Syntagma Metro Station Archaeological Collection

The Syntagma Metro Station Archaeological Collection

It has often been said, that you can't dig a hole in Athens without finding something of archaeological value. This was certainly the case when they created the underground Metro system. Thousands of artefacts dating back millennia were uncovered, all adding to the overall knowledge of Athens in the past. Some of these finds were transferred to already existing museums. At Syntagma Station though, they went one step further.  Read on to find out more about the Syntagma Metro Station Archaeological Collection. Syntagma Metro Station Archaeological Collection Normally, I give information … [Read more...]

Athens on Vacation – Why You Should Visit in August

Athens on vacation

I often get asked when the best time to visit Athens on vacation is. The answer is a simple one. August. Sure, it may be a little hotter at that time of year, but there are also several big advantages. Read on to find out what they are.  Athens on Vacation - Why You Should Visit in August August is a great month to visit Athens on vacation. The reason? It feels like the entire city empties. This is the month when Athenians traditionally go on holiday for two or three weeks. After the great exodus when they drive out to the villages, coast, and islands, Athens becomes a much quieter, … [Read more...]

Top 6 Attractions Not to Miss in California

Venice Beach

It's incredible to think that it is nearly 6 years ago that I began my cycling trip from Alaska to Argentina! That journey took me 18 months to complete, and I passed through many interesting areas along the way. One area which stood out for me, was California. So, when I was asked if someone could guest post about California on Dave's Travel Pages, I looked forward to reading it! And, after I did so, I realised that I had cycled through California far too quickly. I missed so much! I will take my time the next time I cycle there! Top 6 Attractions Not to Miss in California With its … [Read more...]

The Antikythera Mechanism – Mysteries of Ancient Greece

The Antikythera Mechanism on display at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Does an analog computer dating back over 2000 years sound like fantasy? It might do, if not for the fact that one was discovered in a shipwreck off the coast of Greece! The Antikythera Mechanism is one of the greatest mysteries of Ancient Greece. Read on to find out more! Mysteries of Ancient Greece When I was in my early teens, I became interested in ancient civilisations. They always seemed somewhat mysterious to me. This sense of mystery was added to by reading Erich Von Daniken books such as Chariots of the Gods.  I never agreed with his ancient astronaut theories, but I did come to … [Read more...]

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens

The Artemision Bronze - Is this Poseidon or Zeus? On display at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens, is not just the best museum in Athens. It is also the best museum in Greece, and dare I say, one of the best in the world. A bold statement? Perhaps, especially as I controversially compared the Acropolis Museum of Athens to a shopping mall or McDonald's not too long ago! I stand by that though, and here's why... The National Archaeological Museum of Athens The problem I had with the Acropolis Museum in Athens, was that it didn't have much soul to it. It was too clean and sanitary. It lacked personality. The National Archaeological Museum of … [Read more...]