Instead, donkeys do the heavy hauling today just as they have through the centuries. These mountain fighters battled ferociously in Greece's early 19th-century War of Independence. And in springtime, hikes come with fields of wildflowers. The town stretches away from the harbor — a maze of narrow, cobbled streets, flanked by whitewashed homes. The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. No individual features — everything was idealized. In both life and art, everything was to be in balance. wgbh GBH 2 12/10 00:29: The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. Archaic statues all looked like cousins. Its capital is Athens. Today tourists zigzag up the ancient Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo. You can also watch Greek sculpture evolve, from prehistoric Barbie dolls, to stiff Egyptian-style, to the David-like balance of the Golden Age, to wet T-shirt, buckin'-bronco Hellenistic, and finally, to the influence of the Romans. ", Title: This is where, for 3,000 years, Athenians gathered. I'm Rick Steves. I am trying to get my barrings of the Athens Airport. Leonidas: Eggplant. Discuss Travels in Europe with Rick Steves - Season 3, Episode 9 - Athens: Ruins are just part of Rick's first venture into Greece. There are just two of us traveling. Green shrimp with a lemon sauce, calamari with a garlic sauce, spanakopita—spinach pie. The heart of ancient Athens still has remnants of former shopping malls, theaters, bars, and government buildings. They arranged my transportation, and tours not only in Athens, but Aegina, Delphi, The Peloponnese region, and Sounion. Here is their contact info: Katerina Tsitsipi Aristotelis Makris Nea Erythrea, Athens – Greece tel./fax: +0030 210-8077073 cell: +0030 6988 607866 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Like other hilltop sights in the ancient Greek world, Athens' Acropolis (or "high city") was both a place of worship and of refuge when under attack. The sheer beauty of the statues, vases, and paintings helps bring the country's dusty ruins to life. Leonidas and Panagiota have retired from running their restaurant. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Greece. The worst lines are caused by the bottleneck of people trying to squeeze into the site through the Propylaea gate. Its superb harbor is surrounded by an amphitheater of rocky hills. Penny: There was a priestess inside the Temple and right underneath it there was this room where she was inhaling vapors evaporating from the ground. While less balanced and composed, it was a more individualistic age — with more exuberant and emotional art. We'll dine on fresh seafood at the fisherman's harbor in Cefalù, ponder ancient Greek greatness in Siracusa, commune with monks alive and departed in a Capuchin crypt, sleep in an olive orchard at an agriturismo, and eat our way through a classic Sicilian banquet with a famous chef. View production, box office, & company info. Subtle interplay between hips and shoulders. Cruise ships await their passengers. Local guides like Penny Kolomvotsou brings these ancient and mythic events to life. With all its traffic congestion above and nearly a million Athenians zipping smoothly underground every day, the system is a godsend. He advises us on car and taxi travel. For meals, you can sit out on the shady covered side terrace above the harbor — check the chalkboard to see what's freshest today. After a 90-minute ride, Athens is a world away, and we pull into the isle of Hydra. So she was in trance. A delightful way to cap the day is to follow the coastal path to the village of Kaminia. Starring: Rick Steves Directed by: Simon Griffith Rick Steves Greece: Athens & the Peloponnese. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. Other than one very well-preserved temple and a rebuilt stoa, it's a field of humble ruins. Two hundred years ago, Athens was just a small town surrounded by big ruins, sitting on lots of history. Owner Dimitris takes his own boat out early in the morning to buy the day's best catch directly from the fishermen. Colorfully costumed evzone guards stand at attention at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and periodically do a ceremonial changing of the guard to the delight of tourists (guards change five minutes before the top of each hour, less elaborate crossing of the guard around :25 after, full ceremony with marching band Sundays at 11:00—get there early as they may start a bit before 11:00). While just the tip of the architectural iceberg, these are handy indicators helping us identify the three main architectural "orders" (or styles). Rick: So a balance of things. He advises us on car and taxi travel. Once again, when it was first pedestrianized merchants were upset. 05 $23.99 $23.99. Relax and take in a sea busy with water taxis, ferries that connect this oasis with Athens, old freighters — like castles of rust — lumbering slowly along the horizon, and cruise ships anchored as if they haven't moved in weeks. I hope you enjoyed our look at Athens, the oracle of Delphi, and the romantic isle of Hydra. Paperback $21.05 $ 21. For some 800 years, until its destruction by barbarians in AD 267, it was the hub of all commercial, political, and social life in Athens, as well as home to much of its religious life. The earliest style, Doric, has flat, practical plates as capitals. Crowds and weather might help you decide. Leonidas: Yeah the shrimps, green shrimps with the oil and lemon sauce. Thanks for joining us. Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. Today, the Royal Palace houses the Greek Parliament. During those pan-Hellenic (or "all-Greek") festivals, Delphi filled its theater, which seated 5,000. Perhaps nowhere else does the historic and cultural timeline of Europe reach so far back while being so vibrant today. The two main attractions — the archaeological site (officially called the "Sanctuary of Apollo") and the Archaeological Museum — are about a half-mile east of the modern town of Delphi. Dedicated to Athena and Poseidon, this was one of the most important religious buildings on the Acropolis. And then beets. Terms of Service | Privacy, Athens, Greece: Ancient Acropolis and Agora, Athens, Greece: National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece: The Tranquil Anafiotika Neighborhood. In the 20th century, with an influx of refugees and industrialization luring workers in from the countryside, the population of Athens exploded. The king gave a balcony from this speech. As it was in ancient times, Piraeus is still the port of Athens. During this time, the golden mean was "nothing in excess." (photo: Rick Steves) The new Acropolis Museum shows off treasures from the Parthenon, but is missing the famous marble panels housed in the British Museum. You'll see the rise and fall of Greece's various civilizations: the Minoans, the Mycenaeans, those of Archaic Greece, the Classical Age, and Alexander the Great, and the Romans who came from the west. See the Travel Details above for recommendations highlighted in bold, excerpted from Rick's guidebooks. by Rick Steves , Cameron Hewitt, et al. This map is excerpted from the guidebook Rick Steves’ Greece: Athens & The Peloponnese by Rick Steves. A two-hour drive northwest of Athens takes us to Delphi, one of the most important sights in the ancient world. Rick Steves Cruising The Mediterranean - episode: 372400 In RICK STEVES CRUISING THE MEDITERRANEAN, Rick sails from Barcelona to Athens, with exciting stops along the way in the French Riviera, Rome, Naples and more. Episode. Parnassos, was not a city. We'll enjoy the magnificence of ancient Athens — marvel at the wonders of the Acropolis, savor some tasty Greek street food, and check out the premier collection of ancient Greek art. The flow of people into the sprawling city continues, and four million people — roughly one out of every three Greeks — call Athens home. Leonidas: We cook the lamb with the roast potatoes. Flying from the states to Athens non stop. The adjacent Erechtheion is famous for its Porch of the Caryatids, six beautiful maidens functioning as columns. The one must-see sight outside the central tourist zone is the National Archaeological Museum. If you have stayed someplace that you would recommend, I would love to hear it. You can do the archaeological site and the museum in either order. The Golden Mean and everything. In this oasis of tranquility, nestled beneath the walls of the Acropolis, the intensity of Athens seems miles away. It was constructed in the fifth century BC and dedicated to the virgin goddess Athena. The capitals, or tops of the columns, were both functional and decorative. The Plaka district provides tourists with a more intimate Athens: no chaotic traffic, lots of colorful restaurants, and the best souvenir shopping in all of Greece. From there we side-trip to the oracle of Delphi and then cruise from Athens' port of Piraeus to the island of Hydra. And before we know it, Leonidas has us all sitting at the table and he starts bringing in wave after wave of his fabulous dishes…. Sicily serves up a full-bodied and tasty travel experience. 4.8 out of 5 stars 25. People would journey here from all over the known world to seek wisdom from the gods on vital affairs of state. Weave through narrow paths lined with flowers, and dotted with cats dozing in the sunshine. And there was more to Delphi than just the oracle. ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Statues looked more lifelike. It's Athens. Penny: Correct. Discover the fascinating people who once worked, shopped, and played here. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Hydra was a Greek naval power famous for its shipbuilders. And for a quick, inexpensive bite to eat, drop by a corner gyro and souvlaki stand. Rick: So people from all over the Greek-speaking world came here. Two hundred years ago, Athens was just a humble town of about 8,000 huddled at the base of the Acropolis. If it's hot or raining, do the museum first to hedge your bets for better conditions for the site. Athens, Greece Marvel at the wonders of the Greek Golden Age of the fifth century BC, starring the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis (the religious center), the ruined Agora (commercial center), and the Temple of Hephaestus (one of the best-preserved Greek temples anywhere). Donkeys rather than cars, the shady awnings of well-worn cafés, and memorable seaside views all combine to make it clear you found your Greek isle. My favorite: a gyro pita — slice up that meat, toss in a little salad, tsatstiki (a garlic yogurt sauce), and spices…all wrapped in a handy cone of toasted pita bread. It's fast but less scenic, as the passengers are stuck inside. Rick Steves Athens Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of many of Athen's most notable museums and historic sites. We'll tour the must-sees of ancient Athens, including the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. We'll tour the must-sees of ancient Athens, including the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. | Jun 23, 2020. Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, Ancient Agora-day 1, National Archeological Museum day 2 plus walk around neighborhoods, Rick's tour? These days Leonidas and Panagiota feed guests as if they're family. ... Rick Steves Travel Tips and Tricks Complete Collection. ... Rick Steves' Europe. Agora means "gathering place," but you could call this space by any of the names we typically give to the busiest part of a city — downtown, main square, forum, piazza, marketplace, commons, and so on. From $7.99 to buy season. Add the first question. Just a few years ago, this street was a car-clogged mess. We'll tour the must-sees of ancient Athens: the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. They're clad in the traditional pleated kilt and pom-pom shoes made famous by the evzones. That 19th-century Athens is today's Plaka. Like the Parthenon it's constructed in the simple Doric style. Capitals grew bigger and bigger to an absurd size when finally they supported entire temples. The must-sees of ancient Athens: the Parthenon, Agora, and National Archaeological Museum. Strolling in the footsteps of Socrates is your best opportunity to commune with the epic Greek past. Grand processions followed the Panathenaic Way, which was a ceremonial path connecting the town below and the Acropolis. Hi, I'm Rick Steves back with more of the best of Europe. Walk once around fast for a time-lapse effect, then go around again for a closer look. ..helps prepare you to better appreciate the actual he-her-historic sites…. It's especially worth visiting if you're traveling beyond Athens, because it displays artifacts found all around Greece, including Mycenae, Epidavros, Santorini, and Olympia — and the treasures displayed here are generally better than those remaining at the sites themselves. There's no way to reach the Acropolis without a lot of climbing (though people with disabilities can use an elevator). Ancient Greeks celebrated the human body. The palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior are guarded by the much-photographed evzones. The evolution of Greek art from stiff to realistic to emotional would be echoed by Europe 2,000 years later: from stiff Gothic to realistic Renaissance, to emotional Baroque. And today, in the mist of such a rich heritage, the vibrant capital of Greece still thrives. Rick: Here we go, the shrimp. For some 800 years, starting in the sixth century BC, this was the hub of commercial, political, and social life. And, I suppose, for just as long they've treated children to rides as well. Because of that the priests here were actually able to astound those who came with their wise, believably divine, advice. Valiantly battling the acidic air of our modern world, it still stands with the help of on-going restoration work. All the parts were there in geometrical, if not biological perfection. At a time when Rome was just a village, it was here in Athens that the foundations of our Western civilization were laid. We will be traveling to Athens in October and are looking for hotel recommendations. But for most travelers, the agora is more than an architectural review. After the noise of Athens, Hydra's traffic-free tranquility is a delight. Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | In this one-hour special, it's party time in Europe. The word Hellenistic refers to Greek culture after its political conquest. Use the HTML below. In fact, these archaic statues were named simply kouros (meaning "boy"), or kore (meaning "girl"). Golden Age sculptors shifted weight more believably, placing their statues in a contrapposto pose — that means relaxed, with hips shifted realistically and weight resting on one foot. (photo: Cameron Hewitt) A century and a half ago, Athens was a humble, forgotten city of about 8,000 people. In the 1960s, the island became a favorite retreat for artists and writers, who still draw inspiration from its idyllic surroundings. During the Archaic period, all the parts were there, but if it decided to walk, it would walk like a monster, stiffly with no understanding of the subtle interplay between hips and shoulders. The high-spirited detail is astonishing, right down to the horse's dramatic head, and the concerned look on the young jockey's face. Also Athens is hilly and you'll be going up and down in the heat. Exploring the agora, it's fascinating to ponder the world of Plato and Aristotle and the age which laid the foundations for Western thinking about economics, democracy, logic, and more. Allow 1.5–2 hours for the site (hiking to the stadium alone is nearly a half-hour round-trip), and another 45–60 minutes for the museum. Here, with a glass of ouzo and today's catch, as the sun slowly sinks into the sea and boats become silhouettes, you drink to the beauties of a Greek lsland escape. The resulting Sanctuary of Apollo reached the height of its power between the sixth and the fourth centuries BC. We're riding a Flying Dolphin — one of the fleet of speedy hydrofoils that zip from Athens to the islands, and from island to island. Then we'll poke around the Plaka before escaping the big city to consult an ancient oracle and relax on a classic Greek isle. But that makes it a quiet, uncrowded spot — nestled in the shadow of the Acropolis — to wander and get a feel for the ancients. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, Sipping a drink here puts you right in the middle of a lively Greek scene. Rick: So tell me why this place was chosen for the oracle. GREECE: ATHENS Athens City Walk. Ancient Greek treasures include the Poseidon of Artemision. Unlike most ancient sites, which have layer upon layer of ruins from different periods, the Acropolis we see today was started and finished within two generations — a snapshot of the Golden Age set in stone. Late in the day, as the sun goes down, the white Parthenon stone gleams a creamy golden brown, and what had been a tourist war zone is suddenly peaceful. They came here to the big city looking for work. As the sun goes down, it's busy with locals and visitors alike. These mansions survive today as grand old hotels, embassies, and museums. Buoyant after winning freedom from its Turkish overlords, the new capital city flourished. It's an exciting springboard for the Greek Isles. Today one out of every three Greeks packs into this city of about four million. How to remember all these? They stand amid today's bustling metropolis. Rick: So what are we cooking? Gyro means "turning" — referring to the slowly spinning round of meat — roasted pork or chicken — shaved as needed. The country's leading families built mansions here to be close to the king. From $1.99 $ 1. The oracle became so influential that no great leader would make a major decision without first sending emissaries to consult the oracle. Ancient Agora from Rick Steves Athens Audio Tours on Podchaser, aired Monday, 18th January 2016. Athens and Side Trips This episode originally aired in 2010. Watch Rick Steves' Europe season 5 episode 8 Online Athens and Side Trips : The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. In 1843, a riotous crowd jammed this square demanding a syntagma (or "constitution"). It was built in the 19th century by people from the tiny Cycladic island of Anafi. The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. Now, it's a hit with everyone. This stunning bronze statue, cast in 460 BC, depicts the mighty god of the sea about to hurl his trident. And hydrofoils vie with lumbering car ferries. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Shady trees make it a breezy and restful spot. Rick Steves Athens Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of many of Athen's most notable museums and historic sites. These Mycenaean soldiers — with their yellow-ribbon moms — are a timeless off-to-war scene, repeated every generation in the 3,000 years since. The 80-year period from about 480 to 400 BC is known as the Golden Age of Greece — the age of Socrates and Pericles — and Athens was the center. "Rick Steves' Europe" Athens and Side Trips (TV Episode 2008) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Rick: So he called this basically the bellybutton of the world. As the orders evolve, they gain syllables: Doric, Ionic, Corinthian. This stately square was part of a grand project designed to turn the town a suitable capital for the new nation. Rick: Spinach pie. And tonight the place is all ours, as our enthusiastic cook welcomes us into his kitchen. The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. We'll tour the must-sees of ancient Athens, including the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. From Piraeus boats depart for points throughout the Aegean Sea. With my favorite irresistible dinner views on Hydra, this scenic spot lets you watch the sun dip gently into the Saronic Gulf, with Kaminia's adorable port in the foreground. Athens and Side Trips. Location and clean facility is important. Hydra is popular with walkers, who come to explore the network of ancient paths that link the island's outlying settlements, churches, and monasteries. The last episode in this three-part mini-series distills Rick Steves' 30 years of travel experience into 30 minutes of practical advice on how to have a fun, affordable, and culturally broadening trip to Europe. Wherever you travel, seeing the precious artifacts in the big city museums first helps you better appreciate the historic sites out in the countryside. This FAQ is empty. So we've got the theater, we've got the stadium…. It was the site of the oracle of Apollo, god of the sun. Crowds would gather in shady porticos like this to shop, socialize, or listen to the great philosophers of the age. Its pocket-size harbor shelters the community's fishing boats. Ancient Greece set the tone for all Western art that followed, and this museum lets you trace its evolution — taking you in air-conditioned comfort from 7000 BC to AD 500 through beautifully displayed and described exhibits on one floor. episode / view more episodes. Leonidas: Yeah the shrimps, green shrimps with the oil and lemon sauce. There's an easy blend of work-a-day commerce, fancy yachts, and lazy tourists on island time. see our FAQ. He let two eagles fly from the two opposite ends of the universe and this is where they met, here in Delphi. Arrive early or late to avoid the crowds and midday heat. With all things being equal, I recommend doing the site first: You'll have more energy for the climb (there's a 700-foot elevation gain from the entrance to the stadium), and later, when you tour the museum, you can more easily imagine the original context of the items on display. The harbor, with twin forts and plenty of cannon, housed and protected the fleet of 130 ships as the Greeks battled the Turks in their early 19th-century War of Independence. Or $0.00 with a Prime membership. The island's oldest and most traditional taverna was the hangout of the sponge divers a century ago. And recently, the city has curbed pollution, cleaned up and pedestrianized the streets, spiffed up the museums, and invested in one of Europe's better public transit systems. But Greek art evolved with its society. Penny: Yeah, everything in moderation, no vices. I like being here at the end of the day — with the tourists gone, cheers of the long-gone crowds still ringing in the cool mountain air, and the starting block all mine. All the full length Rick Steves Europe PBS Episodes that I could find. Yeah, these were competitions concerning music, poetry, sport events as well. The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. Athens is getting more and more people-friendly. Series: Rick Steves' Europe Athens and Side Trips. You'll see finely decorated weapons and sheaths….exquisite golden jewelry…and the delicate Vaphio gold cups — reminders of the sophistication of that 15th-century BC civilization. Its main town, also called Hydra, is home to about 90 percent of the island's 3,000 residents. We'll get more ideas for exploring the long-distance hiking trails of Europe, find out about improvements to the neighborhoods of Athens, and discover the world's… Ermou Street, leading away from Syntagma, is a thriving pedestrian mall. We'll tour the must-sees of ancient Athens, including the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. Hello Select your address Best Sellers Today's Deals Electronics Gift Ideas Customer Service Books New Releases Home Computers Gift Cards Coupons Sell Penny: Zeus wanted to know where the center of the world was. Crowned by the mighty Parthenon temple, the Acropolis rises above modern Athens, a lasting testament to Greece's glorious Golden Age in the fifth century BC. I would try to visit the Acropolis first thing in the morning, whichever morning you choose. About five centuries before Christ, Athens was the center of the Western world. At the foot of the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora (or "marketplace") sprawls out from its surviving temple. Athens and Side Trips. In Athens, it seems all roads pass through Syntagma Square. This museum is a great way to either start or finish off your sightseeing through Greece. In the extreme south of Europe is Greece. In fact, Socrates spent much of his life right here preaching the virtues of "nothing in excess," and urging those around him to "know thyself.". I would like to get off the plane go through passport control, then to the Alpha Bank at the airport (3) and then find a bathroom. A fleet of taxis shuttle people to outlying hamlets and beaches. Penny: Yeah the omphalos, yeah this wonderful place became the center of the world. Olympic Stadium, Hadrian's Arch, Monastiraki area Funicular up Lycabettus Hill for beautiful views of Athens to the sea. Music and sports. Rick: So she would babble and the priests would say this is wisdom from the gods. Observe the peaceful rhythm of daily life. And, with a little luck, you can make a friend and be invited in — or, in this case — up onto the roof — for a pleasant chat and a cup of strong Greek coffee. They claim the soldiers' outfits have 400 pleats — one for each miserable year of Turkish occupation (and don't you forget it). I'm glad I'm packing light as I hike up to my hotel. While the Acropolis was the center of ritual and ceremony, the agora was the beating heart of ancient Athens. This elegant walkway is a popular pedestrian boulevard arcing around the back of the Acropolis. Energized by a tasty gyro, hike to the top of the Plaka and explore the charming "village" of Anafiotika (literally "little Anafi"). The Horse and Jockey of Artemision, cast in the second century BC, is filled with this Hellenistic energy. Like so many great civilizations, ancient Greece peeked and then faded. To them it was the embodiment of the order found in nature. At a time when Rome was just a village, it was here that the foundations of our Western civilization were laid. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Athens. The Stoa of Attalos, from the second century BC, was rebuilt in modern times to house the Agora's museum. In the next order, Ionic, the capitals are decorated with understated scrolls. A fleet of taxis shuttle people to outlying hamlets and beaches. The National Archaeological Museum is far and away the top ancient Greek art collection anywhere. Leonidas: Eggplant. But when the Greeks won their independence from the Ottoman Turks in the early 1800s, they chose little-but-historic Athens to be their capital. The king gave a speech from this balcony, granting his people — whose ancestors invented the concept — democracy. The path is flanked by the remains of Delphi's famous treasuries — monuments erected by city-states in gratitude for the oracle's advice.
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