Athens and Santorini connect a traveler to man’s long and rich cultural history – Orange County Register
The author’s favorite ancient ruin in Athens, the Ancient Agora where Socrates, Sophocles and Aristotle are thought to have spent time at the administrative and social center of Athens. The site is further afield from the Parthenon, but is reachable by walking. It is surrounded by small shops and cafes in the Plaka neighborhood.
The Theater of Dionysus was built by the cult of Dionysus, which arrived in Athens in the 6th Century BC. The first dramas in the world are thought to have taken place in the amphitheater as part of a celebration of Dionysus. Pictured here the theater is seen from above on the path to the Acropolis.
Charming cafes surround historic sites in Athens. This small cafe is a few yards from the Acropolis.
Outside of the tight crowded cities of Thira and Oia on Santorini the island is mostly agrarian, made up of vineyards and pastures with horses. (Lauren Williams, Staff)
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is one of the amphitheaters visitors pass while walking up to the acropolis in Athens. It was first built around 160 AD. (Lauren Williams, Staff)
Statues are interwoven among lush greenery at the Ancient Agora in Athens, northwest of the Acropolis in the Plaka neighborhood. (Lauren Williams, Staff)
Ancient Agora was believed to be the administrative and commercial center of Athens. The nearby museum on site illustrates how ancient Greeks were chosen for jury duty and how public speeches were timed. (Lauren Williams, Staff)
A fresco appears to look out of the window at the Ancient Agora. The ancient site is northwest of the Acropolis and was once considered the center of Athens. (Lauren Williams, Staff)
Graffiti and Greek flags cover many buildings throughout Athens. (Lauren Williams, Staff)
The Ancient Agora is covered in well maintained structures with constantly restored frescos and statues. (Lauren Williams, Staff)
The gateway to the Acropolis, the Propylaea, was designed by Mnesicles and built around 437 BC. Sparrows and swallows fly around the monument and hide in the cracks of ancient building. (Lauren Williams, Staff)
White domed buildings typify Santorini architecture, which is dominated by bright whites and blues. (Lauren Williams, Staff)
The Acropolis that sits high on a hill in Athens is visible for miles. Pictured here it is seen through early morning light shortly after the park opens at 8 a.m. A ticket to seven ancient ruins costs 30 Euros and is valid for five days after purchase. (Lauren Williams, Staff)