My favorite bit about Athens was walking the Acropolis. I believe I stumbled upon just one park by the Temple of Zeus, but other than that, Athens isn’t one for parks. I found that the Acropolis was Athen’s public park, except you have to pay 12 Euros (or 6 if you showed a student ID like me) to get in. But each part of the Acropolis is a little solace from the cluttered city. I found that I spent up to two hours at each the Ancient Agora, the Parthenon and the Keramikos. They’re the larger sites of course, but even at the Temple of Zeus and the Theatre of Dionysus, where there isn’t much to see, I found that I stay for about an hour or so.
Thing about walking the Acropolis is that it’s so peaceful. Especially since I went by myself, I didn’t have to talk to anyone and I could basically do whatever and stay however long I wanted. I would walk around for a bit then find someplace in the shade to sit down and rest. It was very relaxing being away from all the noise and amongst all of these rocks. I found myself imagining how the city looked in ancient times. And that’s the fun about visiting these ruins–or any ruin–it’s being able to let yourself imagine how life there once was. I don’t know, I may sound like a complete looney, but that was my favorite part and what I love most about Athens.