your expertise if you are interested. I’m at erin@ruba.com.
    Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • 10 Dafferianto Trinugroho March 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm

      @erinatruba:

      Hi…. Thanks for dropping by my personal blog.
      In fact, I use this blog for making logs of my life activities. If you are about to copy some of the contents, it’s fine for me. But please write that you copy it from my blog πŸ˜€
      Unfortunately, I must admit the writing quality is not outstanding since I don’t pay much attention during the writing phase πŸ™‚
      I wish you the best output for the website that you are managing πŸ™‚

  10. 11 Erin March 12, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks, not to worry, all our bloggers get proper credit and links to their site! Watch for your work to be featured when we roll out our section on Greece and thanks again πŸ™‚

  11. 13 mind author September 16, 2009 at 6:02 am

    wow .. I really like the greece, look beautiful .. many historic buildings there

  12. 15 Frankie Espinoza October 21, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Hi all,
    Today I find another great post about Delphi at this blog.
    Thank You
    http://my.opera.com/frankieespinoza/blog/show.dml/19617592


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